Saturday Start Lists Posted

The start lists for Saturday’s Freestyle race have been posted.   You can access the lists at the following link:

All start lists and results will be accessible for the weekend will be available from this page so you may want to bookmark it on your phone or computer.  There is a mobile-friendly link provided  as well for those that want to access results from the site on their phone.

State Meet Gear Available for Order

You can now order your State Meet gear and have it ready for pick-up when you come to the races.  All competing athletes will receive a t-shirt as part of their registration.   Besides the t-shirts, you can purchase crew-neck sweatshirt, ski hat or head band.   Click on the order form below to see samples of each.   If you would like to have one reserved for you, follow the instructions and send in your order.  It will be waiting for you when you arrive the race.  Order now and guarantee availability as supplies will be limited at the State Meet!

Shirt Order Form

Hat Order Form  




Results from Several Early Season Races

Here are some links to race results for races up through last weekend races in Wausau and Iola.  If you have more to add, please let us know.

December 20. 2016
Lakeland Season Opener
Winter Park Ski Area

 December 27,  2017
Spooner HS XC Invite
Spooner WI

December 28. 2017
Hayward Double Pole Derby

Birkie Trailhead

January 7 & 8, 2017
Rhinelander Hodag Challenge

CAVOC Trails

Saturday – Freestyle

Sunday – Classic Pursuit

January 14, 2017
The Snekkevik – Wausau 

Nine Mile Forest

January 15, 2017
Iola Skate Classic

Iola Winter Sports Club

Team Pictures Needed

Coaches and team managers, it’s not to early to think about your team pictures for the year.   We will once again be creating a booklet at the State Meet with pictures of all the teams.   Team pictures that are separated by High School skiers in one picture and the Middle School skiers in the other are needed.   The pictures should be submitted to Sue Kort at .   Pictures need to be submitted by January 9 to be included in the booklet


Volunteer Opportunities – Earn Money For Your Team

The volunteer site for the State Meet has been opened and now you can signup for the positions you want.  By volunteering, you can earn money for your team based on the amount of time you provide help at the State Meet.  Help is needed in a number of areas, so check it out and see where you might be able to lend a hand.   To see what opportunities are available, click the link below.   Any assistance you can provide is appreciated and helps assure a great competition for everyone.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Course Maps and Venue Information Updated

Course maps, profiles and stadium layout information has been posted on the Spectator page.  Included is a map showing how to get to the Birkie Start Area.  It’s important to note that this is different from last year.   To get to the start area and parking locations,  you need to go to Cable and follow Randysek Road to McNaught Road.  Connecting roads from the Telemark Property will not be maintained and passable.  For those staying at the condos, we will look into access by foot from behind the old Telemark Lodge.

Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships Changes Venue

By: Ken Schoville, Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championship’s Chief of Stadium

The Wisconsin Nordic Development Group (WNDG), in association with the American Birkebeiner Foundation, is pleased to announce the site for the 2017 Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship, will be hosted at the new Birkebeiner start located in Cable, (WI).

Over 400 high school and middle school skiers will converge for a weekend of racing February 11th through the 12th, 2017, to test their fitness and ski skills in a two day event that features an individual start and a pursuit race the following day.

The new venue features a wide start, designed to accommodate Birkebeiner waves, thus making for an open stadium with spectator friendly viewing. The 60 foot by 120 foot new heated building behind the start area, will be used for for a warming area and inside waxing, if needed. There is a timing/announcing building by the start line that will also provide for medical and volunteer needs as well as be a wonderful resource, that will add to the infrastructure of the site.

Chief of Competition, Ken Schoville, was wowed with the possibilities of the new site stating:

“This new opportunity is going to be an exciting step for the premier high school nordic event of our state. The board of the American Birkebeiner and Executive Director, Ben Popp, have been generous and enthusiastic about offering this new chapter in the high school championship history. As a group, WNDG is excited and looking forward to this new partnership with the Birkie. We are appreciative of their continued support for high school and youth skiing, by their open attitudes toward our event and through their scholarships and interest in the growth of the sport…”

“I have no doubt that this new start area will develop in the future and be on the “to ski” list of many Nordic skiers. As skiers come to check out the new start features, the venue will give them a hint of what the rush of adrenaline is like, when the waves of the Birkie take off. In aura and feel, this new development is positioned to become the “Lambeau Field” of Nordic skiing, frozen tundra and all,” said Schoville.

Birkie Executive Director, Ben Popp, welcomed the event with this observation:

“We are very excited to host the Wisconsin State meet, the next generation of amazing athletes!  The new Birkie venue in Cable will be a great location for hosting events with ample parking, warm space, wax areas, race office, great course and more.  I think the athletes, volunteers and spectators will have a great experience!”

Even in the heat of summer, excitement is building for the 36th running of the Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships at the new Birkie start area in Cable.