Skijoring on Mt. Spokane

Skijoring (a Scandinavian word meaning “ski-drive”) with dogs is becoming a popular winter sport among those who enjoy exercising with their pooch.  Skijoring is a team sport where both dog and human work together to cover distance on the trail, so whether you own a 20 lb Corgi or a 140 lb Bernese Mt Dog, skijoring is an excellent way to enjoy the groomed trails on Mt. Spokane.

Skijoring is only allowed on the following groomed Nordic trails at Mt. Spokane State Park:

  • Linder Ridge 

  • Mica 

  • Lower Tripps

  • Upper Tripps (uphill only)

  • Dogs and humans are allowed to use the warming hut at Tripp’s Knob

Signs are posted at the relevant intersections.

Skijoring is allowed Sunday through Thursday after 12:00 pm and all day on Wednesday.

 

Skijoring Rules:

 

  • Dogs must be on a harness and attached to the human skier at all times. A dog leashed on a collar and running with a skier is not allowed.

  • Dog owners are responsible to ski under control and keep their dogs under control at all times. 

  • When meeting and/or passing other skiers, the skier and the dog must be together on the same side of the trail.

  • Dog owners must pick up and carry out dog waste.


Skijor Clinics & Events

Clinics are held on Mt. Spokane.  For more information and upcoming clinic dates, visit the skijor clinics page.

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 Lodge. $10 a day, Sundays only.

 

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.

If you have questions about skijoring and skijor events, or would like to connect with other skijorers, email Kate Burns at kate.murphy.burns@gmail.com.  

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