In the age of Twitter, Skype, and Google Street View, it can be easy to forget that America is a big, big place. This country is so big that there are sports in some states that people in other places have never even heard of—like skijoring.

The origins of the cold weather sport are murky, but its title comes from skikjøringm, the Norwegian word for “ski driving.” And that’s exactly what it is: a skier is towed by some other force, similarly to waterskiing on land. There are several forms of skijoring—dog, equine, or snowmobile—each with its own clubs and competitions.

Check out a basic introduction to the niche sport in the Great Big Story video above, narrated by Mexico-based skijoring team Richard Weber III and Darin Anderson.

[h/t: Great Big Story]

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