Ski Rules and Etiquette

The Canadian Birkie Ski Festival is sanctioned by Nordiq Canada; as such there are regulations that we must follow in order to be covered by their insurance.

  • We are unable to hold the event if the air temperature is less than -25 C, along with other weather considerations.

Please note that because we are sanctioned as a Loppet, not a Tier 1 or 2 Race, Nordiq Canada’s Fluorocarbon Policy does not apply to our event.

Here are a few Birkie rules to remember for the big day.

  1. Use ONLY Classical Technique. Please know that skate skiing is NOT allowed. There is no gliding on herringbone, and no sideways pushing except on corners. You are allowed up to five pushes maximum per corner.
  2. Use both lanes. Skiers are asked to use both sets of tracks on the course. 
  3. Move when you hear Track. Please be courteous; if you hear another skier call Track, please get out of the way safely and quickly.
  4. Don’t stop in tracks at Food Stations. In fairness to skiers passing through, please don’t stop in the tracks. We ask that you  step out of the tracks and stand well to the side.
  5. Keep ears alert for safety. Do not ski with headphones.
  6. Stay on your course; changing events during the race is not allowed. Anyone not passing all checkpoints on their registered course will be a DNF or DSQ.
  7. Prepare for cold Temperatures. Please dress appropriately in layers and bring clothing and wax for changing weather. Have adequate hand and head protection; keep well hydrated and well-fueled. Starts may be delayed and/or courses modified for safety. Please check Birkie Social Media for updates on conditions.
  8. Keep hydrated. Please drink lots of water or sports drink at food stations, especially in warmer temperatures. Peel layers as necessary.
  9. Keep bib visible. Please wear your bib only on your front and over top of your jacket for visibility.

Provincial Park Regulations

Courses and Start/Finish Lines are staged in a Provincial Recreation Area, as such all provincial park rules and regulations must be followed.

  • No alcohol is allowed in the park.
  • No dogs are allowed on the ski trails and must be leashed in the parking lots and pedestrian areas.
  • No bikes on the ski trails.
  • No littering allowed along the ski trails or in staging areas.
  • No smoking, no vaping and no cannabis in the Staging Areas.

Thank you for following the rules and being courteous.