Age Limits

Course Difficulty

The Canadian Birkie Ski Festival takes place in the Beaver Hills UNESCO Biosphere, an incredibly unique and special environment with gently rolling terrain. Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area has 170 km of trails of which the Birkie uses approximately 75 km. See the detailed winter trail maps along with Alberta Parks’ latest trail conditions.

Age Limits

The Canadian Birkebeiner Society follows Cross Country Canada’s suggested age limits. The Birkie Saturday ski events take place in a remote area; the finish line is a 20 minute drive to the nearest hospital. Our organization provides hundreds of directional signs, about 50 ski patrollers, 12 food stations, and medical staff along the way to ensure skiers stay on track. Safety for our skiers, volunteers and spectators is our number one priority. The age limits below are a critical part of our effort to keep everyone out of harms way.

Birkie Saturday

55 km with or without pack

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.

31 km

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.

13 km

Children 2 – 7 years of age are not allowed.

Children 8 – 11 years of age must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Children 12 – 17 years old do not need to be accompanied by an adult guardian, but we recommend it.

4/8 km

Children 2 – 11 years of age are not allowed.

2/4 km 

Children 2 – 7 years of age must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Birkie Sunday

50 m dash

Any age.

500 m, 1.5 km, 3 km

Children 2 – 7 years of age must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Full Moon Birkie Series

Children 2 – 7 years old are not recommended. If they register, they must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Children 8 – 11 years of age must be registered with and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Ages 12 – 100 must go out with at least one other person.