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.


2022 Birkie Giant Ski registration is now open!

The race is limited to 30 teams. Registration is online only until Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 11:59 PM.  Each team member must be 13 years old or older.

Please note: registration closes at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION.

Event Details


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 overall winner is determined by the fastest time in the heats.

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 21 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 22 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 23 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m
  • Thursday, February 24 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m


  • Thursday, February 24 after 4:30 p.m. at the Giant Ski start line


All Team members should bring poles.
Participants should wear regular winter boots with stiff soles.


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

New for 2022- Team Costume contest! Take team bonding to the max and dress up together!  Hayward Chamber of Commerce will choose one team with the best costume to win free entry for the 2023 Giant Ski Event!

Save the Date

Future Birkie Week Dates:

2022: February 24 – 26

2023: February 23 – 25