Skijoring

One Woman and her dog

 

It is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving.

Skijoring with a dog is a sport in which a dog(s) assist a cross-country skier. One to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are no reins or other signaling devices to control the dog; the dog must be motivated by its own desire to run, and respond to the owner’s voice for direction.

Many breeds of dog participate in skijoring, the only prerequisite is a desire to run down a trail and pull, which is innate in many dogs. Small dogs are not often seen skijoring as they do not greatly assist the skier, however, since the skier can provide as much power as is required to travel, any enthusiastic dog can participate.

The sport is practiced recreationally and competitively, both for long distance travel and for short (sprint) distances.Skijor races are held in many countries where there is snow in winter. Most races are between 5 kilometers and 20 kilometers in length.

The longest race is the KALEVALA held in Kalevala, Karelia, Russia, with a distance of 440 kilometres (270 mi). Next is the River Runner 120 held in Whitehorse, Yukon, with a distance of 120 miles (190 km). In the United States and Canada, skijoring races are often held in conjunction with sled dog races, skijoring being just one category of race that occurs during the day’s activities.

In Scandinavia, skijor racing is tightly associated with the older Scandinavian sport of Pulka.

{extract taken from Wikipedia}

 

 

Video of Steve & Skye skijoring Ben Rinnes in February 2015:
Skijoring with Skye