In-Person Birkie Questions and Answers

Are the in-person events point to point?

The 31 km and 55 km ski events are point-to-point, while the 13 km, 8 km, 2/4 km 1/3 km ski events are loop courses.

Are there starting waves?

Yes, you will need to select an appropriate wave in which to start. Read this wave document to choose your appropriate wave start.

Are there timing chips?

Yes, the 55 km, 31 km and 13 km events use GoChip technology. GoChips record your start time from when you cross the start line, not from a mass start or wave start time.

It is worn on the ankle and MUST be returned at the finish line.  There is a $60 charge to replace lost chips.

Will there be food stations along the course?

There are aid stations spaced along the 31 and 55 km courses and one aid station on the 13 km course. Volunteer and medical personnel will be at each food station and at the Finish Line. Water will be provided in 300 ml bottles. Nutrition shall be in the form of pre-packaged individual servings, such as fig bars or Oreos.

Can I change the event I’m skiing?

Event changes before final deadline on Feb 9 at Noon: Email the office and specify your full name, the event you wish to change out of and the event you wish to change to. There is a $10 fee for any changes, plus any difference between event fees, if applicable. You will need to acknowledge that the $10 fee will be charged to the credit card that you used to sign up with.  Please note: If there are any changes to your credit card information, contact the office to make other arrangements.  If someone else paid for your registration, they will need to contact the office to give authorization to charge this to their card. There are no refunds of a difference if the event is downgraded.

Event changes at Nordic Fair: Any changes after Final Deadline date must be made in-person at the Nordic Fair. The fee to make any changes is $20, plus any difference between event fees, if applicable.

Can I withdraw from the event?

Yes, but there are NO REFUNDS.

What if the event is cancelled due to COVID19?

Your registration will be carried over to the 2023 Birkie.

What precautions are you taking for COVID19?

Canadian Birkebeiner Society, under the guidance of Nordiq Alberta and Alberta Health Services, take necessary precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus. Please refer to our COVID19 Protocols page.

How is the Birkie “Green”?

We encourage car pooling – please ride with your cohort to the start.

How can I recognize the amazing volunteers?

Be sure to say thank you to each volunteer you see!

How do I sign up to Volunteer?

See our Volunteer page

Can I skate-ski?

All events are “classic-style” diagonal stride only; skate-skiing is NOT allowed.

Can I pull a sled or pulk?

Yes, sleds and pulks are ONLY allowed in the 8 km Birkie Fun Ski event.

Can a non-skiing parent accompany their child on the bus shuttle and on site? 

Yes, you can accommodate your child on a bus shuttle. Please know that you need to wear a mask and social distance on both the bus, and at Birkie indoor and outdoor venues. Show proof of vaccination and valid identification at indoor Canadian Birkie ski events.