Barkie Birkie Skijor
Birkie Week 2021
2021 Barkie Birkie details will be available soon- stay tuned!
An opportunity for the dogs to show off their “Barkie Fever”!
Skijoring combines cross country skiing with dog power. The skier is attached to his/her dog with a belt and towline. The dog then runs ahead as the skier skis. Skijoring is a team sport which allows both human and canine counterparts to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.
Skijoring is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving. The sport has been around for hundreds of years and originally started using reindeer and wooden skis. The sport also uses horses, but dogs and cats are now the most common animals used in skijoring.
Most medium size dogs (30 pounds and up) who are trained properly can be candidates for skijoring.
All dogs must be sufficiently fit to be able to complete the course without risk of injury.
Dogs must be healthy and have up-to-date vaccinations.
The top three men and women in both Skijoring races–the 5K and 3K–will receive awards and all pre-registered skiers will be eligible for great raffle prizes.
New to the Sport?
Many ski shops and outdoor shops can help you fit and purchase skijoring equipment.
Skiers may skijor on the Seeley Hills Trails, Seeley, Wisconsin. From County OO take old Hwy OO to the trailhead.
Save the Date
Future Birkie Week Dates:
2021: February 25 – 27
2022: February 24 – 26
2023: February 23 – 25