The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is extending a helping hand to Nordic ski clubs through the ABSF’s Pay It Forward program. Knowing each club has unique needs, the ABSF will Pay It Forward by supporting a club’s efforts in a way that works for them.

What might that look like? With our extensive access to skiers, perhaps we can help you recruit new members or connect skiers as Birkie training partners. Or, we can provide an enthusiastic speaker and compelling presentation to help generate Nordic skiing excitement at your club’s fall kick-off meeting. Maybe we can help you find ways to promote youth skier development to ensure the future of the sport and your club. We may even be able to provide a small grant to assist your club’s sport development programs.

Whatever your need, we may be able to help. Our goal is to help individual clubs promote a healthy, active Birkie lifestyle and further develop Nordic skiing in their areas.

Please consider your club’s specific needs and how we can best support you, we’ve learned that not all assistance is necessarily monetary in nature.

Application deadline: Applications for Pay It Forward 2019/2020 were due September 15, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed and a select number of clubs will be chosen for Pay It Forward 2019/2020 based on the club’s respective needs, requests, and our available Pay It Forward budget.

Pay It Forward Kick-Off Event

Pay It Forward Kick-Off Event presented by Marks Group Wealth Management

All Pay It Forward Program recipients have been chosen and now it’s time to start paying it forward!  Join us at our kick-off event in the Twin Cities, Presented by Marks Group Wealth Management.

Beverages, Dessert & Conversation

November 7, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm  

Borton Volvo, Golden Valley, MN

There is no charge for this event – be our guest! first 125 to RSVP! 

You’ll hear briefly from Pay it Forward recipient, Minnesota Youth Ski League; find out the latest news from US Ski & Snowboard; get the inside scoop on the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival and MN World Cup; catch-up on the all things Birkie 2020; and see a special video message from Jesse Diggins!

Join Us! Don’t wait, attendance is limited to the first 125 who register.  RSVP below!

ABSF Development Grant Program

Grant Program Overview

Barne2014-1The mission of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is to promote cross-country skiing as a fun, energetic activity that is part of an active and healthy lifestyle. This effort focuses both on youth and adult skiers.

To encourage growth in the sport, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs.

As of 2019, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has awarded over $551,000 to cross-country ski programs across the United States.

The 2019 Skier Development Grant Program

For 2019, the ABSF will be awarding grants to eligible MYSL programs, Korte Scholarship winners, and to clubs as part of the the “Pay it Forward” program.  Look for details of the “Pay it Forward” program in the fall issue of the Birch Scroll.


“Thanks to a Birkie grant that was also generously matched by an EU member, EU coaches were able to attend Level 100 training, purchase roller skis, and expand programming. EU’s exciting new “bridging” program gives youth who show interest in racing the opportunity to start training in an environment 100% focused on fun. The grant will continue giving throughout the year as roller skis will be used through the summer and fall programming.”  – Endurance United, Grant Recipient

*If you have questions about the ABSF Skier Development Program, please contact John Oman at .