Exciting, shorter ski event providing skiers an opportunity to be part of the Birkie fun!

Prince Haakon skiers will have a memorable experience skiing 15 kilometers on the beautiful Birkie Trail.  Their journey will culminate with a trip up and over the International Bridge, amidst the ringing cowbells and cheering crowds, as they ski toward the finish line in downtown Hayward WI.  Spectators, too, will enjoy the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere, food, and music in downtown Hayward on Friday, for the Korte and Prince Haakon, and on Saturday for the Birkie.  It is a great way to catch Birkie Fever!  We hope to see you in 2020!

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  • Spans 15 kilometers from Mosquito Brook Road, through the forests, to the finish line in downtown Hayward
  • The ideal event for first-time racers and skiers looking for a shorter event
  • Is open to both skate and classic style skiers age 13 and older.
  • Your start time will be recorded when you cross the start line
  • Includes the Hatchery Aid Station at 7 km from the start
  • 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


2020 Registration Now Open!

 May 1 through June 27June 28 through September 5September 6 through November 7After November 7
Prince Haakon Registration Fee$140$150$160$170
U20 Prince Haakon - Skiers born on/after 1/1/2000$100$100$100$100

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

New in 2020!

As part of the ABSF’s efforts to promote youth development in the sport, we will be offering a U19 and U16 age class and wave for the Prince Haakon.  U19/U16 athletes will be the first off the starting line and will receive age class awards on the Finish Line Podium!

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!

2020 Birkie Green Gear Bag!

It’s Back for 2020!  Everywhere we looked, during Birkie week 2019, we witnessed skiers using their awesome reusable Birkie gear bags!  This year, as part of the Birkie Green initiative (details coming this summer) we’ve designed a custom Birkie Green gear bag!  The reusable Birkie gear bag is available for $45 and only during registration for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon and Fat Bike Birkie.

All New SWIX Bag!

“We designed this technical SWIX – Birkie Green gear bag specifically for Birkie, Korte, and Prince participants. SWIX was asked to engineer a pack to hold every essential a racer would need in preparing for a race, and that’s what we did. Our designers went through every inch of the pack to ensure that all pockets and interior and exterior areas were utilized. Shoulder strap location and pack design also ensure exceptional balance for heavier loads, making it feel like you’re walking to the start line … packless. Thanks for this chance to be part of your Birkie Green experience!” – SWIX USA

Birkie Gear Bag


Race Day Schedule

  • New for 2020! U19/U16 Boys start at 1:15 pm
  • U19/U16 Girls start at 1:20 pm
  • Mass start at 1:25 pm
  • Laid back start between 1:25 and 1:35 pm
  • All start times will be recorded when you ski through the start tower.  Winners will be based on overall, chip time and not based on the first to cross the finish line.

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 Prince Haakon must be 13 years of age by February 22, 2020. 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.

Participants who complete an event in 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.

Click here for policies for using the clothing transport from the start to the finish Clothing Bag Procedures

Click here for the Participant Rules.

Cut-Off Times

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.

TimeLocationKilometer from Start
3:35 pmHatchery Park Aid Station7 KM
5:00 pmFinish Line15 KM


Course Information

Prince Haakon 15K skiers will depart from the start area near Phipps Road, north of Hayward, WI.  The first 2-kilometers of the course are 14′ wide with one classic track and one skate lane.  The remainder of the course is shared with Kortelopet skiers and is 30′ wide with two classic tracks and two skating lanes.  Prince Haakon skiers will ski across Lake Hayward and over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge as they make their way toward the finish line on Hayward’s snowcovered Main Street.  Cheering crowds and the ringing of cowbells will greet them on Main Street.

Korte/Prince Haakon Course MapClick the image above for PDF map.


  • Prince Haakon finishers will receive a medal when they cross the finish line in Hayward.
  • The top three overall women and men will be recognized in a ceremony in the Celebration Plaza at 2:30 pm on Friday.
    •  *Winners based on overall, chip time, not on the first to cross the finish line.
  • There is no technique distinction in the awards.
  • New in 2020! U16 and U19 age group awards.


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, cheer and ring cowbells for skiers.

Where to Watch

Finish Line – Main Street, Hayward

Join the celebration  at the People’s Bank Midwest Celebration Plaza on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets beginning at 10:00 am. 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 1:30. Good viewing is possible along the length on Main Street.
Parking is available at designated parking lots with shuttle service throughout the day. There is limited street parking with in the downtown area, respect the parking direction signs and utilize the parking lots.


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.