More than ten thousand skiers competed last weekend in the American Birkebeiner ski race. A foot of snow leading up to race day made for challenging conditions.
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.
Pam Fashingbauer of Minocqua prepared for her first ever 54 kilometer classic race, after overcoming a shoulder injury from last summer.