As the Regional Governing Body of cross country skiing in the Central Region, the Central Cross Country Skiing is responsible for overseeing the CXC Junior Cup, a series of qualifying events for the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships which are held yearly.

Midwest Junior National Qualifiers

The objective of the CXC Junior Cup events is to encourage young athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 age divisions to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skier who hope to compete at the top national and international levels, or are somewhere in between. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels - from beginner racers to those with International experience.

Qualifying for the Junior National Team will also be a goal for many CXC Junior Cup athletes, and can be done at CXC Junior Cup Race events that are Junior National Qualifiers (JNQ) where the best four races will be scored. To score points for the CXC Junior Cup and JNQ ranking list, you will need a Competitor or NRL Competitor membership.

The Junior National Team athletes for each Division will be selected based on the results of the CXC Junior Cup qualifier races. The distance and discipline of the races will reflect the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships races.


CXC JUNIOR CUP KICK OFF / Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton (MI)

DECEMBER 16: Freestyle Sprint

- 1.5 km U18/U20
- 0.8km U16

DECEMBER 17: Classic Mass Start

- 10km MU18/U20/U23/SR/Open; FU18/U20/U23/SR/Open
- 5km MU16/FU16


GITCHI GAMI GAMES / Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI)

JANUARY 20: Classic Individual Start

- 5km MU16/FU16/U18/U20/U23/SR/Open
- 10 km MU18/U20/U23/SR/Open

JANUARY 21: Freestyle Mass Start

- 5km MU16/FU16
- 10km FU18/FU20/FNCAA/U23/SR/Open
- 15km MU18/MU20/MNCAA/U23/SR/Open


Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming (MI)

FEBRUARY 3: Freestyle Sprint

*same distance all age groups

FEBRUARY 4: Classic Individual Start

- 5km MU16/FU16/FU18/FU20
- 10 km MU18/MU20


Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center, Coleraine (MN)

FEBRUARY 17: Classic Sprint

*same distance all age groups

FEBRUARY 18: Freestyle Individual Start

- 5km MU16/FU16/FU18/FU20
- 10 km MU18/MU20



Everyone that is interested in possibly making a Junior National or U16 Team should read over the qualification rules (page 6). There are differences between the different age groups of what races count towards qualification, how many athletes qualify from each group, etc. Please be aware of these differences.

View Race Results and Standings | Age Classifications


In order to score points to qualify for Junior National Nordic Ski Championships, you must be a current CXC member. Please be sure to have your membership up to date before the first competition.
Competitor Membership

Competitor Membership

Become/Renew a Member
NRL Competitor Membership

NRL Competitor Membership

  • - Inclusion on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List
    - Athlete points profile and history
    - Ability to register for FIS and participate in FIS events (where qualified)
    - Ability/Needed to compete at US Nationals, Junior Nationals, SuperTour, COC, WC events
    - U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership card
    - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Excellence newsletter

After October 15th anyone who has previously held an NRL Competitor Membership license, will have a $25 late fee implemented towards their membership.

Become/Renew a Member


2018 Junior National Nordic Ski Championships

The cream of the crop of American junior Nordic ski racers is coming to Midway City, UT from March 4-11 for the 2018 USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Champinships. Fans will be treated to a glimpse of the future of Team USA as the best athletes under the age of 20 face off at historic Soldier Hollow.


Whether you are new to the CXC Junior Cup races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.

  • Registration for races typically closes on the Tuesday before the race. Plan your races and register early.

  • Give yourself the highest opportunity to earn a place on the Midwest team, and increase your racing experience by participating in all the races if possible.

  • If you are on a school team, good communication with your coach is essential. Work together to establish a plan that supports both your school team and your CXC Junior Cup races.

  • The Midwest team will be named after the final race in the CXC Junior Cup series.

  • Please be prepared to pay for the full cost of the US Junior National Nordic Ski Championships (JN) trip at the team naming that takes place after the final CXC Junior Cup race if you are selected for the team. For instance, JN trip to Truckee (CA) in 2015 was $2,150 per Midwest team member. The required Midwest team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available.

  • Junior National team members must have a Competitor Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this.

  • Keep a close watch on the CXC website as race and JN trip details can change rapidly. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.
Finally, enjoy the experience! The CXC Junior Cup races and Junior National Nordic Ski Championships trip are opportunities to meet and ski with the finest skiers in the Midwest and the country. It's exciting, motivating and really fun.
  • Have questions? Get in touch!