Somebody lose a bar bet? Meet skijoring, a sport that blends ski boots and spurs

Skijoring features riders pulling skiers through an obstacle course at full speed.
A horse pulls a skier through the skijoring course in Midway, Utah. Run with reindeer in Norway, the niche sport has grabbed hold in the American West.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Chris Erskine is a nationally known humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes for the Sports, Travel and Saturday sections and edits on the paper’s Features staff. As an editor, he has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Times (for his graphics work on the Northridge quake and the North Hollywood bank robbery). He is best known to readers for his weekly humor pieces on life in suburban Los Angeles. His latest book, “Daditude,” released in 2018, is a collection of his favorite Times columns on fatherhood. He has written two other books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia,” which reached the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. The Chicago native has also worked for papers in New Orleans and Miami.