Birkie Open Track Ski1-Day, 3-Events, Main Street Finish!

Introducing the Open Track experience – same great events, same race course, inspiring downtown finish, simply with a more relaxed approach.  The Open Track event is for skiers that want to compete against themselves on the famed Birkie Trail.  Limited to the first 1000 people, you will experience less crowding, more open trail, and an opportunity to ski with friends and family. It’s a new and exciting way to kick-off the beginning of Birkie Week 2022!


Registration Opens May 1, 2021

Tier Entry Fee Tier Status & Registration

Tier 1


Tier 1 - First 2500 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet & Prince Haakon Skiers

Tier 2


Tier 2 will open after Tier 1 is full

Tier 3


Tier 3 will open after Tier 2 is full

Tier 4


Tier 4 will open after Tier 3 is full

Participant Limit:  1000

Age: Must be 13-years old for Prince Haakon and Kortelopet; 18-years old for Slumberland American Birkebeiner

Technique: Classic and skate techniques can be utilized, however, on race day skiers must travel on the correct course for their chosen technique.


There will be no wave assignments or wave starts in the Open Track events.

All participants will wear the same color bib, regardless of their chosen race, on race day.

Special bibs, such as Birchlegger, Uberlegger, Korte Skiløper Ti, Tjue, and Tretti bibs will still be given.

Completion Credit:

Normal completion credit will be awarded for each Open Track event. However, if a skier chooses to register for both the Open Track event and the traditional Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon events later in the week, they will receive only 1 credit for that event. The maximum credit is 1-Birkie, 1-Korte, and/or 1-Prince Haakon event for Birkie week 2022. Skiers will not get credit for skiing two Birkies, two Kortes or two Prince Haakons, regardless of technique or day selected.

Future Wave Placement Credit:

For Wave Placement in Non-Open Track races we will continue to look at your highest-placing result from the previous 3 years. (Please see individual event pages for specific wave placement details, process and charts.) If you do not have a timed race result to use, your Open Track result will be used, which will allow you to bypass the final wave. Please see chart below:

Event You are Registering For in 2023Using 2022 Open Track Result (with no timed results from 2019, 2020, 2022)
Birkie SkateWave 7
Birkie ClassicWave 5
Korte SkateWave 4
Korte ClassicWave 3


Main Street Finish HaywardOpen Track skiers will ski the same courses as the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon events later in the week. Skiers will start at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Kortelopet Stadium, or Prince Haakon Stadium, respectively, then they’ll ski down the Birkie Trail, over frozen Lake Hayward, and across the American Birkebeiner International Bridge to the finish on Hayward’s snow-covered Main Street.

Aid Stations

Similar to the 2021 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races, aid stations will offer self-serve water & Nuun, and GU Energy. Aid stations will have fewer offerings than the traditional races later in the week.


Since this is an Open Track, or more relaxed event, no overall or age group awards will be offered in the Open Track events.