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  • Sunday • March 10, 2019
  • Fernie Area

Fernie's second annual Birkenbeiner! Join the Fernie Nordic Society for a fun season ender event at the Fernie Nordic Centre.

Distanced at approximately 50 km classic event, unsupported, this won't an event for the faint-hearted. Bring your registration fee of $15 per person on the morning of the event.



From Elk Valley Nordic Centre and return to same point From Warming Hut > Runt > long way around Galloway > Ski Hill connector > across the bottom of the hill to the Deer Chair > Deer Chair up > over to Silk trail > Scandia trail loop > Silk again > lower mountain back to the connector (no chairlift) > long way around Galloway > Runt > Hut This route would be done twice for the race. The Strava/GPS info with distance and route is here:

There will be a cut off time for the second loop announced at the meeting on the morning of the event.


  • Birkie Solo Men's / Birkie Solo Women's / Birkie Solo U16 (please fill your own backpack to 12 lbs)
  • Birkie Lite (no 12 lbs pack) same categories as above
  • Birkie Team Mix/Men's/Women's (2 per team, each do one loop, teams can go at the same time or relay)


Participants to meet at the hut at 9:00 a.m. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. and there will be a cut off time to start the second lap announced on the morning of. Lift ticket for the Deer chair at Fernie Alpine Resort is included in your race fee (waiver completed ahead of time).

Prizes for best costume (not only more fun, but proven to make you faster!).

This event is unsupported but there will be aid/food at the hut for when the racers come around. The Birkie is paired with a season wrap up for the Fernie Nordic Society at the finish line.


Read all about the magnificent Norwegian Birkenbeiners who inspired the global race event in local ski racer Jeff Williams' feature in the Fernie Fix.  

See the full Nordic Society Calendar for more great events!

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