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

Midwest Junior National Qualifiers

The Midwest Junior National Team athletes will be selected based on the results of the Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races. The distance and discipline of the JNQs will reflect the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championship races. While qualifying for Junior Nationals may be the goal of most athletes, the objective of the JNQs is to encourage young athletes to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills. JNQ events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels - from beginner racers to those with Olympic aspirations.


VENUE / Michigan Tech Trails

December 17-18, 2016 / Houghton, MI


VENUE / Birkie Trailhead

January 21-22, 2017 / Cable, WI


VENUE / Marshall School Trails

January 28-29, 2017 / Duluth, MN

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VENUE / Theodore Wirth Park

February 18-19, 2017 / Minneapolis, MN



Everyone that is interested in possibly making the Midwest Junior National 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.

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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

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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, 2017 anyone who has previously held a CXC/USSA NRL Competitor Membership license, will have a $25 late fee implemented towards their membership.

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2016 Junior National Nordic Ski Championships

The cream of the crop of American junior Nordic ski racers is coming to Lake Placid, NY from March 3-11 for the 2017 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 Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex.


Whether you are new to the Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.

  • Registration for JNQ 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 elite 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 JNQ races.

  • The Midwest team will be named after the final race in the JNQ 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 JNQ 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 CXC/USSA 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 of elite racing! The JNQ 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!