The Junior Birkie is for Junior skiers that are ready to race!

Individual Races

Due to the lack of natural snow, the Jr. Birkie will be hosted at a different venue for 2024! To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American Birkebeiner and the 25th Anniversary of the Jr. Birkie – join us at the infamous American Birkebeiner Trailhead for Jr. racing! Bib pick-up, and all race start/finishes will be held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, WI.

There are two race distances for the different Junior Birkie age groups, see table below.

Team Sprint Relays

Due the change of venue and schedule, there will be NO team sprint relays in 2024.

Junior Birkie

Wax Policy

As part of the CXC Youth Cup, no fluorocarbon waxes are allowed; athletes may only use fluoro-free glide and kick wax.

Individual Mass Start Races & Times

Individual Age Groups

For the individual races, skiers are assigned an age group based on their year of birth (see table below).  All races are freestyle technique – competitors may use skate or classic technique, however, there may not be classic tracks set on the courses.  U8 and U10 age groups will ski 1.5 km, U12 and U14 will ski 3 km.

Year of BirthCategory

Individual Race Schedule

TimeCategoryIndividual Mass Start Distance
2:00 pmU10 Girls1.5 km
2:10 pmU8 Girls1.5 km
2:20 pmU10 Boys1.5 km
2:30 pmU8 Boys1.5 km
2:40 pmU12 Girls3 km
2:55 pmU12 Boys3 km
3:05 pmU14 Girls3 km
3:15 pmU14 Boys3 km

Bib Pick Up

Thursday, February 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bib Pick-up tent at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead. To avoid congestion, we recommend just one representative per-family pick up bib(s).

Venue and Course Map

Individual Race

The Jr. Birkie individual races will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead. The U8 and the U10 skiers will complete one-lap of the looped course, and will be around 1.5K in total distance. The U12 and the U14 skiers will complete two-laps of the looped course, resulting in a 3K race. All race distances are subject to change depending on course and conditions.

From the start, the course will begin down the main Birkie trail for roughly 800 meters, and then will turn left by the Birchlegger Bell. Skiers will make a short cut-through and turn left onto the old Korte inbound trail. Skiers will continue on that trail and turn left to go under the tunnel to finish, or lap, in the American Birkebeiner Stadium.

Getting There

Bib pick-up and all races will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, in Cable, Wisconsin. Participants and spectators for the Jr. Birkie will be able to park at the start only after 1:00 pm. Parking at the start/finish before 1:00 pm on Thursday is available for pass holders ONLY. Participants and spectators can also access the start/finish line via shuttle service.

Participants arriving from the south should park at the Birkie Ridge Lot (2 miles north of Seeley). Participants arriving from the north should park at the Cable Lot, by following the directional signage to the west of Cable. Please allow 45 minutes to bus to the start.


Post Race

Refreshments will be available in the Finisher Zone after the race!


All individual finishers will receive a Junior Birkie medal. The top three boys and girls for each age-group will have an award ceremony immediately following at the Podium steps, just beyond the finish line.

If you won an award, you may pick it up at the Birkie Office.  You may also have it shipped to you HERE

The Deadline to pick up or request shipping for your award is MARCH 31, 2024.

CXC Youth Cup

The Junior Birkie Individual Race is part of the SWIX CXC Youth Cup for U12 and U14 age categories. Licensed skiers are seeded and earn points in the CXC Youth Cup overall standings. For information about the CXC Youth Cup visit:


Presenting Sponsors of the Junior Birkie


Gold Circle Elite
Gold Level Sponsors of the Major Birkie Events Year-Round

Kwik Trip
Tamarack Health
Republic Services
Backroads Coffee
Earth Rider Brewery
Timber Ford