Coney reclines on his furry throne alongside owner Maria Hayashida.
As one pack of pooches finishes its big race in Utah, another prepares to run at Teton Village.
Today is the ninth annual Coney Classic Fun-Jor, an occasion for skinny skiers to frolic in the snow with the pups. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Jackson Hole Nordic Center, and the race starts at 1:30.
This could be the last Fun-Jor for the event’s cuddly namesake, Coney, who is 15 years and 7 months old and has been battling a tumor in his bladder. Maria Hayashida, the organizer and Coney’s owner, has warned participants not to be alarmed by a few drops of blood in the snow.
Coinciding with the Fun-Jor, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has decided to open its bronco-shaped Nordic loop to dogs for the rest of the season. Dog owners can buy puppy passes, with laminated photos and all, for $10 for the first pup and $5 thereafter. Resort pass holders have free access to the Nordic track, and others can buy passes for $35.
The move comes after Wilson resident Jon Cohen started a petition earlier this winter asking the resort to revive the popular Poop Loop. Cohen took his dogs Coal and Buck out to test the track this morning.
“Got three dog season passes for twenty bucks! What a deal,” he wrote. “I’ve never been on the track before and it was better than I ever imagined. Sweet views, great grooming, and hardly any people. Thanks again … to JHMR for doing this for the community.”
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