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Beginners and experienced skiers headed to Mount Spokane on Sunday to try cross-country skiing and skijoring, where up to two dogs can pull their owner down a trail.
They ran the spectrum from timid to exuberant – the canines and humans alike. But all were game to try a sport that combines Nordic skiing and dog sledding during a skijoring clinic at Mount Spokane on Sunday.
Some people are just born to go fast. Something is inherently given from their DNA that directs them to forget the intangibles and let go of all their inhibitions. It blocks out the instinctual fears that most of us experience when our bodies begin to move at uncomfortable rates of speed.
While skijoring behind dogs is becoming more popular in cross-country skiing venues, getting towed around an oval track, through slalom gates and over jumps by a spirited horse takes the sport to another level.
WINTERSPORTS – A clinic on skijoring – nordic skiing behind a dog – is scheduled for 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. next Sunday, Jan. 29, at Mount Spokane State Park sponsored by Spokane Nordic. The sport is a hoot and great exercise for the dogs, as I...
A Spokane nordic skier and his dogs have qualified for the big-leagues of skijoring.
WINTERSPORTS -- A Spokane nordic skier and his dogs have qualified for the big-leagues of skijoring. Team Hanks -- Louie (Australian shepherd), Lucky (border collie), Mountie (greyster) and Dan Hanks (human) have qualified to compete in the 2017 International Federation of Sleddog Sports World Championships...
WINTERSPORTS -- The groomed cross-country skiing trails at 49 Degrees North will be going to the dogs on Saturday, Jan. 23. Dogs will be allowed at the Nordic Center and on the trails for skijoring all day long when accompanied by their human wearing a...
Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs’ pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that’s finding a niche in the Inland Northwest. Skijoring – derived from a Norwegian word that means ski driving – involves being pulled on skis by various means including horses or motor vehicles.
Although winter weather arrived early this year, the season officially begins on Saturday. So what are you going to do about it? You could join the masses that cower inside and snivel for three months or get out and embrace the coldness. We dare you to take the plunge, even if it’s something short of the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Coeur d’Alene (noon at Sanders Beach). The Spokesman-Review Outdoors Department suggests you challenge yourself to trying at least one new way to enjoy the snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures.