If Hidden Hills Had Snow…
How fun would this winter trip be for the family?
This equestrian winter sport is too good to not write about. When we saw this, we just had to share!
Each year, the town of Whitefish, Montana, hosts the World Ski Joring Championships. It claims to have the largest cash purse in the sport of more than $20,000!
Rated as one of the “Best Winter Trips 2014″ by National Geographic, Whitefish hosts this annual sport which consists of a single horse/rider pulling a person on skis. This brave soul carries no poles and simply hangs on for dear life (and skill) to a tow rope in a manner just like water skiing. Remarkably, the 1928 Winter Olympics had Skijoring as a demonstration sport.
According to the event’s website, Ski Joring has been part of the Whitefish Winter Carnival since the 1960’s. It was supposedly a wild and rowdy time for 50 years until the 1970s when injuries were plentiful and insurance was not. In 2003, “Local businessman Scott Ping spearheaded a successful campaign to bring this exciting event back as part of the Whitefish Winter Carnival.”
If only Hidden Hills had snow, couldn’t you just picture this type of event in our neighborhood?
If You Go
This season’s event is January 30–February 1, 2015
Lead photo by Donnie Sexton and courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism.