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XCSO accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) invites applications for the position of Executive Director (FT).  The job posting will remain open until filled and the review of applications received will begin on April 18.  Full details HERE.

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XCSO launches Updated Policies

Cross Country Ski Ontario has updated all relevant policies as required by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport. Policies can be found HERE.

XCSO is the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) formally recognized as the governing body for cross country skiing in Ontario. The primary function of a PSO is the development of athletes, coaches and officials and these new policies are compliant with the MTCS Sport Recognition policy.  We invite the ski community to learn more at two Community Updates.  Details below.

Monday, October 17 @ 8pm:  Zoom Meeting Link

Monday, November 7th @ 8pm: Zoom Meeting Link



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XCSO Membership Fee Update

At the XCSO AGM on Monday, May 9, membership fees were discussed and voted upon.  The XCSO membership fee is now $10 per member effective immediately.  The Zone4 membership panel has been updated – see below for illustration purposes for NOD.  Clubs are advised to change their documentation as appropriate and inform their membership.

Special Note to Clubs which have opened their 2022/2023 Membership Registration: Zone4 has informed XCSO that if any of 2022/2023 member’s carts are edited, Zone4 will reprocess and the $2 per member difference will be charged to the Club.  This reprocessing can be triggered in many ways such as from a Club Administrator editing a misspelled name, changing someone’s program choice, or giving a refund, for example.

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Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipient – Grant Hall

Cross Country Ski Ontario announces that late Grant Hall of Lappe Nordic is the recipient of the XCSO Outstanding Volunteer Award.  Grant began volunteering at Lappe Nordic in the early 2000s.  He was a fixture in race organizing at Lappe for local, regional, provincial and national races.   Read about Grant’s volunteerism HERE.

This award will be presented at the XCSO AGM on Monday, May 9th at ~ 8pm.  Cross Country Ski Ontario will be developing a virtual Hall of Fame on our website for great volunteers in our sport.

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Alan White

The Cross Country Ski Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Alan White will be the inaugural recipient of the Cross Country Ski Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award celebrates outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in Ontario and Canada.  Many of us know Al from being on a timing crew or seeing him in the role of Technical Delegate at an Ontario Cup.  Al has been busy behind the scenes as well.  Al began with Cross Country Ski Ontario (then called Cross Country Ontario) in the 1990s.  Please read more HERE.

Congratulations Al! Thank you for your outstanding achievements in officials development, race organizing, timing and volunteerism! Al will be presented with the award on Monday, May 9th at the XCSO AGM ~ 8pm.

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XCSO Video Series launched!

Enjoy a series of ‘how to’ videos intended to help new skiers enjoy their day on the trails!  Our very own Kelly Sinclair and Jordan Cascagnette take us through the basics of ‘What to Wear’, ‘Intro to Waxing’ & ‘Basics of Cross Country Ski Equipment’.

Copy and paste this URL in a new browser and and enjoy the show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW5a6xButvU&list=PL2PRqrra9-6naQgdl2dehM4VwLaitjFkq

Special thanks to our hosts Jordan and Kelly as well as our videographer Graham Perry! More videos are in production! Stay tuned for the next series focussing on technique tips.

Announcement: Ontario Cup #5 to be held at Lakefield College School March 5/6, 2022

We are excited to announce that Lakefield College School in collaboration with Kawartha Nordic will host an Ontario Cup at Lakefield College School March 5/6, 2022.  Much work has been done by LCS as planned host of OFSAA Nordic Championships.  With the cancellation of OFSAA nordic, approval from local public health paves the way for hosting an Ontario Cup.  Formats and techniques are being finalized – expect an interval start and mass start.  Thank you to the Local Organizing Committee!  Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

Nordiq Canada Annual Fundraiser is now open!

The Nordiq Canada Annual club fundraiser is open!

Last year 25 clubs participated in the Annual Club Fundraiser and raised $375,000 for their club projects.  Clubs like Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club:

“As a club, Nakkertok was overwhelmed by the support provided by the community in helping us to purchase our new Pisten Bully.  We are grateful that our supporters value our commitment to providing a fantastic skiing experience and will continue to invest in our facilities.  Thanks for the support!”, Steve Morris.

The goal of this year’s campaign is to raise $500,000 in support of cross-country ski club projects across Canada and Nordiq Canada is here to help you!

2022 Annual Club: Fundraiser Invitation

Annual Club Fundraiser: Application Form
Vendor Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): Request Form

Questions: Krista Robinson: krobinson@nordiqcanada.ca

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OCup #3 (Thunder Bay) – Cancelled

Lakehead Superior Nordic Association (LSNA) has made the difficult decision to cancel OCUP#3. The current restrictions in place by the Government of Ontario make it impossible for teams to access any indoor space on-site, and health units have recommended against non-essential travel. With schools opening on Monday there is an expectation that OMICRON will peak during the event, likely affecting travel, participation and volunteer capacity. The Local Organizing Committee has evaluated these factors and the additional measures required to address them, and determined that cancellation is the prudent course of action.

XCSO extends a thank you to the Local Organizing Committee for all their work and to our ski community for their continued patience and understanding as COVID-19 continues to impact our ability to host events.