Race Results & Video Replays

Covid-19 Policy

Sawyer County Public Health Covid-19 Testing - Birkie Week Feb 23-27 - Preregister Here - 16092 US Highway 63, Hayward WIWe have been very intentional and gradual in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Based on COVID-19 trends and regulatory guidance, the ABSF will continue to develop best practices for events, and these protocols may change at any time without notice. Our medical team is working closely with local health authorities and resources and will utilize CDC recommendations to determine necessary protocols to put in place for events in February.

We encourage all participants, spectators, and volunteers to get vaccinated.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes Expo locations, bib pick-up, changing and warming tents, busses, Birkie Store retail spaces, etc. Face coverings are optional in outdoor areas.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) should:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, open-chin, triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

COVID-19 Warning

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, people with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By participating in Birkie Ski Week, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Help keep each other healthy; we recommend being vaccinated and wearing a mask indoors.

If you have been COVID positive after Valentine’s Day, please do not attend Birkie Week in person.

https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov

Birkie Week Covid-19 Testing:

FEBRUARY 23-27
Wednesday—Saturday 9am–3pm
Sunday 9am –12pm
HOW:  Drive up—No appointments!
— Rapid tests (antigen) every day
— PCR (send out confirmatory) available Wednesday—Friday only!  Pre-register here.

If you test positive for COVID19 on or after Valentine’s Day, please do not travel to the area for Birkie Week Events.  If you develop symptoms or begin to feel ill when in the area: Birkie Week Covid-19 testing.We recommend that you bring home tests with you to use if you begin to feel ill. If you test positive, please remain isolated.  Learn more about Birkie Covid19 guidelines. 

FAQs

Will skiers be required to wear a mask at the start, finish, or on course?

At time of writing, the CDC does not recommend masks for outdoor use. We will be following the CDC guidelines and monitoring for changes in recommendations. We request that you ski with a mask on your person, in the case of an accident while on course.

Could Birkie Week Events be canceled due to COVID-19?

At this point in time, we feel that the proper precautions and monitoring are in place to allow Birkie Week Events to continue.

Our medical team is working closely with local health authorities and resources and will utilize CDC recommendations at the time to determine necessary protocols to put in place. Please check back here just before Birkie Week to determine if changes in protocols have been made.

If Covid-19 continues to rise, will you change Birkie events?

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 numbers daily, and the advice of the CDC and local health officials. We will adjust protocols based on their advice in February.

Will the expo and other indoor events happen as a normal Birkie year?

We monitor COVID-19 numbers daily and are in close contact with medical and health officials. At this time, we feel we can host the indoor spaces with mandatory masks in all indoor spaces. We will be following the CDC guidelines and local health office and adjusting protocols based on their advice in February.

Wax Policy & Services

Wax Services

Swix
Daily Wax Recommendations
Check here or visit the SWIX Booth

Start
Daily Wax Recommendations
Check here or visit the START Expo Booth

Toko
Daily Wax Recommendations
Check here or visit the TOKO Expo Booth

New Moon Ski Shop
Daily Wax Recommendations
Check here or visit the New Moon Expo Booth

Pioneer Midwest
Daily Wax Recommendations
Check here or visit the Pioneer Midwest Expo Booth

ABSF Wax Policy

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has joined U.S. Ski and Snowboard in banning the use of fluorinated ski wax in competition beginning the 2020-2021 season. We encourage all competitors to abide by this policy for all events on the Birkie Trail and at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead. All athletes are subject to random ski testing at events and penalties will apply to any US Ski and Snowboard licensed or citizen skier that is found to be non-compliant.

All participants in the 2022 American Birkebeiner are required to use non-Fluoridated wax products and are subject to random testing to detect the presence of fluorine on their skis.  Racers in the Men’s & Women’s Birkie Skate Elite Waves MUST check-in skis at the start line beginning at 7:45am until 10 minutes before their respective waves start.  After check-in, skis must remain in the control area until time for skiers to load into gates.  Racers must finish with the skis that were marked at the start line. We encourage all racers at all American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation events to follow the ABSF Wax Policy and utilize fluoro-free wax at events.

How to Clean Flouros from Skis

Cleaning Skis:

Wax, Scrape, & Brush 2-3 times with a F-Free glide wax.

Cleaning Tools:

Brushes – Vacuum bristles, spritz the bristles lightly with a base cleaner, and allow to dry.

Scrapers and other hard tools – Wipe clean with a base cleaner and allow to dry.

Work Space:

Vacuum and wipe down surfaces where skis and tools make contact.

Trail Profiles

A complete list of maps and trail conditions can be found on the Trails page.

Birkie Skate Elevation Profile

Birkie Classic Elevation Profile