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Behind the Birkie Scenes | Chief of Food Stations

Behind the Birkie Scenes | Chief of Food Stations

Each year more than 500 volunteers contribute their time and expertise to the Canadian Birkie Ski Festival. Over 1500 cross-country skiers enjoy the ski events our volunteers worked on. In "Behind the Birkie Scenes" you can read a bit more about our volunteers and the...

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Three advantages of Birkie Fall Dryland Training

Three advantages of Birkie Fall Dryland Training

Why in the world would you want to start “cross country skiing” when there is no snow in sight and the days are still warm (we hope)? Here are three excellent reasons: You review and perform Classic XC Ski techniques during ski-walking, ski-bounding, and/or...

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Ole Heie…a True Birkebeiner Warrior

Ole Heie…a True Birkebeiner Warrior

Young distance skier, Ole Heie’s memory was honoured last month with an event organized by the Heie Family and the Camrose Ski Club.  Tragically, Ole passed away suddenly last summer on a running trail at the age of 12, leaving his family, friends, and teammates...

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Manitoba Mom Training for 55km with pack Virtual Birkie

Manitoba Mom Training for 55km with pack Virtual Birkie

A few short years ago, Dorothy Ball of Manitoba never thought of herself as an endurance athlete. Now, she is training for the Canadian Virtual Birkie, 55km with pack Torskeklubben Birkebeiner. "The Birkie" has been on her bucket list, and with travel constraints, the...

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The Birkie is a Family Affair!

The Birkie is a Family Affair!

Life-long nordic skier Karen Van der Meer and family have been long-time supporters of the Canadian Birkebeiner.  For the Van der Meer family, cross country skiing, and the Canadian Birkebeiner, are truly a family affair. "Our family loves skiing the long distances...

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Birkie is all about family

Birkie is all about family

The Birkie has become a very important part of our winter since 2004. For 10 years Randy skied the 55km event carrying a 5.5 kg pack. That represented the weight of Prince Haakon. Several skiers would strap on a stuffed animal to represent  the baby. Randy had a...

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Father and Daughter on the ski trails

Father and Daughter on the ski trails

Curtis and Kim, father and daughter, were out on the trails in Cooking Lake - Blackfoot PRA last Saturday. Curtis has been skiing for many years already. He even has many stamps of loppets in his Worldloppet Passport. In 2019 he skied the 70km Marcialonga in Italy. He...

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Maya MacIsaac-Jones Interview

Maya MacIsaac-Jones Interview

"My favourite Birkie memory is racing the 31 km with a bunch of friends." Maya MacIsaac – Jones skied on the Canadian Senior National Team from 2016 to 2019, She was also on the Canadian Junior National Team from 2011 to 2015. Maya is now training with the Alberta...

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