The over 100 kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars.  The Birkie trail was built for all silent sports enthusiasts to enjoy. The non-profit 501(c)(3) American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation maintains 100% of the trail system.  Donations to help cover the annual maintenance costs are welcome. You can help with a personal donation which may be tax deductible (consult your tax professional) and by joining the Foundation.

Anderson’s Maple Syrup is Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail page and the Birkie Trail Map, below.

Fat Tire Beer is Presenting Sponsor of the Birkie Trail as part of Fat Tire’s commitment to Public Lands and its “Pints for Public Lands” program. See more on the Birkie Trail Cam page.

2019/2020 Ski Trail Passes - On Sale Now!

Birkie Trail ski passes are required December – March to ski on any part of the 100+ km American Birkebeiner Trail System.  100% of funds collected go toward our growing costs to maintain the trail.

In addition, an All-Access Snow Pass is required to ski on the snowmaking loop as soon as it opens for the season.  See the link below for more information.

Trail passes or parking passes for Birkie Trail use are not required April – November (with the exception of the Early Season snowmaking loop), however if you are using the CAMBA mountain bike trails, please consider making a donation to CAMBA!

Birkie Ski Trail Pass Information

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.  

Virtual Birkie Trail Tour

Experience the amazing Birkie trail, named the No.1 cross-country ski destination in the U.S. Explore every section of the trail, including trailside cabins, as you virtually ski from near Cable, WI, to near Hayward, WI. Immerse yourself in the great north woods whenever or wherever you are!

Tour the Interactive Birkie Trail Map »

Or, Tour the Race Course on Race Day »

Grooming Procedures/FAQ's

When does the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) head out to groom?  What shapes our decision on when to groom, where and how?  How long does is take to groom the Birkie trail? 

For these answers and more, check out the Birkie Trail Grooming Procedures and FAQ page: HERE

Trail Conditions Map & Trail Cams

How to Read This Trail Map:

  • Green Trail groomed within the past 48-hours
  • Yellow Trail groomed outside of the past 48-hours
  • Red Trail closed or Trail use not recommended (see Trail Conditions Report for details)
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  • Trail Waypoint, No Trailhead

For a narrative on grooming/trail work, click here.

For trail reports from skiers, visit skinnyski.com.

For a more detailed map of the Birkie Trail, click here.

Click on the blue Trail Cam icons in the map below to view the cameras.

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Notes and Updates from the Birkie Trail Crew

Please note: ‘Groomed’ always means that classic tracks have been set and the skate deck has been groomed, unless specifically stated otherwise in the grooming report below.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (9:00AM)

The crew got out grooming last night and a light snow is falling this morning. Temps have dropped into the teens and it’s beautiful out there. Duffy Rd. to Gravel Pit and the Hatchery Loops were groomed and the skate and classic trails from OO to Timber Trail were groomed.

Please be advised that there is a high school race at OO today and the loops are currently setup for that course. We will groom the OO loops again this evening.

-Birkie Trail Crew


Sunday, January 26, 2020 (8:00AM)

We were able to get out and finish the skate and classic trails from OO to Fire Tower last night. There’s still snow in the trees and the temps are very mild - it’s going to be a beautiful day to ski in the north woods!

*** UPDATE 9 AM ***

The tracks on the Easy Strider loops were reset this morning and in the words of Ned the groomer, “Everything is good!” Enjoy!

-Birkie Trail Crew


Saturday, January 25, 2020 (8:00AM)

It’s a beautiful, warm day out there. We were not able to groom OO to Birkie Ridge last night due to a mechanical situation, unfortunately. Lots of great skiing still!

-Birkie Trail Crew


View More Trail Updates & Notes »

Birkie Trailheads

  • Birkie Start Line – 50K (distance to Finish Line)
  • Timber Trail – 43K
  • Fire Tower – 38K
  • Birkie Ridge – Highway 63, two miles north from Seeley
  • Boedecker – 33.5K
  • OO – 29K
  • Gravel Pit – 20K
  • Mosquito Brook – 14K
  • Hatchery – 8K

Trail Profile

The total climb on the Birkie Skate Course from the start line at Telemark to the finish line in Hayward (north to south) is 1,398 meters. The Birkie Classic Course’s total climb from the start line to the finish line is 21 meters less or 1,379 meters.

The Birkie Classic Trail which ends at OO has a total climb of 727 meters compared to the Birkie Trail’s total climb of 729 meters to that point. See chart to right for elevation break down.

Support the Trail

Trail Ambassadors

benTrail Ambassadors are working as an extension of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, interacting and educating fellow skiers about the Birkie Trail Pass system. Skiing out and back from various trailheads along the Birkie Trail. All Birkie Trail Ambassadors must be 18 years of age, or older.

Volunteer 4-15 hours as a Trail Ambassador and receive a free Birkie Water Bottle. Volunteer 16+ hours as a Trail Ambassador and also receive a free Individual Annual Birkie Trail Pass for the following season. Volunteers will be provided with a Birkie Trail Ambassador bib to wear and informational notecards to hand out while skiing during their shift. Bibs and cards can be picked up the Friday before the weekend of your shift, and dropped back off Monday the weekend after your shift.

For more information on the Birkie Trail Ambassador shifts, please email: birkie@birkie.com

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BIRKIE TRAIL AMBASSADOR