If last winter’s urban skiing in Portland is now but a memory, stand by for an on screen reminder of what the experience was like. Oregon Field Guide plans to run a piece on the Stumptown Birkebeiner sometime in November.
If you were there on the second day, when we skied over to Wallace Park in NW and then did some sprints, you may recall seeing someone with a serious camera filming. That was OFG’s Todd Sonflieth.
And soon it will be time to see what he captured.
Oregon Field Guide camera man Todd Sonflieth outfits Duncan with a GoPro for the Wallace Park sprints.
In WW’s annual “Best of Portland” call out of the weird, the wacky, and the wonderful, the Stumptown Birkebeiner nabbed a prestigious “Best Cross-City Ski Race” trophy. Yes! True, our competition was thin. But still. We’ll find some room for it in the awards case. Thanks, Katherine!
We are now officially the “Best Cross-City Ski Race”. But you knew that.
When something – a product, photo, event – aligns with the zeitgeist, results can be explosive. In a world of instant info, here’s what happened to the Stumptown Birkie web site the week it snowed.
The week it snowed.
This is from the first gathering on Friday. And there is going to be another Oregon Field Guide story about the sprint races on Saturday.
2.14.2014 Stumptown Birkebeiner Takes Over The Streets Of Portland OPB
Direct link to video
OPB Arts & Life story.
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How do you plan for a future event that may not happen for years – or ever? It sounds a little crazy, bit it is definitely possible. After seeing how successful this year’s Stumptown Birkie was (and BTW, the first time anything at ALL was done to organize or get the word out this go round was the day before it snowed), the wheels started turning. What could be done with a little more advance preparation?
What if we could get permission to groom a section of Leif? Or SW Kingston, which is closed to cars already when it snows. What if we could organize a real cross town race that went all over Portland, or one that looped around the neighborhoods above Wallace Park? As anyone who was out skiing yesterday can attest, you could have had a real ski race in a lot of places in Portland. The possibilities are endless. But advance planning before an actual snowfall is upon us will be necessary.
So if you’d like to be in the loop on Stumptown stuff, or just hear about what’s happening, regardless of whether you want to do more than show up and ski, please join our newly minted list.
Also – that guy you may have seen filming out there? He’s with OPB’s Oregon Field Guide. Sounds like they will be doing a piece on the whole escapade at some point. Join our list and be the first to hear when it’s coming!
Could the streets of NW look like this the next time it snows?
Hello everyone! As the snow turns to sleet or rain or whatever it is, I think it might be time to call this year’s edition of the Stumptown Birkebeiner a wrap.
And what a year it was. The turnout was tremendous. Thank you for being a part of it. Nordic culture is clearly out there waiting to happen in Portland. This was the year it caught on. And I think we’re all agreed that this needs to become a regular thing any time it snows.
So add this to your mantra: “Any time it snows enough to ski, meet at Powell’s at 9 AM.”
With any luck, that won’t be another five years. But you never know. And that’s part of why it’s so special when it DOES snow in Portland.
Keep the rock skis at the ready, and sooner than you know it, the city will once be going into lockdown – so that we can ski.
Just say no to these things.
Day 2 of this year’s surprise stealth hit Stumptown Birkebeiner was madness! Sprint ski racing up and down NW Raleigh in perfect conditions with more snow falling? Yes, that is what we had. You couldn’t plan it any better. To top off the bounty, after the race a few of us skied through Washington Park and up Montgomery to the top of Council Crest, where it was officially blowing a gale. Zip back down for some warm drinks at Salt & Straw on NW 23rd. Skiing in Portland does not get any better than this, does it?
Here’s a few pics I got. Post yours to #stumptownbirkie.
Are we in Davos or Stumptown? Ski to the mocha.
A shameless plug. But because they have the word “Stumptown” in their club, we permitted it.
Later… Skate conga line going up SW Montgomery. Hup! Hup!
The wave 1 crew lines up.
Norway in the house.
Heading up NW Johnson.
If this is what they mean by “bad weather” – bring it.
Nordic onslaught on North Park blocks.
They’re not Norwegian. But they had just lived in Norway for a couple years. So we let ‘em in!