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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: 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.

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