The Dedication Ceremony of the Birchleggings Club Bell is Scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2020 at 3:00pm at the Permanent Site near the American Birkebeiner Start Area! The Club supports the Northwest Regional Planning Commission’s and American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation’s application for a Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge Grant for the Rebirth of Telemark! The Birchleggings Club Member and In Memoriam Lists have been Updated!


A Birkebeiner Morning


Listen to A Birkebeiner Morning by Dave Balsiger

A Birkebeiner Morning Information

 Leonard first convinced me to ski the Birkebeiner with him in 1976. I didn’t know that he was going to ski over me that day. We completed that race and so many more after that – most of them side by side. 

We started bringing others to the Birkebeiner – my brother Jeff , our friend Don, …. In all, some 25 skiers and some 300 total Birkebeiner races can be traced back to our first race. 

This song about our first Birkie originated many years ago. It is sung ritually for the ski crew every year after the race. Len has left us. Now we ski for him as well.

Recorded 2012 at County Q Productions, Nashville, TN

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