Skijoring

skijoring_man-pulled-by-dogWant to take your cross-country skiing up a notch? Try skijoring (pronounced skee-JOAR-ing), where skiers are pulled by a dog, horse or motor vehicle for some fast fun.

A cousin to dog sledding, skijøring tethers a skier to one or more dogs wearing chest harnesses. It can be a simple winter walk with the family dog, or a competitive race with three dogs pulling the skier.

Long popular in Alaska and Scandinavia, the sport is fast growing in upstate New York. Cross-country ski areas have opened miles of trails to the sport-spawning skijøring clubs, such as Canadian-American Sledders, Inc. and the Seneca Siberian Husky Club clinics and racing events.

Some basic equipment, an eager canine or two, and a pair of cross country skis puts you well on your way with this inexpensive sport. Check with individual ski areas to see if they have trails for skijoring and information on events across New York.

We guarantee you won’t have to walk the dog when you get home!

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