Non-Competitive Ski Tour for youth ages 3 to 13

The Barnebirkie is presented by Johnson Bank & Swiss Miss.

This is where Birkie Dreams begin! Imagine nearly 1000 kids skiing from Lake Hayward, over the International Bridge, and up Main Street to the iconic finish line of the American Birkebeiner!  Kids can choose to ski either a 1 km or 3 km course that goes up and over the International Bridge, or a 1/2 km course that does not go over the bridge.

If you are looking for a competitive experience for youth, consider participating in the Junior Birkie race which will be held on the same courses following the Barnebirkie.

Exciting changes are planned for the 2019 Barnebirkie. Check back soon for details!


Parent & Spectator Etiquette

Please Note the Following Information Which Is Important for the Safety of the Children and the Integrity of the Course

Any adult that is accompanying Barne skiers on the ski course must be on skis. Otherwise, adults must stay off of the groomed ski course and walk along the paths and sidewalk.

Only kids and accompanying adults on skis will be allowed on the International Bridge. There will be helpers on the bridge providing assistance to kids that need help getting up and over.



Save money and time by registering early on-line.

 Tu, Sep 4 thru Thu, Jan 3F, Jan 4 thru Tu, Feb 19W, Feb 20 thru Event Day
Any Barnebirkie Participant$10$13$18

Wave Assignment

Barne Skiers registering for the 3 km tour will be randomly assigned to either the Red or Yellow Wave. Skiers registering for the 1 km tour will be randomly assigned to either the Green or Orange Wave.

Barne Skiers registering for the 500 m tour will be assigned to the Purple Wave.

Skiers in the same family can all be assigned to the same wave, just ask at bib pick up.

Bib Pick Up

Bib pick-up and day of race registration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

School Groups

Is your school group interested in skiing the Barnebirkie? Great! Please call the Birkie Office at 715-634-5025 or email to find out how to register your group.  School groups registration forms must be received in the Birkebeiner office by Thursday, February 14, 2019.

School groups may use this entry form: 2018 Barnebirkie School Group Entry Form



Swiss Miss hot chocolate and homemade cookies courtesy of the Sons of Norway await every participant in the Celebration Tent near the finish area.

Commemorative Gifts

All children will receive a Barnebirkie medal, ski bib, and the first 750 children to pick up their bib will receive a ski hat.


Swiss Miss
Presenting Sponsor
Johnson Bank
Presenting Sponsor