Portland's urban ski race (when it snows)

how it works

The Stumptown Birkebeiner is an impromptu urban ski race in Portland, Oregon that happens any time there is enough snow to ski. Snow is a fickle thing in the Northwest at sea level – but every now and then it does happen. Chaos usually ensures.

The rules are pretty simple. On any day when there is enough snow to ski in downtown Portland, meet at the NW corner of Powell’s City of Books (NW Couch and 11th in the Pearl) at 9 AM.

From there, we’ll race around NW in a loop and have some fun.

The race last occurred (twice) in February, 2014, and we got a lot of press coverage. You can Google us. Or watch this OPB profile.

Race History

December 21, 2008 – Inaugural event featured about eight skiers.

February 7, 2014 – Ski from Powell’s to NW 23rd and back attracted dozens.
February 8, 2014 – Sprints at Wallace Park also had big turnout.

Is the race on?

If it’s looking like snow in Portland, stay tuned here or follow @StumptownBirkie. We will clearly declare a Birkie when the race is on.

You can also join our email list to stay informed.

See photos from past races on Flickr.

stumptown.birkie at gmail dot com


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