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2020/2021 Nordiq Canada race license information for athletes

The 2020/2021 Nordiq Canada race license application will remain open until June 1, 2021.  Please read here to understand the implications for athletes for the 2021/2022 competitive season. 2020/2021 Nordiq Canada race licenses are not required for Team Ontario programming.

Kivi Park in Sudbury – Para-Nordic Training Centre

An in-depth look at Paralympian Collin Cameron, and the community who rallied behind the vision to build Ontario’s first Para Nordic Training Centre – Kivi Park in Sudbury.  Watch here.

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2021 Community Updates #1 and #2

Join the XCSO staff as we look at the year ahead and what might be in store. Agenda to be updated as new info becomes available.

Agenda:

  • Team Ontario Programming
  • Job Postings – District Approach
  • Para-Programming (Update #2)
  • Camp and Racing Calendars
  • Wax Protocols (Update #2)

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April 15 @8:00pm: Zoom Link

ID: 864 8039 0025

Dial-in Options: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbISqnUyFD

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April 29 @8:00pm: Zoom Link

ID: 812 9006 5825

Dial-in Options: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbISqnUyFD

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XCSO KM Challenge Final Results

795,337 KM skied this season by our ski community.  Thank you to everyone for participating!  Final Results

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Team Ontario Programming Opportunities

Due to the effects of the ongoing and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Cross Country Ski Ontario has reviewed and modified provincial programming for the 2021-22 season. Given the unpredictable outlook for the season, particularly for “in-person” training camps, XCSO has modified our programming to reflect “what we can do”.  Full details available here

Registration on Zone4.ca

Questions can be directed to XCSO Technical Director Victor Wiltmann.

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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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Provincial Programming Update

Due to the effects of the ongoing and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Cross Country Ski Ontario has reviewed and will modify provincial programming for the 2021-22 season. Given the unpredictable outlook for the season, particularly for “in-person” training camps, XCSO programming will reflect “what we can do”.  Read more.

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Ontario Re-opening Information

Thank you to our ski community for their commitment and efforts during the Government of Ontario’s Stay at Home Order.  The government has indicated that the province will transition to the familiar colour coded system in a staggered approach.  As health units transition to the colour coded system, programming can begin once again with all relevant public health guidelines in place. Clubs and coaches/leaders should become familiar what is allowed based on your District’s Health Unit colour status (link below). Please be reminded that all members access their local trails only and do not travel to other areas of the province.  

Government of ON COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open

 

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Ontario Stay at Home Orders

The Government of Ontario has issued a Stay at Home Order (news release & regulation).  At this time, cross country ski facilities (page 26) can remain open for exercise and mental health.  Please note that in person team training, club programming, coaching courses continue to be prohibited.  It is imperative that all members access their local trails only and do not travel to other areas of the province.  

A note from XCSO Chair

Dear Skiers across Ontario:

This week, we have reached a new level of concern over the pandemic. We are in a critical situation in the province, and we need to do our best to participate in being the solution, and not contributing to the further spread.
And yet, here we all are, participating in a sport that is “Naturally Distanced”. On Sunday, for example, I skied over 40km in full compliance with social distancing requirements. It took an occasional pause on the trail, and a shared awkward nod now and again (usually to a faster skier), but that was what it took to participate in maintaining my health, my club members’ health, my community’s health. 
XCSO has been engaging with the Ontario Government to maintain access to our facilities, because we can make the claim that we are naturally distanced, outdoors, and that facilities are able to manage capacity and flow. We have also prepared return-to-sport guidelines that have provided focus to our clubs and facilities, in accordance with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture.
So, let’s all pull together for our communities, while maintaining our own fitness and mental health.  
Angus Carr, XCSO Chair

 

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KM Challenge Do’s & Don’ts

We are excited at the incredible interest in our KM Challenge.  It is fantastic to see clubs embracing the ‘What We Can Do’ attitude!  Due to the overwhelming interest, we have put together a do’s and don’ts list!