Non-Competitive Ski Tour for youth ages 3 to 13

New start time and location!  11:30 am behind the Hayward Primary and Intermediate Schools

The Barnebirkie is presented by Johnson Bank & Swiss Miss.

This is where Birkie Dreams begin! Imagine nearly 1000 kids skiing on Main Street to the iconic finish line of the American Birkebeiner!  Kids can choose to ski either a 1/2 km, 1 km or 3 km course.

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.


Distances & Start Times

Different in 2019:  The Barnebirkie will start behind the Hayward Intermediate and Primary Schools at 11:30am.  (The Barnebirkie will still finish on Main St. at the American Birkebeiner finish line.)

WaveStart TimeDistanceStart LocationRecommend Age
Purple11:30 am500 m (0.3 miles)Behind the Hayward Intermediate and Primary Schools3 to 8; beginning skier
Red11:35 am3 km (1.9 miles)Behind the Hayward Intermediate and Primary Schools8 to 13; Intermediate to Advanced
Green11:40 am1 km (0.6 miles)Behind the Hayward Intermediate and Primary Schools5 to 10; Intermediate to Advanced


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 in the Red Wave.

Barne Skiers registering for the 1 km tour will be in the Green Wave.

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

Bib Pick Up

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

Parent & Spectator Etiquette

Please note the following important information regarding the safety of the children and the integrity of the course:

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

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