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Skijoring - When Cross Country Just Isn’t Fast Enough!

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Do you have fomo over the sick outfits and full send vibes coming out of Skijoring events at Snow Days in Banff, Canada this month too? I know I do, and needed to find the Northeast USA equivalent ASAP. 

You may be asking: What the heck is Skijoring? A Norwegian word meaning “ski driving”, it’s essentially a person on skis being pulled by an animal or vehicle. You can even train your dog to do it! Gunstock Mountain in New Hampshire offers dog Skijoring lessons, and includes the needed equipment (just dress yourself and your pup appropriately). 

If you’re looking for Skijoring with horses, you should check out Somerset SnowFest in Maine for Skijor Skowhegan, Maine’s first equestrian Skijoring competition on February 24th! Horses with riders will race against the clock for the fastest time pulling their skier or snowboarder down a 1,000-foot groomed track filled with gates, rings, and even jumps. There will be separate divisions for skiers and boarders, and there’s still time to enter! If you need a partner you can check out the Skijor Maine Facebook group and find your other half.

If you’re just hoping to be a spectator, have no fear, there will be seating and a concession stand with hot food and drinks. Parking is $10, and leashed dogs are welcome. Dress warmly for this outdoor event, and consider bringing something to sit on since the bleachers are aluminum. 




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