We’re looking forward to Birkie 2022 with excitement as we return to a traditional Slumberland American Birkebeiner experience.  Skiers will start at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Hayward, WI, as they ski their way through the forest on the Birkie Trail, glide across Lake Hayward, cross over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge, as they head toward the finish line on Hayward’s snow-covered Main Street.  We’ve heard it time and time again, once you ski a Birkie you’re forever changed and return to experience this amazing event year after year.  We hope to see you on the finish line!  #Birkie2022

The 2022 Slumberland American Birkebeiner®:

  • Spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers
  • North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
  • Skiers from 49 States and 27 countries participated in 2020!
  • Part of the Worldloppet circuit of over 20 international ski marathons


We remain committed to providing inspiring opportunities to promote a healthy active lifestyle and wellness events for all.  We promise you that we will take every safety precaution and measure to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, staff, and local communities.

Tier Entry Fee Tier Status & Registration

Tier 1


Tier 1 - First 2500 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet & Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 5/2/21

Tier 2


Tier 2 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 5/26/21

Tier 3


Tier 3 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 9/16/2021

Tier 4


Tier 4 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers

Birkie Skate Waves

Birkie Skate Wave Registration Levels

Birkie Classic Waves

Birkie Classic Wave Registration Levels

All participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day to register for the American Birkebeiner.

Please register under the same name every year (exact spelling) in order to keep track of your previous race finishes.  If you are unsure of the name you registered under previously, please call the Birkie office at 715-634-5025 or email registration@birkie.com.

To update personal info (email, address, etc) for this event at any time:

  • Login to your RunSignUp profile.
  • Scroll down to your event and click “Manage Registration”
  • Click on “Participant Info” (along either top or bottom menu)

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons.  Next Wave Insurance offers Regsaver so you can insure your non-refundable registration fee in the case injury, illness, or another covered peril occurs.* Please see policy for complete list of covered perils at www.registrationsaver.com/birkie. Limitations and exclusions apply. Next Wave Insurance, CA License #: OF00755.

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2022 Birkie Gear Bag

It’s back for 2022!  This year, as part of our ongoing Birkie Green initiative we’ve designed a new custom Birkie gear bag with SWIX!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $50 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

2022 Birkie Gear Bag

Wave Placement

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation utilizes a seeded start structure for four of its events:  Birkebeiner Skate, Birkebeiner Classic, Kortelopet Skate, and Kortelopet Classic.  Participants are seeded into start waves based on your best result from 2018 – 2020 Birkie events (see the Wave Seeding Criteria tables below). If you’ve completed multiple events, the Event Adjustment Factor table accounts for the historical difference in the strength of competition between the races. (Take your Percent Back from event winner +/- the applicable Adjustment Factor. See a sample calculation under “Wave Upgrade Request.”).  While 2021 Birkie times will not count towards placement, race completion (in-person or virtual) will be applied according to tables below.

Participants who have never completed an American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon event will be placed in the last wave.  The goal of wave placement is to place participants of similar abilities together to minimize passing and encourage a smooth flowing race.

There are also three special waves for those who qualify; Spirit of 35, Wave 70, and Elite Wave. Details for each are found below.

Birkie Skate Wave Closings (as of 11:59pm Central)

Wave 1 Closed on May 29

Wave 2 Closed on August 11

Birkie Classic Wave Closings (as of 11:59pm Central)

Wave 1 Closed June 26

Wave 2 Closed September 14

Birkebeiner Skate Wave Seeding Criteria

Birkie Skate 2020 Finish Time2020 PBE2019 Finish Time2019 PBE2018 Finish Time2018 PBE
Wave 1Up to 2:41:17Up to 35.5%Up to 3:11:35Up to 44.5%Up to 2:57:00Up to 44.5%
Wave 22:41:18 to 2:54:2335.5% to 46.5%3:11:36 to 3:30:0944.5% to 58.5%2:57:01 to 3:14:0944.5% to 58.5%
Wave 32:54:24 to 3:07:2846.5% to 57.5%3:30:10 to 3:47:2358.5% to 71.5%3:14:10 to 3:30:0558.5% to 71.5%
Wave 43:07:29 to 3:25:1957.5% to 72.5%3:47:24 to 4:04:3771.5% to 84.5%3:30:06 to 3:46:0071.5% to 84.5%
Wave 53:25:20 to 3:44:2272.5% to 88.5%4:04:38 to 4:28:2984.5% to 102.5%3:46:01 to 4:08:0384.5% to 102.5%
Wave 63:44:23 to 4:22:2788.5% to 120.5%4:28:30 to 5:04:16102.5% to 129.5%4:08:04 to 4:41:07102.5% to 129.5%
Wave 7*4:22:28 and Up120.5% and Up5:04:17 and Up129.5% and Up4:41:08 and Up129.5% and Up
*Wave 7
Wave 8

Birkebeiner Classic Wave Seeding Criteria

Birkie Classic2020 Finish Time2020 PBE2019 Finish Time2019 PBE2018 Finish Time2018 PBE
Wave 1Up to 3:46:46Up to 54.5%Up to 4:17:27

Up to 39.5%Up to 4:10:34
Up to 49.5%
Wave 23:46:47 to 4:21:5954.5% to 78.5%
4:17:28 to 4:54:2139.5% to 59.5%4:10:35 to 4:47:26
49.5% to 71.5%
Wave 34:22:00 to 5:01:3778.5% to 105.5%
4:54:22 to 5:27:34 59.5% to 77.5%4:47:27 to 5:25:5971.5% to 94.5%
Wave 45:01:38 to 5:50:03105.5% to 138.5%
5:27:35 to 6:11:5277.5% to 101.5%5:26:00 to 6:14:3594.5% to 123.5%
Wave 5*5:50:04 and Up138.5% and Up6:11:53 and Up101.5% and Up6:14:36 and Up123.5% and Up
*Wave 5

Wave 6


Event Adjustment Factors

Event You are Registering For in 2021Using Previous Birkie Skate ResultUsing Previous Birkie Classic ResultUsing Previous Korte Skate ResultUsing Previous Korte Classic ResultUsing Previous Prince Haakon ResultUsing Any 2021 Birkie/ Korte/ Prince Haakon Completion
Birkie Skate0+ 8 %+ 15 %+ 15 %Wave 7Wave 7
Birkie Classic- 8 %0+ 8%+ 8 %Wave 5Wave 5
Korte Skate- 15 %- 7 %00Wave 4Wave 4
Korte Classic- 15 %- 7 %00Wave 3Wave 3

Event/Technique Change Request

Participants may request to change from the Birkie to the Korte or Prince Haakon, Open Track (if available), and/or change technique between Skate and Classic at any time until 4:00pm CST on January 25, 2022. Wave placement is subject to availability at time of request. If the wave that you qualify for is full, you will be assigned to the next wave with space available. A change fee of $25 will be applied. You will receive an updated e-mail confirmation reflecting the change once the change has been made. If you do NOT receive an updated e-mail confirmation within 10 business days, contact registration@birkie.com.

  • To change your event/technique:
    • Login to your RunSignUp profile.
    • Scroll down to your event and click “Manage Registration”
    • Click on “Transfer Event” (along either top or bottom menu)
    • Select the event you want to transfer to and complete the registration

Wave Upgrade Request

Participants may utilize their result from the list of qualifier competitions to improve on their placement from the above criteria. Similar to the comparison between the American Birkebeiner events, the results of the qualifiers will be adjusted based on the strength of competition, distance, and course elevation profile.

  • All requests will be charged a $25 service fee, whether a wave upgrade is granted or not. To request a wave upgrade by 4:00pm CST on January 25, 2022 (subject to availability):
    • Login to your RunSignUp profile.
    • Scroll down to your event and click ‘Manage Registration’
    • Click ‘Add Ons’ (along either top or bottom menu)
    • Make appropriate change to your “Wave Upgrade Request” section

Wave upgrades are subject to availability. If the wave that you qualify for is full, you will be upgraded and assigned to the next wave with space available. You will receive an updated wave placement email confirmation if an upgrade has been made. If you do NOT receive an updated e-mail confirmation within 10 business days, contact registration@birkie.com.  In an effort to create an environment with reduced on-trail passing, consistent race flow, reduced congestion in aid stations, and the safest possible environment for all skiers, we are unable to downgrade a skier to a wave that is slower than the wave they qualify for (and outside of the wave options provided in the Race Day Selection emails).

Follow these steps to see if you are eligible for an upgrade:

  1. Determine your percent back in the qualifier race. Take the Difference in time between You and the Winner. Divide that by the Winner’s time. (Example: your time is 2:36, winning time is 2:00; Difference =36 minutes/2 hours = 0.3 x 100 = 30% back)
  2. Determine your Percent Back Equivalency (PBE). Add the qualifier race’s Adjustment Factor, which is found on the Qualifier List. PBE = Your % Back + Adjustment Factor (Example your 30% back + 57% Adjustment Factor = 87% Back Equivalency.)
  3. Determine where your Percent Back Equivalency (PBE) would place you. Look up your PBE in the 2020 column of the Wave Seeding Table of the race for which you are registered. (Example: A PBE of 87% will place you in Wave 5 for Birkie Skate or Wave 2 for Birkie Classic or Wave 3 Korte Skate or Wave 1 Korte Classic)

Request an upgrade only if your PBE will place you in a lower wave.  Make sure you have completed steps 1-3 before submitting your request as there are no refunds.

Celebrated and Elite Athletes

Spirit of 35

This wave celebrates the spirit of the 35 intrepid skiers who finished the first Birkie in 1973. It is comprised of a small group of skiers who have completed the most Birkies and therefore have a special place in the race’s history. The current group of Spirit skiers have at least 41 Birkies completed, including Birkie Founder, Ernie St. Germain, who has finished all 46 Birkies!

Wave 70

Cross country skiing is a lifestyle sport that allows people to stay active and healthy into their later years. Each year the Birkie provides an opportunity to celebrate this for more than two hundred skiers over the age of seventy! We recognize these skiers with a special bib and special wave.

35 Endowment Forerunners

These 35 major donors collectively gave nearly $1,000,000 to launch the Foundation for the Endowment of the American Birkebeiner, which provides a permanent source of funds for the American Birkebeiner organization. We recognize them permanently with their own specially numbered 35 white bibs.

Elite Wave

The Elite Wave is a long standing tradition at the American Birkebeiner. This wave accommodates competitors who have outstanding credentials from the previous year’s American Birkebeiner.  The top 200 male and 60 female finishers from the 2020 Birkie Skate race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the Elite Wave for the 2022 Birkie Skate race ONLY.  The top 100 male and 40 female finishers from the 2020 Birkie Classic race will automatically be assigned a starting position in the Elite Wave for the 2022 Birkie Classic race ONLY.  Athletes qualifying for the elite wave, but racing a different distance or technique in 2022, must request to be placed on the Elite Wave waitlist of that race at registration@birkie.com. Athletes that requested to be placed on the Elite Wave waitlist in 2021 must request placement again in 2022.

Elite Wave registrations & Elite Waitlist requests close on January 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm CST.

Positions in the Elite Waves are only guaranteed for returning skiers who meet the above finish place criteria. No exceptions. If you have an Elite Wave finish two or more years prior, top Kortelopet finish, or other outstanding cross country ski race results, you may request to be added to the Elite Wave Waitlist by sending an email to registration@birkie.com. Open positions in the Elite Wave will be filled from the Waitlist after January 28, 2022.

Seeded FIS Group

Competitors from all FIS member nations that meet the eligibility requirements will be included in the Seeded Group in the Birkie Skate Race. This group will start as part of the Men’s and Women’s Elite Birkie Skate Waves. However, these competitors will be assigned designated starting positions at the front of the wave and the rest of the elite wave must stay behind the seeded group until the gun goes off.

There is no Seeded Group in the Birkie Classic Race.

Eligibility for the Seeded Group requires that the competitors be active FIS members with at least one FIS race result in the 365 days prior to February 11, 2022, with:

  • fewer than 200 points for women and 150 points for men in competitions with a distance of 30 km or greater
  • fewer than 150 points for women and 125 points for men in competitions with distance less than 30 km

Registrations & Requests for Seeded Group entry must be sent to registration@birkie.com prior to February 11, 2022.

Team Captains Meeting

There will be a mandatory meeting for Seeded Group competitors prior to the race.
Athletes without team affiliation are encouraged to attend the meeting and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

How to Get to the Start

Bus service runs continuously to the start from the Birkie Ridge and Cable parking lots for Friday and Saturday events.  Participants arriving from the south should park at Birkie Ridge (2 miles north of Seeley).  Buses will pick up skiers and spectators and shuttle directly to the start from 6:15 am – 10:30 am. Please allow 45 minutes to bus to the start.  Participants arriving from the North should follow the signs for parking at the Cable Lot just to the west of Cable.  Buses will run continuously from this lot from 6:15 am – 10:30 am. Please allow 45 minutes to bus to the start.  **Parking at the start is by permit only.**

Buses from the Finish in downtown Hayward will bring you back to both parking lots throughout the day.

Please see the Event Guide for more instructions and map.

Start Wave Schedule

Race Schedule: Saturday, February 26

Please note:  We do not anticipate changing the start wave times and schedule at this point, but adjustments may have to be made for the health and safety of participants.

WaveStart Time
Spirit of 358:15
Women Elite Skate8:30
Men & Women Elite Classic8:35
Wave 1 Classic8:40
Men Elite Skate8:50
Wave 1 Skate8:55
Wave 2 Classic9:00
Wave 2 Skate9:05
Wave 70 Skate & Classic9:10
Wave 3 Classic9:15
Wave 3 Skate9:20
Wave 4 Classic9:25
Wave 4 Skate9:30
Wave 5 Classic9:35
Wave 5 Skate9:40
Wave 6 Classic9:45
Wave 6 Skate9:50
Wave 7 Skate9:55
Wave 8 Skate10:00

Race Policies

The race is run according to the rules and regulations of the FIS and any special requirements stated in the entry form, Birch Scroll, this web site, www.birkie.com and participant race instructions. Offenses against any of these rules may lead to disqualification for current or future events and the forfeiture of any and all awards.

All participants in the Birkebeiner must be 18 years of age by February 27, 2021. Kortelopet and Prince Haakon skiers must be 13 years of age by February 26, 2021. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancellation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.

Skiers must ski the distance they have registered for- no participant in the American Birkebeiner can ski the Kortelopet or Prince Haakon without officially changing their race entry (see above for how to request an Event change).  Participants who complete a technique for which they are not registered (for example – ski the skate course when they registered for classic) will be credited for completing the race but will not be given a finish time, will not be eligible for awards and will not be included in the official results.

There will be no drop bag service offered during 2021 races.  Skiers should use their vehicle for storage of all personal belongings.

Participant Rules.

Trash Penalty

A trash penalty is now in place for all Birkie events. Any participant, coach, or support crew caught throwing waste on the trail or into the woods between aid stations could be assessed a 15 minute penalty. There will be “Last Chance” garbage disposal areas as you leave each aid stations at all 2021 races. Violators should be reported by bib number via email at birkie@birkie.com or to a volunteer at the next aid station.  Read more in the Participant rules above.

Cut-Off Times

Participants  must complete their race by 6 pm. Cut-off times for races must be strictly followed for the safety of participants and volunteers.  Participants not following guidance from Medical Staff and Race Chiefs will risk penalty and possible ineligibility for future Birkie Events.

American Birkebeiner Course Map

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Virtual Trail & Course Tour

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

Birkie Skate Course Elevation Profile

Birkie Classic Course Elevation Profile

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Interactive Course Maps

Experience the race again or for the first time! Explore every leg of the race and feel the rush as you virtually ski the American Birkebeiner race! Immerse yourself in the 360 videos of the race start, cross the International Bridge, and witness the amazing finish on Hayward’s Main Street! Try skate or classic, this interactive map experience has it all!

Register for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner and make it real! Because…once the race is closed…it’s closed. Don’t miss out!

View Interactive Course Map »

Or, Tour the Interactive Birkie Trail Map »

Trail Genius Screenshot


Start Line

Spectators may accompany racers to the start line in Cable to cheer them on as they begin their journey towards Main Street.  See the “How to Get to the Start” section above for information on getting to the Start.  Spectators can then ride a bus back to their cars at Birkie Ridge or Cable parking lots.

Finish Line

Main Street, Hayward

Skiers, whether elite or citizen, count on spectators to cheer them on as they set their sights on the finish line. Just when they think they’re fading, spectators provide an emotional lift that encourages them along their way. Catch Birkie Fever!

Watch the live video from the start and along the course beginning at 8:00 am on the big screen from the Frandsen Bank & Trust Celebration Plaza on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. The first finishers are welcomed with the ringing of the church bells as they come off of Lake Hayward on to Main Street at approximately 10:50 am. Good viewing is possible along the length of Main Street.

Parking is available at designated parking lots with shuttle service throughout the day. There is limited street parking within the downtown area, respect the parking direction signs and utilize the parking lots.

For skier and spectator safety, there are no pedestrian crossings on Main Street.  Please use the access under the International Bridge for travel to the other side of the street.

Worldloppet & Visma Ski Classics

Worldloppet is an international association of long distance ski races, created in 1979 from the inspiration of American Birkebeiner creator, Tony Wise. The Birkie is one of the nine races that comprise the founding events.  The Worldloppet has grown to over 20 races on five continents. Learn more about Worldloppet Ambassadors, Passports, and the annual Birkie Week Worldloppet breakfast!

Visma Ski Classics

New in 2020! The Slumberland American Birkebeiner is the first American event to enter the world of Visma Ski Classics as a Challenger Series event. Based in Sweden, the Visma Ski Classics is an international, long-distance, skiing circuit. The Visma Ski Classics Challenger series was launched in 2019 as a common platform to connect and promote long distance skiing events worldwide. Learn more!

Lodging & Services


For lodging information, see our Lodging page.

Camp Birkie Childcare

Camp Birkie is postponed until Birkie Week 2022.

Future Event Dates

Future Birkie Week Dates:

2022: February 23 – 27

2023: February 23 – 25