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Celebrate Para Nordic at the Toronto Argonauts game June 18th!

Join XCSO at the Toronto Argonauts game on Sunday June 18th 2023 to recognize the accomplishments of the Ontario Para Nordic athletes throughout the 2022-23 season. The game is the Toronto Argos home opener vs the Hamilton Tiger Cats at 7pm on Sunday June 18th 2023. Tickets are $36/person. Section 105 Please email Jennifer Nieson […]

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Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipient – Sally & Dick Hagman

Cross Country Ski Ontario & the Northern ON District are pleased to announce that Dick and Sally Hagman of Blind River Cross Country Ski Club are the recipients of the XCSO Outstanding Volunteer Award.  Dick and Sally began volunteering at Blind River in the early 2000s.  They work together, support each other and are both […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Rod Somppi

The Cross Country Ski Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rod Somppi of Lappe Nordic will be the recipient of the Cross Country Ski Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award celebrates outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in Ontario and Canada.  Rod began his timing journey in 2006 at the Ski Nationals […]

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Heinz Niederhauser Award Recipient – René Sauvé

Cross Country Ski Ontario is pleased to announce René Sauvé of Summerstown Coyote Nordiq as the recipient of the Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award.  René was instrumental in developing a love of racing for youth at the Pembroke Area Cross Country Ski Club.  In 2017, René moved to the Cornwall area and began Summerstown Coyote […]

Testing Camp at Nipissing University @ Nipissing University
Jun 23 – Jun 25 all-day

Dryland Testing Camp

The purposes of this camp are to set benchmarks for training progress, and to establish technique cues in weight-lifting and roller-skiing.

Friday June 23rd

2pm: Meet at Nipissing University Athletics Building- 100 College Drive.

  • Camp meeting in Lower Boardroom
  • 3.1km uphill running test (varsity)
  • 1.2km uphill running test (U16 juniors)


6pm: Team dinner at the Lake Nipissing waterfront – 225 Memorial Drive.

Saturday June 24th *Athletes to bring a lunch to practice or return to residence for lunch.

9am: Meet at Nipissing University Athletics Building- 100 College Drive.

Ski Erg Critical Power Test. (NB revised protocol: maximal efforts over 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 4 minutes with 5 minutes recovery between intervals)

U16 skiers- double poling technique and 10 second sprints

Exercise Physiology Laboratory

2pm: Nipissing Athletics Weight Room.

Functional Movement Screening and Weight-lifting technique.


4pm pick-up from Nipissing Athletics Foyer

Sunday June 25th

9am: Meet outside Nipissing University Athletics Building- 100 College Drive.

  • Skate rollerskiing technique work.
  • Starting with activation and drills from parking lot #9 and finishing with College Drive repeats.

Noon camp departure from Nipissing Athletics Foyer

Camp Equipment

  • outdoor running shoes
  • indoor running shoes
  • skate rollerskis, poles, boots and helmet
  • water bottle and holder
  • snacks
  • rain jacket and hat

Camp cost: $75 including team meal on Friday evening

Camp registration: https://events.eply.com/DrylandTestingCamp20233371405

Camp participants: 13-17 years old, alongside varsity skiers

Camp capped at 21 participants

Camp accommodations: Nipissing residences

Guest Rate

Single Room $48.50/night

4-Bedroom Suite $116.25/night

Nightly (plus HST)



 To reserve accommodations on campus, please contact:

(705) 474-3450 ext. 4808

[email protected]

Summer Accommodations Website 

Directions to Nipissing University

XCSO Community Update & Information Session: Re-scheduled to June 27-2023
Jun 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
NOD Summer Training Camp Day in Parry Sound @ McDougall Recreation Center
Jul 2 all-day

Please register for this NOD training camp in Parry Sound July 2nd!

It’s a great way to connect with teammates over the sunny and hot months for a roller ski and maybe even swim (weather pending)!


July 2 2023 Single day – On and off Rollerskis dryland camp – Nobel

Ages: Open with target group U14 to U18

Location: McDougall Recreation Center

Cost: Free!

10 am Meet your peers in sport

10:10 am warmup jog and dynamic warmup

10:30 am movement skills

11:30 am movment skills on Roller skis

12:00 noon lunch, hang out with all

12:30 easy roller ski starts

1:30 pm U14 done for the day (suggested)

2:30 pm U16 done for the day (suggested)

3:00 pm U18 done

We have access to the rink in case of adverse weather

3:30 travel home

Gear required:

Classic and skate roller skis

Classic and skate poles with road tips


Water and snacks, lunch

Clothing for adverse weather

Application Deadline: Team Ontario Para Nordic Development
Jul 4 all-day
OJST Physical Tests Due (Critical Speed and NC Strength Test
Jul 4 all-day
OJST/Para-Nordic Summer Dryland Camp
Jul 26 – Jul 30 all-day
Annual Coaching Seminar Oct 13 – 15, 2023 @ Camp Kawartha
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm

Our Annual Coaching Seminar is back!!!

Save the date: Fri eve, October 13 – Sun, October 15, 2023
We are excited to offer all coaches in Ontario a weekend of learning and sharing. We are using an Outdoor Education Center (Camp Kawartha: https://campkawartha.ca/) to provide an environment that is conducive to Building our Community. We will share best practices, integrate sessions with Para Nordic coaches and athletes, participate in outdoor team building activities that you can use with your own teams. Accommodations (cabin style) and Food (Saturday morning – Sunday lunch) provided.
We are planning the sessions now and will send out a schedule as soon as we can confirm topics and guest speakers. Registration will be on zone4.ca