Happy New Year from the Birkie!

2014 comes to a close tomorrow – What an amazing year – this one will go in the record books for the ABSF! After one of the most challenging American Birkebeiner races in history, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time strategizing how to make sure we can provide you with amazing experiences at world-class events […]

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Week 16: P is for Ben Popp and the Permanent Start

Merry Christmas Eve Birkie skiers!  I’m writing this snuggled up next to our cat and Christmas tree, and even though there isn’t any real snow on the ground at my house, the lack of white fluffy stuff can’t stop my Christmas spirit.  Last night we had our annual fondue dinner (because cheese and bread definitely […]

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Meet your Warriors & Inga for Birkie 2015

Congratulations to Jeremiah Menk, Ben Menk, and Alison Menk Please join the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation in congratulating the winners of the 2015 American Birkebeiner Warriors & Inga Contest. The three cross country skiers will re-enact the 800-year-old legend that inspired the creation of the American Birkebeiner, now celebrating its 42nd year on February 21, […]

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Food Fun at Birkie Tour

Top 5 exciting reasons you should sign up for the Birkie Tour and Seeley Hills Classic Combo weekend! 1. The next price increase is coming so register by Dec 31st to pay only $50 for the Tour or $90 for the whole weekend. Registration is already ahead of last year so come join the fun! […]

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Week 15: O is for…OO!

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  After a bunch of travel the past couple days, some holiday preparations and family arrivals, Wednesday really snuck up on me.  As I was going to bed last night I remembered that yesterday was, in fact, Wednesday, and I had missed my weekly Wednesday Birkie countdown!  My […]

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Birkie Skiers in FIS Marathon Cup

This past weekend saw the start of the FIS Marathon Cup for the 2014-2015 season in Livingo, Italy. Birkie Ambassador Holly Brooks (USA) started the season off right with a podium finish. She finished 2nd to World Cup stand out and Olympic Medalist Riita-LiisaRoponen (FIN). The Men’s race was won in a photo finish by […]

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Update on the ABSF Capital Campaign

We are making progress, but still need YOUR help! December 10, 2014 – Hayward, WI  — We are happy to report that we’ve passed OO!  To date we have raised $280,964 toward our $650,000 Phase 1 goal – that means $369,036 needs to be raised within the next 10 weeks!  This is a huge goal […]

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Week 14: N is for Names

When I sat down for this week’s Birkie countdown, I drew a blank.  I know what I’m doing for next week, but for some reason “N” was cramping my mental game.  In my pursuit of an “N,” I started wondering what exactly about N was giving me difficulty, if for no other reason than to procrastinate my […]

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Madshus “Smart Skis” with Chips and an App: At Two Birkie On-Snow Ski Demos

American Birkebeiner Announces Madshus Move to Gold-Level Sponsorship HAYWARD, Wisconsin (December 8, 2014) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is proud to announce its growing relationship with Madshus, maker of world-class cross country skis since 1906. Madshus, now a Gold-Level sponsor of the ABSF, is giving even more people the chance to try its […]

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Birkie Trail Open for Early Season Skiing

With early snowfall and consistently cold temps the Birkie Trail is groomed tip to tail to near mid-winter condition. With over 75km groomed on the skate and classic trails from the North End Cabin to Birkie Ridge and to Hatchery Park the skate deck and classic tracks are firm. For the latest trail reports and […]

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