Your skis are strapped on and you’re holding a rope. Then the motorcycle revs and you’re off at top speed down a snowy trail.

That’s the gist of skijoring—which always involves a skier, and sometimes a horse, dog, or ATV in place of a motorcycle. In snowier places, like Scandinavia, Canada, and Russia, skijor has a long history, and there are competitive races. It was even a demonstration sport for one year in the Winter Olympics.

As the biker, you’re sliding around like a maniac; as the skier, you’re getting a face full of snow—at best. At worst, your rope gets tangled in someone or something, and you take an ugly spill. In short it looks dangerous and therefore fun.

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If POV isn’t your thing, here’s another view of the same race.


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