Skijoring on Mt. Spokane Winterfest Clinic Registration

 
Skijoring (a Scandinavian word meaning “ski-drive”) with dogs is becoming a popular winter sport among those who enjoy exercising with their pooch!

Mt Spokane Nordic area welcomes skijorers on Sunday after 12 PM and Wednesday all day  on the following trails:

  • Linder Ridge & Mica Rd from the Selkirk Lodge as far as the intersection with Buck Land
  • Lower Tripps from Brickel Creek bridge to Tripps Knob out and back
  • Linder Ridge Rd & Mica Rd as far as Junction 8/Tamara
  • Upper Tripps one-way/uphill only from Tripps Knob/Junction 11 to Mica Rd/Junction 9
Signs are posted at the relevant intersections.


Skijorer responsibilities

  • The skier may have 1 or 2 dogs, which must be on harness. The dogs may not be leashed on a collar and running with a skier.
  • Dog owners must “pick up” after their dogs to keep the trail clean for other users. Please carry poop bags off the mountain as there is no on-site disposal.
  • Skijorers must keep their dogs under control at all times and be courteous to other trail users.
  • When meeting other skiers, the skier and the dog must be together on the same side of the trail.


Skijor Clinics & Events

All Skijor Clinics have passed for this season, check back next season for new class offerings.

Skijoring is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy the the outdoors with your pup in winter! We've had a whole range of dogs enjoy the clinic - from a 20 lb Corgi to a 140 lb Bernese Mt Dog.

Comments from recent participants were, "This was fantastic, so much fun!Experience with Nordic skiing is recommended. Your provide your ski gear and dog, the skijor gear (dog harness, tug line, and human belt) is included in the clinic fee. Class size is limited, so don't procrastinate! You will also need a SnoPark Pass and Groomed Area Permit to display in your car.


Gear Rental

Skijor gear (an adjustable dog harness, tug-line, and belt for the human) is available for rent from the Fitness Fanatics trailer at the Selkirk. $10 a day, Sundays only.

If you have questions about skijoring and skijor events, or would like to connect with other skijorers, email Diana Roberts at skijorspokane@yahoo.com.  Join Skijor Spokane on Facebook.


Skijoring as a competitive sport 

Skijoring is more than a great way to exercise yourself and your pet, for some people the sport becomes an unrivaled passion.  Here is a great video of how far you can actually go in the sport.  You can read more from our local Skijoring enthusiast Dan Hanks in a SNSA blog post.


Local skijor team to represent US at 2017 World Championships

We're delighted that a local skijor team will represent the US at the IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) World Championships at Haliburton, Ontario, starting January 24th 2017!

Dan Hanks and his dogs practice frequently on the Mt Spokane State Park Nordic trails. See link below.

http://www.kxly.com/features/coeur-dalene-man-takes-winter-sport-hobby-to-international-competition/267558663

Lucky, Louie, and Dan will skijor 9-mile races in each of a 2-day competition. Mountain Man and Dan will compete in a 1-day 7-mile race.




Spokane Nordic is committed to creating, developing and delivering programs to foster Nordic skiing
within the greater Spokane Community through efforts of organization, advocacy, and communication.

Spokane Nordic Ski Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 501, Spokane, WA, 99210

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