Birkie Saturday

55 km Torskeklubben Birkebeiner with pack
55 km Birkie Lite
31 km Birkie Tour
13 km Global Edmonton Mini Birkie
4 or 8 km Imperial Oil Birkie Fun Ski
2 or 4 km Ole’s Tour

 Birkie Sunday

 50 m dash, 500 m, 1.5 km and 3 km Barnebirkie


New deadlines

Birkie registration cut off dates are now simpler, they are at the end of each month:

  • September or October: Registration opens
  • November 30 at 24:00: First cut-off
  • December 31 at 24:00: Second cut-off
  • January 31 at 24:00: Third cut-off
  • February 5 at 12:00 NOON: Final registration day

Wave starts

If you are participating in the 55 km with pack, 55 km Lite, or the 31 km tour, you will need to select an appropriate wave in which to start. There will be three start waves; 9:00 am, 9:15, and 9:30; based on skier speed instead of event selection. This will facilitate skiers being able to ski at a comfortable pace for each with minimal if any bottlenecks on the courses. Read this Waves document to choose your appropriate wave start.

Age limits

The Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival takes place in a remote provincial park. Our organization provides substantial signage, patrols, food stations, volunteers and medical staff to ensure to keep skiers on track. Safety for our volunteers, spectators and skiers is our number one priority. As such age limits are part of our critical effort to ensure everyone stays out of harms way and gets home safely. See details of age limits for all events here.

Event changes before final deadline on Feb 5 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 at the Nordic Fair.
  • The fee to make any changes is $20, plus any difference between event fees, if applicable


No refunds. Non transferable.

Can I pick up a registration package for a friend or family?

Yes. Just let the volunteers know the full name, age and event that your friend or family is registered in. Please be sure to check their timing chip (if they are in a timed event) before you leave the Nordic Fair.

Can I pick up my registration package at the event site?

No. If you are unable to make it to the Nordic Fair, please ask a friend or family member to pick up your package for you.  Exceptions may be made for skiers from out of town but there are few volunteers at the start so please arrive early and be prepared to wait in line.