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Skijoring is one of the fastest growing sled dog sports!
Although skijoring has been very popular in Scandinavia and Alaska for years, its popularity is rapidly spreading to other regions of the world. And well it should! As more races and tour companies feature skijoring, dog enthusiasts recognize it as an activity they can participate in with a couple of dogs and minimal equipment. (Most of the General Suppliers listed on our Equipment & Supplies page carry skijoring equipment.)
Skijor competitions associated with sprint races are often 3 to 10 miles in length, but in recent years there has been interest in longer, distance events.
You don't have to compete to enjoy skijoring with your dog--with minimal skijor equipment, an eager dog and a pair of cross country skis, you're on your way! Just be sure dogs are welcome are the trails you use. As with all sled dog sports, with a little digging you can probably find a mentor who will help you get started in this exciting sport. In the meantime, the following resources can help get you headed in the right direction!
If you are new to sled dog sports, I highly recommend that you review the Sled Dog Care Guidelines at the P.R.I.D.E. web site. The Exercise & Training section is particularly informative if you're new to conditioning a skijor team.
Just for fun: 16 Steps to prepare for the skijoring season
Many additional clubs offer skijoring classes at their organized events. Check the Race Schedule chart under Skijoring & Pulka for your area.
Skijor and Pulk Association
Midwest Skijorers ListServer: To subscribe send a message to SKIJORemail@example.com Leave the subject blank and put the word "subscribe" in the body of the message. Once you have subscribed, you will receive copies of messages that you and others send to the listserver.
Motion Winter Dog Sports Club of Manitoba
Check the Training Trails Page for skijor trails in your area
Special thanks to Scott Dahlquist and Kevin Murphy for their informative articles, photos and tireless promotion of skijoring.
Thanks also to all who have paved the way in introducing skijoring to a larger audience. One special person, Carol Kaynor, opened the door to competitive skijoring in the USA Midwest and the ISDRA sanctioning program by sharing existing Skijoring Rules with us "greenhorns" in the Lower 48 back in the early 90's.
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