The Double Pole Derby is back! End 2017 in healthy, Birkie style!  Held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, the Double Pole Derby is a fundraiser for youth ski teams in the Hayward/Cable area.  Race on the Birkie Trail while supporting the future of skiing- a win-win for sure!  Middle School/High School races are classic; citizen/collegiate race is freestyle – that means – skate, classic or even double pole the entire course if you like.


Updated Race Schedule and Distances – 12/29 update

  • 12:00PM  – Middle School Classic Girls AND Boys- Mass Start – 2.3KM
  • 12:30PM – High School Classic Girls and Boys – Mass Start – 4.2KM
  • 1:30 PM – Mass Start Freestyle  – College/Citizen  – 9KM 

Classic Races

  • 10:00 am 3.8K Mass Start Classic Middle School Girls
  • 10:45 am 3.8K Mass Start Classic Middle School Boys
  • 11:30 am 6.5K Mass Start Classic High School Girls
  • 12:15 pm 6.5K Mass Start Classic High School Boys

Freestyle Race

  • 1:30 pm 14K Mass Start Freestyle Race for College/Citizen Skiers

The High School and Middle School course will be a preview of the upcoming Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships!

High School/Middle School:  Don’t miss the Spooner Holiday Dash on Friday, December 29th for High School/Middle School racers.  Start Friday off with a freestyle race in Spooner and finish with a classic race in Cable!


Registration Fees:

  • Citizen Racers: $40 through 12/28/17; $50 through 12/30/17. Registration is available at the race site.  Save yourself time by registering at home before you come!
  • Collegiate Racers: $20
  • High School/Middle School Racers: $10. Teams may register under one name and submit names, waivers, and race division to There is no race day registration for High School/Middle School.

Bib Pick-up

11:00 am Bib Pick-up Opens. All bib pick-up is at the event start in the small warming building.

On-site Concessions:

Support the Hayward High School Nordic Team by purchasing soup or a snack from them in the Great Hall!

Awards for Citizen Race:

Top 3 male and female in Citizen Race and top Male and Female in each Age Division will receive beautiful, hand-made bowls from Eckels Pottery in Bayfield for Overall Winners and age division winners!

On-Site Demo:

Make it a whole day at the American Birebeiner Trailhead!  On-site demos from Salomon, Rossignol, Fischer, and Fast Wax.


We could not host events without the helping hands of volunteers.  If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Double Pole Derby, click HERE to view available shifts.

How to get to the American Birkebeiner Trailhead

Route to trailhead