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We are pleased to announce the June 2016 launch of Phase 2 of our Capital Campaign!  What was formerly known as Phase 2 & 3 have been streamlined into a single phase with a focus on sustaining and improving our amazing trail system while providing the infrastructure improvements that will enable and inspire a healthy, active, year-round Birkie lifestyle!

Birkie Bash Celebration 2018

Thursday, February 22
5:30pm to 7:30pm
The Steakhouse & Lodge

  • Pasta & Salad Buffet! Live Music!
  • Birkie Brew-Ski! Good Company! Fantastic Auction Items!
  • All Birkie Bash guests will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of new Madshus skis! (Retail Value $825)
  • $25 per person
  • Tickets Available at the Door or Register Online Below

Birkie Bash Celebration 2018

Phase II Improvements

Create Venues, Improve Trail System & Infrastructure

American Birkebeiner Outdoor CenterCreate Venues

We are excited to announce the plans for the new OO Nordic Center - a gateway to facilitate a wide variety of outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities - a place for people to gather, organize, rally, educate and come together.  The planned facility will provide year-round heated bathrooms, large gathering area, community/group meeting room, kitchen area, vending area, and wax & bike maintenance area. Adjacent to the Nordic Center will be a multi-station fitness trail.  The new OO Nordic Center furthers our mission to enable and inspire the healthy, active, ‘Birkie’ lifestyle!

Trail Improvements

trailThe quality of our events and sustainability of our trail system requires rather extensive trail improvements & repairs that will assist us in low snow years.  Additional improvement include the creation of the new Korte start area, an initial investment in snowmaking equipment, an additional ‘wide’ Pisten Bully 400, and, the beginning of the much anticipated extension of the Classic Trail from OO south.

Improve Infrastructure

The infrastructure additions of warming shelters at Timber Trail & Gravel Pit, drilled wells at all warming shelters, and the new Hwy 77 underpass at Fish Hatchery, will improve the efficiency of all Birkie events and the safety of participants, volunteers, and all others who utilize our extensive 107k trail system throughout the year.



ProjectBudgetEst. Dates of Work
Birkie Trail Repairs & Renovations$395,0002016-2018
Trail Head/Aid Station Improvements$208,0002016-2017
Trail & Snow Equipment$375,0002016-2017
Nordic/Outdooor Center at OO$700,0002017-2018

How to Contribute

We need your help to Honor the Legacy and Ensure the Future of the ABSF

Make a Donation

Here are ways you can contribute:

  • Donate online by clicking the red "Make a Donation" button above
  • Donate by Mail - print form by clicking here Charitable Contribution Form
  • Donate stock by calling Audun Mikkelson at the Birkie Office 715-634-5025 or emailing audun.mikkelson@birkie.com
  • Consider a group donation - from your club, business or neighborhood
  • Bring the Birkie to your community - help us coordinate a fundraising event in your town
  • Endowment, Legacy and Planned Giving programs available - call (715-634-5025) or email Audun Mikkelson at audun.mikkelson@birkie.com

The ABSF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Work with a qualified tax consultant and financial planner to maximize your contribution!

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies may double or triple your gift to the American Birkebeiner! To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please enter your employer's name below. If your company is eligible, request the matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift.

Fundraising Status

Honor the Legacy, Ensure the Future

98% Complete
$1,650,204 Donated
of $1,678,000 Goal

Make a Donation

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact us:

Audun Mikkelson — audun.mikkelson@birkie.com, ABSF Director of Development

Phase I Recap

1795562_10151972781076173_323418320_nPhase I: We Have Crossed the Finish Line!

We are very excited to announce that our Phase 1 goal of $650,000 has been met!  A huge thank you goes out to the over 1,700 people who contributed to this campaign.  Individual donations from $10 to over $50,000 were received over a 7-month period of time.  Birkie enthusiasts from around the world contributed to help sustain and support the trail and the organization that inspires your year-round active lifestyle.

Read the full press release here!

Improvements Made in Cable:

Click to view a map of the new start area.

Click to view a map of the new start area.

Permanent Start area for events

Trail head warming shelter open year-round

Large storage building (doubles as warming facility for events)

Year-round trail access so you can see the entire race course all winter!

Improvements Made in Hayward:

International Bridge over US Hwy 63

The Legacy

The American Birkebeiner

the-legacy It all began in 1206 with the Birkebeiner skiers, so called for their protective birch bark leggings, skiing through the treacherous mountains and rugged forests of Norway's Osterdalen valley - smuggling the son of King Sverresson and Inga of Vartieg to safety. The story and painting of the flight were the inspiration for the first Birkebeiner ski race held in Norway in 1932. The race known today as the American Birkebeiner began in 1973 as the dream of the late Tony Wise. Thirty-four men and one lone woman were on the starting line clad in woolen sweaters and knickers for the 50-kilometer race from the Lumberjack Bowl in Hayward to Telemark Lodge in Cable, Wisconsin. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (Birkie) is entering in to a new phase of its history. With over 40 years of heritage and excellence as a premiere international cross country ski competition, many have asked “What’s next for the Birkie?” Our mission is strong, remains unchanged, and gives us purpose & direction:

  • To promote and conduct the best international cross country ski competition and related events
  • To serve as good stewards of the 109km American Birkebeiner Trail System
  • To support healthy and active outdoor lifestyles among people of all ages and abilities