Break-Neck Speeds, Extreme Snow: Czech Car Skiing, Anyone?

Break-Neck Speeds, Extreme Snow: Czech Car Skiing, Anyone?

This weekend saw the official return of the unusual Czech sport of “autoskijöring” to the mountainous region of Kozákov in Czech Paradise.

Roughly translated as “ski driving” this snow sport isn’t really Czech at all; it’s of Scandinavian origin and typically involves a skier being towed along by a horse or dogs.

The extreme version replaces the animals with small motorized vehicles, a souped-up VW Golf for instance, whizzing along at top speeds with a brave skier roped to the back of the vehicle.

The sport, which possibly originated in Germany, is now a regular fixture on the Czech extreme winter sports circuit although, as you can see from this video from the 1960s, it does have a bit of history in the Czech lands.

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.

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