The lack of natural snow this year will not stop the Giant Ski 2024! Join us on Hayward’s infamous Main Street for a Giant Ski event like no-other. Many of you have been wondering about the alternate plans for Giant Ski during Birkie Week. Adaptations are being made to the competition to account for conditions. Grab friends and family and give the Birkie “Giant Ski” race a try! 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.

Event Details

All teams should report to the start line on Main and Third Street before 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2024. Team start order will be randomly chosen.

The race will consist of three stages, each of which must be completed in a timed run. The three stages are: Giant Pong, the Giant Beverage Balance, and the Giant Plank. Giant Ski teams will all be given a course preview to understand the stages.

Poles will not be required this year, due to the construction of the new Giant Skis, fit for pavement. 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 4:30 pm at the intersection of Main and Third 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 4:00 p.m. at the Giant Ski start line

Registration details subject to change.


Due to the construction of the new Giant Skis, fit for pavement, ski poles will not be required. Participants should wear regular winter boots with stiff soles. Costumes are highly 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


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