New Event Details for 2023 Coming Soon!

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!

Birkie Tour Participant Guide – 2022

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 

Birkie Tour Participant Guide 2022

Participant Gift

Check out the 2022 gift, a custom fleece blanket!

Fleece Blanket

Raffle Prizes

Put your name in the hat at each aid station for the opportunity to win great raffle prizes from our sponsors!  The more aid stations you visit, the more chances you have to win! Every Birkie Tour participant will receive 6 complimentary raffle tickets at bib pickup.

Raffle prizes include:

Bib Pick-Up

Bib pickup is at the Birkie trailhead in the Great Hall from 7:30am-10:00am on Saturday, January 15. Masks are required while inside.

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 3 Aid Stations along the course- Timber Trail, Fire Tower, and Boedecker.  Ski to each aid station for tasty treats that will feel like skiing around the world!

Aid Station Open Times:

  • Timber Trail—Norway: 9:15am-2:00pm
    • Pastries
    •  Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
  • Fire Tower—Sweden: 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Blueberry Soup
    • Dinty Moore stew
  • Boedecker—Italy: 9:45am-12-:45pm
    • Backroads Coffee
    • Backroads Biscotti
  • Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at the Hwy OO Trailhead will be open with bathroom access and the Backroads coffee shop (items for sale)

After-Ski Snacks and Beverage

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

On the menu:  Philly Beef sandwich on hoagie or vegetarian option, Steakhouse potato salad, and a triple brownie carmel bar for dessert!

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

Volunteer

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 ronda.tworek@birkie.com.

Click Here to Volunteer!

Sponsors

Carlson MD

Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Tour

 


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