The Birkie Tour is pure fun, plain and simple.  It’s a great way to experience the wonderful Birkie Trail system with family and friends.

Birkie Tour skiers choose their own distance and pace, and park, start, and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  15K, 26K, or 46K courses will be marked.

Perfect for:

  • A skier thinking about a Birkie event, but unsure about being ready;
  • A skier who loves to ski, but isn’t interested in ski racing;
  • Or, a skier just looking for more time on their skis in a fun and safe atmosphere.

The 2022 Birkie Tour will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, WI!

  • Birkie Tour is an untimed, non-competitive, “open-track” style event on a looped course up to 46 km
  • The event has a morning start time window, short & long distance options, and aid stations along the trail
  • Ski either classic or skate on on the legendary Birkie Trail – voted the No. 1 cross-country destination in the United States by USAToday/10Best
  • The Birkie Tour is a Worldloppet credit-worthy event.  Ski the 46k Classic distance and earn Gold Master credit!


2022 Birkie Tour Registration is Now Open!

May 1 through October 1October 2 through November 19November 19 through January 11January 12 to January 15

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Event Information

Tour Course

The 2022 Birkie Tour will start at the Birkie Trailhead and make a 46 km counter-clockwise loop following the Birkie Skate Trail south to Highway OO then looping back north on the Birkie Classic Trail back to the finish. Skiers have the option to turn back north at Timber Trail Aid Station, making a 15 km Tour, at Fire Tower to make 26 km Tour, or multiple other locations along the way.  You choose the distance you want to tackle!

2022 Birkie Tour Map

Bib Pick-Up

Bib pickup will tentatively occur at the Birkie trailhead from 7:30am-10:00am on Saturday, January 15.

Start Times

Start your Tour anytime between 8am-10am.

BirkieTour Ambassadors

The course will be patrolled throughout the day by BirkieTour Ambassadors.  Ambassadors have a lot of Birkie Trail experience and can assist with waxing and share their knowledge of the Birkie Trails and Birkie Races. Look for the white Ambassador bibs.

Aid Stations

Your Tour will be supported with 4 Aid Stations along the course- Timber Trail, Fire Tower, Boedecker, and OO.  Stay tuned for exciting plans for aid station fare!

Aid Station Open Times:

  • Timber Trail: 9:15am-2:00pm
  • Fire Tower: 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Boedecker: 9:45am-12-:45pm
  • OO: 10:00am-12:30pm

After-Ski Snacks and Beverage

After skiing, enjoy a lunch from the Northern Lakes Cooperative CENEX Corner Deli and a beer from Earth Rider Brewery, the Official Beer of the Birkie!

Cut-Off Times

All good things must come to an end, so in order to get all the skiers and volunteers back to the finish at the Birkie Trailhead by 3:00 pm, the following cut-off times will be in place.

  • Skiers heading southbound who do not make the times will be turned back north.
  • Skiers heading northbound who do not make the times will be transported back to the Birkie Trailhead.
  • The maximum time to finish a Tour is 7 hours.
  • In order to meet the cut-off times a skier skiing the 46 km course needs to start at 9:00 am and ski 8 km per hour, including stops.
LocationKilometers from the StartTime
Start0 km
10:00 am
Boedecker Aid Station - Southbound16.5 km11:40 am
Boedecker Aid Station - Northbound26.5 km12:45 pm
Firetower Aid Station - Northbound32 km1:30 pm
Timber Trail Aid Station - Northbound38.5 km2:00 pm
Finish43 km3:00 pm


Volunteers make this event possible!  We always need help at aid stations, parking cars, assisting participants and course support. If you are interested in helping out contact Ronda Tworek, Director of Volunteers and Membership Services, at 715.634.5025, or

Click Here to Volunteer!


Carlson MD

Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Tour


Earth Rider Brewery
Anderson's Maple Syrup
GU Energy
Northern Lakes Cooperative
New Moon Ski & Bike Shop
Backroads Coffee
Swiss Miss
Embrace North