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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 (also available in Word)

Ministry of Health Q & A for proof of vaccination.

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

Schedule at a glance is HERE.  More details to follow.

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Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination

Cross Country Ski Ontario has received details from the Government of Ontario on proof of vaccination.  We are reviewing O.Reg 645/21 and accompanying guidance.  We will be updating our Return to Sport Protocol to reflect the current government regulations.  We encourage the ski community to follow public health guidelines.  More information on vaccines is HERE.

Coupe Skinouk Rollerski race – Sept 18/19, 2021

After a one-season hiatus because of COVID-19 in 2020, the Coupe Skinouk Rollerski will be back this year. The information regarding the event has not all been finalized but Club Skinouk suggests that you reserve the dates of September 18 and 19, 2021 in your calendar in order to participate or to encourage people around you to participate. You can be also a volunteer!

Employment Opportunity: Walden Cross Country

Click HERE for the job posting!

Walden are currently seeking a Club Coach to add to their coaching group, to lead their youth and racing programs,
with a primary focus on the Walden Nordic Racers (WNR) ski team.

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Club Funding Opportunity

The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries have provided funding to Cross Country Ski Ontario clubs. XCSO is now accepting funding applications from clubs. Details and eligibility can be found in the application. Applications will be accepted via this LINK only until 23:59 on June 6th.

For information purposes only, a PDF of the application is available (no ‘paper’ applications will be accepted).



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XCSO Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) is seeking nominations to the Board of Directors.  We are looking for volunteers who are interested in making a difference at the provincial level.

This open call for nominations is your chance to help your provincial sport organization develop and grow!

If you are interested, please review our Call for Nominations for more information on the process, and how you could contribute.

Nominees must be members of XCSO clubs, or be eligible to become members of an XCSO club before taking office.

The election for the Board of Directors will take place at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of XCSO, Monday, June 7, 2021 via Zoom.  Please check Annual General Meeting for more information as it becomes available.

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Final days of the XCSO KM Challenge

Thank you to everyone for embracing the XCSO KM Challenge.  It has been wildly successful with close to 2000 participants logging more than 760,000 KM.

The final day of the XCSO KM Challenge is upon us. The KM challenge closes on March 31 at 10:51pm (2 hours after sunset at the eastern most point of the Eastern time zone).  At this timepoint the spreadsheet will be locked and no further km can be added.

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XCSO Holiday Hours

Please note that the XCSO offices will be closed from noon, December 24 to 9am, January 4.  Staff will be monitoring emails and will respond to urgent emails as needed.  The staff and Board of Directors wish our ski community a healthy, safe and snowy holiday season!

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XCSO announces Financial Support for Youth, High Performance & Competition

On May 8, 2020, the Canadian Government announced $500 million providing temporary relief to support cultural, heritage and sport organizations.  Cross Country Ski Ontario recently received our allocation of the funding through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries.  XCSO will be investing the funds in 3 key areas of our sport: Youth, Competition and High Performance.

Youth have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Our clubs offering skill development programming provide an essential role in developing youth in our community.  To assist clubs in the delivery of programming under new restrictions and challenges, XCSO will be subsidizing $10 of the $15.50 bunnyrabbit, jackrabbit, and track attack enrolment fee.  Clubs will see the subsidy when ordering their SDP materials in our online store.

Competition has been curtailed due to travel restrictions.  Along with supporting a return to competition in the 2021-2022 season, XCSO will be investing in ‘Stay at Home’ racing options for this season.  More details next week.

Athletes representing Canada on the international stage will have additional costs associated with travel.  XCSO will provide additional funding to assist athletes with those additional costs.  This funding will be provided through our International Travel Support Guidelines.

Please direct any question to Liz Inkila.