Unknown to some but familiar to many for hundreds of years, skijoring has become a popular winter sport. If you live in a mountainous town often covered in snow, you might understand why the first person ever strapped himself to a horse or reindeer to be towed across town. Today, it’s less of a form of travel—although we might argue for its revival—and more a competitive sport. Appearing first in the Nordic Games in 1901, it made its way to North America soon after. Here in Bear Lake, we have our very own event—Skijoring the Bear.
Join us for this exhibition event where you can learn all about the sport. By definition, skijoring is being pulled by any motorized vehicle (motorcycles, snowmobiles) or animal. Watch as skiers are pulled by horse through a ski course, around gates, and over jumps at Heritage Park and Garden City Pond. Curious participants can try their hand at skiing at high speed behind a horse in the demo portion after the display. There will also be a timed competition with prizes for experienced skijourers. Please bring your own skis and helmet if participating.
If you’re hesitant to participate, don’t worry, skijouring is just as fun to watch as it is to ride. This fast-paced activity will have you cheering along with each jump. It’s also a great opportunity to gather in the community for a truly unique event not found in many other places. Local outfits MW Quarter Horses and Beaver Creek Lodge will provide horses for the event. Join us for what is sure to be a wild day of fun.