Cross Country Ski FIS World Cup on track for March 2020 Season Finale (Press Release)

FasterSkierJuly 24, 2019


Press Release

Cross Country Ski FIS World Cup on track for March 2020 Season Finale

 The Season Finale to be held at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park will welcome the world’s best skiers from around the world to compete for 3 days in March 2020.

 CANMORE, ALBERTA July, 22 2019 – The Alberta World Cup Society (AWCS) just completed a successful pre-World Cup site visit by FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski), accompanied by FIS Marketing AG and Double Black Diamond – the TV producer engaged by the Alberta World Cup Society.  “We are very pleased with the preparation from the Organizing Committee for the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Season Finale in Canmore and are looking forward to March 2020. The entire team around Greg Thompson did a great job and we feel very confident to see excellent competitions including the first ever mixed relay as well as great events around the competitions at the Canmore Nordic Center”said Sandra Spitz, Event Coordinator Cross Country, FIS.

FIS Site Visit: Craig Bullen (Sea to Sky Cable Cam), Nrobert Meier (AWCS), Chris Robinson (Double Black Diamond), Michal Lamplot (FIS), Sabine Mlekusch (FIS MAG), Greg Thompson (AWCS), Sandra Spitz (FIS) and Mike Norton (WinSport)

“Our Organizing and Competition Committees were well prepared to present our race plans to the FIS officials.  The advance work done by our teams meant that we anticipated many of the FIS questions and I believe we’ve passed this test with flying colours”, commented Greg Thompson, Chairman Organizing Committee, AWCS.

The AWCS has been working on this world cup for the past three years and we are excited to look ahead to hosting yet another great set of FIS World Cup Cross-Country Ski races at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park.  With the continued support of our community, businesses, volunteers, sponsors and the municipal, provincial and federal governments, we look forward to hosting a first-class event including numerous community activities.

The 2020 Season Finale will feature the first ever mixed relay race on Sunday, March 22, 2020.  This ground-breaking event will be televised around the world and will feature 2 women and 2 men per nation racing in both classic and skating technique.   It will make for exciting racing, great television and a most wonderful way to finish the 2019/20 Cross Country FIS World Cup season.  The Crystal Globes trophies will be awarded at this event to recognize the Best Distance skier M/F, Best Overall skier M/F and Nations Cup for the season.

The AWCS has held Cross Country Skiing World Cup events at the world-class Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park since 2005.  “We have an excellent track record of bringing World Cup Cross-Country Ski events to Canmore, having held 5 FIS World Cups and 2 Para-Nordic World Cups since the2005 Alberta Centennial World Cup.  Our facilities continue to be among the best in the world and we appreciate the hard work done by the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park staff working with our event team to achieve the highest international standard of hosting excellence.”, said Norbert Meier, Events Chair, AWCS.

Women’s Pursuit at the Canmore Nordic Centre, Ski Tour Canada 2016. (Photo: Pam Doyle Photography)

The Alberta World Cup Society continues to promote its mandate of developing and growing cross-country skiing in Alberta through hosting World Cup races and by providing resources for the development of officials, coaches and athletes. All these activities are accomplished with the involvement of tireless volunteers who dedicate their time in different capacities to make this possible. 

If you would like to have more information on this topic, please contact Norbert Meier at 403-760-0633 or by email:


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