Winter Trekking

Unique Winter Activities

Skijoring

Reminiscent of water skiing, this majestic sport involves a skier hooked up to a dog or horse, then dragged around a course. 

First mentioned thousands of years ago by a visitor in China, skijoring is popular in any place that has winter snow. Competitive skijoring was first introduced during the 1901 Nordic Games. Most modern races are unsanctioned and can run anywhere between 3-12 miles long. 

With dog skijoring, any breed that can be harnessed and trained to pull will do, however, it's advised that the dog weigh over 40 lbs. The skier usually moves in the traditional cross-country way. If used during a race, the slide ski method will be used. 

Originally, reindeer were used in horse skijoring as a form of winter travel, however, horses are now used exclusively for competition. This version of skijoring requires less work on the skiers part, as the horse does all the heavy lifting. 

Backcountry Skiing 

 

Trek through a winter wonderland with pristine snow and breathtaking views that will truly make this winter one to remember. 

Backcountry skiing is characterized by going off the beaten track, to remote areas that are untouched by man. This is usually beyond the boundaries of ski resorts. Certain risks are inherent with this activity, so skiers must be on the look out for tree wells, avalanches, cliffs, rocks, and streams. 

Ice Climbing 

 

For those that like to get your adrenaline pumping, test your courage this winter and scale a wall of ice to reach some amazing views. 

Ice climbing first came about from rock climbing. Mountaineers would be forced to adapt to icy conditions at high altitudes, and so the sport was born. The first ice climbing competition was held in 1912 in Italy. 

Popular among the younger generation, ice climbing requires quick thinking and a lot of practice. There is risks of ice collapsing, avalanches, frostbite, and falling when participating in this sport, but ice climbing lovers say that's all a part of the rush. 

Would you try this daring sport?

Dog Sledding 

 

With paws pounding and your heart racing, mush through the country side on a dog-pulled sled. This unique experience will take you on an journey you will never forget. 

Historically, the preferred method of transportation in the icy tundra, dog sledding has become ubiquitous with winter snow. Teams will usually be comprised of Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, or Alaskan Huskies. These dogs are born with the innate ability to pull and are famous for their strength, speed, and endurance.