Ward Mountain Recreation Area, North Trailhead

January 18, 2020

Bristlecone Birkebeiner Winter Fest

Determination of snow or no snow events will be made the morning of January 19th.  The Fat Tire Bike Event will occur no matter what!  In the past, there has been no snow until the night before or the morning of the event!   If you register for snow or no snow event, and the weather did not cooperate in your favor, you will receive credit to another EOE event (minus the transaction fee).  Please email us at elyoutdoorenthusiasts@gmail.com one week post-event to get your credit.  Requests past one week will not be honored.

Event Details:

  • All routes will go counter-clockwise on trails.
  • There will only be a water aid station at the start/finish line.  There will be no other aid stations on the course.  Please bring your own water if needed.
  • All fat tire/mountain bike participants must wear a helmet.
  • All events will be stop watch timed.  We will not be using our timing system this year.
  • The kids route will only be for cross-country skiing or the trail run.  We will not allow kids to snowshoe, fat tire bike, or mountain bike this year. 
  • There will be an EMT at the finish line for any unexpected emergencies.
  • No pets are allowed on the course.  Any pets at the start/finish area must be on a leash.
  • No electric bikes are permitted.  
  • This is a nordic/classic ski event.  We will make our best attempt to have groomed trails for the event, however sometimes mother nature surprises us! 
  • Courses will be marked with signs or flagging approximately every quarter mile or where there is a bend, turn, or area of possible confusion.
  • Awards will be distributed as follows:
    • Cross-country Ski or Trail Run: top 3 short & long, male & female, and top 3 kid finishers
    • Snowshoe, Fat Tire Bike, or Mountain Bike: top 3 finishers
  • This is our first year offering multiple events.  Please be patient as we work out the kinks to make next years' event even better!
  • All participants will receive event swag and a free soup from Shorty's Food Truck! Additional food will be available for purchase from Shorty's.

The original Bristlecone Birkebeiner in Ely, NV ran from 1983 - 1993.  The Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts started the event up again in 2014, but was canceled because there wasn't enough snow.  In 2015, we held our first successful event with a dusting of snow and 4 skiers and one trail runner!  This event has continued to grow and is now better than ever!  Because snow can be a hit and miss in Ely, the event is now a Winter Fest and consists of a variety of snow or not-enough-snow events which include cross-country ski, snowshoe, fat tire bike, mountain bike and trail run categories!  Come join us for Nevada's longest running cross-country ski race in Ely, NV!   

Long Course Cross-Country Ski - $25

Birkebeiner Loop (4.1 miles)

Race start - 9:00 am

Short Course Cross-Country Ski - $20

Connector Trail to Birkebeiner Loop (1.5 miles)

Race start - 9:05 am

Snowshoe - $20

Connector Trail to Birkebeiner Loop (1.5 miles)

Race start - 9:30 am immediately after Fat Tire Bike

Snow Events:

Fat Tire Bike - $25

Birkebeiner, Atta Boy, Revenue, to Birkebeiner (5.0 miles)

Race start - 9:30 am 

Kids Cross-Country Ski - $10

Out & Back on Connector Trail (< 1.0 miles) 

Race start - 10:30 am

Not-Enough-Snow Events:

Long Course Trail Run - $25

Birkebeiner Loop (4.1 miles)

Race start - 9:05 am

Short Course Trail Run - $20

Connector Trail to Birkebeiner Loop (1.5 miles)

Race start - 9:10 am

Fat Tire/Mountain Bike - $25

Birkebeiner, Atta Boy, Revenue, to Birkebeiner (5.0 miles) 

Race start - 9:00 am 

Onsite registration, January 18 - 8:30-9:30 am

Kids Trail Run - $10

Out & Back on Connector Trail (<1.0 miles) 

Race start - 10:30 am

Bristlecone Birkebeiner in Ely  Nevada
Bristlecone Birkebeiner
Bristlecone Birkebeiner