American Birkie This the great American Birkebeiner, now in it's 41st year of being the biggest cross-country ski race in North America. It's a 50km ski race from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin. And yeah, it's really damn cold! So damn cold my nose was freezing to the back of my camera. This was shot for ESPN the Magazine. NEWS FLASH! I signed up to compete in the 2015 American Birkebeiner. I think I might regret that decision very much.