The snow is coming

What is the Stumptown Birkebeiner? I’m so glad you asked. It is nothing less than an informal, impromptu ski race and parade open to anyone, starting and finishing at Powell’s City of Books and going through downtown Portland’s Pearl District. The race is declared any time there is enough snow to ski in downtown Portland and has taken place once before, in December 2008.

New to urban skiing? Here’s some background, based on our 2008 adventures.

In the first ever Stumptown Birkebeiner in 2008, two Americans went up against a Norwegian and a Sweded.  Let's just say it didn't go too well for Team USA...

In the first ever Stumptown Birkebeiner in 2008, two Americans went up against a Norwegian and a Sweded. Let’s just say it didn’t go too well for Team USA…


The first Stumptown Birkebeiner was held on December 21, 2008.

The first Stumptown Birkebeiner was held on December 21, 2008.

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