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American Birkebeiner - 2014


February 20-22, 2014

Getting to the Birkie - By Automobile

The American Birkebeiner ski race is held in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin and within driving distance from Chicago, Illinois, the Twin Cities (Minneapolis - St. Paul), Duluth, Minnesota as well as many other outlying areas. See map below.

The region offers 850,000 acres of Chequamegon National Forest, over 200 lakes and rivers, as well as hundreds of miles of groomed trails, and 15 golf courses.

Getting to the Birkie - By Plane

Hayward and Cable are located in Northwestern Wisconsin, approximately three hours from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota airport. International and national flights service both Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota. Flights arrive daily. Rent a car from the airport to reach the Hayward/Cable area or contact www.nwtexpressshuttle.com, 715-634-5307 for Van Shuttle service to Hayward.

Scandanavian Skiers

Click this link for assistance with your travel plans.

Airline Discounts

Delta Airlines, the preferred/official airline for the American Birkebeiner, is pleased to offer discounted airfares. Discounts are available for U.S. and Canadian flights only.

The 2014 WorldFile Number is NMGYC

You may go to www.delta.com and select Book A Trip, click on More Search Options and enter the meeting code in the box provided on the Search Flight page OR
For ticketing assistance call 1-800-328-1111 

Rental Car Discounts

We recommend renting an automobile to get to the Birkie. Rental car discounts are available from Avis Rent A Car. To book cars with unlimited miles, call Avis Meeting Reservation and Info Desk at 800-331-1600 or outside US call 918-664-4600 and use discount code AWD #J093828 for special rates or use this link:


Direct Duluth-to-Chicago Flights!

United Express now offers two daily nonstop flights between Duluth International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Flight times are as follows:

  • Depart Duluth at 6 am; arrive in Chicago at 7:27 am
  • Depart Duluth at 3:20 pm; arrive in Chicago at 4:47 pm
  • Depart Chicago at 1:10 pm; arrive in Duluth at 2:41 pm
  • Depart Chicago at 8:10 pm; arrive in Duluth at 9:41 pm

Flights can be booked online at www.united.com or through a travel agent.

In addition, Delta offers five daily nonstop flights between Duluth International Airport and Minneapolis St. Paul. Plus, two daily flights between Duluth International Airport and Detroit. Flights can be booked online at www.delta.com or through a travel agent.

For more information, visit www.duluthairport.com.

Airport Shuttle Service


NWT Express offers Airport Shuttle transportation to and from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) seven days a week. Special charters are available for groups. Reservations are required.

Call 715-634-5307
Email info@nwtexpressshuttle.com
Visit www.nwtexpressshuttle.com


For transportation to and from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) to Rice Lake, WI, please call the Chippewa Valley Airport Shuttle Service:


Free Rides from Rice Lake, WI

The Rice Lake Tourism Board is offering rides to and from the 2013 American Birkebeiner FREE of charge if you are staying in a Rice Lake Hotel!

To sign up for this please contact:
Visitor Coordinator, Rice Lake Tourism Office
Email: info@ricelaketourism.com
Phone: 715-234-8888
Toll Free:  800-523-6318
Fax: 715-434-8888

Please email or fax the following information:

_ Your Name
_ Phone Number
_ Email Address
_ Event Name
_ Start Time
_ Hotel Where You Are Staying

Departure Times:
Vans will be leaving Early on Saturday morning. If you wish to ride the return van, times and pick-up locations in Hayward will be posted closer to the event.

Cable/Hayward Area Map

Click on the map to the right for a more detailed map of the Cable/Hayward area.