I get around a lot and I get to see and try lots of cool
stuff. But skijoring? It's new to me.
Here's how the PR folks at
the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism explain it:
"The sport of skijoring began several hundred years ago in
Scandinavian countries as a way to travel during the long winters.
Laplanders skied on Nordic skis holding the reins
attached to reindeer.In the mid 1950s, skijoring found its way to
North America, where ranchers attached a long rope to
the saddle horn of a horse that was ridden at high speeds down a
Currently, the sport of equestrian skijoring has become a
highly specialized competitive sport, where competitors must
navigate a course of jumps, gates and sometime spear rings. In some
parts of the world, skiers are pulled behind dogs, mules and
Gotta say it sounds like fun, atlhough probably not
appropriate for little ones. But my 16-year-old would think it was
a hoot. I don't even really like the snow or the cold, but this I
would try. The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel
and Mount Washington Resort
in New Hampshire offer learn-to-skijor vacations.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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