XCSO welcomes Alex Roger to the Excellence Programs Manager Position

Cross Country Ski Ontario is excited to introduce Alex Roger as the newest member of our team! Join us in extending a warm welcome as Alex embarks on his journey with us, as XCSO’s Excellence Programs Manager (formerly Technical Director) bringing fresh energy and expertise to our collective endeavors. 

Alex joins XCSO with experience in the delivery of NCCP Coach Education at Ontario Cycling and with a high performance background as an Own the Podium Program athlete in rowing. Holding a master’s degree in Sport Management and Leadership from Western University, Alex will play a key role in cultivating innovative opportunities for coach development and mentorship at Cross Country Ski Ontario and managing the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative program.

Working under the direction of the Executive Director, Alex will specifically oversee the design and delivery of XCSO’s Excellence Programs, including Para Nordic programming. “I think that cross country skiing is a unique sport because it gives people of all ages and ability the opportunity to participate and live a healthy active lifestyle. Reflecting on my history in sport and competing at the Learn to Win stage, I find it incredibly rewarding to support high-performance programs while applying my knowledge in coach development activities”.

As a Certified NCCP Coach Developer with several National Sport Organizations, Alex understands the requirements of capacity growth and delivery of high-quality programs at the club, provincial and national levels of sport. “With respect to cross country skiing and its vibrant community, I am committed to providing athletes and coaches with the appropriate resources and tools to achieve excellence at the highest levels of competition”. 

Alex joins the team on June 3rd. Here’s to great collaborations ahead!


2024-2025 Team Ontario Development Program

Team Ontario Development Program is intended to introduce athletes to high performance concepts and engage athletes in supplemental learning opportunities in nutrition, mental performance and technique.


  • Athletes YOB 2010-2001
  • Intend to purchase a 2024/25 Nordiq Canada racing license and participate in the 2024-25 Ontario Cup race season
  • Be a member of a registered XCSO club
  • Complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s SafeSport: Athlete and Rule of Two modules

Athletes must submit their application via Zone4 HERE

Application will include:

  • Planned training hours and goals for the upcoming season
  • A copy of your Yearly Training Program (YTP)
  • Online recommendation from your club coach

Application Deadline: Saturday June 1, 2024 with official team selection in early September.

Team Ontario clothing upon successful completion of application process!!!!

XCSO is Hiring a Summer Communications Intern!

Are you 15 or older and a high school or post secondary student interested in a rewarding summer experience.

Apply now for the XCSO Summer Communications Intern position.

Read the job description here.

XCSO AGM May 24, 25 and 26

The 2024 Annual General Meeting and Club Workshop will be held at Chancellor’s House on the Nipissing University Campus, North Bay ON on May 24, 25 and 26, 2024.

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Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club Pilots Para Nordic Eagle Program

Arrowhead Provincial Park hosted Canada’s first pilot project for Nordiq Canada, integrating a Para Nordic Skills Development Program called the Eagles Para Program.

The motto of the International Paralympic Committee is ‘to soar higher’, and in carrying on the theme of the animation, the Eagle was selected.  Thank you to Arrowhead Jackrabbit Coach Kade Vink for designing the program logo.

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XCSO to Assume Management of National Team Development Center – Thunder Bay

Subject: XCSO to Assume Management of National Team Development Center – Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Thursday March 28, 2024

National Team Development Center – Thunder Bay (NTDC) and Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) are excited to announce that, effective April 30, NTDC Thunder Bay will be operated by XCSO.

This strategic merger brings together the strengths, expertise, and resources of both organizations, paving the way for strong alignment and commitment to the long term viability of NTDC. For over 30 years, NTDC has offered a pathway for Ontario and Canadian athletes, coaches and technicians on their journey to achieving their personal goals, and as a conduit to the Canadian National Ski Team. By joining forces, we aim to align our programming, continue to provide an exceptional training environment, and offer athletes a place to call home in a truly supportive ski community that has early access to snow, a low cost of living, and great educational opportunities.

XCSO will bring additional resources to the training centre, including administrative support and governance capacity. The organizations will work together, and with athletes, to update the NTDC’s mission and vision. Clear objectives and measurable outcomes will align with athlete objectives, the XCSO strategic plan and the goals of Nordiq Canada for its training centers. NTDC will continue to be a leader in Canada in the development of high performance skiers.

Stéphane Barrette, CEO of Nordiq Canada, states: “Nordiq Canada is looking forward to working with XCSO and the NTDC throughout the 2024-2025 season and to building a strong and sustainable training centre model going forward.”

We will aim for a seamless transition, with a commitment to maintaining stability for current and prospective athletes. Our priority remains focused on delivering excellence and fostering success.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the success of both organizations thus far. Together, we embark on an exciting new chapter filled with opportunities.

Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this transformative journey together!

Applications for the upcoming season are open at: https://www.ntdctbay.ca/applications-now-open-for-the-2024-25-season/ 

For information about this change please contact Stephanie Marler [email protected] | 807.474.6126.
For recruitment and athlete support please continue to contact the NTDC Team Manager Jack Carlyle at [email protected] | 807.355.4193.

2024 Nordiq Canada Coaches Conference

Nordic Sports Coaches Conference
April 25 – 28, 2024
Canmore, Alberta

Dear Ontario Coaches,
If you are interested in attending the Nordiq Canada Coaches Conference, XCSO will pay the registration fee of $275 for 2 coaches per district. Please contact your District chair to confirm details, or Katja Mathys at [email protected].
We encourage each district to use the following formula for the remaining expenses: 1/3 paid by the district, 1/3 paid by the club, 1/3 paid by the coach. This registration subsidy is only available to coaches that are not receiving additional funding directly from Nordiq Canada for this conference.
If you are a coach chosen to attend by your district and reimbursed for the conference registration fee by XCSO, you will be approached to share the knowledge you gained in Canmore with Ontario’s coaching community at a District Excellence Camp, at the XCSO Annual Coaching Seminar or at other identified opportunities.
Registration: $275

XCSO Strategic Goal#3:
Ensure that Ontario athletes, coaches, officials, wax technicians and event hosts
are consistently recognized as among Canada’ best.

Highlands Trailblazers are Hiring!

There are two job opportunities open at Highlands Trailblazers. The club is looking for both a Cross Country Skiing Lead Coach and an Administrator.  

Cross Country Skiing Lead Coach for Highlands Trailblazers ski club (part time)

Application Deadline: March 28, 2024

Application sent to: Gord Salt: [email protected]

Application Requirements: 

  1. Cover letter explaining why interested in this position and ability to make the workouts (i.e. transportation/accommodation plan if local, plan to relocate/travel if not local, etc)
  2. Coaching & athletic CV

See full job description here.

Administrator for Highlands Trailblazers ski club (part time)

Application Deadline: March 28, 2024

Application sent to: Gord Salt: [email protected]

Application Requirements:

  1. Cover letter explaining why interested in this position and their connection with cross country skiing/biathlon
  2. Relevant CV

See full job description here.

This is the link to the Trailblazers job opportunities page: https://highlandstrailblazers.ca/job-opportunities/