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January 26, 2011
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Mark your calendars for the 38th American Birkebeiner
® from
Feb.  24-26, 2011!

The 2011 events include the 50K Birkie Skate sponsored by Becker Law Office, 54K Birkie Classic, and 23K Kortelopet Skate and Classic races sponsored by Marshfield Clinic of Hayward.

Birkie 2011 also features shorter races, events and festivities for:

  • men, women, teens and kids
  • families
  • the super fit
  • the super enthusiastic
  • those vowing to get in shape
  • those wanting pure and simple recreation
  • those wanting to meet like-minded fitness buffs
  • those wanting challenge, excitement and fun
  • those wanting to support friends, family and skiers from around the world!

From the Barnebirkie to the Birkebeiner...Ski.Run.Live!

Find out more at
or call us at 715.634.5025. We're eager to hear from you!


American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay & Trek

Sept. 24, 2011

The 2011 American Birkebeiner Trail Run includes you choice of: 

  • NEW! 26.2 mile Individual Marathon
  • 26.2 mile Marathon Relay
  • 13.1 mile Individual Half Marathon
  • 13.1 mile Birkie Trail Trek
  • 5K Fun Run/Wlak

Learn more visit

or register today for the Birkie Trail Run, Relay or Trek.




January 21, 2012


Come out, ski and enjoy the Birkie and Birkie Classic Trails and participate in the BirkieTour!

The tour is an untimed, non-competitive, "open-track" event open to skiers age 13 and older.

Birkie & Korte Tour Distances
Registration will be available this Spring!

Learn more visit 

The Birkie®:
  38 Years of Inspiring Skiers
to Live Fit, Healthy Lives!

 In our house, winter is a journey whose destination is the BIRKIE! 


My family and I are grateful and frankly humbled by the enormous dedication of all staff and volunteers who work on the Birkie each year. It's an extraordinary event and is as much a part of our family experience as birthdays and holidays.  


"Tony Wise asked me to design a good trail system at Telemark. I spent 14 days there and laid out trails similar to the Vasalopet trails in Sweden. Later, Marty Hall added more hills. From the point of view of competitive skiers, it is a very good course." 

~ Sven Wiik, Nordic guru, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

"The Birkie has been a factor in my life since the first time I skied the trail in 1976. My philosophy is to do whatever we can do to foster participation in the overall event. I want more people on the snow and enjoying the weekend." 

~ Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director, Cable, WI

For almost thirty years, it has been a blessing in my life! THANK YOU.

You guys run a world class event. It is the most fun you can have while torturing yourself.

My life is richer because of my experiences at the
American Birkebeiner.
Can't wait for next year!

See you at the start, race you the finish...hoping to have the time of my life along the way!

-Jim Reker

To me the day is close to a religious are excited but respectful, almost reverent to the course and the challenges of the day.
The people you are skiing with are all comrades on a mission to soak up the day and dig within to see what we all have down deep.

Better than Christmas. I will be skiing the Birkie every year I'm alive on Earth. It's that special."

Praise for 2010 Events!


Loved skiing with 8000 of my closest ski friends!!!

Keep up the good work!

My 23rd and it was one of the best! Thanks!

You do a great job. I am always impressed.

Thanks for a great race!

You all did an amazing job in making this race, with record numbers, come off extremely well. The grooming this year has been fantastic, and the trail was excellent all year.
Thank you sooo much!

Great weather, do that every year.

The race was very smooth. I thought the organization was outstanding. Congratulations on another wonderful Birkie!!

THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who make this race possible!!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the volunteers!

Have only favorable comments to pass on after my 1st Birkie. Staff and volunteers were helpful and courteous. Carhart meets spandex!

Awesome event!

Thanks for running a very classy event.

As always, a great job! Thanks to all the volunteers.

Great race! Great volunteers! Very well organized. Thank you.

My first Birkie, I caught the FEVER!

The groomers did a fabulous job and my hat is off to them!
  Greetings from the Birkie®!

Hi Skiers and Friends!

We just completed a very successful BirkieTour last Saturday. More than 600 skiers did the event, with cold conditions under a bright blue sky. I saw a lot of smiling faces and we've received many very positive comments.


Ski conditions are fantastic for both skating and striding. A ribbon of snow has been plowed on Lake Hayward to preserve the course even if we get a warm-up.


I'm very happy to report that we've reached an agreement with Telemark Resort allowing us access to the property. This means that the courses for the Birkie, Kortelopet and Haakon 12K races will be the same as last year. More info can be found below.


We expect more than 11,000 total skiers here for Birkie week, with the Birkie now just 31 days away. Things are busy here as we and our 50 race chiefs prepare for your race. We will be ready!


You'll receive two Carpe Skiem electronic newsletters in February to keep you updated on the Birkie events. You can always check our website for information and updates as well.


Stay Fit and see you on the Trails!


 Ned Zuelsdorff

Executive Director
[email protected]

  Birkie News®
Prince Haakon Race Registration Closes January 31st

There are currently less than 100 positions remaining in the 2011 Prince Haakon 12K. There is an overall Registration Deadline of January 31, 2011 for the Prince Haakon and a registration cap of 400 skiers. Skier registration will close upon reaching the cap or the deadline, which ever comes first. For more information or to register for the Prince Haakon click here. 

Win a Trip to Norway!


For every $250 you raise for Birkie Skiers for Cures, you'll receive an entry into a drawing to win a trip to the Norwegian Birkebeiner-the Birkebeinerrennet. The prize includes:


  • Entry for two into the 2012 Birkebeinerrennet in Norway
  • Three nights lodging for two
  • Coupon for air travel up to $1,000 total


All skiers who register for Skiers for Cures will be eligible for additional prizes.


Visit for more information.

Birkie Skiers for Cures - Wear the pin to win!

2011 Birkie MS PinClose to $4000 was raised through the National MS Society's online auction for 2011 Birkie/Korte registrations. Ten generous skiers won entries for this year's events. All proceeds will support research into the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society thanks all those who submitted bids.

Donate $20 or more to the National MS Society and you'll receive the
commemorative 2011 Skiers for Cures pin, once again designed by Birkie skier Kay Lum. Wear the pin on your race bib as you cross the finish line and you're eligible for great prizes*


*Prizes will be awarded randomly as skiers cross the finish line of each race, so skiers of every level will have the opportunity to win! 


Join the nearly 50 skiers who won prizes last year! 


Pins are available by emailing [email protected] or calling 800.242.3358.  Pins will also be available at the Birkie office and on-site at the Birkie in February.

Telemark Resort is Open for Business

Telemark Resort

Telemark Resort is open for business and the 2011 Birkie, Kortelopet and Haakon 12K races will all be held on the normal courses that make use of Telemark property.


On Friday, February 25th the Junior Birkie will be held at Telemark starting at 9:00 a.m. Skiers and spectators will be able to enter the facility to stay warm and use the restrooms. The same is true for Race Morning. Skier bus drop off will be near the lodge and skiers and spectators can find a warm spot while they wait for their race before walking down to the start line.


Thursday and Friday race bib pick-up, the Skier Expo and the Ski Demo will still be held at the Hayward Middle School in Hayward. Late bib pick-up on Saturday morning will be at Telemark Lodge.


On Saturday evening the Awards Ceremony will be held at Telemark. The Awards Ceremony will start with a slide show of the day's events and continue with recognition of the winners, the Skiers for Cures program and a thank you to our sponsors and volunteers.


Telemark Resort is also renting rooms and anyone interested in lodging should contact the resort at 715-798-3400.


Second Annual BirkieTour Attracts Participants Despite the Cold

A frigid morning greeted skiers at the start of the second annual BirkieTour held on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Temperatures were just below zero as skiers started the Tour from County Highway OO in Seeley, Wisconsin.

"Over 640 skiers registered for our second annual BirkieTour,"

said Ned Zuelsdorff, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF). "We were afraid the cold temperatures would keep people away, but that wasn't the case as 50 new people entered the event Friday evening and Saturday morning."

"Many skiers indicated that after having such a great time at last year's event they weren't going to let the cold weather deter them from participating this year," said Zuelsdorff. "Although the course was slow, skiers indicated they had a lot of fun skiing the relaxed, untimed event with their family and friends."


BirkieTour skiers started the event at County Highway OO in Seeley, skied north on...Continue Reading.

Birkie Forum

Are waxless skis a bad idea for the Birkie? How do I wax for cold temperatures? Has anyone else ever....? These are just some of the questions posted on the Birkie Forum. Check it out and see what you can learn or maybe you can help a first time participant by sharing your race knowledge.
Friday Events Offer Fun for the Whole Family

Whether you are a skier, spectator or outdoor enthusiast the Birkie events scheduled on Friday, February 25th promise to be fun and entertaining. Click on any of the events listed below for more information or to register:

Junior Birkie - 9:00 a.m. Telemark Resort

Presented by CenturyLink
Races for skiers age 10-18. Races include an individual Freestyle Mass Start 3.5K and a 3 by 1 km high school Mass Start Relay.

Snowshoe Nature Hike - 10:00 a.m. Cable Natural History Museum
Presented by the Cable Natural History Museum

A relaxed one-mile snowshoe event for the whole family guided by a Museum naturalist through the winter woods.

Barkie Birkie 5K Skijor - 10:00 a.m. Main Street, Hayward 

Presented by Dr. Tim's

Combining cross country skiing and dog power the Barkie Birkie is intended to be a fun race providing a great opportunity for skiers and spectators to learn more about Skijoring. There are already 30 teams signed up for this event with a limit of 50 teams. 

Giant Ski - Noon Main Street, Hayward
Presented by Leinkugel's and the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Twelve teams of six people will ski in this friendly competition on "Giant Skis" which are 25 feet long. Get a team together and register today, we are only accepting five more teams.

5/10K Family Fun Ski - 2:15 p.m. Main Street, Hayward
Presented by the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
The 5/10K event starts and finishes on Hayward's Main Street and is designed for skiers of all ages and abilities.

Birkie Snow Sculpture Contest - Downtown Hayward
Presented by the Hayward Lakes Resort Association
The Snow Sculpture Contest is a fun way for families, friends, school groups and professional snow sculptors to display their talents and love of snow. We are allowing 16 teams to enter this year's contest. The sculptures will be created and displayed around downtown Hayward, Wisconsin.


Opportunities to Watch the 2011 Birkie

BirkieLive-CXC WebcastWatch the Birkie Live on Race Day. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation provides significant financial support to CXC (Central Cross Country Skiing) allowing them to produce a live webcast of the race. From 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 26th the Birkie will be available here.


In addition to this opportunity Filmmaker, George Desort will be producing a comprehensive video of the 2011 American Birkebeiner events. The video will be available for purchase following the events and a trailer will be available on Sunday, February 27th at

Camp Birkie for Kids Returns  

Looking for a great child care option for your children while you ski the 2011 Birkie or Kortelopet? Look no further. In its fifth year Camp Birkie for Kids, an Environmental Education Camp, provides children from Kindergarten to sixth grade an opportunity to experience nature and the beauty of the Northwoods while their parents race.


The Camp is organized and supported by the Conserve School of Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. The camp program focuses on the environment, sustainable practices through craft projects with recycled materials, games and a lot of other hands on fun activities. Students will also take a field trip to the Cable Natural History Museum and participate in outdoor snow activities. Snacks and lunch are included.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cable Community Center
$35/child (includes lunch, snacks, crafts & programs)


To Register: Online registration available at or

Email Cathy Palmer, Director of Summer Programs for Conserve School and Camp Birkie for Kids Coordinator, 

[email protected]  

Deadline for Registration:
  Monday, February 14th or when the camp is full.  (Camp limit 100 children.)

Registration News

Wave/Race & Technique Change Deadlines

The race, wave and technique change deadline is Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:00 p.m. Race change fees are as follows: Korte to Birkie, $25; Birkie to Korte $15; Classic to Skate or Skate to Classic, $15.

Wave change requests must include qualifying race information. Visit Qualifying Races, for a complete list of events. A $15 fee is required for all Wave Changes.

Race, wave and technique changes must be made by phone. Call 715-634-5025. Credit card numbers and qualifying information will be required.  

Please note the following waves are closed:
Skate Waves 1, 2, 3, 4 & 9 - CLOSED!

Classic Waves 6 & 7 - CLOSED!

Please visit Waves and Seeding for more information on wave assignments. 

IMPORTANT! Photo ID Required to Pick Up Race Bibs

All skiers will be required to pick up his/her own race bib at registration. You will also be required to show photo ID. Family and friends are no longer allowed to pick up race bibs.

Don't be a Bandit

An event bandit is an individual who participates in an event by wearing another person's race bib. All race entries in the American Birkebeiner events are non-transferrable between individuals. Anyone caught skiing the event wearing another person's race bib will be disqualified. The individual providing the bandit with their race bib and the bandit may be disqualified from entering future events.

  Birkie® Fever

A Volunteer's Reward

By Phil Van Valkenberg  

Phil VanValkenberg Birkie FeverFor me, the highlight of another great Birkie Week last winter was volunteering Friday morning as the starter for the Junior Birkie.  This may be one of the lower profile events, but it is a wonderful race series attended by about 300 kids. It's a level above Barnebirkie and includes kids through high school age. I used to volunteer when I lived up north and have come back to do it since. I missed 2009 due to travel arrangements and regretted not doing so. Got up to Hayward Thursday in 2010 so was able to help.


The Junior Birkie is so special because it is scads of kids having a great time racing on skis. The spectators, mainly family, love it too. We got to the lodge before seven when it was as quiet as Tut's tomb.  It was -14 degrees on the bank clock when we rolled through Cable. Then we spent a couple hours setting up the course in the stadium area.  The cold was a shock to the system after our reasonable southern Wisconsin winter, but the bright sun warmed things up by race time.  There were many age classes, boys and girls races and finally...Continue Reading.  

Share Your Birkie Fever Story

We know you have a story to tell. Whether you are a skier, spectator or volunteer we want to hear from you. Birkie Fever is a phenomonen that touches many people in many different ways. Share your Birkie Fever with others. Send 300 word essays or short quotes and photos to [email protected]. Afraid you can't write? Don't let that stop you. We can take your words and weave them into a great Birkie Fever story.
 Birkie Health & Fitness

One Month and Counting

By Bill Pierce


It is now 30 days from the largest ski race in North America! There is still time to get some work and refinements done so that your experience during the weekend will be an enjoyable and memorable one.


A lot of skiers want to know what they can do with a few weeks left to help their performances. There are some things you can do and some things that you should not do. If you have been skiing and following a plan to reach a performance goal and you find it working, stick to it. You can continue to have a considerable workout load for the next two and a half weeks. You can have...Continue Reading


Birkie Life - Health, Fitness and Training

The Birkie Training Plan for January is posted, along with daily updates. Check it out! You will also find additional Training Plans in the Birkie Life Section including training plans and information from CXC.

The Fitness in 5 page includes a weekly video fitness tip and a link to WOJB where Jay Tapper and Jacque Lindskoog do a weekly Fitness In 5 segment each Friday at 10:45 a.m.

Don't forget the Recipe/Nutrition Section. There are a few new recipes posted and we are looking for recipes from you. Please share your favorite healthy recipes with us and you may see them posted here. Recipes can be emailed to [email protected].

As always we welcome your feedback. Please send comments, ideas or questions about the Birkie Life section to [email protected].

 The Birkie®

The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race--the legendary American Birkebeiner--The Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 88-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a lifestyle. Ski.Run.Liv

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February 23-25, 2012