Head to Inuvik for a unique slice of ski history this April!

Top of the World Loppet poster

Cross Country NWT invites you to attend the 50th Top of the World Loppet in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, on April 7-8, 2018.

This historic event is a family-friendly way to ski the Canadian Arctic and experience northern culture, from reindeer herds to dog sledding to the new highway connecting Canada coast to coast to coast.

The loppet celebrates Olympic ski heritage in the Beaufort Delta, home to many members of Canadian Olympic cross-country teams in the 1970s and 1980s – led by iconic four-time Olympians Sharon Firth and Shirley Firth-Larsson.

We have flight and accommodation packages available from $1,299 per person from Yellowknife, $1,599 per person from Edmonton and $1,799 from Vancouver (Vancouver packages include a one-night stay in Whitehorse, Yukon).

HOW TO BOOK: Our travel partner, Top of the World Travel, will help travellers from any region of Canada and the US find the best deal to reach this unique celebration. Call 1-800-837-8922 or email travel@topoftheworldtravel.com.

For more information about Inuvik attractions, visit Spectacular NWT. For more details about the Top of the World Loppet, visit Inuvik Ski Club.

Registration for the Loppet is FREE until March 1, 2018. Register at zone4.ca or contact inuvikskiclub@gmail.com for details.

Cross Country NWT names 2018 Arctic Winter Games skiers

Cross Country NWT is proud to name its provisional team for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games following the conclusion of Territorial Trials in Fort Smith from December 7-9.

Nineteen skiers and one alternate have been named following the trials, which offered athletes an early look at the venue which will host the main Arctic Winter Games event from March 18-24, 2018.

This roster will now be advanced to Sport North for final confirmation and remains subject to any appeals under the Cross Country NWT athlete selection policy for the Games.

Selected athletes are:

Junior Male
Nicolas Bennett
Donny Boake
Jack Panayi

Junior Female
Jailyn Louison-Edgi
Niva Stephenson

Juvenile Male
Tyson Green
Jack Kotaska

Juvenile Female
Emily Carroll
Kea Furniss
Ella Kokelj
Rae Panayi

Midget Male
Leif Aubrey-Smith
Joseph Curran
Makoa Kokelj
Morgan Young

Midget Female
Anais Aubrey-Smith
Moira Green
Shannon Mercer
Sarah Porter
Kira Young – alternate

Coaching staff (announced on November 24)
Stephen Dunbar – head coach
Kevin Durkee – assistant coach
Miriam Green – team manager

Cross Country NWT would like to thank the organizing committee and volunteers in Fort Smith for a successful hosting of Territorial Trials, and wishes the community all the best for the exciting Arctic Winter Games races ahead.

Introducing your new Team NWT race suit!

Team NWT suit

The votes are in, the people have spoken… and this is your new Team NWT race suit.

Thank you to everyone who voted and those who provided written feedback during this process over the past few months.

These suits will now go into production, ready for their debut at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Remember to read our suit policy to find out under which circumstances athletes are entitled to wear an NWT suit.

Preparing for Territorial Trials? Here’s a training guide

CCNWT’s Arctic Winter Games team head coach, Stephen Dunbar, has prepared a training plan for athletes getting ready to compete at Territorial Trials in December.

Click here to view and download the plan.

There’s no obligation for athletes to use this training plan. However, if you’re looking for some guidance and inspiration for the next two weeks in preparation for Territorial Trials, this would be a good place to start!

Please note that the Secondary Selection Policy for Territorial Trials has also been approved and finalized. This policy explains what will happen if conditions are too cold or otherwise harsh for racing to occur at Territorial Trials as planned.

Do your part to help the 2018 Arctic Winter Games!

Arctic Winter Games ulus

The Arctic Winter Games come to the Northwest Territories in 2018, with cross country skiing heading to the community of Fort Smith.

Cross Country NWT is proud to support its athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers as they prepare for the Games – and we are doing everything we can to support the Games as a whole, too.

The Arctic Winter Games provides an unmatched multi-sport atmosphere for northern athletes, never more so than when NWT athletes have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an international event on their home trails.

The committee organizing the 2018 Arctic Winter Games is looking to hear from NWT residents prepared to help fund the Games by becoming a sponsor.

Sponsorship packages are explained in detail on the Arctic Winter Games’ website. The opportunity to become a Friend of the Games is available for $2,018, and will go toward providing the best possible atmosphere and experience for young, northern athletes when the Games begin next March.

In the months ahead, Cross Country NWT will post regular updates as we prepare our athletes to represent their territory as the host nation. It’s an exciting time and we are grateful for all of your support – for our sport and for the Games as a whole – throughout that journey!