Skijoring Minnesota

Try skijoring Minnesota this winter. Take a unique winter vacation with your dog and enjoy Minnesota trails that are groomed for cross-country as well as for skijoring. 

Skijoring Minnesota

If you are not familiar with the sport of skijoring, it might best be described as a winter sport that is a combination of cross-country skiing and dogsledding. 

The word "skijoring" comes from the Norwegian word skikjøring that means "ski driving". 

Skijoring is done by a person on skis being pulled by a dog, or in some cases, a horse or motorized vehicle. Many people use just one dog; others prefer to use two. If you have two, similarly sized, dogs, they will both want to be included!

Skijoring equipment includes a skijoring harness worn by the skier, a sled dog harness worn by the dog and a rope that connects the dog and skier.

The sled dog's love of running, voice commands by the skier, and the shared power provided by both skier and dog are what provide the motion and the joy of skijoring.

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Many dog breeds are well suited for skijoring.

Very small dogs don't have the strength to participate in the sport but most larger dogs make great skijoring companions.

Some popular dogs for skijoring are Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds. Also often seen on the trails are Pointers, Setters and other "herding" breeds.

Skijoring is both a recreational and competitive sport.

Skijoring races are often held in conjunction with sled dog races and, in the United States, many races are sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association.

A highly acclaimed book about skijoring is Ski Spot Run: The Enchanting World of Skijoring and Related Dog-Powered Sports

You will likely find opportunities for skijoring at the same places that offer Dogsledding Tours.

Minnesota Ski Resorts will, at times, also be able to provide you with access to trails where you and your dog can enjoy this invigorating winter sport. 

Minnesota State Parks offer lots of hiking and cross-country ski trails. Check with your closest state park to see if they permit skijoring on their trails.



Tips on Trails for Skijoring Minnesota will give you much more detailed information about available trails, competitions and other skijoring news.

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