Many people grumble when they see the first snowflakes starting to fall—but not people who enjoy skijoring! Waking up in the morning, they dash to the window to see if there is enough snow to hook up the dogs. Dogs? That's right—dogs!
Skijoring comes from the Norwegian word skikjøring, meaning "ski driving." In Norway, dog-powered sports are commonplace, but this sport has now spread to many other countries, Canada included.
The cross-country skier wears a skijoring harness (a wide belt) that attaches to a rope (a tug line), and a dog or dogs wear a dogsledding harness. One skier and one or two dogs work together to slice through the winter countryside.
Skijorers "speak" to their dogs using a number of commands. Here are just a few:
So stop grumbling and start skijoring—it's a great way to enjoy a winter day!
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