American Birkebeiner – February 21 – 25, 2024

50th Anniversay

American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race

Cable is Home of the American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest Cross Country Ski Race, held annually each February. The world comes to the Cable & Hayward Areas for the Birkie & Kortelopet cross country ski races.

The Birkie trail is world-famous and takes racers on a challenging 50k course from Cable to Main Street in downtown Hayward. Over 9,500 skiers, including many international visitors, participate in this event.

There are many other events happening during the course of the weekend and days before:

  • Birkie 50k (skate) or 55k (classic)
  • Kortelopet 23k
  • Prince Haakon 12k
  • Elite Sprints
  • Barnebirkie
  • 5k/10k Family Fun Ski
  • Junior Birkie
  • Barkie Birkie Skijor
  • Birkie Sit-Ski
  • Giant SkiSnowshoe Hike
  • Camp Birkie Child Care

For more information: Visit the American Birkebeiner Website

Birkie fever isn’t only in February, the Birkie organization is expanded to these other world class events throughout the year:

Birkie Tour- January 27th, 2024

A Great Time to Ski the Distance on the Birkie Trail!

Starting from the Birkie Ridge Trailhead participants get a Tour of the world class trail system. Park, start, and finish in the same location with a food tent to celebrate and socialize in after your ski! Choose to ski 12, 25, or 48 km. The Tour is pure fun and a great way to experience the wonderful Birkie Trail system. It’s perfect whether you’re a:

A Birkie skier looking for a supported training day;

A skier thinking about the Birkie event, but unsure about being ready;

A skier who loves to ski, but is not interested in ski racing.

Fat Bike Birkie – March 9th, 2024

The Fat Bike Birkie provides a one-day-a-year chance to ride your fat bike on the groomed, snow-covered American Birkebeiner Ski Trail! Fat bikes and mountain bikes are otherwise not allowed on the snow covered, groomed trail system because our priority is giving skiers the best possible experience all winter. This event is a one day exception to this rule and is for fat bikes only. No mountain bikes are permitted.

Birkie Trail Run & Trek – TBD

The eight Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek events feature the best sections of the famous Birkie Trail and single-track sections of the CAMBA trail system. This an event that is perfect for runners looking to break free from the roads, it is a great crossover and introduction to trail running. The Birkie Trail has a wide, grass covered, level surface, and the single-track is smooth and fast. But don’t make any mistake, this is a 100% trail race, with the famous Birkie hills, making for a challenging race for even veteran trail runners. Hammer it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace. Either way, this event has a great, friendly vibe, awesome Vendor Fair, a finish-line party with local north woods fare, Birkie Brew-Ski craft beer on tap, live music, on-site camping, bonfires, and more! Make it a weekend of fun with friends! And, in 2017, the Birkie Trail Run Half Marathon has been selected as the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship. If you love to run on a great trail, this is the event to put on your calendar NOW. See you in September!

Birkie History

The American Birkebeiner ski race in Wisconsin was created in 1973 as a dream of the late Tony Wise. It started out with 34 men and one lone woman as race participants. Read more about history of race here. The race currently enlists 9,500 racers each year. Throughout the weekend festivities there are about 11,000 skiers of all ages and abilities and about 20,000 estimated spectators.

Today, 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. Bike. Live!