This Popular Winter Sport in Montana Will Get Your Heart Racing
Montana is home to a lot of things. Beautiful scenery, world-class skiing, cowboys, and cattle ranches galore, just to name a few.
During the winter, people from all over the world travel to western Montana to go skiing and take advantage of all of the amazing mountain terrain that the state has to offer.
As mentioned above, there are a lot of cowboys and skiers in Montana. When those two cultures collide, you get a sport like skijoring. Skijoring is basically skiing behind a horse that's pulling you while running at full speed. According to a description on Wikipedia, the skier can also be pulled by dogs or a vehicle. However, horses are the primary choice for skiers in Montana.
Skijoring is extremely popular in Europe, according to an article in Horse Illustrated Magazine back in 2008.
In recent years, skijoring has gained quite a bit of popularity in Montana and throughout many western states. Many states have skijoring competitions during the winter months.
A video of a Montana skijoring event posted on TikTok in early February has been viewed over 8 million times. It shows a skier flying through an obstacle course while being pulled behind a horse. The skier even jumps over an open flame, somewhat of a modern-day homage to Jack & Jill.
The Red Lodge Ski-Joring Association is hosting the National Finals Ski-Joring Races this weekend (March 12-13) in Red Lodge, Montana. Races will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days. If you want to check it out, you get more information about the event here.