Skijoring

Skijoring in Vermont

A Unique Winter Activity

Vermont ski resortsA fast=growing Vermont winter sport is called Skijoring. Lots of people go skiing or snowboarding on their trip to New England, but if you really want a story to tell, go skijoring! The word “skijoring” means “ski driving” in Norwegian. The sport began in Scandinavia, where it has involved reindeer and horses as well as dogs, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in throughtout this country. Share Vermont winter vacation comments, or feature your Vermont business,  contact us.

VT Winter Vacations: Skijoring



vermont skijoring Basically, a skijorer is a cross-country skier harnessed to one or more dogs. Skijoring requires a team effort; skiers don’t simply ride around while the dog does the work. It isn’t just for huskies, either– skijoring can be done with active dogs of any breed as long as they’re not too small (under 30-40 pounds). Done right, skijoring is a great way for you and your best friend to spend time together, enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape. And kids can do it, too!


If you’ve already mastered the basics of cross-country skiing, all you need is a suitable dog and a few pieces of equipment. You should train the dog to use the harness before there is snow on the ground or skis on your feet. You can also take lessons with experienced skijorers in the New England area. As with snowmobiling, don’t assume that any trail will do; make sure you have permission before you take off skijoring on someone’s property.

If you’re interested in skijoring but don’t want to try it yourself, you can still watch! The New England Sled Dog Club and the Down East Sled Dog Club both sponsor skijoring races in New England, and spectators are always welcome.

– Jenn for VTLiving.com

SKIJORING EQUIPMENT SALE

  • ★ Security clips on the belt - Unlike other hands free leashes which can have your dog break free as a result of the belt unlatching, our professional leash has a support mechanism that is designed with 2 stainless steel clasps that take all the tension off the plastic buckle and divide the pulling force to both sides of the belt!
  • ★ Made for medium and large dogs -If you have a large dog, you need a leash that absorbs shocks and allows you to control it without breaking stride. Provided with a strong, yet flexible bungee, and stainless steel clips, this hands-free dog leash is perfect for you!
  • ★ Perfect Control - Being able to fully control your dog may be crucial, especially when crossing a busy street. The easy grip control handle on the bungee will allow you a firm, yet smooth hold on your dog whenever you need to keep it out of harm's way!
  • ★Hands free or hands-on- Whether you prefer a hands-free leash or a traditional one, we've got you covered. Provided with a convenient rubber handle, our professional leash can be switched from hands-free to hands-on in a matter of seconds!
  • ★ We stand behind our products - Made from high-quality materials. We are confident in our Hands-Free Dog Leash. In the unlikely event that our dog bungee leash is not right for your pet, don't hesitate to contact us.
  • Carhartt Shock Absorbing Dog Leash. Training-ready durable nylon webbing dog leash
  • Specifically designed to handle an eager pup who’s still pulling every which way. It has an elastic shock-control zone for greater flexibility, a lined handle for increased comfort, and a bottom handle for more control
  • Durable nylon webbing with duck canvas weave with reflective triple needle stitch for low-light visibility. Elastic shock control zone eases static jolting to the dog and owner
  • Rugged metal trigger claw clasp - glove-friendly. Rugged slotted metal D-ring that maneuvers up and down leash for adjustable attachment options
  • Sizing: 6' Length 1" Width
  • Dog Lift Harness with Large Handle: Padded carrying handle offers protection and instant grip. You can assist your dog over obstacles or gain instant control while outing or training. Good for helping old or disabled dogs go up/down stairs and get on/off cars. Ideal for pet support and rehabilitation.
  • Customized Fit with 5 Adjustable Straps: 5 Adjusting points (3 around the neck and 2 around the chest/belly) designed to ensure a snug fit with maximum mobility and room for growth and certain stretch. Quick-release buckles make the harness easy to wear, saving time.
  • Maximum Comfort: Breathable padded air mesh ensures optimal coziness during extending walks, training, and any outdoor adventures. Soft sponges reduce skin friction, giving extra protection. Back D-ring for relaxed walking. Evenly disperse pulling pressure to prevent choking.
  • Durable Material & Safety: Heavy-duty polyester webbing, provides reliable strength and ensures safety for daily use. The back metal D-ring is sealed, sturdy, and effective no-pull to control your dog with less effort. The super-bright reflective strips provide good visibility in the dark, to ensure a safe walk both day and night.
  • Escape Proof: There are 3 straps on the chest and belly that prevent him/her from escaping. The straps hold your dog in place and provide a more secure restraint. Perfect for larger breeds and extra-active canine companions.
  • EASY GLIDE BELT CLIP: Unlike other hands free leashes which force your leash to stay in one position, our durable clip smoothly slides along the lightweight belt allowing your dog move easily from side to side which means more freedom for you and your pup.
  • ADEQUATE RUNNING ROOM: Your dog can comfortably run in front of you, or beside you, without feeling like you are stepping on their heels. The 4 foot leash is long enough to provide plenty of space and stretches out to 5 feet when fully extended.
  • BEST FOR MEDIUM and LARGE DOGS: A strong durable bungee is placed between the two handles to keep your dogs pulling to a minimum and to absorb shock. To get the full benefits of the leash we recommend your dog be at least 30 lbs, as smaller dogs are not typically strong enough to utilize the bungee in our leash.
  • EASILY CONTROL YOUR DOG: It's no fun having to stop right in the middle of an energetic run. Our two conveniently placed handles allow you to control your pup without breaking stride. Use a hands on approach with the handle by your hip to guide your dog back on track, or the collar handle for more direct control in tight situations.
  • REFLECTIVE THREAD & QUALITY MATERIAL: Designed with luminous reflective stitching that run the length of the leash and the 48" belt to insure you stay safe and visible on your late evening runs. LIFETIME GUARANTEE: Our leash will improve your walks and runs with your dog, or your money back!
  • THE ULTIMATE ROTATING DOG EXERCISER the spinning rod dog bicycle leash. No more pushing and pulling. With the rotating leash, your dog is free to run beside you, moving from side to side of the bike without endangering him or you and allowing him more space.
  • IN JUST ONE SNAP! the dog bike mount is attached and you’ll be off on a different bike riding experience - The special release mechanism on this dog leash for bikes enables you to quickly attach and detach the carbon fiber handle. Adjust the leash to suit your dog.
  • NO EXTRA WEIGHT To Hinder You On Your Ride: Made of strong, light carbon fiber, 10 times stronger and 15 times lighter than steel,
  • INTERNAL SHOCK-ABSORBING MECHANISEM specially designed to absorb any sudden movement from your pet thus keeping you balanced on your bike as if you were on your own. So enjoy the freedom and ride far.
  • WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON EXCELLENTCUSTOMER SERVICE SO FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US AT ANY TIME.
  • Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Hydropull Hood. Nike Therma-Fit keeps athletes dry, providing heat retention
  • Flat seam construction lies smooth against the head
  • Form fitting comfort on its own or under the helmet
  • Offers full facial protection that extends below the neck line
  • Carhartt label sewn on front
  • Prev. Name: Acrylic Watch Hat
  • COMFORTABLE SAFETY - Ski helmet built for both comfort and safety. Equipped with REINFORCED ABS SHELL & SHOCK-ABSORBING EPS CORE.
  • CHOOSE BETWEEN 13 DIFFERENT COLOR OPTIONS - Sleek design available in 13 different color combinations for you to choose from. All in matte finish.
  • ADJUSTABLE SIZE - Size adjustment dial for a perfect fit. EASY TO WASH removable ear pads & inner fleece liner.
  • BEST-IN-CLASS VENTILATION - Equipped with 14 individual vents for next-level ventilation for HOURS OF COMFORTABLE SKIING.
  • WHAT YOU GET - 1 x OutdoorMaster Ski Helmet, OutdoorMaster's friendly customer service.
  • 100% acrylic stretchable rib-knit fabric
  • Thinsulate Flex 40-gram insulation for warmth
  • Overlock stitching around eye opening
  • Extra-long neck enhances cold-weather protection
  • Carhartt label sewn on front
  • WATER RESISTANT & WINDPROOF FABRIC - This Balaclava hood is made from water resistant and windproof fleece thermal fabric to effectively reduces the cold index. But it is not full waterproof, it is okay in the light rain but not long time.
  • BREATHE FREELY - This full face cover has a breathable mesh design on the nose and mouth part so that you can breathe freely while still keeping warm.
  • UNISEX BALACLAVA HAT - Stretchable fabric to fits most heads, it is a good winter gear for men and women.
  • GOOD DESIGN - It is a multi-fuctional balaclava, such as, neck warmer, cold weather face cover, head protection from cold, wind, sprinkle and dust. It can be used as neck scarf, bandana and winter cap. The black color can match almost each kind of design and color of clothes.
  • GOOD CHOICE IN WINTER FOR - Skiing, Snowboarding, Cycling, Motorcycle, Hunting, Hiking, Climbing, Airsot paintball, Tactical training and so on...
  • 100% Other Fibers
  • Imported
  • 85 grams ThermaTech Insulation offers warmth in a lightweight, low bulk garment (keeps you warm at temperatures from 20 to 35 degrees)
  • Adjustable comfort suspenders for the perfect fit with elasticized side gussets for maximum motion
  • 600 Denier Ballistic are used to reinforce the ankle, scuff and hem guards to hold up against daily wear and tear
  • Boot zippers for easy on and off, along with convenient O-ring for keys/gloves/lift tickets
  • Boot gaiters with grippers form a seamless integration with boots to keep warmth in and moisture out
  • Adjustable suspenders offer customized fit, plus elasticized side gussets to accommodate extra mobility
  • ♥ Keep Warm & Windproof : The winter windproof gloves has soft and comfortable tricot Lining and It is thick enough to keep hands warmth in cold. The gloves adjustable buckle wrist strap and the drawstring closure is effectively prevents against cold air outside. When you use it, your hands will stay away from the cold and relieve Raynaud disease.
  • ♥Waterproof & Zipper Pocket : The Winter gloves back hand is a high-density water-repellent polyester cloth and high breathable TPU waterproof membrane on the interlayer, which prevents external water from entering while draining internal sweat and moisture, keeping palms dry at all times.The pocket is easy to carry keys, ID cards or litter cashes as well as smaller size gloves warmers.
  • ♥ Wear Resistance & Durable: Soft full covered PU palm and reinforced rubber fingers ensures strong and flexiable hand grip in skis. Nose wipe fabric is available in the thumb finger. Thick gloves premium Anti-slip PU leather enhance grip and prevent daily wear and tear. You can use thumb and forefinger to touch phones or other touchscreen devices when wearing it.
  • ♥ Multifuctional & Ergonomic Design: The Ski gloves is multifuctional to use in cold winter cycling, driving, riding, running, shoveling snow and other winter outdoor sports activities.Bendable fingers give you more flexibility and movement,A convenient lock can tie the two gloves together to prevent loss.
  • ♥ Best Choice For Winter Gifts: The snug-fit winter gloves is the warmest.It is practical christmas and birthday gift for family or friends. It will be a best winter parent-child gift Which choosing the fittest size running gloves for a festival gift from size according to the “size chart” diagram, for your familes use snow gloves to close your distance from your child !
  • 【High Cotton Socks Keep Foot Warm】Made of Combed Cotton ( 86.1% Cotton,12.2% Chinlon, 1.7% Spandex), 2x thicker than regular kids warm socks. And Super thick, touch soft, breathe freely, absorb sweat winter socks keep children's little toes warm all the day.
  • 【All Day Comfort】 Winter snow socks added reinforced toe and heel, which provides additional cushion for comfort and right thickness to allow the ski socks to fit comfortably in ski boots or snowboard boots, but effectively relieving foot friction and fatigue. Ski socks is moisture wicking, and preventing any buildup of sweat. They are breathable and thermal regulating to prevent blisters and sore on your toes during skiing.
  • 【Kids Knee High Warm Socks】 Flexible warm socks is knee high length, could cover your calf all around, and helps keeping your foot always at optimal level warmth. Perfect fit foot that is comfortable elastic cuff design which is not tight, it's easy to put them on but don't squeeze legs. In addition, it don't fall down or loose after long time wear.
  • 【Small Ski Socks】Sole length is 7.08inch/18cm, total length is 10.6inch/27cm. Small size fit for 3-15 Years Old chid. Suitable for winter skiing, snowboarding, hiking, skating, riding, other snow sports ,daily boots wear, christmas socks in cold winter areas. Adorable girls socks with atractive color and cute peach heart pattern design, very easy to match clothes everyday, as well as shows your Kids lovely and active character. Your kids could wear novelty snow socks whether indoor or outdoor.
  • 【Great Christmas Gift Idea】Warm ski socks protect your all round foot, and keep your foot warm all day. The warm socks come with 2pair in Blue/ Green 2 color, don't need to waste time on selecting colors. And is a great Christmas and birthday gift set for your son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter, your friends' toddler boy/girl. KUYOU Provide 30 Days Money Back to All Customers if there is any quality problem of our product.
  • Lightweight, comfortable mens tracksuits made with polyester material and stylish design, fits for all seasons active wear.
  • Jacket with full front zpper offers easy on-and-off. 2 side zippered hand pockets to store your personal items safely while exercising.
  • Stand-up collar provides extra coverage and protection . Ribbed hem and cuffs seal in warmth.
  • Straight leg pants come with 2 zippered pockets; drawstring closure to fit waist better.
  • TBMPOY Men's Tracksiuts great for running, workout, training, jogging, hiking, outdoor activities and daily casual wear.
  • ❄ Waterproof & Breathable: Kids snowboard jacket is made of professional water repellent teflon coated,waterproof rain jacket will protect kids all-around effectively,keep body dry and warm all day,also can fights bad rainy or misty weather.
  • ❄ Windproof--Boy's snowboarding jacket with elastic drawcord detachable hooded and hem help seal in warmth. Adjustable hook-and-loop closure cuffs provide custom fit with your children gloves. High-quality SBS zipper is matched with windproof placket, perfectly locks the warmth.
  • ❄ Functional Pockets--Boy winter jacket with waterproof chest zipper pocket(ski pass pocket), 2 zippered micro fleece handwarmer pockets.
  • ❄ Humanized Design--Boy's snow jacket with adjustable helmet-compatible hood, smoothly taffeta liner arm design makes the movement more flexible. Durable tear resistance Armpit design.
  • ❄ Occasion & Customer Service--This boy winter coat is suitable for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, traveling, daily wear etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will provide 100% satisfaction customer service.

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Skijoring – A growing winter sport
Photos by Randy Brickell and John Sandberg courtesy of SkijorNow.com

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