Skijor 2017

Pincushion Winter Carnival: Sunday, February 12, 2017

GDNS will once again partner with the North Superior Ski & Run Club to offer a 7 km and 3 km skijoring races at the 2017 Pincushion Winter Carnival.  The event will take place on the immaculately groomed Pincushion Mountain Trails above beautiful Grand Marais, MN.  Registration information and details will posted in the the coming weeks.

Dog Days of Winter: Sunday, March 12, 2017  

Go Dog will also host another race as a part of the Dog Days of Winter on March 12th on beautiful Poplar Lake.  There will be two races offered, a 2.5 mile race and a 5 mile race.  There is a limit of two dogs per skier for each race.  The event will also offer three dog sled races of varying length.  Follow the Dog Days of Winter Facebook page for updates. 


Skijor 2016

Dog Days of Winter: Sunday, March 13th - CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW

Go Dog will also host another race as a part of the Dog Days of Winter on March 13th on beautiful Poplar Lake.  There will be two races offered, a 2.5 mile race and a 5 mile race.  There is a limit of two dogs per skier for each race. There is a $10 entry fee for the 2.5 mile race and a $15 fee for the 5 mile race.  Follow the Dog Days of Winter Facebook page for updates. 


Best in Snow: Sunday, February 14th 3 pm

Go Dog will once again partner with the North Superior Ski and Run Club to offer the 2016 "Best in Snow" on February 14 at the Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails in Grand Marais, MN.  We will offer a 3 km race and a 7 km race with classic and skating options available for each race.  There is a limit of one dog per skier for both races.  Registration will be available on site from 2:00 pm until 2:45 pm.  Races will begin at 3:00 pm.  We will provide a 30 second interval start.   There is a $10 entry fee for the 3 km race and a $20 fee for the 7 km race.  

2016 Best in Snow Results

           Skier                      Dog             Home Town              Time

3 KM
1st = Michael Monroe & Pucky of Grand Marais, MN        9:04
2nd = Michael Holberg & Kiera of Blaine, MN                   13:23
3rd = Katrina St. Clair & Marley of Blaine, MN                   13:25
4th = Olya Wright & Tashka of Grand Marais, MN             13:31
5th = Sally Mellang & Rev of Lutsen, MN                            13:45
6th = Emma Crook & Luke of Grand Marais, MN               14:44      

7 KM (+/- a KM or 2!) 
1st = Joe Gans & Hutcher of Hibbing, MN                          
2nd = Frank Moe & Bart of Hovland, MN                           
3rd = Lisa Boulay & Shasta of Bemidji, MN                       
4th = Matt Nesheim & Avery of Grand Marais, MN           
5th = Luke Schwartz & Sarge of Duluth, MN                     
6th = Patty Johnson & Autum of Grand Marais, MN         
7th = Steve Boo & Linney of Chisago City, MN                
8th = Marco Good, Frankie & Zay Zay of Grand Marais, MN


The results from Go Dog North Shore's 2015 "Best in Snow Skijor Race" are in!

7 km Race
     Skier                   Dog                      Trail Time
1.) Rachel Seim & Oulak                   22:22
2.) Kyle Gill & Earl Grey                      22:44
3.) Marco Good & Frankie                 37:08
4.) Michael Monroe & Pucky        38:32
5.) Cory Belt & Bela                            42:44

3 km Race
Skier                      Dog                        Trail Time
1.) Becky Bartol & Charles              11:03
2.) Cathy Quinn & Lucky LaRoux   14:03
3.) Barb Heideman & Robi               16:01
4.) Emma Crook & Luke                   17:45

Enjoy these beautiful images captured by Tofte, Minnesota photographer Tom Spence at the 2015 "Best in Snow".


GO DOG NORTH SHORE TO HOST 2015 “BEST IN SNOW SKIJOR RACE”


Go Dog North Shore in partnership with the North Superior Ski and Run Club will host the 2015 Best in Snow Skijor Races at the Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails in Grand Marais, MN on Sunday, February 15th.  This year, a non-competitive 3 km race will be held on the East and West Overlook Loops and a 7 km, 1-dog free-style competitive race will be held on the Pincushion Mountain Loop.  These impeccably maintained cross-country ski trails are normally off-limits to dogs but an exception has been made in order to create this fantastic skijor race.  The race is a part of the newly created Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival. 

Registration information is available here

Go Dog North Shore appreciates the support of the following partners and sponsors who make "Best in Snow" possible:

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Final Results from the 2014 "Best in Snow"!

4 mile race

1st Rachael Seim & Oulak, Hovland,MN 28:02

2nd Mike Schultonover & Smoke, Shoreview, MN 28:10

3rd Cathy Quinn & Lucky LaRoux, Grand Marais, MN 32:55

4th Lisa Boulay & Shasta, Bemidji, MN 33:47

5th Mike Nelson & Willow, Grand Marais, MN 35:35

6th Lorraine Paloniemi & Lumi, Ste St Marie, ONT 37:25

7th Amy Peterson & Titus, Grand Marais, MN, 37:32

8th Jorma Paloniemi & Nomad, Ste St Marie, ONT 38:44 

2 mile race

1st Mike Schultonover & Shadow, Shoreview, MN 15:46

2nd Patty Johnson & Luke, Grand Marais, MN 18:05

3rd Barb Heideman & Robi, Grand Marais, MN 28:14

4th Mary Manning & 1 of 15 sled dogs , Hovland, MN, 28:53

5th Trish Francis & Hunter, Hovland, MN, 28:55

6th Karen Blackburn & Rowdy, Grand Marais, MN 30:01

7th Scott Michel & Nanook, Grand Marais, MN 31:05

8th Julie Bishop & 1 of 15 sled dogs , Hovland, MN


Go Dog North Shore is pleased to announce the first ever “Best in Snow Skijor Race” to be held Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at the George Washington Pines Ski Trail outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota.   The “Best in Snow Skijor Race” is a fun event that celebrates our relationships with our dogs, encourages us to live active lifestyles with our dogs, utilizes local dog-friendly ski trails, promotes the sport of skijoring and fosters partnerships with local business’s, non-profits, government agencies and individuals. 

The event will feature two timed races; a two mile race and a four mile race.  Each race will be capped at fifteen teams.  Teams are limited to one dog per skier.  The “Best in Snow Skijor Race” will be held in conjunction with the Sawtooth  Mountain Clinic’s community-wide active living campaign “Move It” during the month of February.  Local skijorers are encouraged to participate in “Move It” as a way to prepare for the “Best in Snow Skijor Race” on March 1st.  Prizes will be awarded to the top teams in each race. 

Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on cross-country skis is pulled by a dog.  The “Best in Snow Skijor Race” is a fundraiser for Go Dog North Shore and is geared towards experienced skijorers as well as beginners. 

Go Dog North Shore is a new non-profit organization based in Grand Marais that aims to promote healthy and active human and dog relationships on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.  Contact Cathy Quinn at (218) 370-9494 or quinn@boreal.org for more information about the “Best in Snow Skijor Race” including details on registration and volunteer opportunities.  Registration Forms are available for download here

2014 "Best in Snow" Registered Teams as of 2/24/2014

Two Mile Race:

1.) Joni Scheftel and Hobo from Mayer, Minnesota

2.) Julie Bishop and "undecided" (1 of 15 sled dogs to choose from!) from Hovland, Minnesota

3.) Mary Manning and "undecided" (1 of 15 sled dogs to choose from!) from Hovland, Minnesota

4.) Barb Heideman and Robi from Grand Marais, Minnesota

5.) Karen Blackburn and Rowdy from Grand Marais, Minnesota

6.) Scott Michel and Nanook from Grand Marais, Minnesota

7.) Mike Schultenover and Smoke from Shoreview, Minnesota

8.) Patty Johnson and Luke from Grand Marais, Minnesota

Four Mile Race:

1.) Amy Peterson and Titus from Grand Marais, Minnesota

2.) Mike Schultenover and Smoke from Shoreview, Minnesota

3.) Lisa Boulay and Shasta from Bemidji, Minnesota

4.) Cathy Quinn and Lucky LaRoux from Grand Marais, Minnesota

5.) Jorma Paloniemi and Nomad from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

6.) Lorraine Paloniemi and Lumi from Sault St. Marie, Ontario

Go Dog North Shore appreciates the support of the following partners and sponsors who make "Best in Snow" possible:

Rachel Seim and Oulak fly into the home stretch to become the winners of the 2014 "Best in Snow"!  Photo by Tom Spence

Rachel Seim and Oulak fly into the home stretch to become the winners of the 2014 "Best in Snow"!  Photo by Tom Spence

Photo by Tom Spence

Photo by Tom Spence

Photo by Tom Spence

Photo by Tom Spence