Cross Country

Cross-country skiing has been an integral sport in the Olympic Winter Games since the first competition in Chamonix, France. The USSA is committed to furthering cross country in the United States by providing athletic programs, services and competitions across the country.  Cross-country skiing is generally divided into two groups based on technique: classic and skate. Skiathlon combines the two techniques in one race. Athletes get started in nordic by learning to ski at a local area. USSA Clubs are the primary starting point for aspiring athletes, providing an introduction point with knowledgeable coaches and officials to guide them along the development pipeline. Numerous opportunities for developing as an athlete exist through the Cross Country Training System. For further information on cross-country please contact the sports director, Larry Wilkinson, at Sanctioning Body

The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.

NYSSRA (New York State Ski Racing Association) Nordic, Inc.

Competition schedule:


Entry Divisions

NYSSRA uses the “U” age class system utilized by USSA. The "U" or "Under" replacing the "J" system for our competitive junior age groups. Age categories remain in two year increments, and the classifications are the same, only the title changes. For example, 18-19 year olds are now U20 (formerly OJ), 16-17 year olds are U18 (formerly J1), and so on. Your Age Group is defined by your age as of December 31 of the race season.

Category Age as of December 31,  2016 Year of Birth
12 or 13 2003 - 2004
U16 14 or 15 2001 - 2002
U18 16 or 17 1999 -2000
U20 18 or 19 1998 - 1997
20 - 29 1987 - 1996
M1 30 -34 1982 - 1986
M2 35 - 39 1977 - 1981
M3 40 - 44 1972 - 1976
M4 45 - 49 1967 - 1971
M5 50 - 54 1962 - 1966
M6 55 - 59 1957 - 1961
M7 60 - 64 1952- 1956
M8 65 - 69 1947 - 1951
M9 70 - 74 1942 - 1946
M10 75 - 79 1937 - 1941
M11 80 - 84 1932 - 1936
M12 85+ 1931 and earlier



  • Friday - 2.5k Freestyle Prologue
  • Saturday - 5k Classical(U14/U16), 20k Classical(U18 and older) - 200m Freestyle Sprints(qualify at prologue)
  • Sunday - 5k Freestyle(U14/U16), 7.5k Freestyle(U18 and Older)

Registration Fees

  • Scholastic: $45 
  • Masters: $70


  • Dewey Mountain Recreation Center,Route 3 (1 mile west of downtown), Saranac Lake, NY  518.891.2697
  • Olympic Sports Complex, Bob Run Road, Lake Placid, NY 


Friday, Feb. 3, 2017:  2.5km Freestyle Prologue:  Scheduled to be held under the lights at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in the Town of Saranac Lake, NY.  Skiers will compete in a 2.5 km Freestyle Time-trial.  Individual ESWG medals for the top three in all divisions will be awarded for this event.  Skiers will score NYSSRA points for this event.

  • 6 p.m. Bib Pickup

  • 7 p.m. Dual Starts

  • Awards immediately following

  • Top 8 Men and Women named for Saturdays sprint championships

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017:  5k Classical(U14/U16) for (12-15 years old as of Dec 31 2016) , 20k Classical(U18 and older) - for (16 years or older as of Dec 31 2016).  This race is scheduled to be held at Mt Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium.  Individual ESG medals for the top three in all age divisions will be awarded for this event.  Skiers will score NYSSRA points for this event.

  • Noon Bib Pickup
  • 1 p.m. Mass Start
  • Awards to follow

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017: A short, approx. 2 lap 200 meter Freestyle Sprint Finals at 4pm Mt Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Stadium- Edge of parking lot (any changes will be announced at Fridays race).  Skiers qualify at Friday nights prologue at Dewey Mountain.  Top 8 men and top 8 women (overall based on times – no age classes) will qualify to compete in this event.  NOTE: Since it is important that the qualified skiers show up to compete in the sprint finals, Selected skiers will be asked to confirm their participation following the awards at Friday nights prologue.  Spots vacated by the top 8 will be awarded to the next skiers based on time.    

  • 3:45 p.m. sign in
  • 4 p.m. XC Sprint championship start
  • Men’s semi-final 1 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
  • Women’s semi-final 1 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
  • Men’s semi-final 2 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
  • Women’s semi-final 2 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
  • Men’s final
  • Women’s final
  • Awards  to follow

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017:5k Freestyle(U14/U16), 7.5k Freestyle(U18 and Older):  A 7.5 km Freestyle for U18 and Older age classes, and a 5 km Freestyle for U14/U16 skiers.  This race is scheduled to be held at Mount Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium and will be used as the Tour finale.  ESWG medals for the top three in all age divisions will be awarded for this event. Skiers will score NYSSRA points for this event.

  • Noon Bib Pickup
  • 1 p.m. Interval Start
  • Awards to follow

NYSSRA Nordic/ESWG TourNADO Champions:  The top Male and Female Skier From each USSA defined age division who compete in the TourNADO events will be eligible for an additional ESWG medal as Tour Champion.  Skiers will have their NYSSRA points totaled for each of the three events, cumulative total will decide the Tour Champion in each age division.


This race is open to any skier at least 12 years of age as of Dec 31, 2016.

The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.