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Greetings from the American Birkebeiner!

Dear Friends -

The ski season has been wonderful here in the northwoods. I hope you have been enjoying good conditions as well. 

The 5th annual Birkie Tour has just completed (click here for full recap) and it was a superb event.We staged it out of the new trail head at Birkie Ridge, and with blue skis and firm tracks, it was an amazing day of skiing for all! 

The ABSF is buzzing as all attention is now turned to final preparations for the 2014 American Birkebeiner.With 29 days to the Birkie, it is exciting to see it all come together.I hope training is going well and you are getting ready for the Birkie hills.

This year's event will have some new additions for your loved
BirkieTour Jan. 18, 2014
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ones waiting at the finish, including a live video broadcast (online and at the finish line big screen) and text alerts as skiers cross timing mats (to track progress down the course). Skiers will find, in addition to a great weekend of events, an expo full of vendors and sponsors there to serve you, a new "hospitality tent" at the start to relax in while you wait for your start, a cool new bib design, as well as the On-Snow Ski Demo on Sunday at "OO"-- including a Fast & Female program that was just added! All in all, 2014 is shaping up to be an extraordinary event!


Stay tuned to our facebook page and website for any last-minute changes and updates. We look forward to hosting you next month.


The ski season is here - get out and enjoy! 


Ben Popp

Executive Director
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

 In this Issue: 

Now anyone can get the Birkie's Official Gift Bag!


  • Get the OFFICIAL Birkie Race Bag
  • Email Change?  
  • UPDATES! For Birkie 2014
  • Birkie Store 
  • Skiers For Cures - JDRF
  • Birkie Week Events - SOME STILL OPEN!
  • SWIX Corner
  • Swix-Birkie Pro Shop - NOW OPEN
  • Fat Bike Birkie
  • Custom Apparel Tips
  • Trailside Living - In the Northwoods
  • Birkie SUNDAY - On-Snow Ski Demo
  • Season Ski Pass
  • "OO" Trail Cam   
  • Board of Directors

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 Birkie Gift Bag - 2014   

For More Than 40 Deals, Discounts, and Give-Aways!

Now the same official 2014 gift bag the skiers get is yours, too. Get what you need now and for the Birkie!

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 NEW - For Birkie 2014 

Updates to Birkie Week 


  Thanks to Hidden Bay Graphics

. Giant Hospitality Tent
  At Bus Drop-Off Area at Telemark, serving coffee and hot chocolate.
(Telemark Lodge will be closed.)

No Timing Wire at Start  
   See this great article on  
. Champions Podium Presentations 
  Moved to Tent City, behind 
Peoples Bank
Midwest, near the finish line, Hayward. Celebrate the winners of the Birkie! Time: Approx. 12:00 noon.

. New Bibs  
Thanks to Hidden Bay Graphics


. Awards Ceremony / Saturday Night Feb. 22 - Slideshow at 6:30, awards at 7:00. Door prizes. Moved from Telemark Lodge (now closed) to the big Celebration Tent at the Finish line, Hayward. Slideshow, beer, friends and family, a great time! 



. On-Snow Ski Demo
  At the "OO" Trailhead, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 


. "Fast and Female" Program   
Also at "OO" - For girls of all ages, up through high school. Details to come! Empowers girls through sport. Check out Fast and Female. 




Or call 715-634-5025


 Birkie Store

Order Now - Great Choices!

Check out the Birkie Store and the brand new Swix-Birkie Pro Shop for lots of great shirts, hats, jackets, posters, gifts, and more, including the official 2014 Birkie T-Shirt!

Or stop in the Birkie Office, Hayward
See All 3 Collections!

SKI for a CURE! 

Who Do You Know That's 
Affected By Diabetes?

Whether you are a skier, spectator, sponsor, or media partner, help make a difference!

. DONATE as little as $5
. FUNDRAISE and qualify to win
 a trip to Norway ... and other prizes!

Simply support JDRF, our Birkie Skiers for Cures partner, and its research for treatment and a cure for type 1 diabetes. Click Here for complete details.

Get Started!
Get this hat by fundraising $150

 Birkie Week Events 

You Can Still Sign Up for These Birkie Week Events!


Presented By
Swiss Miss, Johnson Bank
Century Link

For Details and to Register

Presented By
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital

For Details and to Register


Presented By
Out There

For Details and to Register


Presented By
Gear West

For Details and to Register


 Warrior & Inga 2014

Meet Your New Warrior and Inga Team for 2014

Click Here to read their story and learn more
about the Birkie's annual Warrior & Inga Contest

To see them already in action this year at the
BirkieTour on Jan. 18, check out Birkie Facebook
Ryan Harden - Carlton, MN

                         Jennifer and Erik Julsrud - Duluth. MN

 Swix Corner   

Dressing For Success 

We talked last Swix Corner about dressing for cold weather. This time, we'll chat on dressing for success in racing. Here are a few tips on making the most out of your days racing.

*    Double up. Pack extra gloves, extra hats, extra base layers. Always start each race fresh after a full warm up. Trust us, this is worth the trouble- being warmed up AND dry is an amazing way to get a bit more energy out of your event. 

*    Pull back one notch. A thinner-than-expected approach is typically better. Overheating can significantly decrease performance so keep things unconstructed and light. 

More Swix Corner Tips

 NEW! Pro Shop      

 Check Out All 3 Collections:

. Technical
- Ski Suits and Jackets
. Authentic - Sweatshirt and T-Shirt
. Originals - Hats, pint glasses, and more!
Come and Get it!

A complete line of Swix-Birkie technical apparel plus training and casual clothes, great gear, and accessories!

To See All

Fat Bike Birkie!   

March 8, 2014    


Don't Miss This - Get on a Fat Bike and Do It! 
Second Annual Event 
Presented by Freewheel Bike
 Event will be capped at 500 participants!

 Click Here for Details and to Register 



  Custom Apparel Tips  

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Custom XC Ski Apparel: The How-To

Perfect for teams, clubs, or even companies, custom xc apparel is the best way to define a group as one. Believe it or not, designing your own custom ski apparel is easier than you think! You donʼt need to be a graphic artist by trade to start. Here are a few tips from Mt. Borah on how to begin. Read More

1. Design -
     a. Do you have any design ideas, or patterns you might like? Simply sending a photo or sketch is usually enough for any professional graphic artist to bring your vision to life. If youʼre still stumped on design, you can also use a ... Click Here to Keep Reading and see
all 4 steps.

 Trailside Living     


Not long ago if someone dreamed of a cabin in Hayward ...


It would be assumed that it would be a lakeside retreat - not anymore. Trailside living in the Hayward/Seeley area of Wisconsin has now become a very popular alternative. The benefits of trailside living are numerous: lower land costs, larger acreage, and easy access to silent sport opportunities.  

There are now over 75 homes in the Hayward/Seeley area with front door ski and bike trail access. Neighborhoods located along the Birkie and CAMBA TraIl systems include ...
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 Birkie SUNDAY!   

                         Sunday of Birkie Weekend!
                                      February 23
Also, at "00" - Fast & Female for girls of all ages 
Look for Details in Feb. Carpe Skiem! 

 Season Ski Pass 

Get Your Birkie Ski Pass

$50 for a Whole season of fun!

Buy Your Ski Pass Here

or at the Birkie Office

 "OO" Trail Cam

Check Out Birkie Trail Conditions Anytime! 

Grooming Reports: 
Check out the almost daily reports posted by the Birkie's Trail Manager. Read what's been groomed and where.

Birkie Trail Cam: 
See snow conditions and grooming at the Birkie "OO" trailhead live and first-hand! Click on the image at right to watch right now.

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Get Birkie news, announcements,
photos, contests, registration info,
and more ... as it happens!

 Board of Directors

Become an ABSF Member So You Can Vote in Board
Elections or Run for a Seat on the Board


Do you ever wonder how the Birkie geWarrior Logots pulled off year after year with great  success? The staff, Board of Directors, a huge network of volunteers, and the communities of Hayward and Cable pour their hearts and souls into the events every year.


The ABSF was formed in 1984 when a group of local business people realized that strong support would ensure the race's future for years to come. 

 Year Round Events
January 18, 2014                     BirkieTour

February 20 - 23,  2014           SWIX American Birkebeiner Ski Events

March 8, 2014                          Fat Bike Birkie

September 27, 2014                Birkie Trail Run & Trek

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.