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.
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has raised just over
$400,000 of the $650,000 needed for the first of three
phrases, the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1EnzFlb
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 trails.
American Birkebeiner, also known as the Birkie, was
founded in 1973. This week, the 107 kilometers of trails
between Cable and Hayward are hosting the International
Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships.
love it because it's home turf," said Omar Bermejo, a
former Marine who skied in the 2014 Paralympics. "The
Russians have to come to our cage this time."
events on the trails throughout the year include the
Wisconsin High School Nordic Ski Championships and
mountain bike races.
trails' Telemark Lodge has been closed since 2013 and is
in disrepair. Jim Bolen, executive director of the Cable
Area Chamber of Commerce, said it would likely take a
buyer $20 million to $30 million to upgrade it.
property's ski resort history dates back to the 1940s. A
$6 million lodge was opened in 1972, but the resort has
been closed and reopened several times since the
rejuvenated Telemark Resort would be huge for our economy
throughout the region. The potential is absolutely
there," Bolen said. "Several groups have stepped
forward with interest."