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Voting for Nakkertok Starts July 25 at Noon!
Voting starts, Monday, July 25 at 12:00 noon Eastern time. There are four simple steps to voting:

  1. Visit the website
  2. Click the "Vote Now" under Nakkertok Nordic/Cantley
  3. Cast your vote under Nakkertok's nomination
  4. Vote again and vote often

Voting ends on Tuesday, July 26 at midnight.  [2016-07-25]


2016/2017 Ontario Cup Race Schedule
The 2016-2017 Ontario Cup (and other significant event) schedule is linked below. O Cup techniques and formats will be available later.
2016 - 2017 Ontario Cup Dates and Locations


Nakkertok a Kraft Heinz Project Play Finalist
Nakkertok Ski Club has been selected as one of four finalists for the grand prize of $250,000 in the Kraft Heinz Project Play Contest. This can fund snowmaking at Nakkertok if successful. Voting for the winning bid takes place July 25 - 26, 2016.
More Information      [2016-07-13]


Presentations from Annual Coaching Seminar On Line
All the presentations form the Annual Coaching Seminar in Ottawa, June 4/5 are now available for download on If you have not signed up for slack yet or forgot your log in, please contact Katja Mathys, CCO Coaching Development Co-ordinator at

FISU 2017

Ontario Athletes Nominated to FISU 2017 Canadian Team
Congratulations to Ontario student athletes Gavin Shields of Lakehead U, Jordan Cascagnette & Shelby Dickey of Nipissing U, and Kyla Vanderzwet of Western! They will be joined by Team Manager Katja Mathys & Coaches Mary Waddell and Toivo Koivukoski representing Canada at the FISU Winter Games in Almaty Kazakhstan in January/February 2017. Cross Country Ontario is proud of their achievements in both academics and skiing. As this competition is self-funded, CCO is pleased to be providing financial support to all ON team members.
Full Details  [2016-07-02]


Ontario Cup 2016-2017 Bid Package
Cross Country Ontario invites interested clubs to submit a Request to Host for the 2016/2017 Ontario Cup race series. Clubs who wish to host an Ontario Cup must submit a Request to Host Cross Country Ontario no later than Monday, July 4, 2016.
Ontario Cup Bid Package    [2016-06-24]


Ontario Parasport Games
CCO Para-Nordic Committee is very excited to be part of the Ontario Parasport Winter Games in February. Come on out and start training to participate and compete with an amazing group of people.
For information on Para-Nordic programs contact . Check out the OPSWGS website.    [2016-06-21]


Graduating High School - Thinking of Continuing Skiing?
If you are looking at continuing competitive skiing while attending university, your University HP Rep has put together an information package to help you evaluate the options available.
Information Package for Evaluating University Ski Racing Choices


NCCP Super Clinic is heading North this Fall
The NCCP Super Clinic is taking place in Sault Ste Marie, Oct. 21 - 23, 2016.
More Information  [2016-06-08]


#OUNC takes place July 22-24, 2016 in Huntsville ON. This is a fantastic opportunity for those involved in post secondary skiing, and those looking to get involved. This is a fun-filled and active training weekend for all levels of skiers. Sign up before July 15!
Camp Notice
Athlete Package


Big Thunder 2016 High Performance Summer Training Camp
The Big Thunder Nordic high performance training camp will take place between July 13-17 2016.
Camp Poster and Information


SOD Training Camp June 30 to July 3 at Highlands Nordic
This camp is designed for high school athletes (minimum age 14 as of December 31, 2016). This is going to be a volume camp with several skill development opportunities. Cost is $165 per athlete.
Notice on SOD web page     Registration on Zone 4    [2016-05-23]

Call for Applications: FISU 2017 Winter Universiade Cross Country Skiing Team Canada Coaches and Technicians
CIS is seeking two (2) experienced individuals to be a part of the Canadian Cross Country team for the 28th Winter Universiade. Deadline for Applications is May 27, 2016.
Details      [2016-05-16]


Coaching Opportunity - University of Guelph
The University of Guelph is seeking a coach for it's Varsity Nordic Ski Team.
Job Description and Contact    [2016-05-10]


Nominations for Geoff Gowan Award
The CAC is pleased to honour outstanding coaches who have made significant contributions to coaching and coaching development over the years. The Geoff Gowan Award recognizes lifetime contribution to coaching development; to nominate a deserving Canadian coaching icon for this award, please complete the online nomination package by May 31st, 2016. A printed or digital copy can be submitted to .  [2016-05-05]


CCC-AltaGas High Performance Coaching Experience Program for 2016-17
Cross Country Canada is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 AltaGas High Performance Coaching Experience (HPCE) program.
Details on CCC Website    [2016-05-05]


CCO Annual Coaching Seminar, June 4/5, 2016 in Ottawa
The schedule for the Coaching Seminar (with some updates to come) is linked below. This is a MUST for all coaches. Presenters: George Chiappa, Mike Vieira, Joel Jacques, Kieran Jones, Sheila Kealey, Robin McKeever (sponsored by Team Hardwood), Suzanne Reid, Sue Holloway. Registration is now open on zone 4. Deadline May 27, 2016.
Coaching Seminar Registration Details and Schedule  [2016-04-28]


CCO Provincial Coaching Experience Opportunities
Cross Country Ontario requires coaches to assist in leading the Ontario Talent Squad and Ontario Ski Team summer camps. Another application for fall camps will be posted in August. Deadline for summer camps is May 15, 2016.
Job Description and Application for Summer Camps    [2016-04-25]


Ontario Contract Coach
CCO is pleased to announce that Victor Wiltmann will be joining the OST program as the CCO Contract coach and will be looking after both the OST & OTS program. We have already got started in our planning and look forward to the great year.
Victor can be contacted at:   [2016-04-22]


CCO Coach Mentorship Program
Cross Country Ontario is continuing its Coach Mentorship Program. The aim of this program is to facilitate partnerships and knowledge transfer between coaches in Ontario to support and facilitate the ongoing education of ON high performance coaches. Through this program, coaches can share experiences, exchange ideas, best practices, and coaching strategies resulting in an improved daily training environment for athletes.
Details and Application    [2016-04-11]


Annual CCO Coaching Seminar, June 4/5, 2016 in Ottawa
Coaches, please reserve this weekend. It will be a weekend full of great learning opportunities. Topics: nutrition, active recovery, ski selection, strength training- energy system approach, training camp design and more. More details will follow shortly.


Ontario Talent Squad Points
Posted are the Ontario Points list after Nationals for the Ontario Talent Squad. Please direct any questions to
Ontario Talent Squad Points  [2016-04-01]


Preliminary OST & OST Points
Posted are the Ontario Points list after Nationals and a preliminary list of Ontario Ski Team nominations for information purposes only. A final list will be published upon completion of the selection process. Please direct any questions to
Ontario Ski Team Points after Nationals
Preliminary OST    [2016-04-01]


Revised Ontario Team support
Ontario Ski Team selection for Juvenile Girls -YOB 2000 (Table on page 9/10 - OCUP race column) should read "best three of each technique".
2015-2016 Team Selection & Athlete Support Document


Ontario Points after O Cup 3
Updated Ontario Points lists after O Cup #3 for both Ontario Ski Team and Ontario Talent Squad.
Ontario Ski Team - showing best 6 of 9 with 3 of each technique.
Ontario Talent Squad - showing best 6 of 9 with 2 of each technique


NCD-Thunder Bay Hires Tim Wintoniw as Assitant Coach
The Board of Directors of the National Development Centre-Thunder Bay is very excited to announce the hiring of a new Assistant Coach, Tim Wintoniw.
Full Press Release    [2016-03-17]


Employment Opportunity - HP Coach - Alberta World Cup Academy
The Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) has a current opening for a High Performance Coach for the 2016/17 training year.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016. (Start Date: April 15, 2016)
Job Notice    [2016-03-17]


2016 Ontario Cup Junior Category Leaders
Congratulations to our Ontario Cup Junior Category Leaders. The top 3 in each gender and category will receive a cash award to be presented at the Ontario Team meeting at 2016 Ski Nationals scheduled for 2pm, Friday, March 18th). The Leader Bib points system is similar to the Haywood NorAm Leader; points are awarded based on placing in each of the Ontario Cup races.
Ontario Cup Junior Category Leaders    [2016-03-10]


2016 Ontario Cup Series Team
Congratulations to the Ontario Cup Series Team sponsored by Rex and XC Timo Sport. Team of 40 will receive a Rex toque and water belt at the Ontario Team meeting at the 2016 Ski Nationals scheduled for 2pm, on Friday, March 18.
  2016 Ontario Cup Series Team Points  [2016-03-10]

Kawartha Nordic

2016 Ontario Midget Championships Club Award
The Midget Championship Club banner is awarded to the club accumulating the most points at the Ontario Midget Championships over two days of racing.
Full Results     [2016-03-10]


Para-Nordic Athlete Brittany Hudak Skis to Sixth at IPC World Cup
Four of Canada's rising stars in para-nordic skiing cracked the top-10 in distance races at the IPC World Cup in Finsterau, Germany.
Full Story      [2016-02-27]


Hardwood Ski & Bike Seeks President & General Manager
The Board of Directors of Hardwood Ski and Bike announces the retirement of its President, General Manager, and co- founder Jack Sasseville and the search for his replacement.
Press Release     [2016-12-22]


Rex & XCTimo Sport Sponsor O Cup Series Team
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Ontario Cup Series Team by Rex and XCTimo Sport.
Ontario Cup Series Team Points after Easterns  [2016-02-18]


Ontario Points after O Cup 2
Ontario Points and "Bib" Points after O Cup 2 are posted.
Points can be found on the Results page of the HP Section.
Ontario Points After O Cup 2
Ontario Bib Points After O Cup 2


2016 CCO AGM
Cross Country Ontario's Annual General meeting with take place May 13-15, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Cross Country Ontario provides travel subsidies to the Districts to help offset travel costs. Please contact your District Chair for more information. Meals and accommodations while attending the AGM and club/coach development workshop are covered by CCO. Registration will be open shortly on  [2016-02-17]


Financial Support for Eligible Ontario Athletes for Ski Tour Canada
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce financial support for Ontario athletes who qualify for the Ski Tour Canada. Eligible ON licenced athletes, who are not on the NST, and are selected for the Ski Tour Canada, will be provided with $500 plus a further $250 bonus for each top 30 placing per event.  [2016-02-03]


Ontario Athletes Selected to Represent Canada Internationally
Congratulations to 13 Able Bodied and Para-Nordic athletes who will be representing Canada internationally following the selection races at Lappe.
Selected Athletes

Kawartha Nordic

2016 Ontario Midget Championships at Kawartha Nordic
Get excited for Midget Championships hosted by Kawartha Nordic, on February 27th & 28th, 2016.
Video     [2016-01-06]


2015-2016 CCO Para-Nordic Team Criteria
Cross Country Ontario Para-Nordic Team Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs document is now posted.
Para-Nordic Team & Athlete Support Document

Ontario High Performance Quick Fact Sheet
Linked below is a short summary overview of the programs and support available to Ontario licensed skiers.
Quick Fact Sheet

Ontario Support Guidelines at International Races
Cross Country Ontario announces guidelines to support Ontario athletes who are selected to represent Canada at international races. We value excellence and reward excellence by providing financial support to ensure athletes are able to focus on training and success.
Support Guidelines    [2015-12-17]


2015-2016 Q4G - OAAP Nominations Announced
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the final list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2015-2016 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP).
2015-2016 OAAP Final Nomination List
2015-2016 OAAP Quest for Gold Nomination List with Ranking


2015-2016 CCO Team Criteria
Cross Country Ontario Team Selection Criteria and Athlete Support Programs document is now posted.
Team Selection & Athlete Support Document


Development CCC License
CCC has introduced a Development Level License for those skiers born in "2001 and after" for the price of $15. While the purchase of the license is not mandatory we recommend that midget-aged athletes intending to compete at more that one OCup event consider purchasing the developmental license. Please note the Ontario Midget Championships will not require athletes to have a CCC license.
More Information on CCC License Application Page  [2015-09-29]


2015-2016 Q4G Ontario OAAP Carding Criteria
The 2015-2016 Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program Able Bodied and Para-Nordic criteria are now posted.
Q4G OAAP Able Bodied Carding Criteria
Q4G OAAP Para-Nordic Carding Criteria  [2015-09-23]


Bryan Dubeau Awarded Heinz Niederhauser Scholarship
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce that Bryan Dubeau has been awarded the Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Scholarship.


Provincial Coaching Experience - Forêt Montmorency
Cross Country Ontario requires coaches to assist in leading the Ontario Ski Team's on-snow training camp in Forêt Montmorency between Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2015 with the possibility of an extension until November 11. Application deadline Sept. 21, 2015.
Position Description and Application    [2015-09-04]


SKI-LINES.COM Launches For the Ski Community!
Three members of the Ontario ski community have recently launched a website called with the goal of increasing the accessibility of cross-country ski racing news by aggregating, translating and summarizing articles from around the World.
Press Release     Ski-Lines Website  [2015-09-02]


Patti Kitler Recipient of 2015 Firth Award
Congratulations to Patti Kitler on receiving the Firth Award at the 2015 CCC AGM in Canmore. The Firth Award is awarded annually to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to cross country skiing in Canada.
Full Story     [2015-06-24]


2015 - 2016 Ontario Cup Events
The schedule of Ontario Cup Events for 2015 - 2016 is posted.
2015 - 2016 Ontario Cup Formats and Techniques


Slack - Communication Platform for CCO Coaches
CCO has launched a new communication platform for all coaches in Ontario called Slack. With this tool coaches can exchange information, upload videos and files, talk technique and see what's new in the world of coaching. Slack integrates twitter, dropbox, google drive and more and also syncs between desktop, smart phones and tablets. Twenty-one Ontario coaches signed up in the first few hours. Together we are stronger! To sign up contact Katja:  [2015-05-20]


CCO Contract Coach Anouncement
Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Casey as Ontario Ski Team Contract Coach, and Mike Vieira as Ontario Talent Squad Contract Coach. These positions fit into Cross Country Ontario and NDC Thunder Bay partnering to offer vertical integration in the development of Ontario athletes.
Announcement    [2015-05-19]


Women's Arctic Challenge guided by Katja Mathys
Katja Mathys, CCO Coaching Development Co-ordinator guided (for Black Feather) a group of 14 British ladies across Auyuittuq Pass on Baffin Island this Spring. The linked video follows the event.
LeasePlan Woman's Arctic Challenge: The Whole Story  [2015-05-13]


2015 Talent Squad Nomination
The Ontario Talent Squad Nominations are posted.
2015 Ontario Talent Squad Nominations


2015 OST Nominations
The Ontario Ski Team Nominations for Junior Boys/Girls and Juvenile Boys/Girls are posted.
OST Nominations


Junior Men and Junior Women (YOB 1996), CPL / IPB Ranking List for Ontario Ski Team Nomination
Junior Men and Junior Women (YOB 1996), CPL / IPB Ranking List for Ontario Ski Team Nomination


CCO & NDC Thunder Bay Extend Partnership
Cross Country Ontario and NDC Thunder Bay are pleased to announce the continuation of our partnership to provide comprehensive Ontario Ski Team programming to Ontario's best junior skiers. For the upcoming 2015/2016 season, we will partner with NDC Thunder Bay to offer Ontario Ski Team members appropriate developmental training opportunities, both dryland and on snow.
Please see accompanying notice outlining the program.
To provide further support to the partnership, Cross Country Ontario is seeking applications for a contract coach(es).
Please see accompanying job notice.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Liz Inkila, CCO Administrator at or Victor Wiltmann, NDC Thunder Bay Assistant Coach at  [2015-03-27]


Ontario and Nakkertok are Overall Haywood National Champions
Ontario came out on top in the Divisional rankings at the Haywood Ski Nationals, 14 - 21 March 2015 at Lappe Nordic. This is the first time Ontario has topped the standings since 2006. Nakkertok took it's sixth straight Club Championship, with Team Hardwood third.
Full Report  [2014-03-25]


Ontario Talent Squad, & Ski Team Points after Nationals
Ontario Points after Nationals:
Ontario Ski Team Points After Nationals
Ontario Talent Squad Points After Nationals
A reminder to all athletes to please review the criteria document to familiarize yourself with the various deadlines regarding OTS Midget applications, force majeure and OTS/OST appeals. Questions should be directed to Liz Inkila at .  [2015-03-23]


Midget Championships Club Banner Aggregate Results
The Midget Club Banner for 2015 was won by Highlands Trailblazers at the Midget Championships hosted by Temiskaming Nordic on March 7 - 8.
Full Results

Light the trails for Larry
As you all know our good friend Larry recently lost his battle with cancer. One of Larry's recent plans was to improve the training opportunities for athletes at Highlands by lighting enough of the trail network to allow evening training on varied terrain. As a way to honour Larry's lifetime in skiing, his many friends have established a fund for a system of solar powered lighting.
Participation Information  [2015-02-09]

Larry Sinclair

Larry Sinclair
It is with great sadness that Cross Country Ontario announces the passing of Larry Sinclair. As a young man, Larry competed both at the provincial and national level. The Sinclair family was synonymous with cross country skiing in Collingwood.
[full announcement]    [2015-01-26]