Dog Skijoring Package
Experience the Combined Sport of Dog Sledding and Cross Country Skiing with Private Lessons in Aspen’s Picturesque Mountains
The St. Regis Aspen Resort invites guests to em”bark” on the sport of skijoring with private lessons in the quintessential mountain town of Aspen.
As a dog-friendly resort The St. Regis Aspen has partnered with a certified professional dog trainer to assist in training guests, and their dogs, in the art of skijoring. Those traveling without a dog have the opportunity to skijor with an adoptable pooch on loan from the Aspen Animal Shelter, when available, who would love nothing more than to spend hours running in the snow. A portion of proceeds goes towards the operating costs of the shelter.
Skijoring originated as a Scandinavian winter sport, in which athletes are pulled on skis by either a horse, dog, or motor vehicle. When skijoring with a dog, both the animal and owner wear a harness attached by a towline. While the human powers through the snow with skis and poles, the dog also pulls, allowing for the perfect harmony of teamwork. Guests can fully enjoy the sport with a basic understanding of cross-country skiing, and a dog that weighs at least 35 pounds with the energy, stamina, and willingness to take part. From that point, all that is needed is basic training.
“Skijoring allows for the thrill of dog sledding without having to own a whole team of dogs, and it’s an incredibly fun and safe way to bond and exercise with your pup,” says Seth Sachson, executive director of the Aspen Animal Shelter. “We’re excited to be working with The St. Regis Aspen for this series of classes – it’s a wonderful opportunity for our dogs to get some great exercise, attention, and love while they wait for someone to adopt them.”
Guests will spend the afternoon learning how to skijor in charming locations throughout Aspen, whether on a trail encapsulated by snow covered trees or an open field nestled at the base of a striking mountain, the experience is nothing shy of an adventure.
Each private lesson is two hours and includes use of the basic equipment for skijoring, with the exception of cross country skis and poles.
Private lesson rates start at $150 dollars per session and are available through mid-April 2018. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.