The Town of Silverton will again host a ski-joring festival on Blair Street this winter, this time in conjunction with Snowscape, the annual celebration of winter.
The Town Council last week approved the temporary closing of a portion of Blair Street on Jan. 12 and 13 to allow room for horses to pull skiers over a series of jumps.
Pete Maisel, who organized last winter’s ski-joring event, said the plan is to make this one bigger and better.
“I think everybody liked it last year,” Maisel said. “We want to enlarge it a bit and use a little more of Blair Street.
Rodger Wrublik, who coordinates special events for the town, said the plan is to combine the event with Snowscape, with a Western theme.
“Our thinking is that it will make Snowscape weekend a really good event,” Wrublik said.
He said Snowscape was considering an Egyptian theme for this winter’s festival, but Town Trustee David Zanoni questioned whether camels can be found to tow skiers.
Town Planning Director David Michaelson said the measure approved by the Town Council last week grants a 5-year permit for the ski-joring, which can be reviewed by town staff annually if any problems arise.
He also reported that there is speculation that the town planner and town administrator may compete in a ski-joring race, confidently predicting the town planner would win.