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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Week 13: M is for Money

As much as professional skiers enjoy skiing for the people they meet, the places they travel, and the experiences they have, there is usually one facet of skiing lurking in the shadows.  Money is an incentive to race fast, as well as an impediment to racing fast.  This unfortunate catch-22 can be stressful, but is […]

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Special Edition: Why I Birkie

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is a day filled with delicious food, but also a day to reflect and contemplate what we are thankful for.  Recently I wrote a piece for the Birkie magazine entitled, “Why I Birkie.”  To sum it up, I Birkie because skiing allows me the opportunity to continuously pursue a set of infinitely expanding […]

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Week 12: L is for Loppet Nordic Racing

In West Yellowstone it is easy to remember why cross country skiing is awesome.  People flock from all around the country (although perhaps disproportionally so from the Midwest) for early season skiing and socializing.  There are all ages and abilities, and it is a great reminder that the cross country community is unlike any other.  I’ve […]

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Birkie Tour Partners With Seeley Classic

The Birkie Tour and the Seeley Classic will join forces Jan. 17 and 18, 2015, giving skiers the opportunity to participate in one or both of these events over the weekend.  Both events offer cross country skiers a chance to experience the Birkie Trail with friends and fellow skiers. The 23rd annual Seeley Classic on […]

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Week 11: K is for Dennis Kruse

I was lucky enough to have a conversation with one of the more avid adventurists and true lovers of the outdoors earlier this week.  Up for week 11 in the countdown is Birkie lover, supporter, skier and foundation Vice President Dennis Kruse.  After buying a cabin in the Cable area in 1979, Kruse has been […]

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Week 10: J is for Jennie Bender

Getting into the double digits of the countdown (10 weeks, woohoo!), I thought I’d head back to some question and answer.  After a successful collegiate career at the University of Vermont, Jennie Bender spent some years skiing for CXC before making the move west to the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) Elite Team based out of […]

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Advantage Emblem Named Official Merchandiser of American Birkebeiner

Launch Begins with Grand Opening of All-New Online Birkie Store, November 11 HAYWARD, Wisconsin (November 11, 2014) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is proud to announce its new relationship with Advantage Emblem as official merchandiser of Birkie apparel, gifts, gear, posters, and more, starting with its launch of the new online Birkie Store on […]

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