When the temperature drops, the winter sports scene begins to heat up in the Midwest, and there’s no better place to play in the snow than Wisconsin. From skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling and sledding, it’s the ideal destination for wintertime fun. If you would like to experience the ultimate adventure, then you must go skijoring. The Nordic sport is a combination of skiing and dog sledding without the sled. Find out everything you need to know about skijoring in Wisconsin and come try it yourself!
After a thrilling day of skijoring in Wisconsin, warm up by the fire at Westby House Inn. We are centrally located to tons of winter fun in Wisconsin! Make sure to download our complimentary vacation guide for a full list of activities, events, and area attractions!
How to Go Skijoring
Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a dog, horse, or motor vehicle. The name comes from a Norwegian word that means “ski driving.” Dogs are typically chosen as the companion of choice for skijoring in Wisconsin, and the sport has gained popularity in recent years. Now, there are even skijoring competitions throughout the state! You can choose one dog or an entire team to pull you along. It’s a great way for you and your four-legged athlete to get exercise while having fun in the snow.
Where to Go Skijoring in Wisconsin
There are many skijoring trails in the area, but one of our favorites is the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. Considered the first rails-to-trails conversion in the country, it’s also one of the most scenic destinations in the entire state. When you set out on this 32-mile route, you may run into one of the historic railroad tunnels along the way. The tunnels close during the winter months, but don’t fret! There are well-marked paths to get around them. Because the ground is so flat (less than a 3% grade), it’s the perfect place to go skijoring!
Do you want to take the road less traveled? Strap on your skis, grab your dog, and forge your own path through the snowy landscape! There are many areas open to public use that are great for skijoring! You can go on non-designated cross-country ski trails or make your own trail. Make sure that the property is dog-friendly before you go exploring!
Other Things to Do in Wisconsin This Winter
Winter is one of the best times to visit Wisconsin, and there are plenty of fun activities that you can enjoy this year. Watch a ski jumping tournament, go ice fishing or ice skate at some of the best rinks and frozen lakes in the area. When you choose Wisconsin for your next winter getaway, you’ll find outdoor adventures to last you until spring!
Stay at Westby House Inn
If you are looking for the best lodging in Wisconsin, we invite you to stay at Westby House Inn. Our luxurious inn is close to all of the attractions in Westby, La Crosse, and Viroqua. We are only 30 minutes from the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, so you can spend all day skijoring to your heart’s content! Start off each morning with a complimentary gourmet breakfast to send you on your way. Then come home to one of our comfortable guest rooms. No matter which lodging option you choose, you will be met with the best.
Our inn is pet-free, but SunBurst Ridge Boarding offers wonderful accommodations for your furry friend. The boarding facility is very close to our inn, so you can swing by on your way to the trails. Are you ready for your next fun-filled winter adventure? Check our availability and book your stay today!