Barnebirkie family ski

Barnebirkie Family Ski – February 12, 2023

Family ski events are for kids and their parents. The Canadian Birkebeiner Society is excited to partner with Silver Skate Festival in Hawrelak Park to host the Barnebirkie classic-style cross country ski events. These winter fun activities are where Birkie dreams begin!

Barnebirkie will look a little different this year, due to pandemic restrictions. While we won’t be able to hold a mass start or have winter activity games; we will cheer you on as you cross the start line. Our Birkie volunteer team will have a dynamic, kid-friendly 500 metre, 1.5 km and 3 km courses set up for you.

Barnebirkie ski events

Your Barnebirkie ski registration includes:

  • Classic-technique, track set ski course in Hawrelak Park with official start
  • Barnebirkie race bib
  • Viking Costume Contest, email a photo of your Barnebirkie costume to, we will notify the winners by Feb. 14, 2023
  • Bottled water
  • Finish line gift bag with pre-packaged snacks and a hand-made birch wood medal!
  • Ski Patrollers and certified medical personnel
  • Love and admiration of dedicated volunteers
    Cost: $10 per person

Kids Ski Free when registered with an adult. Sign up to ski on Sunday’s Barnebirkie ski events and your child under 12 skis free!  Only one child skis free per adult who is registered in the same event. When you are registering online, remember to enter the Kids Ski Free promo code: BirkieLove.

Registration is available online until Wednesday, February 8 at Noon. Registration is also available in-person on Friday, February 10 at the Birkie Nordic Fair.

Date Time Sunday, February 12, 2023, Noon to 2 pm
Location Silver Skate Festival at William Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton
Parking available; first parking lot on the left after you enter Hawrelak Park.

Bib Pick-Up
Registration Package and Bib pick-up requires proof of vaccination and no third-party pick-up, see covid protocols below. 
1) Birkie Nordic Fair
February 10, 2023, Noon to 8 pm
Woodvale Facility at the Millwoods Golf Course, 4540 50 St NW, Edmonton
2) Barnebirkie event site
February 12, 2023, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
William Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton


11:00 a.m. Check-in; time to park, pick up bib, unload gear, get ready to ski!
11:30 a.m. Ski course open, 500 m, 1.5 km, and 3 km
11:50 a.m.– Noon Greetings from the Canadian Birkebeiner Society
2:00 p.m. Ski event complete

After you finish your Birkie recreational ski, we encourage you to continue the fun with the on-site Silver Skate Festival experiences. Remember to bring along your winter boots!

Adults accompanying Barnebirkie skiers on course must be on skis to retain the integrity of the course.
No pets please.

Clothing and Footwear
Dress for the weather.

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