Out on Chena Lake, Benny and Jets stop for nothing. Dashing over the narrow, packed trail, they turn in a nearly flawless 13-minute, 33-second run, almost a minute faster than their Saturday race. Their weekend's effort, just under 28 minutes, places them sixth in the two-dog competition. Despite his teammates' impromptu plunge the previous day, Saari takes top honors in the two-dog competition with a cumulative time of 24:39.5 and most of the $300 purse. His dogs receive a treat: cheeseburgers.
Back at the truck Salmon peels out of purple long Johns. Standing in his Skivvies, he considers skijoring's future. "People love skiing, they love the outdoors, they love dogs," he says.
He slaps a bare white thigh. "Haw!" he barks. "Once you see skijoring, winter will never be the same!"