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  March 21, 2014 


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Greetings from the Birkie!

It's still snowing in Birkieland! And, while we are all ready for spring, the trail is being kept in premium shape! It's these warm, sunny, spring days that remind us that this is some of the best skiing of the year! Visit the trials page to see exactly what's being groomed, to plan your afternoon, day, or weekend on the Birkie Trail.

Tell us what you think about Birkie 2014! Remember to complete the short participant survey we sent out last week. Here is the link below if you need it. We're already working hard on new features and improvements for next year and look forward to your input.


Last Call, Lost & Found 
Anything not claimed by APRIL 15 will be donated. Please
email the Birkie at or call 715-634-5025.

Get Out and Go!   

Ben Popp

Executive Director
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation  


 In This Issue: 

16 inches of new snow, 30 mile an hour winds, -7 at the start! Everyone has their epic memories of Birkie 2014, whether you were on the trail or watching from the sidelines and jumping around just as much as the skiers to say warm. But, you did it--we all did! Here's a look back at the 41st annual, Swix American Birkebeiner.

 National News


From Sunny California to the Blizzard Belt ...

Take a look at these videos shot and produced by the Yahoo Sports team while they were here at the Main Street events on Friday and at the Birkie on Saturday. We think they had as much fun as we did!

Thanks For Being Here, Yahoo!

  ESPN ...

From Basketball ... to the Birkie!

It all goes together in the March issue of ESPN magazine. Check out the two-page spread on pages 14-15 in the print edition. And, check out the beardcicle on this guy!

 +Fat Bike Birkie 

Biggest, Fattest Event Ever!

Plus our event was the first-annual U.S. National Championship!

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 Birkie, Korte    
 Prince Haakon 

Great photos, from the Start, Finish, along the way, as well as ... "The Lake." There are evening some late-night grooming shots.


 Barkie Birkie   

 Giant Ski    


 Family Fun Ski   

 Junior Birkie    

The Junior Birkie, presented by Gear West XC Ski & Run, was the only event adversely affected by the heavy snow on Thursday night of Birkie Week. Scheduled for Friday morning at Telemark, the Junior Birkie had to be cancelled because of road conditions. But, then, thanks to a great idea from Gear West, we made a quick switch and moved the event to Main Street, Hayward, and the Barnebirkie course. Thanks to the more than 90 kids and their parents who were so positive, flexible, and able to make this work. And, welcome to Main Street, kids!

Thanks also to our intrepid Race Chief Everett Myers who
started the morning with his own car-in-snow issues ...

 Sunday Demo  

 "Fast & Female"    

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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.


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 Year Round Events

September 27, 2014
                Birkie Trail Run & Trek

January 21, 2015

February 19 - 22,  2015           SWIX American Birkebeiner Ski Events

March 7, 2015                          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.