Skijoring is a winter sport that entails being pulled along by dogs, a horse, or a motor vehicle while on cross country skis. The term skijoring is derived from the Norwegian word skikjoring, which means ski driving.
In dog skijoring a person on Nordic skis wears a skijoring harness that is attached by rope to a harness with one to three dogs. The dogs can be classic sled dog breeds such as Huskies or Malamutes, but can also be almost any other breed as long as they are not too small (under 30 to 40 pounds).
Equestrian skijoring is similar but the dogs are replaced by a horse.
Skijoring is not for the novice cross country skier. In addition to being fairly competent at cross country skiing, you should have some training. Your dogs will also need to be trained.
Skijoring is practiced both recreationally and competitively.
Beyond being a competent skier, and having trained dogs, you need to be sure that dogs are welcome on the trails you intend to use. To help you out with that, below you will find skijoring resources and places where you can go skijoring in New England.
Skijoring Clubs Associations
The Bethel Inn Resort – Have a 1.5 mile dog-friendly loop trail where you can skijor.
The Bethel Inn Resort
21 Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-654-0125
Gunstock Mountain – Have 15km of dog-friendly trails for skijoring. The have harness rentals and provide private skijoring lessons.
719 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 03249
Phone: 603-293-4341 X191
New England Dogsledding – Offers 2-hour private lessons and 3-hour group lessons. Contact them at:
New England Dogsledding
591 Kings Highway
Mason Township, Maine 04217
New Hampshire Skijoring
Mount Washington Resort – Have 15km of dog-friendly trails that may be used for skijoring.
Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, NH 03575 800-314-1752
Atii Sled Dogs – Provide skijoring gear and lessons. You provide the dogs.
Atii Sled Dogs
Mad River Valley
Moretown, VT 05660
Eden Dogsledding – Offer skijoring lessons. They provide skijoring equipment, you provide the dogs. Contact them at:
Peace Pups Dogsledding – Offer skijoring lessons with their dogs or yours. Contact them at:
Peace Pups Dogsledding
Lake Elmore, VT 05657
The Wildflower Inn – Dog friendly inn that allows skijoring on their trails. You must provide the dogs and equipment.
The Wildflower Inn
2059 Darling Hill Road
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Toll-Free Phone: 800-627-8310