55 km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner

55 km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner – February 12, 2022

Skiers recreate the legend of the original Birkebeiner skiers by carrying the equivalent of the infant crown prince, a 5.5 kg (12 lb) pack.

Start Times

Start waves: 9:00, 9:15, 9:30 am

Registration and Bibs
Registration package and bib pick up will take place at the Nordic Fair on February 11, 2022. Timing chips will also be distributed at this time. Skiers will need to fasten them around their ankle and return them at the finish. There is a $60 charge for non-returned timing chips.

Start Line and Finish Area

To Be Determined.

You will be required to fill out a pre-screening health questionnaire online prior to leaving for the course. Only skiers that have completed forms on file will be allowed to proceed to the parking zone.

This event starts and finishes at the Islet Lake Staging Area, in the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. No spectators will be allowed at the start, finish, or on the course.

You must wear a mask at all times on site, from your vehicle to the start, and again from the finish to your car. It is not a requirement to wear your mask on the course. We encourage you to wear a face mask at aid stations.

Results will be posted online for review. There will be no awards ceremony or medals distributed this year.

There is a total of five aid stations spaced along the course. Volunteer and medical personnel will be on site. Re-hydration will be provided in 299 ml bottles. Nutrition shall be in the form of pre-packaged individual servings.

There will be no Festival Tent at the finish; you will not receive indoor food, beverage, or alcohol service. Please bring your recovery beverage and nutrition with you for individual consumption in your vehicle.

Dress appropriately in layers and bring extra clothing and wax for changing weather.

Indoor washrooms are not available, but there will be outdoor portapotties.

There are no buses or shuttles. Skiers must arrange to be dropped off or park their personal vehicles on site. Please share vehicles with a cohort where possible.

Please time your arrival no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your wave start time, to park only where directed, and then proceed as quickly as possible to the start zone. Skiers in later waves will not be permitted to park or start early.

Please wax prior to leaving home, with touch up at your vehicle prior to proceeding to the start.

What’s the route?
We redesigned the course to form a one-way loop starting and finishing at the Islet Lake Staging Area of scenic Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. It is gently rolling terrain which translates to lots of small ups and downs, and trails winding around beaver ponds and hills.

Details about the Pack:

There will be no weigh scale at the start or finish area. The 55 km skiers will have to weigh their 5.5 kg backpack or weight vest at home. The accuracy of the weight will be based on an honour system for the 55 km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner.

The pack you carry must be one that is worn over the shoulders; fanny packs do not qualify. Most skiers wear day packs and some internal frame packs. The pack (including contents) must weigh a minimum of 5.5 kg or 12 lbs and it will be weighed prior to the start of the event and at the finish line to ensure the minimum weight is met. People use everything from spare clothing and wax kits, to sand and even bird seed to ensure the correct weight of their packs. Many skiers will decorate their packs with stuffed toys to signify the infant crown prince, or just to show off their Birkie spirit. The pack requirement originated in the Norwegian Birkebeiner Loppet where participants were for many years required to carry spare clothing, water, food and other survival items along the mountainous route.

Age Limits

  • Children 2 – 11 years of age are not allowed.
  • Children 12 – 17 years of age are not recommended. If they register, they must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

More Details

Please refer to our FAQ page (will be updated periodically)

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