The sport of Skijoring has been around for a while, and continues to grow in popularity. Blending incredible athleticism, team work, and a touch of the old west, spectators and competitors alike thrill to the adrenaline rush. 

Sporting cowboy hats and ready smiles, seasoned horsemen prepare their horses with special shoes, and years of training, as their teammate dons his ski or snowboard gear, and tests the line connecting him to horse and rider.

Now the fun begins! Snow flies as horse and rider surge forward, often reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, pulling partner number three behind to navigate a track filled with technical jumps and twists and turns. It is indeed breathtaking to watch! These teams of three – horse, rider and skier,  seem to fly along the track, each member an integral part to the spectacle of Skijoring.

The Third Annual San Juan Skijoring Event will be held at the Ouray County 4H Event Center January 11, 12 and 13, 2019, tickets at the gate are $6 per day or $10 weekend passes. Spectators can watch events either at the track outdoors, or inside the event center via live stream, as they enjoy a variety of food and a full bar. This year,  the Utepils Beer Festival will be held on Saturday January 12 at the event center from 12-4pm. Entry into the beer garden is $20 and will include unlimited samples from 8+ breweries. 

The Schedule of events for the San Juan Skijoring Event are as follows:

Friday, January 11, 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Competitor Sign-up, Dinner and reception at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, (open to public.) After hours at Steps Tavern

Saturday, January 12, 2019

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM – Competitor Meeting at the Fairgrounds
12:00 PM – 12:03 PM – Flag Ceremony, Ouray County Fairgrounds
12:05 PM – 4:00 PM – Races Start- Juniors run first followed by Snowboarders, Novice, Sport, Open, and the Switch-a-roo to finish things off.
6:30 PM – 2:00 AM (overnight) – Dinner, Saturday Awards, Calcutta, and San Juan Skijoring Party. After hours at Steps Tavern

Sunday, January 13, 2019

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM – Competitor Meeting, at the Farigrounds
12:00 PM – 12:05 PM – Flag Ceremony, Ouray County Farigrounds
12:05 PM – 4:00 PM – Races Start- Juniors run first followed by Snowboarders, Novice, Sport, Open, and the Switch-a-roo to finish things off.
5:00 PM – Awards, FullTilt Saloon – time will be determined by what time races finish. After Party at Steps Tavern
Whether you are familiar with this sport, or interested in checking it out for the first time, this is the event not to miss this January! Plan to experience something new next weekend, while you enjoy all that Southwest Colorado has to offer. Guests of the Box Canyon Lodge who are coming for the Skijoring Event will receive an additional 10% discount for their stay with us as well! Nothing compares to a nice long soak in our all natural mineral hot springs after a day experiencing one of the most adrenaline boosting sports in the country!
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