Fans of fantasy cross-country and FasterSkier, get ready for some big news. We’re the new home of the internationally renowned Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country, which launched today at fantasy.fasterskier.com.
If you’ve played before, welcome back! There are some new changes (mainly concerning the fake money you’ll be playing with). And if you’re new, it’s not complicated! Just update your team of eight men and eight women weekly and see how the races (and those athletes’ results) unfold. There are prizes on the line from a list of great sponsors and even a team competition sponsored by Concept 2.
Here are a few words from the man behind the fantasy, Noah Hoffman:
Hi! Welcome to Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! If you’ve played before, thanks for coming back. If you’re new to this, thanks for trying it out.
I first launched Fantasy Cross Country for the 2015 World Championships as a way to give fans a personal stake in international cross-country skiing, and I expanded it to a season-long competition for the 2015/2016 season. I hope it has given (or will give) you a little incentive to follow the FIS Cross Country World Cup, watch the races and cheer for your favorite athletes!
Last year we introduced a new team selection platform for championship events, which we will use again for the PyeongChang Olympics in February. Also, the Concept 2 Team Challenge made its debut last season and is back for this winter.
New this year is a cost-based scoring system. No longer will you simply select your top 8 men and 8 women. Now you will have to take into account the cost of each athlete to make sure you stay under budget. You can read all about these changes on the How to Play page. It’s not hard; don’t be intimidated!
Also, this year we have joined forces with FasterSkier.com to expand our reach and to get help marketing the game. You will notice that we are using a new domain, fantasy.fasterskier.com, and we have a slightly new look. FasterSkier will also help us bring you relevant skiing coverage that will help you in your team-selection process. I hope you like the changes!
Most importantly, this game is all about you: the players. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach Adam Mahar, our amazing programmer, at email@example.com.
The FIS Cross Country season starts in full swing with the three-day Ruka Triple mini tour, Nov. 24-26, in Kuusamo, Finland. Register or log in to fantasy.fasterskier.com today and make your picks by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 23.
Need help making your picks? Read up on the latest news on FasterSkier.com and check out Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country’s weekly emails for relevant info, which you’ll receive upon signing up for the league.