How Did I nOt Know About Ski-Jorging?
I have no idea how I didn't know about this being that I am born and raised right here in Montana! Horses and skiing?! Are you kidding me! This seems like something that would be a blast for the whole family and your friends to check out!
It’s WINTER FUN…WESTERN STYLE,
and we’re hoping that you will join us!
What is Red Lodge Ski-Joring All About?
•Red Lodge Ski-Joring Association has been hosting the National Finals Ski-Joring Races since 1986. Ski-Joring originated in Scandinavian countries as a form of winter transportation.
•The west has transformed this into an action packed competition wherein teams of horse, rider and skier negotiate a 700+ foot course, the horse and rider taking a track to the inside of the course while the skier in tow, negotiates 20-some slalom gates and four jumps in hopes of completing two fast, clean runs. That isn’t so easy at speeds sometimes topping 25 mph.
•Awards go to the fastest combined times for the two day event as well as fastest times each day.
•There is a separate Long Jump competition wherein the rider and horse pull their skier over one jump for the longest distance each day. Distances have exceeded 60 feet!
•Races start at noon both days and conclude at approximately 3pm. This year we will again have family fun events including wagon rides, a warming tent, and s’mores station.
•Join us Saturday night at the Elk's Lodge for a Calcutta of the Open, Sport, and Long Jump divisions, where proceeds benefit two local charities. And on Sunday we will be hosting our second annual chili cook-off to benefit the Baretooth Cupboards (our local foodbank).