American Birkebeiner Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Birkebeiner is one big, wide, tough trail. One day a year this roomy, two-way trail through the pristine northwoods becomes very crowded and most definitely one-way. In late February about 7,000 skiers take to the trail in a test of speed, skill, and endurance called the American Birkebeiner.
Your visit is sure to be much less crowded, but no less tough. Obviously, you have the choice of doing an out-and-back ski of what ever length you choose. And, even if you work things to ski point-to-point, you won’t have to ski as far as the Birkebeiner racers. Three miles are pared off the north end where the race starts adjacent to the Cable Airport; the south end trailhead is 4 miles short of the finish, across Lake Hayward on the town’s Main Street. Hundreds of truckloads of snow are dumped on the pavement to ensure that skiers can get their finishing award medal and a beer within a minimal amount of time. Surface quality: Groomed regularly, double tracked, wide skate lane. Fees: yes."