Fundraisers Want $2.3M to Upgrade Birkie Trails
Trail Bridge, Permanent Starting Area, Rec Center Proposed
Supporters of North America’s largest cross country ski race want to raise $2.3 million to renovate the trails where it’s held in northern Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has raised more than half of the $650,000 needed for the first of three phrases.
Projects in the next five years would include construction of a trail bridge in Hayward, a permanent starting area, and an outdoor recreation center in Seely, as well as erosion fixes on the trail.
The American Birkebeiner, also known as the Birkie, was founded in 1973.
This week the trails between Cable and Hayward are hosting the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships.
The trails’ Telemark Lodge has been closed since 2013.
The director of the local chamber of commerce says it would take a buyer $20 million to $30 million to upgrade it.