Carpe Skiem - Holiday Edition!  December 2015

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Winter Returns to the North Woods!
Come along on this video tour as Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director,
takes you for a glide on the Birke Trail.  Check out the latest Birkie Trail report!
BirkieTour - January 17, 2016
The BirkieTour is a non-competitive, “open-track” style event on the beautiful Birkie Trail, one of the best ski trail systems in the world. There are three options available ranging from 48K, 25K or 12K - classic or skate.  Spend the day skiing with family and friends with a morning start time window, aid stations (light) along the trail, and food & beverage at the Birkie Tour finish.   The first 650 participants get a great Birkie Tour hat!  Register now!
Missed Birkie & Korte Registration?!
Be A Forerunner!

Forerunners ski out early Saturday morning in the classic tracks to make certain the course is clear and to verify that all the marking is in place. You'll work in teams skiing 23K to 27K sections of the Birkie and Korte courses and will be finished by 7:00 am. Both classic and skate forerunners are needed.  You must be able to finish your segment in less than 2.5  hours. A headlamp is required.  Shuttles are provided to get you to and from your starting point.  Keep your streak alive - you will get credit for skiing a Korte or Birkie. Crews skiing from the start will have opportunity to finish the entire Birkie after completing their segment. And, you can keep the forerunner bib!
Learn more now - look under Course Control volunteer opportunities!  Interested?  Email us!  

Register Now for Birkie Week Events! 
From the Barnebirkie and the Giant Ski, to the Barkie Birkie Skijor and the Nikkerbeiner, there is an event for everyone - for both kids and kids at heart!  Thursday Thrills and Family Friday are jam-packed with fun for participants and spectators alike.  Register now - some events are capped!

Register Now!  Barkie Birkie Skijor
Register Now!  Giant Ski Race
Register Now!  Junior Birkie 1.2K, 3K, & 5K
Register Now!  Barnebirkie 1.2K & 3K 
Register Now!  Birkie Adaptive Ski Races 1.2K & 3K
Register Now!  Nikkerbeiner Vintage Ski Tour 5K
Register Now!  Family Fun Ski 5K

Gather your family, friends and coworkers and register for your favorite Birkie week event!  
Birkie's Vitural Race Bag - bigger and Better than Ever!
Win an Apple Watch, Tempur-Pedic mattress, VIP parking at race start, training consultation with Jessie Diggins, and more!
 Check it out!
Register now for the World's Largest Fat Bike Race!
We've capped the race and are over 2/3 full!  Don't miss out!  March 4 & 5, 2016
New!  Starts and finishes in Cable, WI -  45K & 22K Separate Courses -  Criterium Course -
Fat Bike Birkie Expo with Demos - Post Race Party in the Tent and an After Party!

Check out the latest in Birkie Apparel in the Birkie Store!
Plus from
December 29 – January 13, spend $50 or more in the Birkie Store and receive a free Birkie pint glass. Valid in store only.
Stay for The Sunday Ski Demo!
The Day after Birkie – February 21, 2016
At the Birkie "OO" Trailhead - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
 The Slumberland American Birkebeiner's Sunday    
On-Snow Ski Demo on February 21, 2016, the day after the big race, will celebrate its third year at the Birkie "OO" trailhead. Everyone from newbie skiers to elites can try out the latest in new equipment--skis, poles, boots, bindings, and this year fat bikes, too. These are products that are brand new, many to be released for the next season. Plus, you get to try out all this gear right on the Birkie ski trail. It’s a whole other Birkie Week experience, a great time on the trail with family and friends.
Race Change Deadline - January 22nd
The deadline for requesting the following changes is Friday, January 22, 2016 by 4pm CST.
-Birkie to Korte
-Korte to Birkie
-Technique Change
-Wave Change Requests
Learn more now!  Please call the Birkie office at 715-634-9045 to request changes.  Credit card information will be required.

Do you Have Vintage Birkie Pins?
he American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is looking for pins from past Birkie races for display at the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner. Specifically, we are seeking ABSF member pins, volunteer pins, and participant year pins from the following years:1973 to 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2011.  If you're interested in loaning or donating your pins, please email us!  Thank you for helping us to preserve the legacy and amazing history of this iconic race!

Volunteer of the Month – Jim Rondeau!
Nominated by Firetower Aid Station Chief - JB Ellis

Jim Rondeau has been a faithful volunteer for over 5 years and he has made a great impact on my ability to coordinate an effective food station. I have no hesitation to delegate responsibilities to him and know they will get done.   He is one of those rare individuals who does what he says without complaints.   For example, as I am gathering volunteers in Cable at 7am, Jim is already hard at work at the aid station - starting the fire in the warming house, mixing countless gallons of energy drink, filling water buckets, setting up the tables, and preparing garbage cans - before I even get there.  Rarely do you have a volunteer who works hard behind the scenes and yet is very humble when you thank him.   If I can say one word "humble" is Jim Rondeau.   He unquestionably is the back-bone of the Fire Tower Food Station.   Congratulations and thanks for all you do for the Birkie, Jim!

Join Team ALS!  A limited number of Birkie & Korte entries are available.
Join Honorary Team Captain John Jaeckel in bringing awareness to this always fatal disease.  Team ALS registration for the Birkie - $150 and Korte - $135.  Register with the ALS WI Chapter office -
Email or call 414-831-3993 for details.
A commemorative, limited edition ski suit is available at
Hidden Bay Graphics in Hayward.  A contribution will be made to the WI Chapter of ALS with the purchase of every ski suit.  You need not be a Team ALS member to wear the suit.  Email Dan or call 715-634-5770.  
Have you purchased your Birkie Trail pass?  
Passes are required through March 31, 2016. Proceeds support the countless hours of maintenance and grooming that go into making skiing the Birkie trail a world class experience.  Read more about the Birkie Trail Pass program.  
Thank you!  Gale Otterholt, Birchleggings Club President, Tom Rowley, Vice President, and John Kotar, Board Member and Birkie Founder present ABSF Executive Director Ben Popp with a check for $2,000 for exhibits at the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner. The Club has joined forces with ABSF to raise money for the Museum in a unique way that will help the Club grow and build support for the museum. Read more about this fun endeavor here.
Be a Birkie Trail Ambassador!
We're looking for a few passionate skiers to join our 
Birkie Trail Ambassador program!  It's easy and you get to ski in the process! You'll help educate fellow skiers about the Birkie Trail and pass system. Must be 18 or older. Based on volunteer hours served, you can earn SWAG and even a free trail pass for next season! Sign-up is easy - click here!

In Support of our Friends at CXC SKI

CXC Skiing is a service organization that promotes the culture of cross country skiing by creating opportunities for youth, athletes, and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, sport specific programs, events and education.   They are
17-days and $17,000 away from reaching their goal fundraising goal.  Please consider supporting CXC Skiing and their mission.  
Healthy Living:\!
Harness the Power of a Power Nap!

For most of us, the daily nap was a sacred ritual when we were young, but as we grew older, the demands of school and other activities led us to abandon the practice. Recent studies have shown, however, that daytime napping for all ages is beneficial. When done right, naps can improve performance and reduce stress, leading to an overall healthier life. According to Sara C. Mednick, PhD, sleep expert, and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life, a 15-20-minute “power nap” provides incredible benefits. “You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance.” Mednick offers the following tips for making the most of your nap time... 
Read more here.

Staying Sane in Four Workouts
It’s December and the itch to ski has been strong since late August when the first chill hit the evening air. With no snow in the forecast for a host of skiing locales, a bit of insanity can seep into the mindset of even the most committed. Here are four workouts to keep frustration at bay and motivation high …
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Are you ready for a HIIT workout?
Listed among this year’s top fitness trends, HIIT workouts have been praised as an effective way to burn calories quickly. Sounds perfect, right? Before you HIIT the gym, find out what you’re in for with this heart-pumping workout style. HIIT is an acronym for high-intensity interval training. It’s a type of exercise that alternates intense workout periods performed at 80 percent or more of a person’s estimated maximum heart rate and recovery periods performed at 40 to 50 percent of the maximum heart rate. Build your HIIT workout with this sampler.
New Moon Birkie Training Tip & Fat Bike Info
We've dug into Joel's bag of Birkie training magic and pulled out this simple, but effective daily exercise that helps to improve balance while also stretching out your hamstrings, hips, and back. 
If you are really missing the snow and want to get out on roller skis, read our Rollerski 101 article. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming e-newsletter featuring snow-free Birkie prep.
Snow or not, you can get out riding on a fat bike and extend your riding season all year long. CAMBA's Fat Bike Committee is planning to expand trail grooming efforts this year to provide 50 miles worth of fat bike specific groomed trails ranging from beginner to moderate/advanced. We've got a fleet of fat bikes to rent including some high end carbon bikes from Borealis. Get after it!
New Waxing Videos--Every Two Weeks!
Gear West is training everyone on how to wax to get through this unseasonably warm weather. Many skiers need to work on their waxing skills because who doesn't like faster skis? Keep up to date on our blog as new waxing videos will be released every two weeks. Also if you are near Gear West we put on a live wax clinic every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. to answer all of your questions. Check out the most recent wax video


The Team Out There folks are having a GREAT start to the season. A couple of top 20 WC finishes and many other strong early season performances - we're all over out there!  Coming up next is our monthly CXC Master Chapter session - . The Team Behind the Team - CXC Masters.  Coming in January the “Just for the Ladies” Clinic. Registration is FULL! If you'd like to be on the waiting list please email us!  Looking to get your Classic skiing tuned up? Start with the basics - Ski Fit. We strive to make your Classic skiing experience the BEST Out There. Bring in your skis to have kick pockets marked or to see what you really have and how it can make your Classic experience great . Be ready for the Classic Birkie or Korteloppet.  Loads more can be found on our events page. Follow us on INSTAGRAM at OutThereNordic and use #ruoutthere #weroutthere #imsogettingoutthere #WinterIsOutThere.  Visit us on our 
 main webpage  as well.  Hope to See YOU Out There Soon!

Winter Hydration Is More Than Water
Staying hydrated means giving your body the right levels of both water and electrolytes.  When it's cold outside, you don’t have the normal triggers associated with thirst. Your body is working hard, but sweat evaporates quickly in the cold, dry air. And while you may put careful thought into your fuel for winter training, not everyone remembers to think about hydrating ...
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Breaking the Trail 
Tips for Your First Days on Snow

With winter spotted in parts of the American West, it’s a great time to think about the first glides on skis of the year. With the first tracks rolled in California, Alaska and Montana and plans well underway in other parts of the country, here are four tips for getting the most out of your first days on snow be they next week or over the months ahead.
1. Slow down. There’s huge pull to leave all your effort in the first ski of the year, but the season is long and fatigue is unforgiving. Rollerskiing, though impressive, doesn’t actually prep all the micro-fascia in the lower legs required for balance or the necessary …
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American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race, the legendary American Birkebeiner--Title Sponsor, Slumberland Furniture--the Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 107-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. Located near Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, the Birkie is now an outdoor sports mecca, a series of great races, a fitness destination, and a Lifestyle.      

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