UPDATE Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello nordic PDX-ers. The Stumptown Birkie is currently without an organizer.  If we pull something together (and if there is enough snow to ski tomorrow), we’ll put the word out.

Otherwise – the Stumptown Birkie needs YOU – to keep the tradition alive.


December 11, 2015

We need you, nordic leader!

Do you want to become the new instigator in chief of the Stumptown Birkie?

The job description is pretty simple.  When it looks like snow in Portland, you become the information clearing house (via web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) and organizer of the event.  It’s a lot of fun and not much work.

Because of all the attention we got in 2014, it’s likely that the next one will be much bigger.  So you could do all sorts of new things with the event.  The sky’s the limit.

If you’re passionate about nordic heritage and want to take this Portland event to the next level – email us!


stumptown.birkie at gmail dot com

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 ensues.

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