NWT’s Nicolas Bennett on the podium at Easterns

Congratulations to Nicolas Bennett, who took silver in his prologue event at the 2018 Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships on Friday.

Nicolas finished four seconds adrift of Ben Milley from the host Nakkertok club. in a 25-strong field.

Other results reported to Cross Country NWT from Friday include Moira Green’s sixth-place finish in her prologue, and 16th in a prologue field of 51 for Ella Kokelj.

Thanks to Damian Panayi for the photos!

Club race announcements

Please see the following race notices from the Yellowknife and Fort Smith ski clubs:

FORT SMITH – 10 February

See the race notice for more information on available races, including the costume relays!

YELLOWKNIFE – 24-25 February

This year’s Yellowknife Ski Races also serve as the Territorial Championships – members from all clubs are welcome. See the race notice here and a downloadable poster here.


BIG PRICE DROP! Head to Inuvik for a 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 – NOW WITH NEW, LOWER PRICES!

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 flights and accommodation available from $1,000 per person from Yellowknife, $1,325 per person from Edmonton and $1,600 from Vancouver (Vancouver trip includes a one-night stay in Whitehorse, Yukon).

These prices represent savings of up to $300 on previously listed prices thanks to lower flight costs to Inuvik. Book now to avoid disappointment as low-price seats will sell out quickly.

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.