If you are not going to the Birkie but are still eager to race/train this weekend, come to the Stokely Creek Time Trial. This is a 15 km course that includes many different types of terrain. You can skate or classic.
Stokely has a great base and has received fresh snow; the temperatures are predicted to stay below freezing so that there should be a great track to ski as hard as you can for 15 km.
A great way to get ready for the Black Mountain Classic the following weekend!
The race is on Saturday, Feb 26 and starts at 10:00am. More info and registration form at http://www.nordicskiracer.com/fpdb/Calendar/default.asp?action=date&date=2/26/2005.