Nordiq Canada Annual Fundraiser is now open!

The Nordiq Canada Annual club fundraiser is open!

Last year 25 clubs participated in the Annual Club Fundraiser and raised $375,000 for their club projects.  Clubs like Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club:

“As a club, Nakkertok was overwhelmed by the support provided by the community in helping us to purchase our new Pisten Bully.  We are grateful that our supporters value our commitment to providing a fantastic skiing experience and will continue to invest in our facilities.  Thanks for the support!”, Steve Morris.

The goal of this year’s campaign is to raise $500,000 in support of cross-country ski club projects across Canada and Nordiq Canada is here to help you!

2022 Annual Club: Fundraiser Invitation

Annual Club Fundraiser: Application Form
Vendor Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): Request Form

Questions: Krista Robinson:

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OCup #3 (Thunder Bay) – Cancelled

Lakehead Superior Nordic Association (LSNA) has made the difficult decision to cancel OCUP#3. The current restrictions in place by the Government of Ontario make it impossible for teams to access any indoor space on-site, and health units have recommended against non-essential travel. With schools opening on Monday there is an expectation that OMICRON will peak during the event, likely affecting travel, participation and volunteer capacity. The Local Organizing Committee has evaluated these factors and the additional measures required to address them, and determined that cancellation is the prudent course of action.

XCSO extends a thank you to the Local Organizing Committee for all their work and to our ski community for their continued patience and understanding as COVID-19 continues to impact our ability to host events.

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XCSO 2022 Kilometre Challenge – Coming Soon!

Some great new features combined with all the best from last season’s KM Challenge are coming to a ski club near you.  Be ready to join in the fun and ski lots of KM this winter.  Stay tuned for more details. 

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Meet OLLI the Ontario Otter!

Thanks to everyone who voted.  OLLI will #see you on the trails this season!



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Skill Development Program (SDP) Vaccination Guidance

The Cross Country Ski Ontario Board of Directors passed the following motion regarding Skill Development Program leaders, coaches and volunteers.

Cross-Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) continues to encourage its member clubs to diligently follow the government of Ontario and local public health guidelines in the delivery of their programming. With our youngest members newly eligible for vaccination, XCSO recommends that all coaches, program leaders, volunteers and athletes be vaccinated against COVID-19, and that clubs remain diligent with physical distancing, masking when 2 metres cannot be maintained, hand hygiene, and to follow existing mask and vaccine mandates for indoor spaces. Furthermore, all clubs should develop contingency plans in the event any program leader or volunteer contracts COVID-19, or public health guidelines change in order to minimize the effect on program delivery. XCSO also recommends that clubs ensure that all eligible athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents be vaccinated against COVID-19 for team travel to out-of-town events.

Questions or feedback should be directed to Liz Inkila.

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Please help us name the XCSO Mascot

We are thrilled to welcome XXX the Ontario Otter to the XCSO ski community.  Please help us chose a name for the mascot.

Vote HERE by 23:59 December 1st.


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21-22 SFQ-XCSO NF Wax Protocol

The International Ski Federation (FIS) and Nordiq Canada are working toward a complete fluoro ban in the near future. Problems with the fluoro detection unit have delayed implementation for FIS level races.

This coming season (2021-22) is a year of continued transition from fluoros to no-fluoros. We acknowledge that residual fluoros will be present in everyone’s wax rooms and tools for some time to come. Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) and Ski de Fond Quebec (SFQ) do not have tests readily available and expect coaches, technicians, parents, and athletes to do their best to
follow and respect the guidelines outlined below.

High fluoro (HF) waxes will remain in use at FIS sanctioned events for the U20 and Open categories, at least until 2022-23. Tier 2 events (OCups/Regional CPL races) however, will be no-fluoro (NF).

XCSO and SFQ will also impose further NF restrictions to lessen the number of waxes required for purchase and to uphold the intent of the past Low Fluoro (LF) policies. These include but are not limited to, more coaching time with athletes rather than waxing, less investment in waxes and different wax types & healthier wax room environments.

Protocol: 211104 – XCSO-SFQ Wax Protocol – Final (1)

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XCSO Workshop & Apply It Weekend

Re-connect with the XCSO ski community on October 22-24 for a Workshop & Apply It Day (COVID-19 permitting).  Registration is now open!

Strict adherence to public health guidelines will be in place for all sessions and activities.

Updated schedule is HERE.

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National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Day challenges us to think differently about identity, history, education, knowledge and reconciliation.  The National Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 94 Calls to Action with 5 focused on Sports and Reconciliation.  Join XCSO in acknowledging history; educating ourselves; and thinking differently.


Sports & Reconciliation

  1. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.


  1. We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.


  1. We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.


  1. We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to, establishing:
    • In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples.
    • An elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes.
    • Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples.
    • Anti-racism awareness and training programs.


  1. We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events


XCSO is committed to exploring areas where we can make a difference.  Please join us!

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XCSO Return to Sport Protocol updated with Proof of Vaccination Guidelines

Please continue to visit this website for up to date information as we continue to manage our sport during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you to our ski community for their continuing support and adherence to public health guidelines.

Please refer to our COVID-19 page which is now updated with information about:

  1.  Return to Sport including the Government of Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination program
  2. Updated Return to Training
  3. A sample Safety Plan for training camps will be re-published

Ministry of Health Q & A for proof of vaccination.