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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner!   


Dear Friends -

 The news story of the Northland is again the tale of Telemark.It was sold at a sheriff's auction yesterday to a "yet to be indentified" group.We eagerly await a chance to get some time together and are ready to start the planning for the future.While we have a contract in place for this year's race, we are ready to solidify a permanent, long-term agreement. Through a communication they reached out to us and said they are excited to work with the regional events to make sure they are successful for years to come. Stay tuned to our Birkie News on the home page and Birkie Facebook for more info in coming days. 

. For basic details and link to TV coverage, click here.

On October 8, the 2014 Birkie/Korte reached its registration cap - see press release. While we'd love to have more skiers, we are currently at our limit with transportation, food stop infrastructure, housing and finish line support. While we work daily to accommodate greater participation through improvements, we also want to guarantee a positive, safe experience for all participants who are registered - thus the cap.  There are still a few Birkie slots available through our "skiers for cures" partner JDRF, as well as some space in the 12K Prince Hakkon.  Alternatively, if you can make it and aren't racing, we need over 2,000 volunteers to make the event happen!!  Experiencing the event from the support side is always fun and rewarding- we'd love to have your help! 


Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if there is anything I can help you with--I can always be reached at

Get Out & Go!

Ben Popp

Executive Director   

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation 

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Facebook Contest 

    null NEW!

"How Hard Do You Push
Yourself and Your Gear?" 


Post your favorite photos on Birkie Facebook and FITS will pick the top three winners on October 30. As a top-three winner you get a pair of FITS socks (your choice) that will get you to the Birkie and beyond no matter what type of beating you dish out! Thanks and welcome back to FITS, now a Gold Sponsor of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.  

Shoes from Salomon, which also go flawlessly through mud, rain, snow, and more. 

 Next Event!

All NEW BirkieTour!

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


Spend the day skiing the Birkie Trail with family and friends. Enjoy aid stations and hot cocoa along the way, food, music, and a bonfire at the end, a T-shirt, and BirkieTour pin, all at a very low fee.


Best of all, you'll be skiing on one of the best cross-country ski trail systems in the world, including new Birkie Ridge!


 Be Warriors & Inga

We're Looking for Three Good Skiers!

Ski the Birkie, re-enact Birkie history, and be ambassadors on the trail at this year's Warriors and Inga. If you want to apply for the opportunity to be part of this Birkie tradition, Click Here for more information. Applications due by November 30.

 Annual Kick-Off     

At New Moon Ski & Bike 
       November 14-17 
 . Customer Appreciation Sale 
 . Ladies Night!

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is proud to announce its continued relationship with New Moon Ski & Bike, now a Gold Sponsor, as it begins getting skiers ready for the upcoming ski season. On November 14-17 New Moon will celebrate 37 years in business by hosting its Annual Customer Appreciation Sale the same weekend as the annual HASTA (Hayward Area Ski Trail Association) Ski Swap, all right in Hayward, WI. New Moon's popular Ladies Night will also be held this weekend on ... Keep Reading.

The New Moon Ski & Bike Staff! 


 Birkie SUNDAY!   

It's Back!
The On-Snow Ski Demo ... Sunday After Birkie
Don't miss this year's party!
 Birkie 2014    

Welcome Skiers!

We're excited to welcome everyone who signed up for 2014 Swix
American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet events to another great year
of Birkie Fever! Although registration for these two events is now
closed (see details here) there are all kinds of ways to be part of the
action. Here are a few options below that we hope work for you. We
would love to have you here and part of the festivities!
  • Sign up for a Birkie Skiers for Cures "Second Chance" Birkie or
    Korte entry from JDRF. click here 
  • Ski the Prince Haakon 12K, also on Feb. 22. click here 
  • Consider being a volunteer. click here
  • Participate in some of the Birkie Week events. click here  
  • Come join us for the BirkieTour on January 18. click here 


Skier Confirmation:  
Email confirmations may take about two weeks. If you have not received an email, please check Skier Confirmation Online. If your confirmation does not appear, and it's been more than two weeks since you registered, please contact the Birkie at or 715-634-5025. Thanks.
 Swix Corner   


Coming in Mid-November!


 The Birkie Life   

Spending More and More Time up North? 

Thinking of buying your own
Northwoods retreat in Birkie country? Whether you're a first-time home buyer or you're looking at a second home or cabin, the right questions and the right amount of prep work can make your home-buying process a success. CLICK HERE for five questions to be sure you ask and answer before you begin your search.  
 Camps + Clinics  

Calling All Women ... to the Birkie Trail!
December 14-15

Don't miss this chance to learn and train with your friends. This women's weekend is hosted by Cindy Swift of Riverbrook Bike & Ski and Jan Guenther of Gear West XC Ski & Run.

Technique, Strength, Stretching, Waxing, Fun, Wine, Chocolate!

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 Schedule of Events
September 21, 2013                Birkie Trail Run & Trek

January 18, 2014                     BirkieTour

February 20 - 23,  2014           SWIX American Birkebeiner Ski Events

March 8, 2014                          Fat Bike Birkie

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

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--sponsored by SWIX, 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.