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District Development Coordinators Job Posting

While we continue to navigate the pandemic that in turn has changed our usual provincial programming, XCSO invites applications for 4 contract positions of District Development Coordinator, one in each of the 4 XCSO districtsThe Development Coordinators will work with a strong team of professionals who are committed to developing a cohesive and collaborative approach to athlete development in the province. The Development Coordinators’ positions are collaborative in nature and working with club coaches will be an integral part of the role.  More details here.

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LSSD District Series 2020-21

Save the dates! The Lake Superior Ski District (LSSD) is excited to offer a new race series for the 2020-2021 nordic ski season. The series consists of 5 races hosted over 4 months culminating in an overall series winner.
The first race in the series will be hosted by XCSO at the Lappe Ski Centre! Two of the races in this series will be hosted by Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club at Kamview Nordic Centre and two races will be hosted by Lappe Nordic Ski Club at the Lappe Ski Centre!
Sat. Nov. 28th @ Lappe
Thurs. Dec. 17th @ Lappe
Sun. Jan. 24th @ Kamview
Sun. Feb. 21st @ Lappe
Thu. March 25th @ Kamview

Watch for points updates and race dates on the LSSD page.

Click here for the Race Info and Technical Package

Ontario clubs celebrate FIS World Snow Day!

Soo Finnish
The 5th Annual Hiawatha SnowFest was held Sunday January 19th, 2020 and was a registered World Snow Day event. The event attracted approximately 200 individuals and families signed up for a fun filled day of cross country ski and fat biking loppets with distances for all ages and abilities, from 1 k to 30 k and trails marked accordingly. We had one person who even did the 5k snowshoe run! As part of the event, there were guided and self-guided snowshoe tours. There was a mass start at 11 AM with staggered starts according to activity and length. Participants were welcome to start their loppet anytime after 11 AM up until 1 PM. Along the trails were two “cookie stops” serving cookies, hot chocolate or hot grape juice. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day with blue skies and sunshine for the whole event. As the loppet participants came to the finish line, they were greeted with music and volunteers cheering them on. All received a snowflake cookie “medal” as a reward. Many went back into the trails to continue enjoyment of them, some switching from one activity to another. After being out on the trails, everyone was invited into the Sugar Shack to enjoy a delicious hearty lunch, snacks and hot beverages. Our volunteers did an outstanding job!

Here is a link to an article in the local news with some photos.

Lappe Nordic
Lappe Nordic celebrated World Snow Day with Families on Skis. The skies were sunny and the temperatures pleasant for the families who were treated to trail tours, skill stations, free rentals, discounted trail passes and a sparkle station for the kids. The famous Lappe pancakes were on the grill in the kitchen and the saunas were hot.

Highlands Nordic
Highlands Nordic served up hot chocolate to over 60 people and all enjoyed a bonfire and a cookie distance challenge. Draw prizes and cookies were the enticement to complete a 3 km or 7 km loop. The trails were decorated with huge cookies to keep everyone moving and motivated. The firepit with hot chocolate, marshmallows roasting and cookie eating was the place to be apres ski. With fresh snow, the day was magical!

Pictures below.

Ontario celebrates FIS World Snow Day!

Join in the celebration of winter.  Ontario clubs Lappe Nordic, Highlands Nordic, and Soo Finnish are hosting FIS Snow Day activities.  If you are in the neighbourhood, join in the fun!

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XCSO Stakeholders Survey – REMINDER!

Cross Country Ski Ontario is seeking input from our members and stakeholders.  Please complete the survey and help us shape our future together.   Your name is optional, however, should you choose to share your name in the survey, we will be drawing one name who will receive ON swag valued at $125.

Please share this with club members and partners.

The survey will be open until July 30th.