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Clinics prep skiers, dogs for skijoring

Skijoring with dogs is is allowed on designated groomed nordic skiing trails twice a week at Mount Spokane State Park (Diana Roberts)
Skijoring with dogs is is allowed on designated groomed nordic skiing trails twice a week at Mount Spokane State Park (Diana Roberts)

WINTERSPORTS -- Skiers can learn to have a wild time with their dogs during skijoring clinics this season.

Skijoring is a sport in which a person wearing skis is drawn over snow dog-sledding style by one or more dogs. Clinics include:

  • Jan. 8 at the Spokane REI store. Spaces limited. Sign up in advance. The in-store clinic (no dogs allowed) will discuss the sport, equipment, local opportunities and what it takes to get started.
  • Jan. 11 or later, an on-snow clinic with dogs is being organized by Skijor Spokane, a group organized on Facebook.

At Mount Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park, the times and groomed nordic trails open to skijoring have expanded dramatically this year: Skijoring will be allowed:

  • Noon to dusk on Sundays and all day on Wednesdays.
  • On Upper Tripps, but uphill only. That means skijorers going out Lower Tripps from Brickel Creek Bridge No. 1 may turn around at Tripps Knob or continue to climb Upper Tripps.
  •  On Mica Road to the end at Junction 8.

 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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