North End Classic

North End Classic Ski Race – Sunday, February 7, 2020


Sunday, February 7, 2020

Registration: Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 4:00-7:30PM, Ideal Market, Cable.
Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 7:30-9:00AM, Ideal Market.

Technique: Classical technique (diagonal stride and accepted variations) is to be used. Skating in any form is not permitted, including marathon skate, diagonal skate, flying herringbone, etc. Limited skating steps are permitted only when changing lanes or cornering. Technique use will be monitored and anyone observed skating will be disqualified.

Start Times: 10:00AM – Mass Start – 12.5K and 25K; 10:15AM – Cookie Classic

Start: Birkie Trail at west end of Powerline near North End Trailhead

Finish: North End Cabin

Courses: NEW!! Start area on Birkie Trail at the west end of the Powerline. From Powerline follow Birkie Trail south for.5km. Turn off to the right and follow North End Ski Trail. Short course finishes after one lap at the North End Cabin. Long course goes to the Cabin and back out and repeats the loop.

Cookie Classic: Same start area as 12.5K and 25K. Cookie .5K and 1 K do an out and back loop to the east on the Powerline/Birkie Trail. 2K follows main racecourse, diverts to the Birkie Classic Trail and returns to Powerline. All skiers receive a cookie award. Cookie Classic skiers should not ski toward the North End Cabin on the main racecourse at any time.

Getting to the Start: Ski from the North End Cabin up to the Birkie Trail. Turn left and ski on the Birkie Trail to the Powerline. About 1 km. Or, walk down Randysek Road toward Cable, and then up the hill on the plowed access road.

Cut-off Times: All racers must reach Food Station 3 by 11:30.

Cost: $45 up to and including Saturday, Feb. 6. $50 on race day. Youth (under 18): $20 up to and including Saturday, Feb. 6. $25 on race day. Cookie Classic: Free.

Clothing Transport: Racers’ warm-ups and clothing will be transported from the Start to the Finish area. You will need to provide your own duffel, backpack or other bag to transport your clothing. A tag will be provided at registration with your bib number to identify your bag.

Food Stations: 25K race: 8km, 12.6km, 21km, Finish. 12.5 race: 8km, Finish.

First Aid: EMT and ski patrol will be on the course and sweeping each race. If you need assistance, stop at a food station. All food stations and first aid personnel will have radio contact with race officials at the start area.

Awards: 25K: Overall Male and Female – top three; Age Classes at 5 years, Male and Female, top three. 12.5K: Overall Male and Female- top three; Age Classes at 10 years, Male and Female – top three. NEW!!! New locally sourced laser engraved wooden medallions for overall and age class awards as well as gift certificates for overall winners.

Awards Pick-up: After 12:30 or as soon as results are official at the Rivers Eatery in Cable. Casual ceremony – pick up your award at your leisure or immediately following official results if you need to leave. You must pick up your award. Awards will not be mailed.

Racer Premium: First 200 registered racers in 12.5K & 25K receive custom Borah Teamwear ski hat.

Post-Race Food: Complimentary pasta (NEW!!) following race at the Rivers Eatery in Cable for all racers & volunteers ($3.00 for guests & family of racers). Other food for purchase. Racers, be sure to bring your food ticket with you.

Random Drawings: Drawings will be conducted during the race and prizes assigned to winners. Drawings will use your race entry and you will not need a ticket. Pick up your prize at Rivers Eatery.

Spectator viewing

  • North End Trail Head (Start/Finish/Lap)
  • North End Trail (trail number 73) at Birkie Trail – access on skis or snowshoes from North End Trail Head
  • Timber Trail Rd. crossing (trail number 77) – access via Randysek Rd. and Timber Trail Rd.
  • Food Station 1 & 3 – Timber Trail Rd. crossing at Kortelopet racecourse – access via Spider Lake Firelane and Timber Trail Rd.
  • Finish. Numerous other sites accessible from the Birkie Trail.

Results: Results will be posted at the Finish and Rivers Eatery and will be available later in the day on

Thanks to our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Essentia Health. Major Sponsors: American Birkebeiner, Borah Teamwear, Ideal Market/Rivers Eatery. Event Sponsors: Hayward Area Memorial Hospital/Water’s Edge, New Moon Ski and Bike Shop, OutThere Shop, United Church of Christ. Associate Sponsors: Backroads Coffee, Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, Cable Chiropractic, Delta Diner, King Realty, Outdoor Ventures, Cross Country Ski Gears, Tailwind Nutrition. Supporting Sponsors: Coop’s Pizza Parloure, Garmisch USA, Mogasheen Resort, Northern Native Plantscapes, Sawmill Saloon.