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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner!   

Dear Friends -

With the first snowfall having come, the excitement continues to grow for the upcoming ski season here in the northwoods! We recently installed a trail cam at "OO"--check it out on our website trail page at to see firsthand what the conditions look like 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!


As funds are being sent out to Nordic clubs around the nation through our Skier Development grants, I'm reminded that skiing programs are getting started for many high school and youth programs.  These programs foster the future of our sport and often depend on many volunteer hours to exist! Many need help with coaching, organizing, trail maintenance, fundraising, or just making a ski meet happen for the kids. Please consider helping out in your community today by contacting your local ski club, high school, or youth program.

Hayward Ski Team - Middle and High School


As a reminder, if you find yourself in the area for Thanksgiving, remember it is Wisconsin deer hunting season Nov 23 - Dec 1.  Much of the Birkie Trial is on county land that is open to hunting, so dress appropriately in blaze orange if you venture out during that period. Be safe!


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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Trail Cam at "OO" 

Check Out the Birkie Trail Anytime! 

See exactly what's happening at the Birkie "OO" trailhead 24 hours a day. The new Birkie Trail Cam is now up and running. Soon you'll be able to see snow conditions and grooming!
Go to the "Trail Info" page and click on the link there.

Or, remember the user friendly link .
The Birkie Trail today, November 13, at "OO" 
 Birkie 2014 Poster

Get the Official Poster of Birkie 2014. 
On sale now at Birkie Store on!

Posters are being printed next week.
Order now and get yours hot off the press!
 21 More Entries!     

If You Did Not Get into the Birkie or Korte ...

Although registration for the Birkie and Korte has 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!

21 "Second Chance Entries" Still Available!
  • Sign up for a "Second Chance Entry" to either the Birkie or Korte
    through JDRF and Birkie Skiers for Cures 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 

See Joe Brady's "Birkie Fever" Story
about his dream to keep skiing.
Click Here and see the Birkie's Birch Scroll Magazine!

 Next Event!

All NEW BirkieTour!
January 18, 2014

Spend the day skiing the Birkie Trail with family and friends. Enjoy aid stations along the way, then great food, music, and a bonfire at the end, plus a T-shirt and BirkieTour pin!


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


Best of all, you'll be skiing on one of the best cross-country ski trail systems in the world, including new Birkie Ridge, where the event starts and finishes this year!


The BirkieTour is Presented by Brent Carlson, MD  
 Happenings ...      

In Hayward This Weekend!  

Lots of Ways to Get Ready for Ski Season 

New Moon Ski & Bike
 . Annual Customer Appreciation Sale
   Nov. 14-17 
 . Ladies Night at the Moon!
   Nov. 16
  /  5:00 - 7:30 
   For Info: Call 715-634-8685     

HASTA Ski Swap 
Saturday, Nov. 16. An amazing selection of gently used skis, boots, poles, clothing, and more! Drop-off will start at 7:30 and go until 8:59. The time to shop will start at 9:01 and continue until 11:00. Pick-up all unsold gear and/or cash at 11:01 until 11:30. At the Hayward Wesleyan Church, Hwy 77, Hayward.

Riverbrook Bike & Ski   
Pre-Season Sale - Through
For Info: Call 715-634-0437

Tuesday Trail Nights!  

Under the Lights at the "OO" Loops

Tuesdays are now an evening for friends and families to gather at the    Birkie "OO" trailhead for an evening of fitness, fun, working out, group training, time trials, kids games, informal coaching, and pot lucks. Sound good? We thought so! If you'd like to

join the fun, just stop by at 6:00. It's informal, and the size of the group may vary from week to week, but the fireplace will be blazing, the cider will be hot. You'll find friends you know and make some new ones! Hosted by New Moon Ski & Bike and the Birkie. For more info, call New Moon at 715-634-8685 or the Birkie at 715-634-5025.  


Check the  Birkie Facebook Page for weekly updates
about activities, coaching, trail conditions, etc.!



 Swix Corner   

The First Ski Prep of the Season


If you haven't yet, then the occasion will come soon when the travel wax (if you fulfilled your care  duties to your skis last spring) will come off, when its time to set P-tex to groomed snowpack and commence another year, another winter of sliding on snow. Many will do this unceremoniously, but there are a few ski preparations that can help make the most of your time with your skis, help prolong their life and keep them speedy. Here's the Swix recommendation for your first ski of the year, whether your skis are recently new, recently stoneground or just coming out of summer storage ... Keep Reading.    

 NEW! Pro Shop      


A complete line of Swix-Birkie technical apparel plus training and casual clothes and great gear and accessories!
Watch for the PRO SHOP logo on the Home page.
 Birchlegging Club     

Birchlegging Club incorporates--Now over 1,000 Strong!


It seems as only a few years ago that the Birchleggings Club held its first annual awards breakfast in Hayward. It was actually 1999 and the eighth year of the Club's existence. The Club was built around the nucleus of ten "founders" who in 1992 completed their twentieth Birkebeiner ... Keep Reading.  


Shown from left to right are Edward Eroe, John, Gayle, Toni, Dave, Jeanine Evenson, Tom, Russ Roberts, and Steve Carmazon. Not pictured is Jim Tenorio.
 Picking Poles    

Lighter Poles = Faster Birkie


Why should Birkie skiers care about their ski pole selection? 

Ski Poles are often the post overlook
piece of a Nordic skier's equipment. But ski poles are the only piece of your ski equipment that you actually hold, swing and lift the entire way. Racers average between 30-45 pole plants per minute. Over the course of the 52 km American Birkebeiner the winner may have lifted his poles more than 5,000 times. A skier completing the race in 3 hours could have poled 7,000 times and a 4hour skier might have lifted her poles 10,000 times. 


But how much difference can a few oz. make?

Extra weight is not fun! If you and a friend ski a 3-hour Birkie and the friend uses
their ... Keep Reading.
 Be Warriors & Inga

We're Looking for Three Good Skiers!

2010 Warriors and Inga
The annual Birkie Warrior and Inga Contest is open for applications until Nov. 30. Re-enact historic ski of the original "Birkebeiners" at this year's Birkie! You will be a part of Birkie history and experience the ultimate in Birkie Fever from the start all the way to your celebrated ski all the way up Main Street at the 41st annual American Birkebeiner.
Applications due November 30
 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!

 Birkie SUNDAY!   

The On-Snow Ski Demo ... Sunday of Birkie Weekend
February 23

Don't miss this year's party!
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 Board of Directors

 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.