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Spring into Nordic Walking!

Get “Out There” Nordic Walking

Want to learn about Nordic Walking or sharpen your pole hiking skills?  Join Out There Nordic starting in May for Nordic Walking Basics and Hike.  In May we will cover the basics of Nordic Walking and go for a hike to use your new skills.  June through August,  we will head out for a hike on the Cedar Side Trail.  Feel free to bring your poles or use a pair of rental poles.

Meet at the end of West South Street at the Cedar Side Trail Head (by Northwoods Technical College).  Please RSVP via Facebook or email if you need to use poles.



May 9 & 23, 2023 8:30am Nordic Walking Basics   9:00am Nordic Walk

June 13 & 27, 2023 8:30am Nordic Walk 

July 11 & 25, 2023 8:30am Nordic Walk 

August 8 & 22, 2023 8:30am Nordic Walk



Birkie Event Waxing Service

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
Base Layers
Race Layers
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.



USED Equipment Sale Oct 17-29

We will be holding our Annual Used Equipment sale from Oct 17th to the 29th this year.
*  Cross Country Skis, Ski Jumping equipment, and other Winter related items
Swap items can be dropped off from now until October 15th at Out There Nordic
*  15% fee will be taken on consignment items**
** Proceeds from the swap will go to support 4591 Sports Development Nordic Program

6Hr Challenge

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  with any questions!!

Nordic Walking Workshop – Hunt Hill

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 to register for workshop.

Walk Around the Block

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.

Pole Hikes
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  No registration needed, we will be keeping track of attendees.

2022 Birkie Race Service

BIRKIE & KORTE Service at

Service will CLOSE for 2022

at Midnight on 2.13.22



Service Registration
Well things are a little more back to Normal in this crazy world. With races happening again there is a lot of ski service happening Out There. Registration is NOW OPEN for service for the
2022 BIRKIE WEEK Events!
If you have questions please email us
FULL Service (Similar to the old Pure Fluoro)
RS Service (Similar to the old LF)



Big Changes in 2022
Well not exactly sure where to begin but here we GO!
2021 marked 46yrs of the Family Business of Burnell’s Decor. For those of you who have been to our physical location you know that Out There Nordic & Burnell’s Decor have been under one roof for the past 12 yrs. Well 2021 brought to us the opportunity to SELL Burnell’s Decor and well, WE DID!
In 2022 Burnell’s is in the process of moving to a NEW location at
1124 Hammond Ave in Rice Lake. This NEW location will be open late Spring 2022. We want to Thank ALL of the folks whom have supported Burnell’s over the past 46yrs.


Out There Nordic will remain at it’s current location of 502 North Main St. in downtown Rice Lake and in the Spring of 2022 will be working on expanding to take on the full space in our Historic Location. Kris & I are excited to see where this goes. The Nordic Business has grown to a point that we need to help it grow into the next stage of it’s life. Now 12 yrs old we are excited to see what is happening and where things are going. As one of the top Madshus & Fischer Race Service dealers in the country we are working with those brands to take things to a NEW Higher level in 2022 and beyond. We are also working on a number of other GREAT PROJECTS in the shop and beyond that will come out during the 2022 Season! We have hired a NEW Web Crew that is working on some great things which will be launching later this Spring as well.
Stay Tuned for Exciting happenings and
THANK YOU to all of you Out There
who have helped things grow to where they are today!

Fundraising Auction for Ian Torchia

Upcoming Online
Fundraising Auctions!
Auction Site
This is one of the many ways we assist the athletes of
Team Out There. First up is
Ian Torchia
Beginning 11.13.21
Ending 11.21.21 5:59:59 PM

New Gear Time!

SO we are rolling out a FEW things!

1st- Podiumwear Storefront for out Winter ski Gear

Password: winter2122

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!