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Skiers in the Pearl District: It's a 'Nordic wonderland'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Snow in Portland is a rare treat - and Portlanders jumped at the chance to take advantage of it Friday morning in the Pearl District.

Dozens of skiers turned out at Northwest 11th Avenue and Couch Street for an impromptu urban ski race called the Stumptown Birkebeiner.

Win Goodbody, who organized the race, said the course took skiers down to the North Park Blocks, then looped back around to Johnson Street to head up to Northwest 23rd Avenue.

"There's not a whole lot of sanding trucks and plows (in Portland,) so when it snows, all of a sudden the city is like a Nordic wonderland," Goodbody said. "You can really ski almost anywhere."

Goodbody said there was only a handful of people at the first urban ski race back in 2008, but this year's "Nordic parade" was considerably larger.

So what are the rules of the race?

As the Stumptown Birkebeiner website describes it, skiers must "wear something colorful, speak Swedish or Norwegian, yield to large motorized vehicles and have fun." Oh, and "promise to come to the next one."

In this case, the next one is Saturday at 9 a.m. if the snow hits Portland as expected. More info is available at stumptownbirkebeiner.org.

Video: The Stumptown Birkebeiner
Photos: Skiers hit the streets of the Pearl District

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