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Hayward, WI
52K
Skating/Classic
Yes
Yes
1 Hwy OO 1 Birkie Ridge 1 Fish Hatchery 1 North End Cabin 1 Mosquito Brook 1 Start Area
715-634-5025
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The famous Birkie trail. A great, rolling trail through the woods between Cable and Hayward. There is a short section south at Hwy OO that is lighted. There are snowmaking trails at the Start area.
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Friday, December 4, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Wow! Birkie start area loops are like a little playground for folks getting fresh air and their early season ski groove on. As far as the lack of snow weather-wise, they have done a fabulous job manufacturing a white winter for at least a few km. Kudos to skiers for being respectful of each other, too.
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(Pamela Toshner)
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
The man-made loops at the Birkie trailhead are in really good shape with another roughly 0.5 km being added that will hopefully be open soon. But, the classic tracks are really icy and there's only so much that klister can do. I did a lot of double-poling and herringbone. Still, good stuff.
(Andrew Einspanier)
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Skied the 1.5 km loop today. The trail was really fast and the classic tracks were icy. A Klister base with a little hard wax on top gave me good kick. Trail is clear with no debris, so go ahead and use those "A" skis all you want! Lost/Found: I had a pair of classic ski poles taken from the Birkie trailhead today. They are Swix Quantum 3 poles, 150 cm, blue/black/white in color. If you accidentally grabbed 'em, please contact me.
(Andrew Einspanier)
Monday, November 30, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Really nice 1.3k artificial snow figure 8 loop open at the Birkie start. Nice mix of terrain. Snow was packed and fast but easy to edge on. Rock solid tracks. The skating was super nice yesterday. Quite a difference from the churned up sugar snow at Elm Creek the other day. They were busy making more snow as I skied. Thanks groomers!
(Michael Gotzsche)
Monday, November 30, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Skated on the man made 1.5K loop. Conditions were fast and would be perfect were it not for a few pesky rocks that were on the trail in random spots. Did my best to take them off the trail whenever I noticed them. Otherwise was great. Really impressive what they have done!
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(Zak Ketterson)
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Snowmaking loop was in great shape - lots of happy skiers getting ready for Thanksgiving. 1.3K loop was getting a bit crowded at times and the one trail connection is a bit tricky but we all seemed to get the hang of it. Look forward to skiing more trails in the coming weeks. Like a big skiing playground. Thank You Birkie crew and all the donations that made the snowmaking possible at Telemark.
(George Larson)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
It is official, the first two loops up at Birkie Trail Head will open Thanksgiving. Together the loops are approx. 1.3km. Birkie "All Access" ski pass required. Reminder: Fri-Sun is Turkey Birkie Skiing (details on website). Next week as it cools down we will again resume making snow, going much quicker now that the big areas a complete. Happy Thanksgiving from the Birkie Trail crew!
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(Kurt Proctor, American Birkebeiner)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
We skied south of Boedeker on both the Skate trail and the Classic trail. Skied all the way to Double OO. 4" of snow and we never hit any rocks. It was 11 degrees when we started and that felt a little chilly. Norwegian grooming (made our own tracks). Big change is there has been logging near kilometer 31 on the Classic trail. About a kilometer of trail has had the east side logged off of it. There was also a small section of the skate trail near where the snowmobile trial crosses near km 31 that has also had some logging - I'd say about 100 meters or so.
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(Dan Murphy)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Rock skis ]
Enjoyed some nice skier-made classic tracks this morning. About 4" of loose snow with no base underneath. Many sticks and occasional rock so glad I left my good skis at home. I hope the snow survives the warmup.
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(Tom Wilton)
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
Started from Birkie trailhead and skied on the powerline section for a while. The trail is just barely covered with snow and the skiing is pretty slow - definitely something that only the fanatics will enjoy. Regardless, I got a few k's in and enjoyed my time! I would recommend classic skiing instead of skate as there's not much of a snow base to push off from. Also, use kickwax that is on the colder side. I used warm stuff and was icing up really bad. They had the snow guns going when I was there, so it looks like they'll have the loop groomed sometime soon!
(Andrew Einspanier)

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