The Breckenridge Nordic Center will participate as a 2021 Virtual Birkie Location from Wednesday February 24th-Friday February 26th.
Thank you for joining the Birkie from right here in Breckenridge! We are pleased to announce that we will be participating as a virtual venue. We will not be shutting down any part of the course to normal skier traffic so please be aware that non-racers, grooming equipment, snowshoers and lesson and tour groups may be encountered at any time on any part of the course. Please be courteous and respectful at all times. Thank you and have fun – Please see below for details regarding this special event.
Virtual Birkie Details –
We do not have participant parking at the Nordic Center. Suggested parking is at the Airport Road Free Parking lot where you may park for free and ride the free “Red route” bus right to our parking lot. Be sure to let the driver know you want him/her to stop at the Nordic Center When you leave at the end of your race, please take the gondola (accessible from our ski trail) back downtown or the black route bus to the lower gondola lot where you can then take a shuttle back to the airport road lot.
Participation dates –
The Nordic Center is asking all virtual participants to complete their race on Wednesday the 24th, Thursday the 25th or Friday the 26th. If you absolutely must participate on Saturday or Sunday, please note that we expect to be very busy with daily operations, beginner skiers, lessons, tours, snowshoers and snowcat tours. The race course will not be closed off to racers on any day. We will not have course marshals on the weekend and aid stations will not be available. All racers are expected to remain courteous to our other guests.
Participants are encouraged to arrive with skis waxed and ready to go, however, we plan to set up an outdoor waxing station on site each day. Please check back here for more details. Please do not use dining tables or picnic tables for waxing. Please clean up and dispose of all trash and scraped wax.
What about masks.
Participants are asked to mask up any time they enter the building or are around the building and cannot maintain proper distance from others. All food and drink must be consumed outside per our COVID protocol.
Course Marshals and Timing-
Please be familiar with your course. We will not be able to post course marshals at every intersection. Course Marshals will be volunteers and will not be able to keep track of your bib number, which distance you are doing or how many laps you have left. We will try out best to provide self timing solutions but it is unlikely that we will be able to help you keep track of your time or distance. Please plan to use Strava to track your time and consider bringing a stopwatch as a backup. Course marshals will do their best to help you but will be volunteers with short shifts. If you would like to volunteer to help with course direction, aid stations or would like to help by offering timing solutions, please contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race Day Clothing and Ski Storage-
Please plan to keep all skis and poles outside at all times. Also, please plan to come dressed to ski. We do not have lockers and any changing area will be limited to the bathrooms. Any extra clothing, jackets water bottles and bags should be kept in designated areas. We will designate an area for bags to be kept downstairs near the shop. We are limited on space upstairs so we do ask that all personal items not be left in the main lounge area of the building.
Course Maps and Directions
Prince Haakan Course 14km – Use Red and Blue Loops (see maps below)
For the Prince Haakan 14km race, each competitor must complete the combined Red and Blue Courses 2 times.
Quarteloppet 26k- Use Red, Blue and Purple Courses
Complete 3 laps of the Red and blue course combined and 1 lap of the Red and Purple Courses combined. See Maps below. Total length = 26.0km.
Birkebeiner 43km course – Use Red and Blue Courses.
The Birkie Course will complete 6 laps of the Red and Blue Courses combined for a total distance of 42.8km.
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The Breckenridge Nordic Center hosts a variety of Nordic events every year. These have been created with our desire to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to become actively involved in the “Lifetime Sports” of Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.
The development of Nordic outdoor skills and snowshoe hiking enhances self-image, builds strength, agility, flexibility, endurance and aerobic fitness. These benefits carry over into personal improved health and to all other aspects of a whole person, frequently resulting in a healthy lifestyle and increased community participation.
We’ve spent our lives in service to a variety of able bodied and disabled athletes, children with developmental challenges, at risk youth, families, our Colorado and Summit County residents and visiting guests from around the world by creating an environment that’s friendly, supportive and challenging to whatever level the individual wants to take it to.
Please join us and be a part of our amazing events. Whether you’re a participant or a volunteer, it will be an experience you’ll never forget.
- Race events for our Middle/High School team members
- Summit Nordic Ski Club
- Ski Spectacular Week
Call us at 970-453-6855 or email us at BestNordicSki@gmail.com for more information.