2023-2024 Q4G OAAP Carding Program

The 2023-2024  Quest for Gold (Q4G) Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) is now launched.  This is a direct to athlete carding program which is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport.  For criteria information please click HERE.

Information regarding the Q4G program will be posted on our Q4G webpage.

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We want to hear from you! XCSO Strategic Plan Survey

XCSO is entering a new era and we want to hear from our members and clubs.  Please take a few minutes to answer this survey to help XCSO shape the next 4+ years.

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.

CWG Selection Event – Clarification

Please see the CWG criteria for clarification & rationale regarding the prioritization of selection races.


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2023 XCSO KM Challenge Now Available

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Team Canada for FISU Games

Team Canada is well represented by Ontario clubs and universities at the 2023 FISU Games in Lake Placid, NY.  Congratulations to all the athletes.  More details here.



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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.

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Al Maddox & Anton Scheier Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Inductees (Builder)

Cross Country Ski Ontario congratulates Al Maddox and Anton (Toni) Scheier on their induction to the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.  Induction Ceremony is Thursday (today), Nov 24 at 8pm.  Register HERE.

Al Maddox, from Thunder Bay, is Canada’s longest serving FIS Technical Delegate.  Al’s impact on the Canadian nordic ski community has been immeasurable. Among his many accomplishments, Al was the Chief of Competition at the 1995 World Nordic Ski Championships and the Technical Delegate at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.  He has mentored many race organizers over the years and was   and his homologation ‘stamp of approval’ is on many courses across Canada.   Congratulations Al!

Ottawa’s Anton (Toni) Scheier has served in many capacities at the local, regional, provincial and national level.  Toni served as the Canadian Team Manager and/or Wax Technician at multiple World Nordic Ski Championships & the 1988 Olympic Games.  Toni spearheaded Nakkertok Nordic’s application to Kraft Heinz Project Play for snowmaking.  The success of this project will be on display on Dec 9/10 at the Candy Cane Cup/Eastern Canada Cup/Ontario Cup/Quebec Cup races held at the facility.  Congratulations Toni! (Ottawa media coverage)

Other nordic inductees include athletes Sara Renner, Collette Bourgonje

2023 Canada Winter Games Team ON staff

Cross Country Ski Ontario announces the staff who will lead Team ON to the 2023 Canada Winter Games in PEI.

Katja Mathys – Head Coach

Victor Wiltmann – Assistant Coach

John Cowan – Para-Nordic Coach

Leif Lennie – Wax Technician

Liz Inkila – Team Manager

Please visit our CWG page for selection criteria and more as we get ready to represent Team O!