The Inaugural 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!

For the safety of all participants, on-site equipment and gear demos have been canceled. Ski lessons are still available.

Turkey Birkie Cross-Country Ski Festival


American Birkebeiner Trailhead

14875 Mc Naught Rd, Cable, WI 54821

Schedule & Course

Schedule: Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29

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

Friday: 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday: 7:00AM – 5:00PM

CXC Academy Ski Lessons – Schedule

Friday: 1:00PM – 3:00PM (skate)
Saturday: 9:00AM – 11:00AM (classic) | 1:00PM – 3:00PM (skate)
Sunday: 9:00AM – 11:00AM (classic)

Event Safety Precautions

  • Drive-up registration and Birkie Trail Pass check-in
  • Masks required in common areas, as you enter or leave the trail from skiing, during lessons
  • Complete open-air event with no indoor spaces

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.


Cost: $25 or FREE if you have a Birkie Trail All-Access Ski passAll Attending must register below (even if you have 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!

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: 1:00PM  – 3:00PM (skate)
Saturday: 9:00AM – 11:00AM (classic) |  1:00PM – 3:00PM (skate)
Sunday: 9:00AM – 11:00AM (classic)

Ski Lesson Safety Precautions:

  • Limit 5 skiers per lesson (group – 20 maximum)
  • Face coverings will be worn by skiers and instructors at all times
  • Physical distancing will be observed (6 feet apart – participants & instructors)
  • Instructors will use voice amplifiers to support social distancing

Questions? Email

On-Site Demos - Canceled

For the safety of all participants, On-Site equipment and gear demos have been canceled.  Thanks to the following vendors for their support of Turkey Birkie!  We look forward to seeing them in 2021!

New Moon Ski Shop
Rex Ski Wax
KV Plus