Winter Adventures

Skijoring

Dog lovers will want to take part in a very Minnesotan experience – skijoring! Skijoring, which is derived from the Norwegian word for “ski driving,” is a wonderful winter sport where you cross-country ski while being pulled around by your dog. All you need is a dog, a pair of skis (classic skis are preferable) and a pulling harness.

woman competing in the skijoring loppet

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Theodore Wirth is the perfect place to skijor. There are 5 different skijoring trails to choose from, ranging in length from 1.1 – 2.2 km and offering sweeping views of downtown Minneapolis and Wirth Lake. Please note that dogs are only allowed on designated skijoring trails and you must clean up after your pet at all times.

Before or after a day of fun, you and your pup can grab a bite to eat from Mill Valley Market, the Trailhead restaurant. Enjoy a hot cocoa or specialty coffee while noshing on a slice of their housemade banana bread.

couple skijoring with their dog

Brookview

During the summer, Brookview is a fun, yet challenging, golf course. In winter, it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The City grooms a one-mile, multi-use, natural snow recreational trail that meanders through the golf course. It’s an excellent place for learning to skijor with your canine companion. The trail, with traditional cross-country ski grooves, opens when snow conditions are appropriate and is maintained through late February. Solar LED lights allow the trail to be used past sunset.

If you’re feeling hungry, stop by the Three One Six Bar + Grill. They offer sweeping views of the golf course, family-friendly food and a full bar with craft brews. Warm up by their outdoor fire pit with a cozy cocktail, such as their cinnamon hot cocoa made with jack fire and rumchata.

Ski Rentals

Need to rent skis? Head to Hoigaard’s in St. Louis Park. They provide Rossignol rental skis for both adults and children. All ski rentals include skis, boots and poles. Rent by the day, the weekend, or the week! Hooigaard’s also has an excellent selection of cross-country and downhill skis for purchase, as well as snowshoes, snowboards and winter apparel. Dog harnesses for skijoring start at around $40.