The Great Lakes Division (GLD) Junior Committee is the governing body of Great Lakes Junior National Team that competes at the US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Skiing Junior National Championships (JNs). All criteria, by-laws and rules for Great Lakes junior skiing and development are set forth by this body. This includes but is not limited to the governance of the Great Lakes Junior National Team and Junior National Qualifying Races.

The Midwest Junior National Team and Great Lakes Junior National Team athletes will be selected based on a points list generated from the results of the Junior National Qualifying races. The goal of the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Teams is to introduce and elevate regionally successful athletes to the National racing scene.


* Houghton (MI) / December 16-17
* Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI) / January 20-21
* Al Quaal (MI) / February 3-4

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

Register | Great Lakes Junior National Team Selection Criteria

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

Register | Great Lakes Junior National Team Selection Criteria

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

Register | Great Lakes Junior National Team Selection Criteria


Everyone that is interested in possibly making a Junior National Team should read over the qualification rules. 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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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 anyone who has previously held an NRL Competitor Membership license, will have a $25 late fee implemented towards their membership.

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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 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 Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes team member. The required Great Lakes team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available.

  • Junior National team members must have a CXC/US Ski & Snowboard Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this.

  • Keep a close watch on the 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.