Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts

Enjoy outdoor fitness events in east-central Nevada


The Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts' mission is to encourage people to be active and lead healthy lifestyles  through fitness events that raise funds for community-wide wellness while promoting tourism in White Pine County, Nevada.


Bristlecone Birkebeiner 2018

It's back...the Bristlecone Birkebeiner!  The Bristlecone Birkebeiner is a cross-country ski race that started in Ely at Ward Mountain in 1983.  This race has not been around for 20 years and the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts are continuing this great winter event! 

When:  January 20

Where: Ward Mountain Ski Recreation Area

 If there is not enough snow for a ski event, it will be a slush/mud trail run!  Registration prices remain the same for the foot race. 

Note: The distances for the long and short course are now shorter in length!  


Kid's Race - ~1.2 kilometers

Out and back from trailhead to powerline

Start time: 10:15 am



Adult Short Course - ~2.5 kilometers

Half of Loop D

Start time: 9:05 am



Adult Long Course - ~6.6 kilometers

One lap around Loop D

Start time: 9:00 am



Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female for short and long loops, and top three kids. 



Registration Information:

  • Go to the registration tab to signup for this event.
  • There will be 100% refund minus transaction fee if event is canceled due to lack of snow and do not want to participate in the slush/mud run.
  • Same day registration at event site from 7:30-8:30 am 

Ski Rental :

  • Sportsworld will be offering discount ski rental for  participants -  $8 for 3 day rental.  Pickup friday and return sunday (normal rental price at Sportsworld is $12/day).

Course:  The participants will go around the course counter-clockwise

Additional Information:

  1. There is no age limit for the kid's race, however kids must be accompanied by an adult.  The adult does not have to ski with the child participating, but if your child is not a strong skier it is recommended you stay with them on skis or foot.
  2. Only top three kids will recieve an award.
  3. There will be one EMT stationed at the event.
  4. There will only be water at the start/finish line.  If you need some during the race, you must provide your own.   
  5. This event will be chip timed.  Chip must be attached to your boot or bottom cuff of your pants.
  6. No pets are allowed at this event.
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History of the Birkebeiner

It started in 1206. Birkebeiner skiers, so called for their protective birch bark leggings, skied through the treacherous mountains and rugged forests of Norway's Osterdalen Valley during the winter of 1206, smuggling the son of King Sverresson and Inga of Vartieg to safety. The flight taken during the Norwegian Civil War took the Birkebeiners and prince from Lillehammer to safety in the town of Trondheim. Inga of Vartieg never became queen as the prince's father was killed before he could return for her in Vartieg. Norwegian history credits the Birkebeiners' bravery with preserving the life of the boy who later became King Haakon Haakonsson IV and forever changed Northern Europes' history by his reign.

The story of the flight was the inspiration for the first Birkebeiner ski race held in Norway in 1932. To this day, Norwegian skiers still carry a pack, symbolizing the weight of an 18-month child, in the Worldloppet's Norwegian Birkebeiner Rennet race from Rena to Lillehammer. Thousands of skiers commemorate the journey with annual Birkebeiner races in Norway, Canada, and the United States.