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 wether 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.

The Mt. Spokane State Park Nordic Ski Area welcomes skijorers after 12 PM on Sun, Mon, Tues, or Thurs and all day on Wednesday on the following trails:

  • Linder Ridge & Mica Rd from the Selkirk Lodge as far as the intersection with Outer Limits and Tamarama/Junction 8

  • Lower Tripps from Brickel Creek bridge to Tripps Knob, out and back

  • 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. 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

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 Diana Roberts at skijorspokane@yahoo.com.  Join Skijor Spokane on Facebook.

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