Sunday, January 15, 2012

Skijoring

Skijoring ('skē-jȯr-iŋ) is a winter sport where you are pulled on snowskis by a horse, a dog (or dogs), or motor vehicle.  It is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning "ski driving".  I well remember being towed at the end of a rope tied to the rear bumper of my Dad's Buick in the middle of some farmer's field outside of Lethbridge, Alberta, in the late 1950's.  Highly illegal these days of course, skijoring was only terrifying back then.  The fields were frozen stubble - great for the Buick, but not so great for skis with kids attached.  (From what I can tell researching the topic, skijoring is preferably done behind dogs or horses - not Buicks!)  Behind horses it can be done with either the skier guiding the horse via a harness, or a rider (with the rope attached to the saddle horn) guiding the animal.  And remember, as in the accompanying photo, long skirts for women and tailcoats for men are de rigueur.