New Hampshire Skijoring
A Unique Winter Activity
What do you get when you cross dog sledding with nordic skiing? Skijoring, of course. The word skijoring is Norwegian in origin and quite literally mean “ski driving. Although most skijoring in American is done with dogs, horses have been used as well. Competitive skijoring usually involves one to three dogs, and the dogs are controlled solely by the skier’s voice alone. Ask us about NH Skijoring Vacations or share comments. To feature your business, contact us.
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Sure, you could go home and tell your friends you went skiing or snowboarding on your trip to New Hampshire. But imagine the looks you’ll get at the water cooler when you tell your co-workers you went skijoring! Yes, it’s a real word, formed by joining “ski” and the Norwegian word for drive, “jor”. The sport began in Scandinavia, where it has involved reindeer and horses as well as dogs, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in this country.
Basically, a skijorer is a cross-country skier harnessed to one or more dogs. Skijoring is a sport, and it requires a team effort; skiers don’t simply ride around while the dogs do the work. It isn’t just for huskies, either– skijoring can be done with active dogs of any breed as long as they’re not too small (under 30-40 pounds). Done right, skijoring is a great way for both you and your best friend to spend time together, enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape. And kids can do it, too!
Sound like fun? If you’ve already mastered the basics of cross-country skiing, all you need is a suitable dog and a few pieces of equipment. You should train the dog to use the harness before snow and skis enter the equation. You can also take lessons with experienced skijorers in the New England area. As with snowmobiling, don’t assume that any trail will do; make sure you have permission before you take off skijoring on someone’s property.
Interested in the idea, but don’t want to try it yourself? You can still watch! The New England Sled Dog Club and the Down East Sled Dog Club both sponsor skijoring races in New England, and spectators are always welcome.
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