A Place to Gather and Make New Memories

The first American Birkebeiner had its roots in a Norwegian legend and its finish line at Telemark Lodge and Resort. Since 1973, tens of thousands of people have skied the Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races. They’ve skijored with beloved pets, cheered children on to a medal in the Barnebirkie, and sprinted down Main Street. As the Foundation has prospered, many more people have learned skills to ride a fat bike, shuffled with friends on a giant ski, or completed a running marathon on the famed Birkebeiner Trail.

People have rung bells trailside and handed out cups of water to strangers. Friendships and memories have been made and traditions have grown, all centered around outdoor recreation. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation’s mission is to promote and conduct the finest international cross country ski competition; to serve as good stewards of the American Birkebeiner Trail; and to support healthy and active lifestyles among people of all ages and abilities. The Foundation acquires land for conservation purposes to help reach our goals.

Map of Mt Telemark Village

The Historic Telemark Property
and the Future of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation at Mount Telemark Village

In purchasing the historic Telemark property, we’re reaching toward a dream. We’ve established a conservancy to protect the property’s recreation and conservation value forever. We envision bringing people together for recreation to make new traditions and memories. This is our mission, and Mt. Telemark Village and the Mount Telemark Conservancy are our legacy and future.

A Dream in Three Phases

Land Purchase, Lodge Removal, Conservancy

Now Completed

Phase One has seen American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation raise $2.1 million through private donations, grants and the sale of a portion of Telemark property to Landmark Conservancy. Funds were used for land acquisition, lodge demolition, and the creation of conservancy.

Building New Opportunities

With $1.1. million in funding from private donations and grants from the State of Wisconsin, the second phase of the Mount Telemark Village redevelopment of the Telemark Property includes the expansion of XC skiing, a new paved roller ski/walking/hiking trail, MTB park and trails, observation tower, sledding hill and skating ponds.

Creating a New Community Center

The third phase of the Mt. Telemark Village dream is to build a close to 9,000 square foot community center that will be a gateway to outdoor activities!  We are seeking $2.5 million to build the new building with a goal of breaking ground in spring 2023! Please join us in making the dream of a revitalized Telemark a reality.

Ski Trails

More Information on the Mt. Telemark Village Cross-Country Ski Trails Coming Soon!

Roller Ski Trails

5K Paved Roller Ski, Walking & Hiking Trail at Mt Telemark

Next year you will be able to roller ski, walk, run, bike, you name it on this new trail! We are so excited about all the fun new things to come.

We ask that you please stay off the pavement until further notice.

View Roller Ski Trail Map »

Stay tuned for more updates on the paved trail.

Trek Mountain Bike Trails

16+ Miles of Modern Mountain Bike Trails


  • Permanent NICA race venue.​
  • Progressive Loop Modern Cross Country trails. Green-Blue-Black​
  • Enduro and downhill trails
  • Ebike optimized​
  • Skills Area – jump park​
  • Stryder Track​
  • Pump Track

We Have Partnered with the Trek Trails Foundation​

The Trek Foundation is established to fund cycling infrastructure projects and help preserve land from development through the establishment of publicly accessible mountain bike trails.​

Vision to create a nation-wide group of riding destinations, with a consistent riding experience.​

Development Phases

Phase 1 – Orange​
Total Cost: $155,000 Approx.

4 miles of XC trails, connecting Birkie Start, Birkie ski trails, and CAMBA system​.

Phase 2 – Red​
Total Cost: $275,000 Approx.​

Approximately 6 miles​. First climbs to top of Mt. Telemark and connecting to phase 1 trails.​ First DH/Enduro trails, all ability levels, to front side​.

Phase 3 – Blue​
Total Cost: $250,000 Approx.​

Additional 4+ miles of DH/Enduro trails to front side of mountain​. Hubs on the mountain where trails meet and diverge​.

Phase 4 – Purple​
Total Cost: $250,000 Approx.

3 miles of additional DH and Enduro trails​. Jump zone, skills area, pump track, stryder track​.

Observation Tower

Experience the Wisconsin Northwoods From The Top of Mt. Telemark

More Information Coming Soon!

Base Camp Lodge

Community Center and Gateway to the Outdoors

The future home for:

  • Great Hall and Fireplace
  • Tony Wise Museum and Gift Shop
  • Ski and Bike Shops
  • Tap Room

Contribute to the Campaign

Ways to Give

  • Make a donation online.
  • Mail a check using these Offline Payment Instructions.
  • Use a donor advised fund. Make your contribution payable to:
    The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation/Telemark
    Our EIN is: 39-1503175
    Our mailing address is:
    ABSF/Telemark, PO Box 911, Hayward,
    Wisconsin 54843.

Do you want to transfer stock, contribute an IRA distribution, learn about naming rights for a larger donation, or ask questions? Contact Andrew at 715-634-5025 or andrew.wall@birkie.com.

How Will You be Recognized

Recognition can be for $100 shares, $5000 acres or further naming opportunities in the Mt. Telemark Village may be on behalf of yourself, from families, groups and clubs, from businesses, or in someone’s honor or memory. Shareholders will be recognized on a Mt. Telemark Conservancy sign at a trailhead in the Conservancy. Acres are recognized through a symbolic stock certificate of ownership, a framed print of the 1978 Birkebeiner ascent of Mt. Telemark, an invitation to the dedication of the Mt. Telemark Conservancy, and the good feelings that come with helping to make the world a better place. We look forward to celebrating with you.  Contact Andrew Wall at ABSF for naming right opportunities.

Make a Donation Now!
Offline Payment Instructions
Contributing through a Donor Advised Fund? The charity is American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. The EIN is 39-1503175. The mailing address is ABSF/Telemark, PO Box 911, Hayward, Wisc. 54843.

Your support is truly appreciated. Please contact us with questions or comments.

Ben Popp
Executive Director
715-634-5025, Option 7

Andrew Wall
Development Director
715-634-5025, Option 5

What people are saying:

“We have so many memories of staying at Telemark and many hours skiing there—first downhill in the late 60’s and then starting in the late 70’s cross country skiing. But out of the ‘ashes‘ rises the phoenix. Telemark begins anew. We hope our contribution helps.”
Allan Ohm and Katie Smith Ohm

“These are exciting times for Cable. It is a joy to contribute to the Birkie Foundation’s vision for Telemark.”
Paul and Sarah Saldin and Family

“My dad never skied a Birkie race, but he eagerly followed my participation in every one and we always shared a phone call as soon as I crossed the finish line so he could get my first-hand trail and race report. The Mt. Telemark Conservancy is the perfect way to honor his memory and to make sure that the land will always be preserved to benefit future generations.”
Ken Walz, in honor of Robert Allen Walz