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Published By Todd Lucier on December 20th, 2005 in Edge Insider
Cross Country skiing is my favorite winter sport so combining it with two or three dogs sounded too good to be true. As I hooked up my harness and waited patiently for my team to be hooked up as well I thought for a second, “what have I gotten myself into?” As we raced through the forest I tried my best to keep my balance and at the same time enjoy the beauty that surrounded me.
My team for the day consisted of Ed, (our lead Dog Sledding guide this season) and my partner Chris. Ed followed behind me skijoring as well, and managed to do a face plant in the snow only once or twice! Chris choose to do a bit of Dog Sledding instead which was equally enjoyable, especially down any steep hills. The only problem we ran into was a mature porcupine dangling from a branch ready to fall graciously to the ground to be tackled by 8 curious puppies. A messy situation that we luckily avoided.
You don’t really need much in terms of equipment to enjoy skijoring other than a good pulling dog or two, a pair of skis, a harness, and a bit of snow.
Next time I’ll be sure to bring the camera because you can bet that I’ll be enjoying it a bit more this season!