Junior Birkie 2021 – a different location and more precautions, but still a fun, outdoor event for kids!

Individual Race for Youth ages 6 years to Middle School

The Junior Birkie, presented by Rossignol, is for Junior skiers that are ready to race!

Precautions and new protocols will be in place for the event in 2021.  Drive-up bib pickup, physically distanced start, and few to no touchpoints are a few precautions that will be in place.

Junior Birkie


 Jun 9 thru Jan 28Jan 29 thru Feb 23Feb 24 (7PM)
Individual Participant$20$22$25

Registration will close at 6:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. No race day registration!

There is no virtual option for the Junior Birkie.

The first 350 kids registered will receive a Junior Birkie hat!


COVID19 Precautions

  • Participants will receive their bib, hat, and finisher medal at drive-up bib pickup when they arrive at OO. Registration closes on Wednesday, Feb 24th at 6:59pm CST.
  • Start waves will be limited to 30 skiers/wave
  • Start times will be spread out to limit number of participants at the venue at one time
  • Please only one adult per athlete at the event.  No other spectators are allowed, but kids will need assistance from an adult.
  • No onsite awards ceremony.  All age group awards will be mailed after the event.
  • All adults are required to wear masks at all times.
  • No water will be available on site. Please bring your own hydration.

Birkie Junior Gear BagBirkie Junior Gear Bag – now found in the Birkie Store!

  • Available for a special price during Junior Birkie & Barnebirkie registration
  • Produced exclusively for the Birkie by SWIX
  • Participants purchasing the Jr. Gear bag will receive the bag at Bib pick-up in February
  • The ideal bag for your youth’s sports and ski gear, both wet and dry; or everyday school adventures
  • Dimensions: 12″ wide x 9″ deep x 15″ high
  • Reinforced #8 zippers
  • Tarpaulin panel on the bottom section for waterproofing and greater durability
  • Bottom wet-sealed compartment for Nordic Boot storage
  • Sports Shield zipped compartment for glasses or visor, with brushed lining to prevent lens scratches and quick, easy access
  • Large top-load zippered compartment for warm-up clothing, extra hats, and gloves
  • Main pack body is made from tough 600D PVC backed polyester
  • Padded EVA foam back offers cushioning and breathability over pressure points, and padded shoulder straps
  • 2 – side mesh pockets for water bottles
  • This bag may not be used at gear bag drop on race day (Birkie, Korte or Prince Haakon)

Individual Mass Start Races

Individual Mass Start Races

For the individual races, skiers are assigned an age group based on their year of birth (see table below).  All races are freestyle technique – competitors may use skate or classic technique, however, there may not be classic tracks set on the courses.  U8 and U10 age groups will ski 1.5 km, U12 and U14 will ski 2.5 km.  The start area will be marked with physically distanced starting points

Year of BirthCategory

Individual Race Schedule

These times are now final.  For age categories with 2 waves, you will find out your specific start time when you get your bib.

TimeCategoryBib RangesIndividual Mass Start Distance
2:00 pmU10 Boys1001 - 10281.5 km
2:05 pmU8 Boys801 - 8141.5 km
2:10 pmU10 Girls1029 - 10601.5 km
2:15 pmU8 Girls815 - 8331.5 km
2:30 pmU12 Boys - 1st Wave1201 - 12202.5 km
2:35 pmU12 Boys - 2nd Wave1221 - 12412.5 km
3:00 pmU12 Girls- 1st Wave1242 - 12672.5 km
3:05 pmU12 Girls- 2nd Wave1268 - 12932.5 km
3:20 pmU14 Boys - 1st Wave1401 - 14192.5 km
3:25 pmU14 Boys - 2nd Wave1420 - 14382.5 km
3:35 pmU14 Girls1439 - 14642.5 km

Times were determined to accomodate Covid19 best practices.

Bib Pick Up

Drive-up bib pick up will be right as you arrive at the race site on race day.  All bibs, hats, and Birkie Junior Gear Bags (if ordered during registration) will be handed out at bib pick up.  There is no option to have bibs and hats mailed to you prior to the race.

If you ordered a Birkie Junior Gear Bag and are no longer planning to attend the event in-person and would like to request to have your Birkie Junior Gear Bag mailed to you, click here.  There is no virtual option for the Junior Birkie.

Venue and Course Map

The Junior Birkie will start and finish at the Kortelopet Stadium at the Hwy OO Trailhead (south side). All parking will be on the south side of OO- please do not park on the north side of the road, that is reserved for medical, staff, and volunteers at the OO aid station. At this time, spectators are not allowed at the event.  Please plan on only one adult/skier attending the event.

2021 Jr. Birkie Course Map

Venue layout

Results & Awards

View Junior Birkie Results »

Junior Birkie Age Class Awards will be automatically shipped to recipients in late March or April.


Rossignol Presenting Sponsor

Save the Date

Future Birkie Week Dates:

2022: February 24 – 26

2023: February 23 – 25