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.

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