SKIJORING IN MT SPOKANE STATE PARK

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.

WHERE

Skijoring is only allowed on these groomed 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 -


WHEN

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

 


OTHER 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

Get skiing with your best friend!
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Make the Most of Winter! Learn to skijor with your best furry friend in a fun, 2.5 hour, paws-on-snow clinic at the Mt Spokane State Park Nordic Ski area.

Learn Skijor trail etiquette, plus teach your dog to Pull, Stop, and Pass other teams safely.

ONLINE SCHEDULE

4:00 p.m. Meeting (you will receive a link prior to the meeting)

4:45 p.m. Q&A

 

ON-SNOW SCHEDULE

1:00 -1:30 pm Check-in and gear fitting

1:30 -2:30 pm Skijoring on the snow.  Meet at the start of Linder, just below the Selkirk Lodge.

2:30 pm  Return gear and adjourn

STUDENTS PROVIDE

1. Their own dog + pulling harness if they have one

2. Their own Nordic skis, poles, and boots, or rented gear. Previous Nordic skiing experience is helpful.

3. Sno Park Pass and Groomed Area Permit for your car (learn more here)

 

CLINIC DATES

Online: January 2 or 9

On-snow: January 3 or 10

LOCATION

Selkirk Lodge, Mt Spokane State Park Nordic Area

 

FEE

$25 per human-dog team. Gear rental (dog harness + human belt+ tug line) included.

 

QUESTIONS
Contact Kate Burns at kate.murphy.burns@gmail.com.

***If you’re interested in learning more about skijoring but live in Central or Western Washington, please contact Karen Behm at nwsleddog@gmail.com or go to www.NWSDA.org.***

COVID Update
Due to current in-person gathering restrictions, we will be hosting the off-snow education and information portion of the skijor clinic on-line in 2021.  After completing the online portion of the clinic, you will be able to attend the on-snow clinic.  Please select one on-line clinic and one on-snow clinic per registration.

 

At this time, we are still able to provide loaner skijor equipment for you and your dog.  (This includes a human belt, bungee line, and dog harness).  

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we find creative ways to introduce you and your dog(s) to the fabulous sport of skijoring.

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.

 

Competitive Skijoring

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.  

Join Skijor Spokane on Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How many dogs can I bring to the clinic?

One individual may bring up to two dogs, however, we suggest that when learning how to skijor, humans should start with one dog.  The $25 registration fee is per human-dog team.

 

Can I bring other family members?

Yes, we encourage family members to attend the clinic together.  The $25 registration fee covers the one human-dog team, no matter how many humans attend to learn about the sport.

 

Do I classic or skate ski while skijoring?

You can either classic or skate ski when skijoring. Traditionally (and competitively), humans skate ski behind their dogs, but when learning, classic skiing works great too.

 

Does my dog have to wear booties?

No, your dog does not have to wear booties for the clinic.  Booties will be covered during the informational off-snow portion of the clinic.

 

Do I have to pick up my dog’s poop?

Yes, at Mt. Spokane State Park’s Nordic ski area, you are required to pick up all dog feces immediately and carry it with you on the trail.  Therefore, we suggest that you attend the clinic with a fannypack or backpack and carry lots of strong dog poop bags (old bread bags work well).