Birkebeiner en Good Old Days of Wooden Skis <p>The American Birkebeiner is well known for its difficulty and impressive distance: a course more than 30 miles long that takes hours to complete.&nbsp;</p><p>But Birkie weekend hosts other events, including one that celebrates the Nordic roots of cross country skiing:&nbsp;the second annual Nikkerbeiner race on wooden skis.</p><p></p><p>On the streets of downtown Hayward, it’s easy to spot the Nikkerbeiner skiers among the fray.&nbsp; They’re the ones wearing woolen knickers, knee socks, and an occasional Vikingish helmet.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14912 at Good Old Days of Wooden Skis Skiers Persevere Through Cold, Snowy Birkie Course <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than ten thousand skiers competed last weekend in the American </span>Birkebeiner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ski race. &nbsp;A foot of snow leading up to race day made for challenging conditions.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Single digit temperatures and fierce winds made for a cold start line early Saturday morning. Cross country skiers in brightly-colored spandex stretched their limbs and sprinted to make their start time.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:43:25 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14812 at Skiers Persevere Through Cold, Snowy Birkie Course Birkie Skiers May Face Weather Challenges On Race Course and Off <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northwoods travelers to this weekend’s American </span>Birkebeiner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ski race may face a snowy trip. &nbsp;</span></p><p>More than ten thousand skiers from 21 countries are flocking to Hayward, many braving significant snow and ice.</p><p>Rhinelander resident Joel Knutson&nbsp;delayed his travel plans until Friday morning in hopes of letting the storm pass.&nbsp; He says the weather just adds another layer of logistics.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:12 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14652 at