Skijoring at Winterfest

The latest trend in winter sports isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s actually several centuries old. Skijoring or “ski driving” is a classic Norwegian sport where a cross-country skier is pulled by a wrangler on a mounted horse (or dog or even a reindeer!) through snowy meadows or forested trails. There are skijoring competitions throughout the western states of Montana, Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming all winter long ranging from the World Championships near Glacier National Park to smaller, amateur festivals such as the Wisdom Winterfest, in, you guessed it, Wisdom, Montana, where local cowboys and cowgirls compete in thrilling timed skijoring races. For the truly adventurous, nearby Triple Creek Ranch is one of the few resorts in the world to offer its guests a chance to try the sport firsthand. This winter, Triple Creek Ranch will bring guests to Winterfest (February 25-28) and follow the festivities with its own version of the competition back at the ranch.

But if skijoring isn’t your definition of winter fun, Triple Creek Ranch also offers some of the best classic Western winter sports: snowmobiling, dog sledding, winter horseback riding, and skiing. Their Big Sky Big Five Snow Package, which they launched this week and will offer through February 29, 2017, includes log cabin accommodations, gourmet meals and wine, an in-cabin massage, and the full experience of winter sports in Montana.