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

 Due to overwhelming response and with fewer than 50 spots remaining, BirkieTour registration will close soon!  As of 2:00pm on Friday, 1/13/17, there were fewer than 50 spots remaining in the event.  Once these limited spots have filled the event will be officially closed.  

The 2017 Birkie Tour will be the inaugural event at the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead, the new home of the Birkie Start.

2017 BirkieTour Participant Guide »

Tour skiers choose their own distance and pace on the world class Birkie trail system. Park, start, and finish in the same location.  We’ll celebrate with food, beverage, camaraderie and fun after your ski! Entry includes participant gift. Choose to ski 16, 27, or 47 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.
  • Earn credit on a Worldloppet Passport.

Video courtesy of the Sawyer County Record

The BirkieTour is an untimed, non-competitive, “open-track” style event on a loop course up to 47 km. Spend the day skiing with family and friends with a morning start time window, short and long distance options, aid stations along the trail, and food and beverage at the start/finish when you’re done. Best of all, you’ll be skiing, either classic or skate, on one of the best cross-country ski trail systems in the World. You can even get credit for skiing a Worldloppet event. The three recommended distance options are: 47, 27, or 16 km.

Registration

 Due to overwhelming response and with fewer than 50 spots remaining, BirkieTour registration will close soon!

As of 2:00pm there were fewer than 50 spots remaining in the event.  Once these limited spots have filled the event will be officially closed.  

 through 9/8/16through 12/1/16through 1/12/171/13-1/15
16/27/47 Km BirkieTour$45$55$65$75
BirkieTour / Seeley Hills Classic COMBO$85$105$125 (available through 1/12/16)
BirkieTour Family$25/family member for 2 parents and up to 4 children 18 and under with the same address$25/family member for 2 parents and up to 4 children 18 and under with the same address

 Due to overwhelming response and with fewer than 50 spots remaining, BirkieTour registration will close soon!

As of 2:00pm there were fewer than 50 spots remaining in the event.  Once these limited spots have filled the event will be officially closed.  

The first 700 Tour skiers to register will receive a Birkie Trail Insulated Mug!

BirkieTour / Seeley Hills Classic Registration Combo

Come Make a Weekend of Skiing on the Birkie Trail

We have teamed up with another legendary American ski race, the Seeley Hills Classic to have a full weekend of skiing, demos, prizes, and fun! The Seeley Hills Classic offers 22 and 42 km race distances on the Birkie Trail starting and finishing at the Highway OO Trailhead. Use the link above to sign up for both events at once.

Schedule

Fri, January 13

Registration & Bib pick-up 5-9 pm at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley, WI in conjunction with the Seeley Hills Classic bib pick-up.

Sat, January 14

Registration & Bib pick-up 3-7 pm in Mooselips at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley, WI.

Sun, January 15

Onsite Registration & Bib pick up in  the Great Hall at the Birkie Trailhead from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM. Skiers may depart from the Birkie Trailhead  between 9:00 – 10:00 AM.


The Birkie Ambassadors will be out and about during the Tour; leading groups tours by ability, assisting with waxing, and sharing their experiences with the Birkie Trails and Birkie Races .

Event Info

Tour Course

The 2017 Birkie Tour will start at the Birkie Trailhead and make a 47 km counter-clockwise loop following the Birkie Skate Trail south to Highway OO then looping back north on the Birkie Classic Trail back to the finish. Skiers have the option to turn back north at Timber Trail Aid Station, making a 16 km Tour, or at Firetower to make 27 km Tour, or Boedecker Aid Station to make a 37 km Tour. 2017 Tour Map

Aid Stations

Your Tour will be fully supported with 3 Aid Stations along the course.  Each station will be equipped with a team of volunteers that will help you to fuel up with food and drink, keeping you on track to meet your distance goal.

Cut-Off Times

All good things must come to an end, so in order to get all the skiers and volunteers back to the finish at the Birkie Trailhead by 3:00 pm, the following cut-off times will be in place. Skiers heading southbound who do not make the times will be turned back north. Skiers heading northbound who do not make the times will be transported back to the Birkie Trailhead. The maximum time to finish a Tour is 6 hours. In order to meet the cut-off times a skier skiing the 47 km course needs to start at 9:00 am and ski 8 km per hour, including stops.

LocationKilometers from the StartTime
Start0 km
10:00 am
Boedecker Aid Station - Southbound16.5 km11:15 am
Boedecker Aid Station - Northbound26.5 km12:20 pm
Firetower Aid Station - Northbound32 km1:00 pm
Timber Trail Aid Station - Northbound38.5 km1:50 pm
Finish47 km3:00 pm

Sponsors

Carlson MD

Presenting Sponsor of the BirkieTour

 


Volunteer

Volunteers make this event possible!  We need help at aid stations, parking cars, serving food and course support. If you are interested in helping out – contact Ronda Tworek at the Birkie office at 715.634.5025 x:2 or ronda.tworek@birkie.com.

Click Here to Volunteer!

Additionally, if you are a non-profit youth group, there are opportunities to raise money for your organization by volunteering at our events – give the office a call!

WorldLoppet Credit

Skiers participating in the BirkieTour may use the event to obtain Worldloppet Gold credit (you must participate in the 44K Tour ) or Worldloppet Silver credit (if you complete the 25K Tour). Bring your Worldloppet passport for your participation stamp and participation verification.