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Here’s a Collection of Terrific Places

National Geographic Traveler Best Winter Trips 2014

#1 Paris, France

#2 Whitefish, Montana

#3 Phu Quoc, Vietnam

#4 Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

#5 Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

      #6 Nosara Beaches, Costa Rica

      #7 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

      #9 Pernik, Bulgaria

      #10 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

 travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-winter-2014/

I have a soft spot for all things Paris, but wow, tiny Whitefish, Montana is included right after Paris as a recommended destination. Crazy. Yup, it’s #2 on this National Geographic Traveler list. What could be driving this decision? What do they want you to experience in this powder filled cradle in the Rocky Mountains?

Skijoring!

Is she mumbling? No, Skijoring!

 A terrific, albeit unusual,  wintertime event.

Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

From the National Geographic article:

The Big Sky brand of equestrian skijoring (derived from the Norwegian snörekjöring or “driving with ropes”) is wild, western, and guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping. At the Whitefish Winter Carnival World Ski Joring Championships, horse (or mule) and rider teams pull daredevil skiers on high-flying runs around a snowy, 800-foot-long horseshoe-shaped course. Slalom gates, curves, and jumps increase the thrills—and the potential for spectacular spills.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics commencing this week in Sochi, it’s the perfect time to highlight a wintertime sport.  But it’s not new, in 1928 skijoring was a demonstration sport at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz.  Whitefish has been hosting events for about 50 years, also ‘international’ with skiers from the US and Canada.  Not sure where the horses hail from . . .

skijoring1928

1928 Winter Olympics

Winter Carnival Skijoring 2013 Big Sky Journal

The shot above has a glimpse of that Big Montana Sky, so lovely. I clicked the Winter Carnival link, there’s free admission, hot food and adult beverages.  Plus royalty! A (carnival) King and Queen in attendance. Pack up the polar fleece for 2015!

Skijoring Patrick Cote Photography

Let’s Go!            Patrick Cote Photography

Maybe give it a try. . . Exciting and entertaining. Forget curling, this could be our mother-daughter event.

Congratulations Whitefish. Giddy-uppony pal

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