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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)