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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.  Now, for the first time, families and friends who have skiers participating in the Birkie, Korte and Prince Haakon have the opportunity to cheer each other on during their respective races.  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 2018!

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  • Spans 15 kilometers from Mosquito Brook Road to Downtown Hayward.
  • Attracts first-time racers and other skiers looking for a shorter event.
  • Is open to both skate and classic style skiers age 13 and older. There is a 600 skier limit.
  • Two start options; 1) If you are up for a race, start with the gun at 1:15 pm, 2) If you want a casual tour, start at your own pace between 1:15 and 1:30 pm. 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 commemorative pins.


2018 Registration is Closed!

Please note: this is your ORIGINAL registration.  It does not include any changes that may have been made.

Please register under the same name every year 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@registration.com. Skiers interested in skiing the Prince Haakon on Friday and the Birkie on Saturday can register for both races!

Protect Your Registration!

Get reimbursed up to 100% on your Prince Haakon registration if you can’t compete for a number of reasons including:

  • A covered illness or injury
  • Pregnancy
  • You have a traffic accident en route to your event
  • Your car breaks down within 24 hours of the event
  • One of the many other covered reasons

Event Registration Protector also comes with Competition Care: a 24 hour assistance hotline that can give you race-day information, locate bicycle repair shops, find nearby equipment stores, and much, much more.

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Help the ABSF to Go Green!

Ben Popp talks Birkie Gear Bag

As a participant in the 2018 Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon, and with a $35 donation during the event registration process, you will receive this reusable, exclusive Birkie gear bag!

Gear Bag Details

  • The Birkie gear bag will be used in lieu of the white or yellow plastic bag you would normally receive at bib pick-up.  If you opt not to participate in this opportunity, a yellow or white plastic bag will still be available at bib pick-up 2018.
  • The $125 value Birkie gear bag is available only while supplies last and only during the registration process.
  • The Birkie gear bag will be distributed during bib pick-up 2018 for participants who’ve opted to donate $35 to the ABSF and only for those skiing in the Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon races (events which currently receive plastic yellow/white drop-off bags).
  • The reusable Birkie gear bag is yours to keep and use on your year-round adventures, as well as, year after year at Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon race day bag drop-off.
  • Your $35 donation, and use of the Birkie gear bag, will help reduce the amount of waste generated from the event.
  • Only this gear bag or the provided yellow or white plastic bag will be accepted at bag drop-off on race day.
  • Thank you for helping the Birkie to go green!
  • Dimensions:  26.5 x 10.5 x 12.5 with backpack straps.
  • The Birkie gear bag is a slightly larger version of that used by the US Ski Team!  Includes a special clear pocket on the top of the bag for your bib number!
  • Can’t make the race and ordered a Birkie gear bag!  Click here to have your gear bag mailed to you.

Bib and Gear Bag Pickup

Pre-Race Bib Pickup:  Thursday, February 22

  • Location:  Birkie Expo, Hayward High School
  • Time:  1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Details:  You will pick up your bib and Birkie Gear Bag (if you ordered one).  If you did not order a Birkie Gear Bag, you will get a plastic bag.  You will not receive both types of bags.
  • Click Here for “Expo Preview”

Race Day Bib Pickup: Friday, February 23

  • Location:  In the tent at the Prince Haakon start.
  • Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm
  • Do not try to pick up your bib at the Expo on Friday morning before the race.
  • There will be NO BIRKIE GEAR BAG PICKUP at the start.  Plastic bags will be given to all those picking up bibs at the start.  If you ordered a Birkie Gear Bag and are doing bib pickup at the start, you have two options to get your Birkie Gear Bag:  1.  Bring your bib envelope (it must say “Birkie Gear Bag = Yes”) to the Expo on Friday after the race and pick it up there.  2.  Click here to have your Birkie Gear Bag mailed to you ($11 cost).


Race Day Schedule

  • “Gun Start” at 1:15 pm
  • Start at your own pace between 1:15 to 1:30 pm
  • All start times will be recorded when you ski through the start tower.

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 23, 2018. There are no refunds allowed for any reason including race cancelation. Entry fees are non-transferable between individuals or to future races.

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.


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 recognised in a ceremony in the Celebration Plaza at 2:30 pm on Friday.
  • There is no technique distinction in the awards.
  • There are no 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

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.


The First Lutheran Church will provide childcare on Friday from 8am – 3pm and Saturday from 7am – 4pm.  A registration form can be found here.  Completed registration forms and questions should be sent to Tiffany Chipman at tchipman@firstlutheranhaywardwi.net .

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