Birkie Trail Ski Season Trail Pass

A pass is required for each person to ski on the over 100 kilometer Birkie Trail System from December through March.  2018-2019 Birkie Season Ski Passes will be available for purchase in early November 2018. Season Ski Passes are valid from December 1 – March 31. Did you know that the ABSF spends over $350,000 annually to maintain the nationally recognized and award-winning Birkie Trail? All money collected from trail passes goes to fund Birkie Trail maintenance.  We count on the revenue from trail passes to make certain that the Birkie Trail stays the number one cross-country ski destination in the nation!  Do the right thing and contribute to the trail you love – make sure every skier in your family has their ski pass!

 Where to Ski

The pass gives you access to all groomed ski trails within the American Birkebeiner Trail System, including the Birkie Trail, the Birkie Classic Trail, Connector loops at OO, Birkie Ridge and Hatchery, and all of the North End Trails.  ABSF makes a generous contribution to North End Ski Club for use of their trailhead to access the Birkie Trail.  Night skiing under the lights can be found at the OO and Hatchery loops.

Where to Purchase?

Annual passes are available ONLY in the following locations:

All annual passes will be mailed within 10 days of purchase.  Your purchase receipt will act as your pass in the meantime.  Please have your annual pass displayed visibly on you at all times while skiing.  Annual passes are personalized with each skier’s name and include a carabiner, or you can upgrade to an armband for $5, as an option for wearing while skiing.

Daily passes are available for purchase at the following locations:

At the trail heads look for the large yellow deposit tubes and wooden stands for the envelopes. Season ski passes should be purchased at one of the locations above – they are not available to purchase at the trailheads.

Annual Ski Pass Rates

  • Annual Adult, age 19+               $50.00
  • Annual Youth, ages 13-18         $25.00
  • Annual Family                             $125.00  *Note:  “Family” consists of up to 2 adults and kids 18 or younger living in the same household.
  • Kids 12 and younger are FREE!

Daily Ski Pass Rates

  • Daily Adult, age 19+                    $10.00
  • Daily Youth, ages 13-18              $ 5.00
  • Daily Family                                 $25.00  *Note:  “Family” consists of up to 2 adults and kids 18 or younger living in the same household.
  • Daily Team Bus                           $75.00
  • Kids 12 and younger are FREE!

Birkie Trail Pass Proceeds Fund the Following Trail Maintenance & Projects

  • Snow Grooming
  • Equipment and maintenance
  • Trail Mowing, Brushing & Removing of Downed Trees
  • Replacing & Updating Signage and Gates
  • Erosion Control
  • Lighting of 5km of trails
  • Parking lot plowing and upkeep
  • Restrooms at the “OO” and Mosquito Brook Trailheads
By order of the Sawyer County Board of Directors, no person may use that portion of the American Birkebeiner Trail System in Sawyer County between December 1st and March 31st unless they have purchased a Trail Pass.  Sawyer County grants to the named holder of a Trail Pass a revocable temporary license to access the Trail System.  Funds collected by sellers of Trail Passes are remitted to the County, which provides funds to the ABSF to maintain the Trail System.  Sellers of Trail Passes act only as the agent of the County in collecting Trail Pass fees. 

Donations are welcome from other trail users including snow-shoers, mountain bikers, hikers, runners and Nordic walkers.