2018 Membership Drive On with Prizes! See The Membership Page. The Membership List has been updated! The Minutes from the 2017 Annual Meeting are Now Available! The Birchleggings Club Store Has Been Updated for 2018. The Borah Teamwear Store is Open Again Until January 8, 2018!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Birchleggings Club endorses Climate Action and Sponsors the Saving Snow Documentary

At our annual Birchleggings Club meeting this past October 2017 the board voted to endorse climate action and to sponsor the 53 minutes documentary Saving Snow filmed last year at the cancelled Birkie 2017. Any skier, club, organization or business can endorse either of the actions by filling out the form and joining over 1,500 other endorsors.

After last year’s Birkie cancellation many skiers realized that healthy winters can’t be taken for granted anymore. Ben Popp said it best with his statement about why he is concerned and encourages skiers to attend the screenings of Saving Snow.

“Saving Snow brings to life the reality’s we face if we don’t start to take climate change seriously at the policy level.  I love snow, I love what it enables, I hope it is here like it should be for my grandkids!”

The 53 minute documentary that focuses on the economic impact of warming winters in NW Wisconsin and 7 other states will be shown  3 times during Birkie week at the Park Center on Main St in Harvard. (15791 Hwy 163). Following the film there will be a panel discussion with Birkie skiers, business owners and concerned citizens discussing action steps that skiers and their community can take.


Tickets for the film are $5 and can be purchased at the theater before the show or on line.

As a special treat this year Diogo Castro Frerie, the director of Saving Snow, will be coming to the Birkie to introduce his film, to ski the Prince Haakon and to speak at the Birchlegging breakfast on Sunday morning. As of this writing Saving Snow is scheduled to be screened in over 170 locations around the country. You and your community can host your own screening and discussion by signing up at this link.

Other skiers and organizations  connected to the Birkie that have endorsed action on climate include:

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation
Ben Popp- Executive Director ABSF
Dennis Kruse- Board Member ABSF
Caitlin Gregg- US Olympic Team 2014 and 4 time Women’s Birkie Champ
Brian Gregg- US Olympic Team 2014
New Moon Ski and Bike Shop
Cool Planet Skiers- Member ABSF

Current Olympic Team member Jessie Diggins has endorsed taking action to solve the problem by endorsing a Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy recommended by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. This policy enacted by Congress would place a fee on carbon pollution at the source (mine, well, port of entry) and return the collected fees to American households as a monthly dividend.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Birchleggings Club Membership List Has Been Updated!


The Birchleggings Club Membership List has been updated as of January 17, 2018! See the Birchlegger Lists Menu to the left or go directly to the list by clicking on this link Birchleggings Member List as of January 17, 2018.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Show Off Your Seasoned Skis by Donating Them to Decorate the Mosquito Brook Warming Hut!

Show Off Your Seasoned Skis

Our rest hut at Mosquito Brook will be getting some finishing touches.

The Birchleggings Club is funding the construction of the cabin. Now through the generosity of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner, and our club, posters, photos, and awards have been donated to furnish the hut.

You can also leave your mark on the décor and inspire future Birchleggers. 

The Birchleggings Club invites members to help decorate the cabin. There is space in the hut to display up to 24 pairs of Birkie-worn skis, donated exclusively from our members. We are looking for your veteran skis, especially skis with lots of Birkie-race stickers. Skis will be mounted securely and permanently in the cabin rafters. First come, first mounted!

How to donate your skis:

Dig out those old skis that carried you through your first, or second, or even third decades of Birkebeiner ski races. We hope the skis will have at least one set of Birkie-race stickers, but multiple-race-sticker skis are encouraged and will have a powerful impact on display.

Contact Jim Tenorio, board member, at: tenorioj@uwstout.edu to make arrangements for sending/delivering the skis for display.

Help us preserve your legacy of races and make our rest cabin a warm, friendly, and inspiring showpiece on the trail!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Crew Installs Ski Rack, Coat Hangers, and Mounted Pictures at the Mosquito Brook Warming Hut!

President Gale, Steve, and Jim in Front of the new Ski Rack
Birchleggings Board Members, Gale Otterholt, Steve Carmazon, and Jim Tenorio installed the new Birchleggings Ski Rack, Coat Hangers, and mounted pictures at the Mosquito Brook Warming Hut on January 2, 2018. Special thanks to Jon Malkerson, a friend of Steve for assisting with all the work.

A big thanks to Gale, Steve, Jim, and Jon for all the work to make the Birchleggings Club gift of the Mosquito Brook Warming Hut to the American Birkebeiner Foundation even more special!



Jon, Jim, and Steve Hard at Work

Steve Trying out the new Ski Coat Hangers

Steve, Jim, and Gale in Front of the Mosquito Brook Warming Hut

The Birchleggings Club also sends a big THANK YOU to the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner for providing the posters and the photos that now decorate the warming cabin.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Birchleggings Store Has Been Updated with Second Swix Store Order Period!

The Birchleggings Store has been updated with the second Swix Store order period. Click on the link or go to the Birchleggings Store in the Website Navigation Menu. Hurry as the Swix Store closes on December 20, 2017! Do not use the previous Swix Store link as it is closed and the new one has some different items!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Minutes of the 2017 Birchleggings Club Annual Meeting Now Available!

The minutes of the 2017 Birchleggings Club Annual Meeting held at the Birchleggings Warming Hut at Mosquito Brook on October 21, 2017 are now available. See the Meeting Minutes Section or go directly to this link.

Gale Otterholt presided over the election of directors at the meeting. Incumbents Edward Eroe and Connie Meek were re-elected to three-year terms. Paul Thompson was also elected to a three-year term to fill the position vacated by Don Becker.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Membership Drive November 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018!

Join the Birchleggings Club during our membership drive from November 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018 and become eligible for fine prizes in our random drawing!

1  Grand prize – Birkie registration for 2019

2  (almost as grand) prizes – 2018 race day parking passes

15   Other prizes – choice of Birchlegger ball cap, ski hat or T-shirt

Fill out a Membership Form by clicking on the Membership link in the menu to the left.

Note: The names of all skiers who have already paid up dues for 2018 will be entered into the drawing.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Welcome to Pioneer Midwest as a Birchleggings Club Ski Shop Discount Participant!

We are pleased to announce that the Pioneer Midwest Ski Shop, in Osseo, Minnesota, co-owned by 2009 Birkie Winner Matt Liebsch, has become a Ski Shop Discount Participant! Birchleggings Club members can receive a 10% discount on purchases upon presenting a valid membership card. Restrictions may apply to certain items and circumstances, so please ask Matt, or his co-owner Adam.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Birchleggings Club Store Has Been Updated for 2018!

The Birchleggings Club Store has been updated for 2018. Click on the Birchleggings Store Link in the Menu or this Link.
New Swix Clothing for 2018 needs to be ordered by November 20, 2017!

Other items available too!

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