The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation would like to respond to Telemark Interval Owners Association recent announcement that the Telemark Lodge will close at midnight on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. While negotiations with the TIOA and the potential buyer continue, the American Birkebeiner is working on alternatives for the pre-race activities.
“We already had a plan in place in the event that Telemark could not remain open,” said Ned Zuelsdorff, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Executive Director. “We are currently making the necessary contacts to reaffirm that the alternate facilities are available. We expect to have this completed within the next two weeks and will provide more information at that time.”
“We share a long history with Telemark and we are deeply saddened by the closure of the Lodge,” said Zuelsdorff. “We will do everything we can to reduce the impact on the race itself. We will be working with the TIOA to outline property use for the Kortelopet Finish area and other event needs.”