Registration Closes for Prince Haakon and Birkie Open Track Events

HAYWARD, WISCONSIN – November 9, 2023 – The 50th Anniversary of Birkie Week is already making history with a surge of registrations causing races to fill up earlier than ever before. Registration for the Prince Haakon (15K) and Birkie Open Track events closed at midnight on November 7, 2023. This closure followed shortly after the Kortelopet (29K) reached capacity on October 31, and the Slumberland American Birkebeiner (50K/53K) on September 27. These early closures are a momentous milestone, signaling the unparalleled excitement and anticipation surrounding the 50th-anniversary celebration.

As of today, a record 12,986 participants are registered for the four major ski events. Additionally, there will be thousands of skiers participating in the Barnebirkie youth ski tour, Jr. Birkie, ParaBirkie, Barkie Birkie Skijor, and Birkie Giant Ski events. The 50th Anniversary milestone marks the greatest participation in Birkie Week ski events than ever before.

The 2024 Birkie Week will be a monumental celebration of cross-country skiing’s past, present, and future. Skiers and spectators alike will have the opportunity to witness world-class athletes in action, including Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Jessie Diggins, adding to the excitement of this iconic event. The field of international competitors continues to grow with skiers from 25 countries already scheduled to participate at Birkie 2024.

While registration for major Birkie events is closed (Birkie, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Open Track), skiers of all ages can still register for the Barnebirkie, Jr. Birkie, ParaBirkie, Barkie Birkie, and Birkie Giant Ski. Skiers interested in participating in this historic celebration should visit

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation welcomes everyone to participate as a skier, spectator, or volunteer at what is slated to be the biggest celebration of Nordic skiing in North America at this year’s 50th Anniversary Birkie celebration. To learn more about Birkie week 2024, please visit

Posted November 9, 2023 at 2:45 pm