Six People on One Pair of Skis!

Grab friends and family and give the Birkie “Giant Ski” race a try! Each team of six people races head to head against another team and the clock for 50 yards on a pair of 25-foot long “Giant Skis” up Hayward’s Main Street*. The event is huge fun for both participants and spectators.

* A pair of Giant Skis is provided to each team at the start.

The event is limited to 30 teams.


2024 Birkie Giant Ski Registration is now Open!

The race is limited to 30 teams and is expected to fill early for 2024! Registration is online only until Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 11:59 PM or until full.  Each team member must be 13 years old or older.

Event Details

All teams should report to the start line on Main and Second Streets before 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024. Team start order will be randomly chosen. Teams will strap into the provided giant skis at the assigned times. A limited number of poles are available, we recommend bringing your own. Heats will be continuous and the competition will continue until a winner is crowned!


Each team will be assigned to a heat of two teams.  Heats will begin at 5:00 pm at the intersection of Main and Second Street in Hayward.
Each heat is timed.  The four fastest teams in the heats will move on to the semi-finals.


The four fastest teams in the qualifying heats will take to the giant skis again! The winner of each semi-final heat will move on to the final round.


Two teams will make it out of the semi-finals and go head to head for the coveted title of Birkie Giant Ski winners!

Packet Pick up

A Team representative must pick up the team packet at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Office located at the corner of Main Street and Highway 63 during the following times:

  • Monday, February 19 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 21 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m
  • Thursday, February 22 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m


  • Thursday, February 22 after 4:30 p.m. at the Giant Ski start line

Registration details subject to change.


All Team members should bring poles- length should be between waist and shoulders. Participants should wear regular winter boots with stiff soles. The giant skis are equipped with snowshoe bindings for each team member to strap into on the skis. Costumes are encouraged!


The first and second place teams, by time, will receive awards.

Team Costume contest! Take team bonding to the max and dress up together!  A celebrity panel of judges will choose one team with the best costume to win free entry for the 2025 Giant Ski Event!

Save the Date

Future Birkie Week Dates:

2024: February 21 – 25


Gold Circle Elite
Gold Level Sponsors of the Major Birkie Events Year-Round

Kwik Trip
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Republic Services
Backroads Coffee
Earth Rider Brewery