For the past 13 seasons we have been offering our Birkie Race Service. This can be used for either the Birkie Or the Korte Events. Ski pick up is ONLY at our shop in Rice Lake prior to your event
Full Service includes:
Cleaning of Ski Bases
Full Base Prep Waxing
Wax of the Day (Top Coats & or Additives in the NEW FLUORO FREE Products equivalent to the old HF & Pure Fluoro)
Classic Skiers- Includes Kick Wax
For the Past 13 seasons we have filled this service weeks prior to the event.
2.10.23 – Just over 85% FULL
As of midnight on 2.15.23 Birkie Service registration will close for 2023 events. We will possibly take some walk ins week of, although there will be a $10 additional fee. Still some room left but spaces are going quickly.
6 Hour Challenge
The Challenge – to perform 6 hours (360 minutes) of exercise in a 9 hour (540 minute) window to allow for rest, change of venue and nutrition. There will be a window of days in early September to perform the challenge. Once the Challenge is completed, you will send in your log to gain entries into a Fabulous Raffle. One entry for each mode of exercise. You must use at least 2 modes of exercise with a max of 7 modes of exercise. This challenge is open to anyone, anywhere.
Registration will open in August. Once complete, you will receive your 6hr Challenge Packet. Then you will have time to plan out your challenge. There will be an acceptable list of modes of exercises with a chance for you to lobby to get an exercise approved for all participants.
Keep an eye out on Out There Nordic social media platforms for monthly challenges starting June to help you prep for the 6 Hour Challenge. #ruoutthere
Please contact Kris at email@example.com with any questions!!
Nordic Walking Workshop
April 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Kristin Hanson from Out There in Rice Lake will introduce the basics of Nordic Walking and then lead you on a short loop hike to practice using hiking poles.
Hiking poles will be available to borrow, but you are encouraged to bring your own.
Program Fee: $10/person
Hunt Hill Members: $8/person
Registration highly recommended. Limit: 20 people
Visit https://hunthill.org/nature-based-workshops/ to register for workshop.
Walk Around the Block
Out There Nordic will be hosting a local Walk Around the Block on October 2, 2022. The goal is to use pole hiking as a means of endurance training for a half/ full ski marathon, to get outside or for exercise. The key to this event is gradually building up miles or k’s prior to the big day. Out There Nordic will be hosting pole hikes from May to August. If the 28 mile Walk Around the Block is too much to bite off this season, please feel free to join us for the Pole Hike options.
There is a prize available to those who are committed to make themselves better. The first 8 participants that complete 3 of 5 hikes AND complete the Walk Around the Block with us will receive a Specialty Out There Nordic piece of clothing. Please note that there is a set course of 28 miles for the Walk Around the Block in the Blue Hills. This tried and true course involves blacktop, gravel roads and has some elevation gain.
May 14th 1:00pm Meet at Murphy’s Flowage Parking lot
Leek Hunt – join us for a gravel pole hike to find and harvest “the gourmet’s onion”. Bring your poles, choice of digging tool and means of hauling your treasure back out. Please feel free to bring your Fav Brew to share.
May 28 2:00pm
Hike & Brew – join us in exploring a three mile pole hike of Sandrock Cliffs near Grantsburg, WI. We will head to Brickfield Brewing in Grantsburg to recount the tales of the trails.
June 18 2:00pm
Hike & Brew – join us for a 5 mile + pole hike at Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area for a tour of the trails. A vehicle pass will need to be purchased. When we get our fill of the trail, we will recover at the Bloomer Brewing Co..
July 16 2:00pm
Hike & Brew – join us for a tour of Rice Lake’s own Cedarside trail. You can leave from Agonic for a 7ish mile round trip or join us on the South end for the return trip. Once our pole hike is complete, we will be visiting Agonic Brewing Co.
August 27 2:00pm
Hike & Brew – We will be pole hiking at Morgan Fall St. Peters Dome Recreation Area near Marengo, WI . A pass will need to be purchased. This 3.8 mile hike involves stunning views and some challenging terrain. Brewery of choice is TBD. Let us know if you have a suggestion.
Please contact Kris Hanson at OTN at 715.234.7765 or firstname.lastname@example.org No registration needed, we will be keeping track of attendees.
BIRKIE & KORTE Service at
Service will CLOSE for 2022
at Midnight on 2.13.22
The BIG NEWS!
SO we are rolling out a FEW things!
1st- Podiumwear Storefront for out Winter ski Gear
Some NEW Items in the MIX!
Storefront closes at Midnight on the 24th of Oct.
2nd – The Start of a NEW Clothing Collection
Artwork is from a client of ours who is coming up with some GREAT Designs. ALL Will be a PRE-Order limited release!
The FIRST in the Collection – Out There Nordic – Midwest to the World!
As we approach the Fall season and the start for many folks in the Nordic Community their journey to a Winter Event like the American Birkie, Swedish Vassaloppet, World Masters or a local 5km. For some this journey begins in Late April or Early May, but many it begins in October or when the snow starts to fall softly from the heavens. Also during this time many local ski clubs start to put ideas together for the upcoming season, reflect on the past season, look at budgets equipment etc. With those thing happening I have been hearing some crazy thoughts being said to folks you are TRULY Out There to Support Nordic. (Don’t support that group, they have different goals than ours, or I don’t like so and so) As a community we all need to sit back and look at a number of things to ensure that our sport in the USA gains traction, grows programming and develops long-term sustainability.
1. Support ALL Clubs (USSA, CXC, LNR, NESNA, NANA, FAST & Female, etc) and the things they are doing, like them or not are things that are trying to grow the sport in YOUR community.
2. Support trail Systems. Be it your local 3km loop, 20km trail with a lite section, or the Birkie Trail. All places that are being maintained for skiing require funding! So if you are skiing at a number of trail systems, sign up for even the individual membership. Put your name in the ring and go to an event the trail is having or spread the word to others. Unlike many of the European countries Nordic is not a Federally supported activity in our country (we can dream).
3. Introduce someone to the sport. There are 2 ways to do this. 1.Take someone who has never skied and get them Out There on the snow this season. Ski 1km with them on a flat section of trail and see the joy it brings. Do not take them to some World Cup course and say come on. GO somewhere that seems so easy it hurts and see what introducing someone to our sport in a positive way can do to bring a NEW dimension to the sport for you. 2. If that is to much donate to an organization such as NNF, CXC, etc. These organizations are ones that give funding to athletes as well as run “Learn to ski” programs “Skis to Schools” and such where your monies can get NEW skiers started.
I will leave you with these 3 simple things. We are not asking you to get on a trail board or give 20 hours to trail work or coaching. Start small! If the Sport of Nordic is something that you find important to you, we must learn to work together, agree to disagree and say “What we are doing, is that growing the sport in some fashion?” If we as a collective group of Trail Board Members, Parents, Kids, Shop Owners, Teachers, Manuf. Rep., etc. do this we will see OUR sport grow to NEW Heights!
We challenge you to look Out There and SEE The Forest for the Trees!
The People who think they are Crazy enough to change the World~ Are the ONES who Do!
Original post from August 2014