Hayward, WI (August 21, 2019) The Slumberland American Birkebeiner is North America’s largest cross-country ski race and the first American event to enter the world of Visma Ski Classics. Based in Sweden, the Visma Ski Classics is an international, long-distance, skiing circuit. The Visma Ski Classics Challenger series was launched in April 2019 as a common platform to connect and promote long distance skiing events worldwide.
“We are extremely excited to join the family of races that make up the Challenger Series in Visma Ski Classics. The American Birkebeiner has one of the greatest finishes for a popular ski marathon. Some of the best marathon racers from around the world will test themselves on the world renowned Birkie Trail on February 22, 2020,” said Ben Popp, Executive Director, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. “We look forward to hosting the Visma Ski Classics Skiers and Challenger participants at the Birkie!”
The Visma Ski Classics Challenger series will help to develop the Slumberland American Birkebeiner internationally, build awareness of the race amongst professional teams throughout the world, and encourage them to experience everything the Birkie has to offer.
“American Birkebeiner is one of the largest ski races in the world, and we are very proud to have them as a part of Visma Ski Classics. The idea behind the new Challengers concept is being able to create one world of long-distance skiing, and having an American event is of most importance. Hopefully, over time, it will make more skiers traveling overseas in both directions to get new ski experiences, making the sport grow,” said, David Nilsson, CEO Visma Ski Classics.