No Snow: North America's Biggest Ski Race Canceled

"We have a big weekend planned, but it definitely affects the community", said Tim Metropulos, Owner of the Gridiron Pub and Grub. For those anxious to get some time on their skis, the trail crew is creating an estimated 5K loop for skiers to ski once, twice or as many times as they'd like!

The American Birkebeiner is North America's largest cross-country ski race, which runs from Cable to Hayward, Wis., finishing on the snow-covered Main Street of Hayward. "Birkie week, that goes up exponentially".

The foundation made changes to the race a couple of days ago, eliminating the finish in downtown Hayward and the approach across Lake Hayward due to questionable ice conditions. Those planning to participate can also listen to live music, begining at 11:45 a.m., enjoy food and drinks, and watch the Nordic World Championships.

A winter storm tracking toward Wisconsin could breathe some life into this year's American Birkebeiner. There will be a soup tent, beer garden and more.

Birkie officials reviewed the trail again Friday morning before coming to the decision to cancel the Birkie, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races, and not try to hold some kind of shortened timed event Saturday.

The previous time that the Birkie was canceled was in 2000, also because of a lack of snow.

  • Leroy Wright