Loppet Foundation

Loppet Skijor Introductory Session and On-Snow Clinic

There are two parts to this program – please register for both

Join Loppet Foundation resident Skijoring expert, Kevin Murphy, for an informative and inspiring presentation that will prepare you to be a great lead partner on your skijor team. In this FREE introduction to Skijoring session on Thurday, January 12 we will cover the history of skijoring, equipment needs, skiing ability and of course dogs. We will follow this introductory session with an on-snow session that will teach you the basics and help you to be able to train your dog. “We are not training dogs, we are training people to train dogs”, says Kevin.

Are you and your dog ready for this on-snow practical session? Quick self-test:

People need to know how to ski – you cannot be successful if you are starting from zero:

  • Are you able to ski downhill with some confidence?
  • Do you skate ski?

Dogs must have fundamentals of obedience training – skijoring is building.

  • Does your dog obey basic commands?

If you answered no to any of the above questions the practical session is beyond your current skill level.

In the On-Snow Clinic we will cover:

  • Getting your dog to pull
  • Training for starting, stopping, turning, passing
  • Skijoring in a group vs alone
  • Pointers for hill climbing, going down hill and racing
  • Q&A

Please register for one or both clinics. You may email questions to taylor@loppet.org.


Introductory Session: (Humans Only)

When: January 12, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Theodore Wirth Chalet, 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Cost: Free

On-Snow Session (Limited to 10)

Your Dog is needed
When: January 15, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the main parking lot – 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis 55422
Cost: $40.00


We highly recommend that both athletes get quality coaching. If you are new to skiing and/or want to improve, sign up for your own training in any of the following Loppet learning opportunities – Wirth Lessons, Loppet Ski Club or Loppet Nordic Racing programs. Contact Anthony to determine the option that best meets your needs at taylor@loppet.org.

Mark your calendars for the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival Feb 3-5. Come watch if you’re curious or come race if you’re ready for some great winter fun! Skijoring teams race around Lake Calhoun before finishing in Loppet Village at Lake Calhoun Center. 10 kilometer (about 6.2 miles), 5 kilometer, and 3 kilometer distances. With the grand finish in Loppet Village at Lake Calhoun Center, the Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet is a fan-favorite.