GREETINGS CENTRAL REGION ATHLETES & FAMILIES:

The CXC Cup Schedule is now set for 2021-2022.

The National Nordic Foundation U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour season will start out with early December racing in the upper midwest with back-to-back weekends of racing at Spirit Mtn in Duluth (MN), and the Birkie Trails in Cable (WI). The last domestic SuperTour of the year will be The Birkie.

When the SuperTour combines with local junior races, it gives juniors a chance to test themselves against the top athletes in the country. It allows young skiers to envision their future in skiing, track their progress, and establish goals for future skiing success.

In reviewing the schedule, please note that the season will start a week earlier than usual with the highest level of Domestic competition in the United States. This is going to require our athletes to be ready to be on their game early. Not peaking, but ready to compete at a high level in December. In order to be best prepared, it would be wise for aspiring Junior athletes to make plans to be on snow over Thanksgiving.

SALOMON CXC JUNIOR CUP

As the Regional Governing Body (RGB) for cross country skiing in the Central Region, Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is responsible for overseeing the Great Lakes and Midwest Divisions' Junior Teams qualifying for Junior Nationals, CXC U16 and CXC U18 Championship Trips, which are held yearly.



The objective of the Salomon CXC Junior Cup events is to encourage young athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 age groups to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skiers 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 beginning racers to those with International experience.

Qualifying for a Division's Junior National Team, CXC U18 Championships Team or CXC U16 Championships 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). To score points for the CXC Junior Cup and JNQ Divisional Ranking List, you will need a membership.

The Junior Team athletes for each Divisional Trip (Midwest and Great Lakes - JNs, CXC U16, and CXC U18) will be selected based on the results of the CXC Junior Cup qualifier races in their division. The distance and discipline of the races will attempt to reflect the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships races.


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CXC Junior Cup

2021-2022 RACE SCHEDULE


December 4-5, 2021 / Duluth (MN) / Hosted by DXC


VENUE: Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Spirit Mountain Rec Area, 8551 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55808

- NNF SuperTour
- Super CXC Cup (Midwest & Great Lakes Divisional Junior National Qualifier)

This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and will score results on the Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest and Great Lakes Divisional Ranking Lists are used for the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Team qualification.
Saturday, December 4: Freestyle (Skate) Sprint (Male U16/U18/U20/Senior & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior)

Sunday, December 5: Freestyle (Skate) Individual Start (5km - Male U16 & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior; 10km - Male U18/U20/Senior)

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.
Register | Host Venue Website | Regional Wax Policy

Registration Fee: $46 for each day

Registration Fee Refund Policy: the organizers will honor the policy of full refund if an event is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance, and no refund if canceled less than 2 weeks in advance.


December 10-12, 2021 / Cable (WI) / Hosted by ABSF


VENUE: American Birkebeiner Trailhead, 14875 Mcnaught Rd, Cable, WI 54821

- NNF SuperTour
- Super CXC Cup (Midwest & Great Lakes Divisional Junior National Qualifier)

This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and will score results on the Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest and Great Lakes Divisional Ranking Lists are used for the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Team qualification.
Friday, December 10: Freestyle (Skate) Mass Start - NNF SuperTour Only! (15km -Male & Female)
This event is NOT a Midwest and/or Great Lakes Junior National team qualifier.


Saturday, December 11: Classic Sprint (Male U16/U18/U20/Senior & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior)

Sunday, December 12: Classic Individual Start (5km - Male U16 & Female U16; 10km - Female U18/U20/Senior; 15km - Male U18/U20/Senior)

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.
Register | Host Venue Website | Regional Wax Policy

Registration Fee: $46 for each day

Registration Fee Refund Policy: the organizers will honor the policy of full refund if an event is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance, and no refund if canceled less than 2 weeks in advance.


January 22-23, 2022 / Coleraine (MN) / Hosted by Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center


VENUE: Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center, 200 Mount Itasca Dr, Coleraine, MN 55722

- Midwest Divisional Junior National Qualifier

This event is a Midwest Division CXC Cup Event only. Great Lakes Division athletes may participate. Results will be scored on the Midwest Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). Great Lakes results will be scored only on the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest Divisional Ranking List is used for the Midwest Junior National Team qualification.
Saturday, January 22: Freestyle (Skate) Individual Start (5km - Male U16 & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior; 10km - Male U18/U20/Senior)

Sunday, January 23: Classic Mass Start (7.5km - Male U16/U18/U20/Senior & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior)

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.
Register | Host Venue Website | Regional Wax Policy

Registration Fee: $46 for each day

Registration Fee Refund Policy: the organizers will honor the policy of full refund if an event is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance, and no refund if canceled less than 2 weeks in advance.


January 29-30, 2022 / Houghton (MI) / Hosted by Michigan Tech


- Great Lakes Divisional Junior National Qualifier

This event is a Great Lakes Division CXC Cup Event only. Midwest Division athletes may participate. Results will be scored on the Great lakes Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest results will be scored only on the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Great Lakes Divisional Ranking List is used for the Great Lakes Junior National Team qualification.
Saturday, January 29: Freestyle (Skate) Individual Start (5k - Male U16 & Female U16; 10k -Female U18/U20/Seniors; 15k - Male U18/U20/Seniors)

Sunday, January 30: Classic Sprint (Male U16/U18/U20/Senior & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior)

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.
Register | Regional Wax Policy

Registration Fee: $46 for each day

Registration Fee Refund Policy: the organizers will honor the policy of full refund if an event is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance, and no refund if canceled less than 2 weeks in advance.



February 19-20, 2022 / Rhinelander (WI) / Hosted by Northwoods Nordic Ski Club


VENUE: CAVOC Trails, 4321 S Shore Dr, Rhinelander, WI 54501

- Great Lakes Divisional CXC CUP FINALS

This event is a Great Lakes Division CXC Cup Event only. Midwest Division athletes may participate. Results will be scored on the Great lakes Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest results will be scored only on the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Great Lakes Divisional Ranking List is used for the Great Lakes Junior National Team qualification.
Saturday, February 19: Freestyle (Skate) Mass Start (5k - Male U16 & Female U16F/U18/Senior; 10k - Male U18/20/Senior)

Sunday, February 20: Classic Individual Start (5k - Male U16 & Female U16; 10k - Male U18/20/Senior & Female U18/20/Senior)

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.
Register | Host Venue Website | Regional Wax Policy

Registration Fee: $46 for each day

Registration Fee Refund Policy: the organizers will honor the policy of full refund if an event is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance, and no refund if canceled less than 2 weeks in advance.



February 20-21, 2022 / Golden Valley (MN)/ Hosted by Loppet Foundation


VENUE: Theodor Wirth Regional Park, 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway

- Midwest Divisional CXC CUP FINALS

This event is a Midwest Division CXC Cup Event only. Great Lakes Division athletes may participate. Results will be scored on the Midwest Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). Great Lakes results will be scored only on the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest Divisional Ranking List is used for the Midwest Junior National Team qualification.
Sunday, February 20: Classic Sprint (Male U16/U18/U20/Senior & Female U16/U18/U20/Senior)

Monday, February 21: Freestyle (Skate) Individual Start (5k - Male U16 & Female U16; 10k - Male U18/20/Senior & Female U18/20/Senior)

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.
Register | Host Venue Website | Regional Wax Policy

Registration Fee: $46 for each day

Registration Fee Refund Policy: the organizers will honor the policy of full refund if an event is canceled more than 2 weeks in advance, and no refund if canceled less than 2 weeks in advance.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


In accordance with U.S. Ski and Snowboard sanctioning requirements, all non-youth skiers (ages 14 and over) must be registered with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard to enter the CXC Cup races.


- Skiers with a Cross Country General Membership will be provided entry to the CXC Cup Events, but will not receive National Ranking List (NRL) points.

- Skiers wanting U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List (NRL) points, to be ranked and also seeded based upon national rank at CXC Cup Events must purchase a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership.

Hopefully, your local club coach can help you navigate your membership questions if you are new to CXC Cup racing.

Please be sure to have your membership up to date before the first competition!


CXC Junior Cup

GENERAL PARTICIPATION TIPS


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

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

Give yourself the opportunity for preferential seeding, and increase your elite racing experience, by purchasing a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership before the racing season starts and participating in all your division's CXC Cup 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 Cup races.

The Divisional Junior Teams (JNs, CXC U16 & U18 Trip) will be named after the final race in the CXC Cup series this season.

Junior National team members must have a CXC/US Ski & Snowboard Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this, as lowering NRL points and getting seeded based upon the NRL at races are both important to having the best chance to compete.

Keep a close watch on the website as race and CXC Cup details may change rapidly this season. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.

Finally, enjoy the experience of elite racing! The CXC Cup events are opportunities to meet and ski with the finest skiers in the Central Region of the country, and beyond. It's exciting, motivating and really fun.
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