North America’s #1 & #2 Cross-Country Ski Races in Hayward, WI

Hayward, Wis. (June 26, 2019) – Thousands of skiers have already registered for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races to date. Friday, June 28, marks a price increase for all three races. The Birkie is North America’s largest cross-country ski race and is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020, with the Kortelopet, North America’s second largest ski race, and Prince Haakon, on Friday, February 21, 2020. Skiers from 49 states and 24 countries participated in 2019 Birkie week events.

Friday, February 21, 2020
Kortelopet 29K & Prince Haakon 15K – Both races finish in downtown Hayward with the Kortelopet starting at the Highway OO Trailhead and the Prince Haakon starting near Mosquito Brook, outside of Hayward, WI

Saturday, February 22, 2020
46th Annual Slumberland American 50K Skate/55K Classic – Skiers journey from Cable, WI, on the Birkie Trail, through the north woods, across Lake Hayward, and over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge to the finish line on Hayward’s snow-covered Main Street.

Currently, Birkie Skate Wave 1 is closed; Wave 2 has fewer than 70 spots remaining; Wave 3 is over two-thirds full; Skate Wave 4 is over half full; Skate Waves 5 & 6 are nearly half full. Birkie Classic Wave 1 is over three-quarters full; Wave 2 nearly three-quarters full; Wave 3 over half full; and Wave 4 nearly half full. There is an 11,000-skier participant race cap for the combined Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon races. Registration will close when this cap is reached. Wave Placement is based on a first registered, first seeded basis. Once a wave has filled, participants will be placed in the next available wave. Skiers who register by 11:59pm on Thursday, June 27, will avoid the June 28 price increase.

Registration for all events is available at

Posted June 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm