Epic sled odyssey for man and his best friend

One of the longest and toughest dog-sled races in the world takes place in the French Alps, drawing thousands of winter sports fans.

The 13th Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc gets under way on January 7, 2017. It lasts 11 days and the 670km route features climbs totalling more than 15,000 metres on its way through 22 ski resorts in Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

The event attracts 100,000 spectators every year, and kicks off with a lavish opening ceremony. Crowds throng to the start and finish of each leg and enjoy attractions including mulled wine, giant tartiflettes, campfires, film screenings, walks and snowshoe hikes, themed exhibitions, sled-driving classes, igloo-building, hunters’ workshops and more, giving the whole race a party atmosphere.

For the mushers and their 14-strong dog teams, the race – ...

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