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.

As of 2018, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has awarded over $450,000 to cross country ski programs across the United States.


ABSF Grants

To encourage sport growth, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs. Priority will be given to organizations that are cross country ski focused, but organizations that support running, biking, and other off-season programs for skiers are also encouraged to apply.  The focus for ABSF grants in 2018 are middle/high school age cross country skiing programs that show a strong connection between their middle school age and high school age teams or need to grow that connection.  Programs that show they are making an effort to retain skiers through the middle school years and into high school will be prioritized.

Awards up to $3000 will be given in 2018.

Eligible Expenses:

Equipment purchase (equipment purchase for free “try-it-out” adult sessions is not eligible), race sponsorship, coach’s stipend, program supplies, trail improvement supplies, etc.

Grant Eligibility and Reporting:

  • Please note:  grant applications are accepted from across the U.S., however priority is given to applicants from the Midwest;
  • All groups awarded grants must submit a W9 before funds will be distributed;
  • Grants must include recognition of ABSF on website, publications, and other appropriate media;
  • ABSF must be provided with a copy of the press release announcing the award.  Assistance can be given by ABSF, if needed;
  • Awarded programs must complete a final report before April 1, 2019.

Application Deadline is Friday, September 14, 2018.  Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word format via email to, please indicate if you have not received a ABSF Grant previously.  See the application document for more information.  Grant awards will be announced by October 26, 2018.

Looking to start a CXC Nordic Rocks program in your school or area?  Contact Bruce Manske with CXC to find out more about the program and how the ABSF can support your efforts,

2018-2019 Skier Development Grant Program Application Form

We would like to congratulate the following organizations and programs who were selected to receive grants in 2017-2018!


*If you have questions about the ABSF Skier Development Program, please contact John Oman at or call him at 715-634-5025.


Junior Skier Equipment

Please note that many of the companies producing skis, boots and poles work with local dealers to provide discount deals for Junior skier teams and programs. Check with your local dealers to find out if they can provide Young Skier equipment discounts.