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High Praise for the Birkie from World Loppet Master, Jay Wiener

Birkie 2018, As Seen By Jay Wiener…

“…  I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair.
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air.”

So begins “Good Vibrations”, a landmark song by The Beach Boys, one of the iconic American bands of the Rock-and-Roll era.
It continues:

“I’m pickin’ up good vibrations.
She’s giving me excitations.”

“…  I love… the way the sunlight plays upon her hair” reflects the perfection inherent in the beautiful days which were Friday’s Korteloppet and Saturday’s American Birkebeiner, this year. Continue reading High Praise for the Birkie from World Loppet Master, Jay Wiener

A look inside the World Loppet with Jay Wiener (Republished from February, 2017)

 

Note: This article is republished from February, 2017. You can read Jay’s 2018 Birkie Update HERE.

Many Birkie skiers are at least casually familiar with the Worldloppet, which was started in 1978 to promote Nordic skiing through races for both expert racers and citizen skiers alike. The Worldloppet Ski Federation since has grown into a series of twenty Nordic ski races hosted in nineteen countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin play host to the United States’ member race, the American Birkebeiner. Continue reading A look inside the World Loppet with Jay Wiener (Republished from February, 2017)

What’s in a Wave?

Elite skiers head up the powerline. Photo: Judy Krueger

Although I’ve never skied in any of the Birkie events, I’ve been involved somehow for over 20 years: as a reporter, photographer, spectator, support crew, and child wrangler. I’ve interviewed participants, watched them on the trail during the race, and listened to their stories in the shop after the events. Over the years, it has become very evident that each of the Birkie waves has a distinct personality. Have you noticed it while you were watching or as you were skiing? Continue reading What’s in a Wave?

Super Bowl Birkie!

If you haven’t seen this yet, The Birkie Bridge has made the trip to downtown Minneapolis for the 2018 Superbowl Festivities. Add to that nearly a kilometer of manmade snow and a Pisten Bully Groomer and you have the makings for a midwest-style winter party! Here, Birkie Director, Ben Popp, and John Munger with the Loppet Foundation give you the lowdown on ski and fat bike activities taking place around the bridge. And, don’t worry, the Mpls Friday melt did not affect Hayward; we have all of our snow, still.

The Birkie Bridge takes over downtown Minneapolis for Superbowl festivities.  Video: ABSF

It’s fitting that a part of the “Super Bowl of skiing” will be part of the “other” Super Bowl. We just ask one thing – PLEASE, PLEASE  bring it back to Hayward for the 2018 Birkie!

Birkie Fever, baby!  -Chris

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