Skijoring Clinic

Sunday, February 3 / 10 – 12 pm

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about and experience one of the fastest growing sports.

This is a cross country ski clinic for those wishing to participate in skijoring, and learn more how to be active and healthy with your very own dog. Topics include equipment, practical training advice, communication with your dog, – just to name a few. Yes, – bring your Fido!

Event Details

Sunday, February 3 / 10-12 PM
Topic: getting started in skijoring
Clinic Presenter: Sharon Hughes

Elver Park
1250 McKenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53719

Clinic Registration

Dogs are welcome provided they are on-leash, licensed, permitted and wear current rabies registration tag. Please remember that dogs are not allowed in any park buildings. Dog owners, be sure to ALWAYS clean up after your dog.

The event is 100% volunteer-run! Proceeds from registrations and additional donations to this event will support snowmaking and grooming efforts at Elver Park.


Is this for beginners including the dog?
Yes, this clinic is geared towards beginner skijorers.

Can I rent skis at the Park?
Yes, Elver Park warming shelter will run equipment rentals.

I don’t own a special harness for skijoring. Would they be available for renting or borrowing?
The Clinic instructor will have extra belts, harnesses and lines for people to try.

What is the clinic’s format?
A beginner clinic is just that. No prior skijoring experience is required of either the dog or the skier, however some cross country ski experience is a plus. We’ll get started with an intro to the principles of skijoring and a Q&A session – that part will be indoors where we can all sit and chat. We’ll then venture outside to try things on snow!

Additional Information

Event Check-In
Online registration will close on February 1st. Walk up registration is available from 9:45 – 10:00 am at the Elver Park “Mini Shelter” with white walls.

Participant Perks
We’ll have some fun swag to pass around, – pups will be awarded with treats!

Few sports start with picking the right life partner. But skijoring – cross-country skiing aided by an additional conveyance, often a dog – is one.

Skiing + Man’s Best Friend = Skijoring, With Love

Elver Park is located on the West side of Madison and considered as one of the best places to cross country ski in the Madison area. The park is home to 10km of ski trails. With a base of 4-5″ of natural snow the park will open the East and West trails. The West trails are lit for night skiing. Thanks to volunteers from the Madison Nordic Ski Club and Madison Winter Festival, the park will have machine-made snow on approximately 1-2.5 km of trails that will be used in the event of low snow conditions.