First Annual Stumptown Birkebeiner A Smashing Success

FasterSkierDecember 25, 2008


Several weeks ago we ran a piece on a planned grass-roots celebration of Nordic skiing in Portland, Oregon. Well it actually happened! It may not seem like a big deal to those of us who live in wintery rural areas, a metropolitan areas that support the sport of cross-country skiing. But keeping the dream alive in less than ideal settings can be quite challenging!

At 8:45 AM at Powell’s it looked like it was going to be a solo affair. But then in quick succession about 8 people showed up, including one spectator who had heard of the concept and just wanted to see if it would actually happen.

Scandinavian representation was high. There were two natives of the northern regions present to show us how it’s done.

The group proceeded through the Pearl and all around NW, meeting several other skiers along the way. Serious fun.

Conditions were pretty darn good, considering. The sanding trucks had way too much to keep up with.

Nordic culture lives.

Read about the event using the related link below.

(Photo: The Oregonian)
(Photo: The Oregonian)


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