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Jackson Hole Skijoring cancelled due to poor snow conditions

JH Shrine Club and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort determine that a safe course will not be possible


(January 30 2018), It was determined yesterday afternoon that the 6th Annual Jackson Hole Skijoring event, scheduled for February 10-11 at the Snake River Ranch, would be cancelled. In spite of excellent skiing conditions at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, challenges with the snow pack on the lower elevation valley floor and warming temperatures in the forecast, JHMR course builder Rick Grant and JH Shrine Club event committee chair Lou Scarlett determined that there was no way for a safe course to be built to host the event.

Skijoring brings together the juxtaposed sports of extreme skiing and rodeo - a single skier is pulled behind a horse and rider at top speed, navigating a course of slalom gates and jumps. Unsafe and icy course conditions can lead to injuries for skier, rider, and horse. The JH Shrine Club and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort pride themselves on hosting a safe event on a well-designed course.

“Safety for both our two-legged and four-legged athletes is our singular priority in Skijoring,” says JHMR Business Development Director Bill Lewkowitz. “As much as we love the Shriners and this seminal Jackson event, we saw no way through to ensure the proper safety conditions to support this year’s Skijoring event”.

The Jackson Hole Skijoring event was cancelled in 2017 as well, after a severe storm brought warm temperatures and high winds which downed a number of power poles on the skijoring course. All event planners are disappointed to see another cancellation, but are united in their commitment to hosting an event that is safe for everyone.

Please contact Event Manager Virginia Powell Symons at 307-413-0174 or virginia@vibranteventsjh.com with any further questions regarding this cancellation.

Mark E. LaRowe Photography

Mark E. LaRowe Photography

Mark E. LaRowe Photography

Mark E. LaRowe Photography


Skijoring is the unexpected and glorious clash of two counter cultures, extreme ski and rodeo.  Imagine a horse rearing up, then suddenly accelerating from zero to 40 in just three strides. Imagine a skier grasping a 30 foot hemp rope and being towed over a snow covered course, rounding gates landing 6-8 foot jumps.  Imagine the course lined with thousands of cheering spectators as the snow and ice fly.  


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