|The initial purpose for the formation of the Canadian Birkebeiner
Society in 1985
was to stage a major recreational cross-country ski
event (loppet), following the tradition of the Norwegian
Birkebeiner. This is still the major focus of the Society; however, the Society has considerably broadened its objectives over its 25 year
history to include the following:|
- To promote cross-country ski participation in Alberta and Western
Canada by providing a wide-ranging event for skiers of all abilities
and ages in a friendly atmosphere.
- To promote family participation in outdoor recreation.
- To enhance the image of cross country skiing by providing a fun, festive atmosphere before, during and after the event.
- To promote increased outdoor winter recreation, and thus health and
fitness benefits throughout the winter, by offering pre-event ski
lessons, promotions and tours to the public in the Edmonton area.
- To increase public awareness of recreational opportunities at the
Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area by working in
conjunction with the Park staff to promote the trails and facilities
through the Ski Festival.
- To assist in developing Alberta's largest track-set trail system by
working with the Provincial staff at Blackfoot in pre-event maintenance
and year-round trail system enhancement.
- To provide promotional opportunities for recreation oriented
outdoor groups who volunteer at the event food stations, through
pre-event and event day publicity.
- To actively market the products and services of Ski Festival
sponsors to increase public awareness and use of products, and sponsors
support of cross country skiing.