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  • Costume optional, and unproven to make you faster
  • Inspired by the Birkie legend
  • Prizes for best costumes
  • Ski out from the Elk Valley Nordic Centre to Fernie Alpine Resort
  • Choose your pain with 25km or 50km distances
  • Sunday • March 10, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fernie Area

Fernie's 2nd Annual Birkenbeiner! Join the Fernie Nordic Society for a fun season-ender event at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.

Distanced at approximately 50 km classic event, unsupported, this won't an event for the faint-hearted. Register online, or bring your registration fee of $20 per person on the morning of the event. Read all about the magnificent Norwegian Birkenbeiners who inspired the global race event in local ski racer Jeff Williams.


  • 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)


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.


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. Please complete your waiver ahead of time (under 15 will need to do a paper copy).

  • Bring your classic skis as skating is not allowed in this event.
  • Prizes for best costume (not only more fun, but unscientifically 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.

See the full Nordic Society Calendar for more great events!

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