Is this YOUR YEAR to ski the Kortelopet?

Have you longed to challenge yourself in a brand new way? Can you imagine the exhilaration of skiing a 29 kilometer race? Do you want to discover what Birkie Fever is all about?If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Kortelopet is the race for you…and NOW is the time to take the challenge and ski the adventure!

Summer 2016 will bring improvements to the new Kortelopet start area at the “OO” trailhead.  And, in 2017, Kortelopet skiers will experience a better race course with less congestion, a memorable finish line experience, and the recognition they deserve for skiing an amazing 29 kilometer race!  Imagine skiing up and over the iconic International Bridge to the sounds of ringing cowbells and cheering crowds as you ski toward the finish line on the snow-covered Main Street of Hayward, Wisconsin.  Now, for the first time, families and friends who have skiers participating in the Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon have the opportunity to cheer each other on during their respective races.  Spectators, too, will enjoy the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere, food, and music in downtown Hayward.  We hope to see you in 2017!

The Kortelopet:

  • Spans 29 kilometers from the OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward
  • Attracts 3,000 skiers who want the challenge and excitement of a shorter-distance race


Registration is Closed

*In 2017, skiers interested in skiing the Korte on Friday and the Birkie on Saturday can register for both races!

Please register under the same name every year in order to keep track of your previous race finishes.  If you are unsure of the name you have previously registered under, please call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025 or email

 Through July 7July 8 through Sept 8Sept 9 through Nov 3Nov 4 until Closed
U20 Kortelopet - 20 years of age & under$95$105$115$130

All participants must be 13 years of age or older on race day to register for the Kortelopet.

Entry Scholarship for Wisconsin Student Athletes

Middle school or high school students who are on a ski team in Wisconsin and have not previously skied a Kortelopet may be eligible for a free race entry provided by the Wisconsin Nordic Network. Contact your school team coach to apply. The Korte Scholarship is made possible by donations, contact WINN to donate and send a kid to the Korte!

Wave Placement

All final wave assignments have been made and the deadline for race transfers and wave upgrades for the 2017 races has passed, We are busy preparing the 10,000 bibs for the races and can not  process any more changes.

Bib Pickup

Pre-Race Bib Pickup: Thursday, February 23

At the Birkie Expo, Hayward High School, Greenwood Lane

  • 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Click Here for “Expo Preview”

Race Day Bib Pick Up: Friday, February 24

In the big tent at the Kortelopet Start

  •  9:00 am to 11:30 am

Start Wave Schedule

Race Schedule:  Friday, February 24

WaveStart TimeBib Color
U20 Boys Skate10:45Red, White and Blue
U20 Girls Skate10:50Pink
U20 Boys Classic10:55Red, White & Blue
U20 Girls Classic11:00Pink
Wave 7011:05Dark Red
Wave 1 Classic11:15Blue
Wave 1 Skate11:20Blue
Wave 2 Classic11:25Red
Wave 2 Skate11:30Red
Wave 3 Classic11:35Lt Blue
Wave 3 Skate11:40Lt Blue
Wave 4 Classic11:45Dark Green
Wave 4 Skate11:50Dark Green

Course Information

Korte Elevation Profile


Kortelopet Skate and Classic Overall Awards

The top top three male and female skate finishers in both skate and classic will be awarded Championship plaques at the Kortelopet Award Ceremony in the Celebration Plaza in Hayward at 12:30 pm on Friday. The overall awards are based on the net finish time (finish arrival time minus start time).

U20 Overall Awards

The top three finishers for the 13 to 19 year old girls and boys in both skate and classic will be awarded the Championship plaques at the Kortelopet Award Ceremony in the Celebration Plaza in Hayward at 12:30 pm on Friday. The U20 overall awards are based on the first to cross the finish line. U20 skiers are eligible for both the U20 Overall and Korte Overall Awards.

U20 Scholarship Awards

The top five boy’s and girl’s finishers in the Korte Skate and Korte Classic will receive a scholarship that can be applied to USSA or Regional Partner training camps or competition trips. Eligible programs include: National Training Group Camps, Regional Elite Group Camps, Regional Open Camps; World Junior Championships; U18 Scandinavian Cup Trip, OPA Cup Trip; USA Junior National Championships; NENSA U16 Championships.

Scholarship Amounts are:

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $400
  • 3rd Place $300
  • 4th Place $200
  • 5th Place $100

Finisher Recondition

Skiers finishing their first Kortelopet will receive a Medal at the Finish.

Skiers finishing their second or greater Korte will receive a pin indication the number of Kortelopets they have finished.

Age Class Awards

Age class awards will be awarded to the top three males and females, in both the freestyle and classic races, in each of the following age classes. Awards are based on the participants net time (finish arrival time minus start time).

13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85-89.

10 Year Recognition

Kortelopet Skiers who finish their 10th race will be rewarded with a personalized commemorative plaque.

Wax Services

This year the Birkie will offer a “Wax Cabin” with ski forms and power all set up in it!  So…if you need a warm place to wax your skis or for final touch ups, here are the details:

BIRKIE WAX CABIN:  Thurs 3pm – 9pm, Fri 1pm – 9pm  | Location 16291 Woodridge Lane, Hayward

Want full service ski prep and advice, see great choices below for ski shops & vendors at the Birkie Expo

New Moon Ski Shop
Gear West