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$15,000 Available for Young Skier Programs -

Thu, Aug  5, 2010 - By Cherie Morgan

HAYWARD, Wis., August 3, 2010 – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced that it is seeking grant applications for young skier programs associated with schools and cross-country ski organizations throughout the country.

“The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-country skiing as a fun, energetic activity that is part of an active and healthy lifestyle,” said Executive Director Ned Zuelsdorff. “A significant portion of our effort focuses on young skiers. To this end the Foundation annually provides grant funding to young skier programs.”

Zuelsdorff said the ABSF will award a total of $15,000 in grants with up to $1,000 being awarded to each organization selected. He said grant applications from youth cross-country ski programs throughout the country are welcomed.

Priorities for ABSF funding include, but are not limited to the creation or expansion of young skier programs and first time applicants.

Zuelsdorff said the Young Skier Development Grant application is available at

Grant applications are due in the American Birkebeiner office by Friday, October 1, 2010. The ABSF Skier Development Committee will review all applications received by the deadline and announce grant awards by November 1, 2010. Applications received after the October 1 deadline will not be considered for funding.

If you are interested in helping this effort and contributing to the Young Skier Development Fund, which is used exclusively for this purpose, call 715/634-5025 or send a check to “ABSF” PO Box 911, Hayward WI 54843, designating Young Skier Development Fund.

Last season, the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation awarded 13 Young Skier Development grants totaling $12,000 to the following Young Skier Programs:

  • Andover Nordic Skiing, Andover, MN
  • Bay Area Youth Nordic Ski Club, Green Bay, WI
  • Burt Township School, Grand Marais, MI
  • Drummond Telemarkers Ski Club, Drummond, WI
  • Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola, WI
  • Minnesota Youth Ski League, St. Paul, MN
  • Northern Illinois Nordic, Villa Park, IL
  • Peak Nordic Ski Club, Pewaukee, WI
  • Pennsylvania Cross Country Skiers Assoc., Munhall, PA
  • Snowflake Junior Ski Club, Westby, WI
  • Spooner Youth Ski League, Spooner, WI
  • Unalakleet Nordic Ski Program, Unalakleet, AK
  • West High Cross-Country Ski Booster Club, Anchorage, AK

Grant applications were received from 24 cross-country ski organizations.

For more information on the American Birkebeiner and giving opportunities, log on to or call 715/634-5025.