In-Person Race is Closed – Virtual Race Registration Closes 1/19/21!

Whether you’ve chosen to ski in-person or have opted for the virtual experience, Prince Haakon 2021 will be an experience to remember!

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24: SKATE 14K
  • Thursday, Feb. 25: SKATE 14K
  • Friday, Feb. 26: CLASSIC 14K
  • Saturday, Feb. 27: SKATE 14K
  • Sunday, Feb. 28: CLASSIC 14K

Slumberland Furniture

  • The ideal event for first-time racers and skiers looking for a shorter event
  • Is open to both skate and classic technique skiers age 13 and older.
  • Your start time will be recorded when you cross the start line
  • Is a timed event and all skiers will be issued timing chips and official results will be posted
  • All finishers will receive a commemorative medal

Free 2021 Race Entry! With purchase of $1000 or more at Slumberland - Click for complete details

Registration

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.  Whether in-person or virtually, the Birkie week races will happen.

  • For skiers with travel barriers, who have underlying health conditions, who have had COVID-19 in the 90-days preceding the race, or who are simply uncomfortable traveling to NW Wisconsin for their in-person race, we encourage you to select the virtual race option.  Simply select “virtual” during registration.  You’ll get your race bib, hat, ski-stickers, pin, and if you complete your race (on skis or rollerskis from wherever you are), you’ll get credit for your race.  Read the FAQ’s for the latest virtual race details.
  • See the Event Update page for the latest event news.

2021 Prince Haakon
Wednesday, February 24-Sunday, February 28, 2021
In-Person Race is Closed – Virtual Event Registration Closes 1/19/21

Tier Entry Fee Tier Status & Registration

U20

$100.00

ALL U20 Skiers

Tier 1

$150.00

Tier 1 First 3000 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet & Prince Haakon Skiers – Closed 5/5/20

Tier 2

$160.00

Tier 2 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 7/17/20

Tier 3

$170.00

Tier 3 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers - Closed 11/5/20

Tier 4

$180.00

Tier 4 - American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon Skiers

All participants must be 13 years of age or older on race day in order to register for the Prince Haakon.

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. Skiers interested in skiing the Prince Haakon on Friday and the Birkie on Saturday can register for both races!

Virtual Event Option

For skiers who aren’t able to travel to Hayward/Cable, or skiers who don’t feel comfortable traveling in February of 2021, we are offering a virtual event for the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon.  Register for your event now and choose to participate virtually.  You’ll receive your bib and participant hat in the mail so you can wear your bib on race day.  Complete your event on skis or roller-skis on the event day and within the event time limit, track your race using a GPS based app or have a reliable eyewitness verify your results.  Submit your results and you will receive credit for the race and your finishers medal.  Results from virtual participation will not be used for future wave placement.  If you’ve already registered for the Prince Haakon and would like to switch to the virtual race option, click here.   Complete details on the virtual race are found in the FAQ’s on the Birkie Event Update page.

To switch to the virtual Birkie, Korte or Prince Haakon option, click here.

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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Event Change Request

Participants may request to change from the Prince Haakon to the Birkie or Korte at any time until 4:00pm CST on January 19, 2021. **Make sure to specify a TECHNIQUE when changing races.**  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. (Participants may no longer transfer to the Birkie or Korte once they are full.)  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.  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).

Click here to make an event change request.

Bib Pickup and Event Week Schedule

Bibs and Birkie Gear Bags Delivered to You

In 2021, prior to Birkie Week, you can have your bib packet ($6) and/or Birkie Gear Bag ($11) mailed to you.  Bib packets and gear bags will be mailed at the beginning of February. Bib packet mailing requests will be accepted through Friday, January 22 at 4 pm CST in order to be processed and mailed before the race.  Gear Bag mailing requests will be excepted until March 31, 2021. Click here to have your bib packet and/or Birkie Gear Bag mailed to you.

Bib packets and Birkie Gear Bags will be mailed to US addresses only.

Birkie Week Bib Pickup

Bib pickup for in-person participants will be at Birkie Ridge by driveup only.  Specific details like dates and times are still to be determined.

Race Day Maps

Arrival & Departure Map
Start/Finish Layout Map

2021 Prince Haakon Skate Start Schedule – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

WaveStart Time
American Birkebeiner Elite Men8:00 AM
American Birkebeiner Elite Women 8:05
American Birkebeiner Wave 18:15
American Birkebeiner Wave 28:30
American Birkebeiner Wave 38:45
Kortelopet Elite Men and Women9:00
Kortelopet U20 Girls and Boys9:05
Kortelopet Wave 19:15
American Birkebeiner Wave 49:30
American Birkebeiner Wave 59:45
Kortelopet Wave 210:00
Spirit of 3510:15
American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet Wave 7010:20
American Birkebeiner Wave 610:30
Kortelopet Wave 310:45
American Birkebeiner Wave 711:00
Kortelopet Wave 411:15
American Birkebeiner Wave 811:30
Kortelopet Wave 511:45
Prince Haakon U19 Boys12:00 PM
Prince Haakon U19 Girls12:05 PM
Prince Haakon 12:15 PM

2021 Prince Haakon Classic Start Schedule – Friday, Sunday

WaveStart Time
American Birkebeiner Elite Men8:00 AM
American Birkebeiner Elite Women 8:05
American Birkebeiner Wave 18:15
American Birkebeiner Wave 28:30
American Birkebeiner Wave 38:45
Kortelopet Elite Men and Women9:00
Kortelopet U20 Girls and Boys9:05
Kortelopet Wave 19:15
American Birkebeiner Wave 49:30
American Birkebeiner Wave 59:45
Kortelopet Wave 210:00
Spirit of 3510:15
American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet Wave 7010:20
American Birkebeiner Wave 610:30
Kortelopet Wave 310:45
Kortelopet Wave 411:00
Prince Haakon U19 Boys11:15
Prince Haakon U19 Girls11:20
Prince Haakon 11:30

Birkie Expo

Birkie Expo

Exciting changes are happening to the Birkie Expo for 2021.  Check back here for more information soon.

Click Here for Birkie Expo Information

Race Policies

The race is run according to the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Skiing (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 Prince Haakon must be 13 years of age by February 26, 2021. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancelation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.  You may request to change to the Kortelopet or Birkie by clicking here.

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 of the 2021 Events 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.

2021 Course Map

Click the image above for PDF map.

Awards

  • Prince Haakon finishers will receive a medal when they cross the finish line!

Lodging & Services

Lodging

For lodging information, see our Lodging page.

Wax Services

Check back soon to get this year’s wax recommendations from our sponsors — Swix, New Moon, Gear West, Start, and BNS.

Future Event Dates

Future Birkie Week Dates:

2022: February 24 – 26

2023: February 23 – 25