Birchleggings Club Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election on September 30, 2016 at 2:00pm AT ABSF office! Become a Tony Wise Museum Docent! Membership Lists Updated with 2016 Information!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Become a Tony Wise Museum Docent!

Equation: You Love the Birkebeiner + You Love to Ski = You Love to Talk about Skiing and the Birkebeiner. Correct? Picture yourself in the equation?

How about becoming a Museum docent at the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner? Docents are volunteers in a Museum who guide visitors by answering their questions and providing information about the exhibits and the subject at hand, sometimes incorporating their own stories and experiences. 

The Birkie’s new docent program offers training, perks (a Birkie vest!) fun, and the satisfaction of keeping the Birkie legacy alive. Work on your own schedule – one to four hours, once a week or once a ski season – you choose what works best for you.

Contact Allison Slavick at

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Birchleggings Club Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election

The Birchleggings Club Inc annual meeting will be held in Hayward, Wisconsin on Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at the ABSF office at 2:00 pm. The address is: 10527 Main Street, Hayward, WI 54843. All members are welcome to attend.

The Birchleggings Club was incorporated as a 501(3)(c) in 2013. The election of Board of Directors members takes place at the annual meeting. As per our Bylaws, Board members are elected to three-year terms, with one-third of the nine Board positions up for election each year. The Board terms of Directors Steve Carmazon, Toni Popp, and Dave Balsiger will end this year. Board members may be re-elected for a second term.

Ballots will be sent to all members on Sep 2, 2016. Ballots must be returned by Sep 20, 2016 - or you can vote in person at the annual meeting.  No proxy voting.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Help Build the Tony Wise Museum's Scrapbook!

A nifty feature in the Museum will be an electronic scrapbook (viewed on a large touch-screen). Visitors will be able to see, year-by-year, race photos, videos, the year’s poster and bibs, the winners’ photos and times, weather, race anecdotes, and more.

We invite Birkebeiner and Kortelopet enthusiasts to help us compile photos and other information on Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the ABSF headquarters in Hayward. We have slides and photos that need detective work (location or year, for example, and Birchleggings skiers will be especially helpful with this), printed materials to categorize and select, and photo captions to be written. As Ben Popp likes to say, “it takes a village.” We need at least a neighborhood to join in on this compendium of all things Birkebeiner.

Be part of our history! Please RSVP (we’ll provide lunch) to or call the ABSF at 715-634-5025.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Birchleggings Club Donates Proceeds of Three Birkie Trail Markers to the Tony Wise Museum

The Tony Wise Museum has once again benefited from the Birchleggings Club.

During the Awards Banquet on February 21, 2016 we auctioned three original trail kilometer markers, mounted on a nifty plaque with a certificate of authenticity.

The result of the auction was a donation of $2,250 to be used directly for the Tony Wise Museum’s exhibits. This donation, along with a previous $2,000 from our club and contributions from individual Birchleggings skiers, brings the total donated to the museum near $30,000!

A big thanks to all the Birchleggers that contributed to this great effort!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Membership Lists Updated

The Birchleggings Membership Lists have been updated with 2016 information. See the Membership Lists section of the website.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Support Fellow Birchlegger, Paul Thompson, in the Cool Planet Skiers Initiative on Climate Change!

Cool Planet Skiers Converge on the Birkie

Feb 18-21, 2016- Cable to Hayward Wisconsin

Cool Planet Skiers (CPS) will be skiing in the 43rd running of North America’s largest Cross Country Ski Event, the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon on Saturday February 20.

CPS  with partners I AM PRO SNOW and Citizens’ Climate Lobby are forming a coalition of Climate Solutions and Winter and Snow Protection organizations. They will be hosting a booth at the Birkie Expo in the Hayward,  High School Gym Thursday 2/18  from 1-8 pm and Friday 2/19 from 9 am-8 pm signing up skiers to be Cool Planet Skiers, pledge their support for the  100% Committed project of I AM PRO SNOW, and building the network of CCL chapters around the country (now over 300) to propose federal legislation (Carbon Fee and Dividend) to price carbon pollution at its’ source and return all collected fees to American households.

Paul Thompson of Edina MN the founder of Cool Planet Skiers and Birchlegging Member (skiers with over 20 Birkies completed) says:

“Having completed 35 Birkies I have seen the struggles our ski community deals with all over our country and world with consistent winter weather. We attended the recent Paris Climate Conference and the agreement made there now gives us the starting point to take local action to cut our emissions and to implement the new technologies available that can drive our economy toward climate and snow friendly policies. All that is missing is the political will and skiers are in the crosshairs of this opportunity.”

Please join us at the Cool Planet Skiers booth at the Birkie Expo, visit our web site and follow the action at our facebook page as skiers and their famlies tell us why they are “Pro Snow”

For more information or to schedule an interview contact Paul Thompson at or 612-810-4664

Membership Drive Drawings Winners 2016!

The following Birchleggings Club members have won prizes in our random drawing:

Marty Mattes –     2016 Raceday Parking Pass
Ralph Thornton – 2016 Raceday Parking Pass

Choice of Birchlegger T-Shirt, Ski Hat or Ball Cap

William Butsic
Bob Walsh
Todd Ostrander
Mark Gherty
Dale Janz
Vic LaPort
Dick Roeber
Jon Mommaerts
Gary Herdrich
Timothy Klima
Erik Minge
Jeff Pike
John Heimsch
Per Johnsen
Bruce Harshberger

Congratulations  !

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