Carolyn Buckingham en Good Old Days of Wooden Skis <p>The American Birkebeiner is well known for its difficulty and impressive distance: a course more than 30 miles long that takes hours to complete.&nbsp;</p><p>But Birkie weekend hosts other events, including one that celebrates the Nordic roots of cross country skiing:&nbsp;the second annual Nikkerbeiner race on wooden skis.</p><p></p><p>On the streets of downtown Hayward, it’s easy to spot the Nikkerbeiner skiers among the fray.&nbsp; They’re the ones wearing woolen knickers, knee socks, and an occasional Vikingish helmet.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14912 at Good Old Days of Wooden Skis