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Skijoring takes a twist of the wrist, eh?

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For those who have met mrTC you can imagine him doing this when he has his extra dose of stupid, eh?
 
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Oh the humanity!  Somewhere there's a video posted of ski joring in downtown Breckenridge with horses pulling fools over jumps while they try to hook hanging rings with joust poles.

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Hmmmm.  And I thought Skijoring was an activity of the distant past.

When the first ski club in the US was formed in Ispheming, Yoop back in the 1880s, the main activities were ski jumping and skijoring.  Lift served downhill came several decades later.

Of course, Skijoring was done with horses rather than motorcycles back then.  I wonder if horse-based skijoring still exists anywhere?
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I posted this earlier

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/91738/steamboat-winter-carnival

Seeing it person is highly recommended to get the full experience. I can't even begin to see parents letting their kids do this here in the NY/NJ mid-atlantic area (I could see the NE ski areas)

Loading up a video now.....
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The bikes crash more than the riders!
Horses are more reliable here.
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

Hmmmm.  And I thought Skijoring was an activity of the distant past.

When the first ski club in the US was formed in Ispheming, Yoop back in the 1880s, the main activities were ski jumping and skijoring.  Lift served downhill came several decades later.

Of course, Skijoring was done with horses rather than motorcycles back then.  I wonder if horse-based skijoring still exists anywhere?

 


Yes, on the frozen surface of the lake in St. Moritz (CH)

We  (my friends and me) "played" an alternative with a vw beetle or a trial motorbike...
We were really young then....
post #7 of 20
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rlcpics/4367402893/?processed=1&cb=1266506966407

HEre's a video from the boat's Skijorning . It's on FLickr so I can't embed.
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1) I just realized that I have a friend in the city who owns a motorcycle.

2) I am definitely going to Steamboat next year for the winter carnival.
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  Nothing like a morning of watching Skijorning and shovel races, then over to ZZ's for PBR's and ribs.....

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1) I just realized that I have a friend in the city who owns a motorcycle.

2) I am definitely going to Steamboat next year for the winter carnival.
 
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 It's funny that you posted this TreckChick. My wife is the editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and she always talks about this crazy sport, and I plan on writing an article for the magazine on it to be published sometime next winter. I don't know a thing about it so I need to do all the research I can.
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 Phil, I've supported my husband in his various forms of motorcycle racing/riding for almost 24 years.  This is undoubtably the craziest thing I've seen that he'd consider.

One of my favourite forms of riding are trials bikes.
That's incredible.
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This has been the best winter for skijoring for decades. Races every saturday and sunday. 
The video is from the Amateur Championship of Latvia.

It isn't so crazy... Some motorcycle riders are / were professionals and now are catching some adrenaline between motocross seasons... As for skiers, I can bet that any of instructors here are better skiers... Skis - which isn't pity to scratch :D

About tires... Studless tires with a softer compound of rubber... They come from Russia. I guess there are quite many people who ride their bikes in winter. 
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Snow/ice tracks now are made in many fields, just pay 10$ and you can make some laps with your everyday car...
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 Phil, I've supported my husband in his various forms of motorcycle racing/riding for almost 24 years.  This is undoubtably the craziest thing I've seen that he'd consider.

One of my favourite forms of riding are trials bikes.
That's incredible.


Trial bikes...1983...
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post #14 of 20
Best of the season, 1st weekend in March,
 www.leadvilleskijoring.us
 
post #15 of 20
you need to go to Steamboat and cover the winter fest, its not just Skijoring, they use horses to pull the kids on shovels as well as for the ski jumping.
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 It's funny that you posted this TreckChick. My wife is the editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and she always talks about this crazy sport, and I plan on writing an article for the magazine on it to be published sometime next winter. I don't know a thing about it so I need to do all the research I can.
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Hey guys, I found a helmet we can wear while we're motorcycle skijoring:

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http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8220697
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crgildart, they do that race in leadvill every year, another good one at steamboat is the cowboy classic, its not a skijorign race but its a bunch of pbr riders and pro cowboys ski racing, its a blast to watch
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Shots from this weekend, The jumps R much bigger in Leadville then Steamboat!
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wow! yup much bigger jumps but I dont think they have kids much older than 10-12 who jump. That's really cool. 
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Just over a week ago we had a "traditional" (skiers pulled by horses) skijoring competition here. The people who were the best skiers (or snowboarders) were falling the most. They were used to motion caused by gravity and the horse pulling at their arms caused them to land on their face after jumps. The jumps for the horses were more dangerous for the skiers though - sometimes horses refused their jumps, stopped and started backing. Very difficult for the skier to get out of the way...
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