Call for Coaches: 2018 Arctic Winter Games

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games are coming to Fort Smith, NT, this coming March! We’re now inviting applications from coaches who want to take part.

Cross Country NWT will select a head coach, assistant coach, and team manager to lead Team NWT’s skiers at this major event on the territory’s home trails.

Please read the 2018 Arctic Winter Games selection policy in full before applying, to better understand the requirements and format of the Territorial Trials and Arctic Winter Games.

To apply for a coaching position, please fill out this form. The deadline for receipt of coach applications is 10pm MT on October 31, 2017.

To express an interest in joining the Coach Selection Committee which appoints coaches for the Games, click here. Expressions of interest in this role will be accepted until 10pm MT on October 23, 2017.

Athletes wishing to register for Territorial Trials (December 7-9 in Fort Smith), stay tuned for more information once Sport North opens the registration process.


Head coach must… 

• Be certified at Competition Coach Introduction Advanced (Train to Train) or equivalent;
• Demonstrate strong skills as a ski coach;
• Demonstrate good ski technique;
• Actively coach for a minimum of one year prior to selection; and
• Have previous race experience as a ski coach.

Assistant coach must…

• Be certified at Competition Coach Introduction (Learn to Train) or equivalent;
• Demonstrate strong skills as a wax technician;
• Demonstrate good ski technique;
• Actively coach for a minimum of one year prior to selection; and
• Have previous race experience as a ski coach or athlete.

Team manager must…

• Have completed the Community Coach workshop;
• Demonstrate the ability to ski;
• Possess some waxing experience or be willing to learn how to wax skis;
• Demonstrate skill in managing athletes who may have a wide range of skiing experience, ability, qualifications, knowledge, and skills; and
• Demonstrate strong organization and communication skills.

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of November 7, 2017.

If you have questions, concerns or feedback regarding coach selection for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, email

Help us select a new Team NWT suit design!

We’re about to launch a new Team NWT suit for our athletes. But what should it look like? You decide!

It’s time to give the NWT’s skiers a new look when they line up at events across Canada and abroad: from Canada Winter Games to the Arctic Winter Games and beyond.

We’ve been working hard on designs and can now present a shortlist of three to choose from. Take a look at the designs below, then use the form to select your favourite and supply your feedback!

We’re also coming up with new rules to decide who gets Team NWT suits, when they can be worn, and whether they are issued for athletes to keep or loaned. Your feedback on that is really important and very welcome too – fill out the relevant part of the form.




Coach development opportunities this fall

National Coaches Week

As National Coaches Week continues, Cross Country NWT is proud to offer the following series of coach development events in the coming months.

If you would like to know more about any of these events, click the link or email us for details. Follow the links shown to sign up for each event. Coach development courses are subsidized by Cross Country NWT and clubs, but a small registration fee may apply.

October 20-22: CCI-T2T Dryland Workshop, Yellowknife

This is the fifth step in the NCCP progression. Coaches are taught about growth and maturation, energy systems, training intensities, monitoring and recovery, strength, speed, flexibility, exercise performance and health, roller-skiing and other dryland ski simulation techniques, etc.

Prerequisites: Coaches taking this course must have CCI (L2T) Coach “trained” status. (Email us to check if you’re not sure.)

Register: Register for this course on here.

November 12: Introduction to Community Coaching Workshop, Yellowknife

New coach? Start here! This workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the supervision of more experienced coaches. The orientation is for skiers of all age groups with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age. Coaches will be taught basic coaching skills, how to teach the fundamentals of technique, growth and development considerations, how to create a motivating learning environment and how to set up a ski playground.

Prerequisites: The minimum age requirement is 14 years. Coaches are asked to complete the online Coach Initiation in Sport e-learning module (available here, cost $15) before participating in this course.

Register: Register for this course on here.

December 1-3: Community Coaching Workshop, Yellowknife

This workshop is the second step in the NCCP progression. It provides essential training for coaches delivering an effective skill development program to children six to nine years of age (the FUNdamentals stage of skier development). It is designed to train coaches to teach children intermediate technical skills in an enjoyable way so that it is FUN to learn, to select games that reinforce the technical skills being taught, to design and lead on-snow sessions, and to select and prepare equipment for young children.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Introduction to Community Coaching Workshop above (or at an earlier date).

Register: Register for this course on here.

Coach training is one of our core responsibilities. Funding can be made available to support coaches travelling to these courses from other communities – please contact us for more information.

We are committed to working with all of our member clubs, and the NWT communities as a whole, to offer programming in a range of locations. To request a training opportunity near you, contact us.

Alongside the above events, we’re excited to send Inuvik’s Holly Jones to Fort Saskatchewan later this month for learning facilitator and evaluator training. This will support Holly’s personal development as a ski coach and facilitator, while Cross Country NWT will benefit from the presence of a new facilitator in the Beaufort Delta – making it easier than ever to develop coaching capacity in the region.

Contest: Design the 50th Top of the World Loppet’s logo!

TOWL Logo Contest


The 2018 Top of the World Loppet needs your help.

The races, on Saturday and Sunday April 7-8 2018, mark the 50th anniversary of the first Top of the World Loppet, which took place in 1968 during Inuvik Ski Club’s first season.

In honour of this season’s historic event, Inuvik Ski Club is inviting Canadian youth to design a Top of the World Loppet logo.

The winning design, as chosen by a panel of judges, will be used to promote the Loppet – and the winning artist receives an Inuvik Ski Club prize pack!

Logo requirements

This logo may be featured on websites, our social media platforms and other media (posters, flags, ski suits, etc);

Any colours may be used. Logo should look good in colour (if any) or black and white;

Logos cannot contain copyrighted material (e.g. Olympic rings, other pre-existing logos). Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s) alone.

How to submit your entry

Budding artists should send Inuvik Ski Club a colour copy of their logo design, on a white background with no name or identifying information on the page or within the file.

The file can be a JPG, EPS, TIF, PDF or PNG.

With your logo design, send a paragraph or two explaining how you came up with your design, what it represents, and what it means to you.

Finally, make sure you include your full name, your age, your mailing address, and an email address or phone number to reach you at.

Send your entry to before Wednesday, November 15 2018, at 5:00PM MST.

Contest details: Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in conjunction with the Inuvik Ski Club Board of Directors. Contestants agree that Inuvik Ski Club/Top of the World Loppet may publish their logo and name(s) and may use both for advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials in the future. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to Inuvik Ski Club. Additionally, Inuvik Ski Club may alter, modify or revise the logo as it sees necessary. Inuvik Ski Club reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.

Yellowknife skiers hit the Haig Glacier

Haig Glacier Camp members from the Yellowknife Ski Team recently returned from their training camp – splitting time between Canmore and the Haig glacier, located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

The team arrived in Canmore on August 21 and hiked/ran up to the Haig glacier the following day.

Time at the glacier was spent mostly skiing and eating (with a little bit of napping in between). Meals were nice and hearty, and the views were spectacular.

Below is the team on the last day at the glacier, as half the team went up for one more quick ski before hiking down, while the other half was dragged out of bed for a team picture, leaving the glacier a few hours later.

2017 Haig Glacier Camp members

Left to right: Tyson Green, Kevin Durkee (coach), Donny Boake, Nicolas Bennett, Jack Kotaska, Ella Kokelj

The latter half of the trip consisted of some fine dining, a big hike up East of Rundle summit in Canmore, and a bunch of gorgeous roller ski trails.

2017 Haig Glacier Camp - slacklining

The team even got their first experience of slacklining: as evidenced by the photo, the team enjoyed it so much they kept on going, and going, and going, until Coach Kevin had to pull the “I’m getting too old for this” card…

The final day was filled with intervals that sufficiently tired everyone out and ensured a nice, quiet drive to the airport.

We would like to thank Cross Country NWT for their support, as well as Kevin and Stewart who hosted us at the Haig. The YK Ski Team will now shift their training as they prepare for fall and anticipate nice, white, fluffy stuff to fall from the sky.

Kevin Durkee