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2023/2024 Ontario Cup Schedule

Cross Country Ski Ontario is pleased to announce the 2023/2024 Ontario Cup Schedule.

Ontario athletes can look forward to an exciting 2023-2024 race season with a 5 event OCUP Series on offer across the province, along with Ontario Winter Games and Ontario University Athletic Championships in Thunder Bay, and Ontario Youth Championships in Sault Sainte Marie. Para Nordic athletes also have several events to choose from. In addition, both Nordiq Canada selection Trials (Mont Saint Anne) and Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals (Nakkertok) will be hosted in the East.

At XCSO we want to ensure that every athlete who wants to race has the opportunity to do so regularly, and at well run events, with a variety of competition and formats; and that sites that wish to host an OCUP have the opportunity to do so. Fast, fun and fair racing.

A printable PDF OCUP and Domestic Race calendar as well as the OCUP Bid Process and Decision Making Rationale can be found at the Events Tab on the website. The events are also listed individually on the Home Page Event List on the website, and will be updated regularly as details become available.

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2023-2024 Ontario Cup Series Bid to Host

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 Ontario Cup Series.  Please apply by June 28, 2023.  Please click HERE for the bid package.

2023 CWG Ranking

The 2023 Canada Winter Games Trials took place Jan 6-8th at the Lappe Ski Centre in Thunder Bay. Based on results, the ranking list and related synopsis is HERE. A final team announcement will be made at the completion of World U20/U23 Championships Trials to be held in Prince George January 18-21.

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Ontario will follow Nordiq Canada Wax Rules for the 2022-2023 season

Cross Country Ski Ontario continues to adapt as we navigate the changing NF wax protocols. Thus, all standalone Ontario Nordiq Canada Tier 2 events will follow the Nordiq Canada Wax Rules.  This includes Ontario Cups #2, 3 & 5 in Thunder Bay, Sudbury & Lakefield respectively; Ontario Winter Games; Ontario Para Sport Games; Ontario University Championships (OUAs); and Ontario Youth Championships.

Please note: an exception has been granted by Nordiq Canada to the Nakkertok venue to further restrict the use of fluoro grip waxes at the Candy Cane Cup and Eastern Canadian Championships.  Please refer to Nakkertok’s Wax Policy for full details.

Please review the Nordiq Canada wax rules for information regarding the 2023 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals (Tier 1 event) held at Lappe Ski Centre in Thunder Bay.

Team Ontario Canada Winter Games Selection Criteria

Team Ontario has a strong history of excellence at the Canada Winter Games.  More information regarding the Canada Winter Games is HERE and will be updated as more details become available.

Direct link to Team ON Selection Criteria.

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2022/2023 Ontario Cup Schedule

Cross Country Ski Ontario is pleased to announce the 2022/2023 Ontario Cup Schedule and host clubs.  The busy race season will include the 2023 Ontario Winter Games rescheduled from 2022; the Ontario Para Sport Games; Eastern Canada Cups; Canada Winter Games in PEI; and the 2023 Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay.  Please stay tuned to the Event Schedule as details become available.

2022-23 Nordiq Canada Coaching License

Coaches can now start signing up for their 2022-23 Nordiq Canada Coaching License
All coaches coaching for more than 7 hours/year must sign up for the 2022-23 NC Coaching License before starting to coach from July 1st 2022 to June 30th 2023 in order to continue benefiting from NC liability insurance coverage and other benefits

The NC coaching license is mandatory for all active cross country ski coaches in Canada who are coaching at least 7 hours per year with a registered cross country ski club.


XCSO is committed to leading Safe Sport in our sport. As such, Cross Country Ski Ontario requires all Ontario coaches complete the Coaches Association of Canada’s Safe Sport (~ 90 minutes) and Understanding the Rule of Two (~ 20 minutes) e-learning modules. The free modules are available in the Locker.

XCSO will be monitoring compliance beginning September 2022 on a monthly basis.

Thank you for your efforts to make cross country skiing a safe sport for all participants.

If you have any questions about this, please email Katja Mathys



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Ontario Cup Bid Package – now available

The Ontario Cup Bid Package is now available.  Please download the application and submit it to Liz Inkila by July 3, 2022.

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2023 Ski Nationals & CCUNC Championships to be held in Thunder Bay

The 2023 Nordiq Canada Ski Nationals and Canadian College & University Nordic Championships will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the Lappe Ski Centre.  Congratulations to Lappe Nordic and Big Thunder Nordic Ski Clubs for their successful bid.  The last time Nationals was held in Thunder Bay was in 2018.  Read more HERE.