You Don't Want to Miss
Master skiers throughout North America are ready to hit the trails, and with loads of fantastic cross-country-ski events on the horizon, there's a whole lot to be excited about!
AXCS National Masters: The Big City Preview
For the first time since 2005, Masters from across the U.S. will return to the great state of Minnesota as the American XC Skiers (AXCS) 2017 National Masters (NM2017) takes place the weekend of Feb. 4-5, 2017 at Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis – the same site of the 2018 Masters World Cup just under one year later.
NM2017 racing will get started on Saturday, Feb. 4 with 42km- and 21km-distance Classic Individual races run in conjunction with the City of Lakes Loppet Columbia Sportswear Classic events. Then on Sunday, Feb. 5, the 21km Puoli Loppet skate-technique races take center stage to fill out the NM2017 bill for all NM categories.
Featuring courses that literally cross the city of Minneapolis, you'll experience a generally gentle ski route with a mix of city parks, snowed-in paths, and, of course, a series of famous Minnesota frozen lakes.
As usual, to take part in the NM2017, no special entry into the City of Lakes Loppet events is required. All Masters 30+ in age who are registered in the official daily race in the correct age/gender category will be considered officially part of the National Masters.
Host organizer Loppet Foundation offers extensive event information on the official City of Lakes Loppet website, and official AXCS NM2017 updates will be posted on xcskiworld.com – the home of Masters cross-country skiing – in the weeks immediately leading up to the NM2017.
Championship Charlo for Canadian Masters
The 2017 Canadian Masters will be held in Charlo, N.B. from Feb. 12-18, 2017.
Hosted by Les Aventuriers de Charlo, the event schedule for its Classic and free-technique races can be found on the Canadian Masters official website, http://canadian-masters-xc-ski.ca.
MWC2017: The Alps, Davos and Engadin
The 2016/2017 season will wrap with a bang as the 2017 Masters World Cup (MWC2017) pays a visit to Klosters, Switzerland from March 3-10, 2017.
Featuring amazing scenery, loads of alpine winter adventures and world-famous Davos just a few minutes away, the MWC2017 also has the very notable drawing card of the Engadin Ski Marathon (the world's largest skate event) as an amazing finale.
American skiers have already spoken loud and clear on the popularity of this year's event, with more than 150 American racers expected to take part. Team Canada also expects to be well above average size for this very popular event.
It's not too late to get in on the fun! For Canadian skiers, visit http://canadian-masters-xc-ski.ca for more information on attending this event. For American skiers, visit xcskiworld.com to find the latest information on the Team USA trip package and more.
MWC2018: One Year to Go!
Coming Jan. 19-26, 2018, the biggest age-group competition in ski sport will arrive at Theodore Wirth Park in the heart of Minneapolis, Minn. as the 2018 Masters World Cup (MWC2018) returns to North America. The AXCS non-profit Masters association has been working closely for the past five years with local event organizer The Loppet Foundation on making this exciting event a reality.
More than 1,000 Masters from more than 20 nations spanning the entire cross-country-ski world are anticipated to take part in the MWC2018. With no qualification process required, adult skiers of all abilities ranging from ages 30 to 90+ will enjoy up to three individual races (their choice of technique), plus a National Team Relay in all age categories. Opening and closing ceremonies, social events and Olympic-style medal ceremonies for each race are also part of the annual MWC program.
All MWC2018 racing will take part in Minneapolis' Theodore Wirth Park, just a few miles due west of the downtown core. Major improvements have been approved by local authorities over Summer 2016 and include greatly expanded snowmaking capability at the Park, a redesigned stadium configuration, a new event/administration building and new trail access for the MWC2018 that connects the Park's golf-course trails to two lakes on the Park's property. Construction of all planned improvements begins in Fall 2016, with completion by Summer/fall 2017.
Reliability of snow for the MWC2018 has been the single greatest concern in the event bid and development process over the past several years.
“The MWC2018 will be the first Worlds in history that has multiple plans in place for low- or no-snow situations,” says J.D. Downing, AXCS national director and current president of the World Masters Association. “The Loppet Foundation has already tested lake-icegrooming technology plus remote-snowmaking systems so that in low or no snow they can incorporate the Park's extensive lake ice into the courses, plus surrounding terrain into the expanding golf-course snowmaking loops. The fantastic natural-snow courses at T. Wirth Park are obviously our preference, but a great MWC2018 will take place regardless of what Mother Nature provides us.”
Part international ski festival and part World Championship, the Masters World Cup is a celebration of cross-country skiing as a sport for life that spans decades of competitor ages. All race events start in five-year age groups, making the MWC perhaps the only time that adult skiers can take part in a ski event with a representative group of their exact peers.
Rotating around the ski world, the annual event was last hosted in the U.S. by Mccall, Ida. in 2008, with the preceding North American host site being Sovereign Lakes/silver Star, B.C. in 2011. The next North American hosting slot is anticipated to be no earlier than 2022, making the MWC2018 an incredibly unique event for any North American Master skier.
Registration for the MWC2018 will begin in Fall 2017 via the official website Mwc2018.com, with extensive information available via xcskiworld.com and other AXCS membership media over the coming year.
Get ready for fun in the snow and we'll see you out there!
Masters World Cup will be held in Minneapolis in 2018.