You have to be a little bit crazy to put on your skis and allow yourself to be pulled behind a car travelling flat out on ice and snow. Skijoring definitely looks like a sport for brave souls. With this in mind, it certainly helps to be one of the world’s top freestyle skiers. “I have definitely done more extreme things, but Skijoring as a competition is new to me,” says Bene Mayr, one of the stars of the GP Ice Race in Zell am See.
This event, held on the weekend of 19/20 January 2019, is reviving a tradition that attracted thousands of fans every winter in the middle of the 20th century. Invented in Norway, Skijoring originally saw the skiers pulled behind horses. In 1928, it actually featured as a demonstration sport in the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. It was not long before the speed – and thrill levels – were ramped up by the use of motorcycles and then cars as the towing vehicles.