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CXC Junior and Youth Cup Event

Event Information:

Welcome to Duluth and Spirit Mountain Nordic Center, the host site for the Junior and Youth Cup on December 9th and 10th.  The Spirit Mountain Nordic Center is located at the base of Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN.  The club host of the Duluth CXC Cup is the Duluth Nordic Ski Club (DXC).   We are excited to welcome clubs and athletes from the Midwest and Great Lakes.

Snowmaking is going well.  On Wednesday, November 29th the stadium and sprint course will be OPEN!  The snow makers will continue to preform their magic as they move up the trail system and the hill side.


Registration is open for the Duluth CXC Cup. All athletes must be current USSA members to register. 



Race Headquarters and Race Location:

Race headquarters will be located in the Grand Avenue Chalet; 8551 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN

Hours of the race headquarters: Friday - Sunday 8AM - 4PM daily

All races are held at Spirit Mountain Nordic Center: 8551 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN

Course Inspection: Friday, December 8th:

All courses, both skate sprint and classic distance courses will be marked for preview.

12PM to 5PM (Only part of the courses at the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center are lit.  If you are planning to ski after 5PM a headlamp is recommended.). Both the Sprint Course and Classic Distance course will be open for preview.  The classic track will be double tracked, best line. All turning zones will be marked. 


Race Distances: Saturday, December 9th:

Male U18/U20/U23/Seniors -  Free technique - Sprint 1300m 

Male U16 -  Free technique - Sprint 1300m

Female U18/U20/U23/ Seniors  -  Free technique - Sprint 1300m 

Female U16 -  Free technique - Sprint 1300m

All U14/U12/U10 - Free technique - Sprint 650m


Race Distance: Sunday, December 10th:

Male U18/U20/U23/Seniors  - Classic Individual Start - 7.5km

Female U18/U20/U23/Seniors  - Classic Individual Start - 7.5km

Male U16 - Classic Individual Start - 5km

Female U16 - Classic Individual Start - 5km

All U14/U12/U10 - Classic Individual Start - 3km

Team Captains/ Coaches Meeting:

5:30pm Friday, December 8th 

5:30pm Saturday, December 9thh 

Bib Pickup:

Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM to 3:00PM outside Grand Avenue Chalet.

More information on bib pick up, warm-up and racer access to trails will be posted soon. 

Wax Facility:

  • A designated wax area with power will be provided.  The wax area will be located adjacent to the ski trails.   

  • No waxing will be allowed inside the Grand Avenue Chalet. Teams should be prepared to supply their own pop up tent or service vehicle/trailer, irons, tables, forms and extension cords to accommodate their waxing needs.  Three, ten by ten tents are available for use and can be reserved for entire weekend. 

  • Power will be available starting on Thursday afternoon.   

  • Tents, trailers and service vehicles can be left in the wax area over night. A security guard will be onsite. 

  • Collegiate and Junior teams and self supported individuals please reserve a spot by Monday, December 6th.  This will help us understand how much space we will need for the wax area.  Remaining space will be first come first serve basis.  Email:



Spectators and Parking:

The Spirit Mountain Nordic Center and Grand Avenue Chalet offers great viewing of the race course and stadium.  The current parking available at the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center is about 100 cars.  Limited parking is available across the street from the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center.  No parking is allowed on Grand Avenue.  Parking is also available on the streets of Grand Avenue; 83rd, 84th and 85th Avenue West.  Be cool and ride the bus, Route 2.  Please plan on parking being tight and share a ride if possible. 


The Grand Avenue Chalet is handicapped accessible and will be open all day. Restaurant will open at 11AM. Restrooms available inside the chalet and multiple porto potties outside. 

Please no dogs at race venue or in spectator areas.


Area Lodging Information:

If you are planning to stay in Duluth broaden your search to Hermantown, Proctor, Cloquet and Superior, WI.  There are a number of new hotels in Hermantown or as we call it “up on the hill”.  Drive time from most hotels to race start is under 10 minutes.  


Come join the fun and have the best seat in the house.  Volunteers make this race great.  VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP



Race Organization/Competition Committee & Technical Delegate:

OC Chair - Siiri Morse -

Chief of Competition - Gary Larson -

TD - Scott Wilson

Chief of Timing - Dave Johnson

Chief of Course - Henry Campbell

Chief of Control -  Jeane Fleck

Chief of Stadium -  Mary Beth Nevers

Communications/Media - Jordan Woods

Medical Coordinator: Dr. David Hutchinson

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