Skijoring started as a Norwegian winter sport in which a skier is towed behind a horse. It’s usually a horse. Sometimes it’s a dog. Sometimes several dogs. Winter is long in some small towns, and often there is no adult supervision.
But in the Austrian ski resort town of Zell am See, they don’t use horses or dogs — they use Porsches. Yes, in Zell am See, you can be towed around on skis behind a 911 and not get arrested. You might even win a trophy.
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There is a precedent for this. Decades of precedence, actually. From 1937 to 1974, they called it “The Ice Race,” and in addition to skijoring behind Porsches, there were also flat-out races between just automobiles, with no skiers tied behind.
History does not record why this wonderful town stopped doing The Ice Race, or at least Google doesn’t record it, but whatever the reason, it’s back, baby! On Jan. 19 and 20 the “GP Ice Race” will feature rally car races on frozen lakes and at the Alpen Airport, as well as traditional Porsche skijoring.
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“It was almost forgotten, now it’s back,” reads the Zell am See Kaprun events calendar. “Amateur and professional racers, teams and manufacturers of different classes compete for the best performances in ice and cold. A winter highlight for Porscheans and fans of motorized dreams, an intense experience of freedom, precision and speed.”
Details on the “thrilling” automobile races are scant, but it seems like they’ll be rally cars either on lake ice or at the local airport. Among drivers set to attend are Marc Lieb and Timo Bernhard. Grand Marshall will be Hans Stuck, who said he first tried ice racing in a car before he got a license.
“It used to take a driver’s license to race, and I did not have that at my beginnings,” Stuck said. “But in my homeland in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen there is the Elbsee — and on top of that, I was allowed to race my first races at the age of 14 or 15. A lake is not a road!”
If Zell am See doesn’t work out for your schedule, there are four other skijoring events in Europe, all traditional horse-pulls. We here in the U.S. offer at least 20 such events, from Sundance, Wyoming to Silverton, Colorado, mostly Rocky Mountain towns, though there is one event February 23 in Canterbury Park, Minnesota. Or organize your own fun event! Personal injury attorneys please look the other way.