The Children’s Odyssey
A day in the shoes of a true musher on the slopes of La Grande Odyssée VVF. The Children’s Odyssey takes place in partnership with Tourism Office of Pays Evian – Vallée d’Abondance.
During the stage of La Grande Odyssée VVF, the children turn into competitive mushers.
The Children’s Odyssey is a race entirely dedicated to children. It is the result of a partnership between the territory of the Pays d’Evian – Vallée d’Abondance and the French Sled Sports Federation.
Thus, for a day, the children will evolve under the same conditions as the mushers participating in the official La Chapelle d’Abondance stage: same infrastructure, same start and finish sites, speaker and many spectators.
Twenty-one young mushers from local college, previously selected and trained by professional mushers, will participate in the “Children’s Odyssey” race with teams of 3 or 4 dogs over 4 km , on the track taken 1 hour earlier by the world elite of mushers in La Grande Odyssée VVF.
Beyond the media impact of such an event, the Children’s Odyssey is first and foremost part of an educational process carried out before the race. During the fall, various actions of discovery of the mountain environment (trades and outdoor sports activities), writing, artistic creation will be set up with the children of the colleges and of the primary schools of the resort and the valley.
See you on January 2023 in La Chapelle d’Abondance to support our young mushers!