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The Canadian Birkie is a Loppet, a recreational race of varying distances. Whether you aim to finish the 13 km Mini Birkie or improve your personal best time in the 55 km with pack, by training ahead you will have more fun reaching your personal goals.  Grab a friend and start training!

Birkie Cross-Country Ski Training

The Birkie Training Group Fall Dryland Session focuses on activities such as ski walking with proper classic ski technique, ski bounding, strength, core work, balance and stretching.

The Birkie Training Group Mid-Week Fall Dryland Session focuses on activities such as ski walking, ski striding, ski bounding, strength, core work, and stretching, for those who are available to meet during the work day.

The Birkie Training Group Winter Session is aimed at those with at least two years of ski experience, and of average to advanced fitness, who are planning to ski a 13 km, 31 km or 55 km event.

The Birkie Training Group Mid-Week Winter Session is aimed at those with at least two years of ski experience and of average to advanced fitness, who are available to meet during the work day.

If you don’t live close enough to Edmonton to participate in a Birkie Training Group, check out your local ski club for their classes.

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Birkie Training Group Fall Dryland Session

Fall Dryland Training is a terrific way to kick off your fall fitness program AND prepare your mind and body for cross-country skiing!

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Birkie Training Group Winter Session

The Birkie Training Group Winter Session is a perfect training if you are planning to ski a 13 km, 31 km or 55 km event.

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Mid-Week (Day) Winter Training Session

Focus on building endurance, power and technique this cross-country ski season.A perfect choice for those who have the flexibility to train during the day.

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Mid-Week (Eve) Winter Training Session

This evening and in-city program focuses on developing ski specific fitness and improving technique and efficiency on cross-country skis.

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Training Material and Ideas

Tips from a personal trainer, ski instructor and a Birkie winner here (PDFs):

Cross-country ski technique videos: Nordic Ski Lab

Maximize Your Sports Performance Through Nutrition

How can proper nutrition enhance your athletic abilities? Consuming enough nutrients is vital for maintaining energy levels and minimizing the risk of injury during training and racing. By fuelling up with the right foods, you can take your sport performance to the next level and increase your ability to race faster and safer.

This guide was created for the Canadian Birkebeiner Society by Taylor Nutrition, Performance Dieticians.

Jared, one of our trainers, demonstrating good form during dryland training, 2024.