Note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct U.S. SuperTour schedule, notably West Yellowstone’s individual start.
Here’s what you have to look forward to this fall, domestically speaking. The Canadians are hosting a season-opening tuneup Oct. 24 in Canmore, Alberta, and it’s known as Frozen Thunder. After the classic sprint and freestyle-distance race (Oct. 31) at the Canmore Nordic Centre, North-American skiing attention will turn to Montana for the USSA SuperTour opener at its usual stop in West Yellowstone from Nov. 28-30.
The SuperTour circuit then heads north to Bozeman, Mont., for the second weekend of races Dec. 5-7. Canadians will have a chance to race at home again at Cross Country Canada’s NorAm opener Dec. 13-14 in Rossland, British Columbia, which also serves as its U23/Junior World Championships Trials. Another set of trials takes place the next weekend, Dec. 20-21, at Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley, British Columbia.
For the last two years, U.S. nationals has been held at Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic venue just outside of Park City, Utah. This winter from Jan. 4-10, they’ll be in Houghton on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The SuperTour circuit ventures to Vermont for back-to-back weekends in Craftsbury from Jan. 30-Feb. 8 before the ultimate American distance race (also part of the SuperTour schedule): the American Birkebeiner Feb. 21 in Hayward, Wis.
Another NorAm and the third-and-final set of Canadian U23/Junior World Trials is scheduled for Jan. 8-11 in Duntroon, Ontario. Western Canadian Championships in Canmore will follow from Jan.15-17, and Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Nakkertok will again host NorAm Easterns in Cantley, Quebec (just before U23 and Junior World Championships Feb. 2-8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan). The Gatineau Loppet will again double as Canadian Long Distance Championships with its 51 k classic mass start in mid-February.
The NorAm season wraps up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with Canadian Ski Nationals at Lappe Nordic, including the 50 k freestyle mass start.
SuperTour Finals and U.S. Distance Nationals are set for March 20-26 in Sun Valley, Idaho — and the mixed relay is back.
Oct. 24: Canmore Frozen Thunder sprint opener: classic sprint*
Oct. 31: Canmore Frozen Thunder distance opener: freestyle distance*
Dec. 13-14: Rossland NorAm opener (and U23/Junior World Trials 1): freestyle sprint & 10/15 k classic
Dec. 20-21: Whistler classic sprint & freestyle interval start at Callaghan Valley (U23/Junior World Trials 2)
Jan. 8-11: Duntroon 15/30 k skiathlon, classic sprint, 10/15 k freestyle (U23/Junior World Trials 3)
Jan. 15-18: Western Canadian Championships in Canmore: 10/10 k classic, freestyle sprint, classic mass start
Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Eastern Canadian Championships in Cantley: freestyle sprint/prologue, 10/15 k freestyle, 15/20 k classic mass start
Feb. 14-15: Gatineau Loppet/Canadian Long Distance Championships: 51 k classic mass start*
March 14-21: Canadian Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay: freestyle team sprint, 5/10 k freestyle, 10/15 k classic, 30/50 k freestyle mass start
*Separate from NorAm series
Nov. 28-30: West Yellowstone SuperTour opener: Freestyle sprint & 10/15 k freestyle individual starts
Dec. 5-7: Bozeman 10/15 k classic mass start & classic sprint
Jan. 4-10: U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton: 10/15 k freestyle, classic sprint, 20/30 k classic mass start, freestyle sprint
Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Craftsbury 20/30 k classic mass start & classic sprint
Feb. 6-8: Craftsbury freestyle sprint, 10/10 k freestyle, 10/15 k classic mass start
Feb. 21: American Birkebeiner in Hayward: 52 k freestyle mass start
March 20-26: SuperTour Finals & U.S. Distance Nationals in Sun Valley: 10/15 k classic, freestyle sprint, mixed relay, 30/50 k freestyle mass start
For the 2014/2015 International Ski Federation (FIS) cross-country calendar, click here.
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- 2014/2015 season
- 2015 American Birkebeiner
- 2015 Canadian nationals
- 2015 Eastern Canadian Championships
- 2015 Gatineau Loppet
- 2015 SuperTour Finals
- 2015 U.S. Distance Nationals
- 2015 U.S. nationals
- 2015 Western Canadian Championships
- Canadian Long Distance Championships
- Sun Valley
- Thunder Bay