Loppet Foundation

Loppet Skijor Introductory Session and On-Snow Clinic

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

Join Loppet Foundation and experienced Skijorer, Torrey Swanson, 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 Saturday, January 6, local Loppet skijorer Torrey Swanson will introduce you to the sport, cover the basics, including the best gear to make your skijoring outing fun and safe for both you and your dog.  He will cover dog care, training, and conditioning.  He will also discuss other ways to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, including bikejoring (biking with dogs) and canicross (running with 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”.


Are you and your dog ready for this on-snow practical session?

People need to know how to ski – you cannot be successful if you are starting from zero. Are you and your dog ready for this on-snow practical session? Quick self-test:

  • Are you able to ski downhill with some confidence?
  • Do you skate ski?
  • 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. Dogs must have fundamentals of obedience training – skijoring is building.

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 downhill and racing
  • Q&A

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


Session Details and Registration

Free Introductory Session: (Humans Only)

When: January 6, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Theodore Wirth Chalet, 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Cost: Free

On-Snow Session 1 (Limited to 10 – Bring Your Dog)

When: January 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (arrive at 9:45 a.m.)
Location: Meet at the main parking lot – 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Cost: $40.00

On-Snow Session 2 (Limited to 10 – Bring Your Dog)

When: January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (arrive at 9:45 a.m.)
Location: Meet at the main parking lot – 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
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.