Train, Live, and Enjoy Birkie Events and the Year-Round Birkie Lifestyle

A big idea here at the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is to be part of and support your year-round healthy, outdoor lifestyle. Although we put on some great events, we know there’s more going on for you the rest of the year–like getting ready for those events or just getting out and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

That’s what Birkie Programming is all about, to get moving and make that dream a reality. The Birkie is not just a destination. As a true lifestyle, it happens wherever you are. So, come and enjoy the Birkie Trails, but we’re also happy to bring the Birkie Lifestyle to you, wherever you live and train. This is just the beginning. We hope you will be part of it!

Youth Programming & Camps

Seasonal and Year-Round Programs

Hayward Nordic Kids

Hayward Nordic Kids is open to children age 3 – 5th grade. Teach your child to love skiing and the great outdoors with Hayward Nordic Kids! Learn More »


Youth ages 6-14 can experience the Birkie Trail as a fun adventure! Year round programming is designed to get kids out on the trail running, biking, orienteering, ski training, and more. Learn More »

Birkie Spring MTB Training League

Skis are put away, but kids still need to be moving! Birkie Spring MTB Training League is a great way for kids to get on their bikes and get ready to ride for the summer. Learn More »


Birkie Kids Mountain Bike Camp

Birkie Youth Mountain Bike Camp for youth ages 6-18 at the Fish Hatchery Park.  2019 date TBD.

Birkie Saturday Camp with Little Bellas

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is excited to be partnering with Little Bellas – a mountain bike mentoring program for girls ages 8-13.  The Birkie Saturday Little Bellas camp will be held in July, 2019.

Training Plans & Tips

Train to Ski

Birkie Ski Training Plans

Birkie Training Tips

Training suggestions and guide from Jan Guenther, Owner of Gear West XC Ski & Run Shop.

Train to Run

Birkie Trail Run Training Plans

12 Tips for Crushing Your Birkie Trail Run Event

12 Birkie Trail Run training tips from Gear West’s Jan Guenther, 2x Birkie Trail Marathon first place finisher.

XC Ski Training Tips from Birkie Champion Matt Liebsch

Annie’s Birkie Countdown: Training Tips & Stories from Birkie Ambassador Annie Hart

Previous Training Plans