Team NWT suit design contest: the final round!

Earlier in the fall, we asked you to help us choose a new suit design for Team NWT’s skiers.

The contest now comes down to a final, winner-takes-all vote between two designs.

DESIGN ONE below was the winner of the first round of voting. DESIGN TWO is a new challenger. Both suits have been fully rendered in 3D for the first time provide a more accurate view of the proposed designs.

This is the last chance to vote – once this contest closes at 10pm on November 30, we’ll put the winner into production!

(By the way, this is a good time to read our new Team NWT Suit Policy, which explains what you have to do to earn one of these suits… whichever design we pick.)



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Arctic Winter Games coaching staff named

Cross Country NWT is pleased to confirm the coaching staff for Team NWT’s skiers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

The 2018 event is a home Games for the NWT, with cross-country skiing taking place in the South Slave community of Fort Smith from March 18-24.

Team NWT’s head coach for the 2018 Games will be Stephen Dunbar, assisted by Kevin Durkee. Miriam Green will be the team manager.

Cross Country NWT thanks all those who applied and the selection committee who gave up their time to assess applications. We wish the coaching staff and our athletes all the best for Territorial Trials in Fort Smith early in December, and the Games this coming March!

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.




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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.