The Turkey Birkie Ski Festival is the perfect opportunity to glide on early snow, take a lesson, and simply enjoy a day on skis in the great north woods!

Additionally, with the leading ski manufacturers in attendance giving you the first opportunity to try new gear, it is a great chance to kick off the XC ski season with a bang!

See friends, train hard and have fun!


The Turkey Birkie Ski Festival will take place at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  Arrive from Telemark Rd- take Hwy M east from Cable, take a right (south) on Telemark Rd. and follow the signs to parking and registration/check-in.  Exit the start/finish area on McNaught Rd.  There is ample parking at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.

Schedule & Course

Schedule: Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28

Venue Schedule (when the trails are open for skiing!)

Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

CXC Academy Ski Lessons – Schedule

Friday: 1:30pm – 3:00pm (skate)
Saturday: 9:00am – 10:30am (classic) | 1:30pm – 3:00pm (skate)
Sunday: 9:00am – 10:30am (classic)


Ski industry manufacturers will be on-site offering demos:
Friday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Event Safety Precautions

  • Covid-19 safety precautions/protocols will be based on the current level of community transmission –  stay tuned for any updates on this as the event nears

Course Information

  • You’ll be skiing the artificial snow loops at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  Depending on Mother Nature, there could be many more kilometers to ski on!
  • Check the Birkie Trail Grooming & Trail Conditions report, or check the Birkie Trail Cams.


Turkey Birkie neck gaiter designAll Attending Must Register (even if you have an All-Access pass)

Cost: $25 or FREE if you have a Birkie Trail All-Access Ski pass.  Click below to register for the Turkey Birkie and/or buy an All-Access pass.

Everyone attending will get a cool Turkey Birkie neck gaiter.  It will become your entry pass and can be your face covering for the weekend!

Children 12 & under are free, but must still register.

Ski Lessons

Learn from the CXC pro’s! From beginner to advanced lessons, CXC’s highly skilled instructors are excited to take your abilities to the next level. Whether you are a competitive Master’s racer, a first-time skier, or somewhere in between, come & enjoy the Birkie Start Trail, professional CXC Academy coaching, exceptional grooming and the best early-season snow in the Midwest.

Our Coaches

CXC has recruited some of the most experienced coaches and instructors in the area.  All are truly dedicated to seeing you achieve your personal best.

Our Facilities

With artificial snow in the making, phenomenal grooming, and trails for all ability levels, the American Birkebeiner Trailhead is an incredible classroom for your amazing cross-country experience.


CXC Academy is hosting and providing ski lessons for skiers of all ages and abilities.  Ski lessons are available in three categories: Learn to Ski, Beginner, and Intermediate/Advanced for $200 (Includes festival pass, complimentary CXC Academy membership, CXC ski ties and buff).  For your convenience, you can register for lessons on the same form as you use for Turkey Birkie event registration, although CXC is providing the lessons (not the Birkie).  Register here.  Continue through registration to CXC ski lesson registration.

CXC Academy Ski Lessons Schedule

Registration for lessons includes ALL sessions listed below.

Friday: 1:30PM  – 3:00PM (skate)
Saturday: 9:00AM – 10:30AM (classic) |  1:30PM – 3:00PM (skate)
Sunday: 9:00AM – 10:30AM (classic)

Questions? Email

On-Site Demos

Thanks to the following vendors for their support of Turkey Birkie!

See the Schedule section for details on the timing of the on-site demos.

Rex Ski Wax
KV Plus


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

Earth Rider Brewery
Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
GU Energy Gel
New Moon Ski Shop
Kwik Trip