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Skijoring event in Banff, Canada.
Greg Samborski/Skijor Canada
The Real Banff / Published: Thu, 12/23/2021 - 13:01

5 Reasons to See Skijoring in Banff

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Due to changing circumstances our upcoming Skijoring event on January 22, 2022 has been cancelled.

Horseback riding? That happens pretty much everywhere. Skiing? Yep, you've probably done that before.

But how about skiing while being pulled along by a horse?

It's called skijoring, and it's a spectacular event you'll be able to catch at Banff's SnowDays festival in January. Seize winter and book now to take advantage of early bird pricing (until December 31) for one of the season's most exciting events!

What is skijoring?

Skijoring is when a horse pulls a skier down a course or in the countryside. There are theories that the sport either started in China or Scandinavia, and it was even an exhibition event at the 1928 Winter Olympic Games in Switzerland. 

There's a rich history of the sport in Alberta as a carnival event too, where the addition of horses to skiing brings a sense of cowboy style.

Skijoring in Banff, Canada
Danny Hagan/Skijor Canada

What will you see?

Imagine big jumps that riders have to navigate. Backflips and spins. Horse trick riding and the rush of powerful horses and skilled riders whizzing past your face. The riders with Skijor Canada put on a real show for the crowd, with slick turns and jaw-dropping tricks.

Skijoring in Banff, Canada.
Greg Samborski/Skijor Canada

There's skijoring style?

The best way to describe Albertan skijoring style is cowboy and cowgirl attire blended with retro ski accessories. Think cowboy hats and leather boots with ski goggles and bright colours.

Not only is there a style associated with skijoring, but there's a fashion show at the SnowDays festival, with multiple prizes up for grabs. Dress to impress at the event, and you could be a winner!

Skijoring style in Banff, Canada
Greg Samborski/Skijor Canada

Where and when can you watch the event?

Multiple teams from Skijor Canada will descend on the town on January 22 as part of Banff SnowDays. The event takes place at the Banff Train Station, and tickets are required. Plan ahead and take advantage of early pricing until December 31.

If you're already planning a winter visit to Banff, this is the perfect way to experience something unique and truly a part of Rocky Mountain culture.

Skijor in Banff Canada
Billie-Jean Duff/Skijor Canada

Plan a trip around SnowDays

Banff is where winter means more, and there's so much to do in town throughout your trip, whether you're here for an impromptu visit or a planned voyage from abroad. SnowDays will take place from January 19-30, and it's the perfect way to celebrate the magic of winter.

Skijoring is a great afternoon event to cap off a day of skiing at Mt. Norquay or a great morning event that can be capped off with a day in town checking out the kids' play zone and snow sculptures built all around town.

If you're here for an extended trip, SnowDays will keep you busy for as long as you want. The Tribute Craft Spirits Celebration in Banff will showcase some of the best in BC and Alberta distilleries. In Lake Louise, events like Ice Magic, a winter wonderland of ice castles and sculptures, are a great addition to any trip to the world-renowned lake.

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