Team NT skiers take silver on day one of AWG 2018 racing!

Nicolas Bennett races at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games

Congratulations to Nicolas Bennett on his silver ulu in the classic 5 km individual start race on Monday at the Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith.

Nico’s interview with Cabin Radio can be found here. He’s competing in the 10 km mass start on Tuesday.

All results from the Arctic Winter Games can be found on Zone 4.

Nico finished 2.5 seconds behind the winner in Monday’s race. Jack Panayi was 11th and Donny Boake 16th.

In the juvenile male race, Jack Kotaska placed 13th ahead of team-mate Tyson Green in 14th.

On the female side, the territory’s best result on Monday came from Ella Kokelj, who finished 9th in the juvenile 5 km race. Kea Furniss was 14th, Emily Carroll 19th and Rae Panayi 21st.

In the junior division, Niva Stephenson was 12th and Jailyn Louison-Edgi 17th.

Makoa Kokelj, Joseph Curran, Leif Aubrey-Smith and Morgan Young finished 17th-21st in the midget male race on Monday, while Moira Green was 11th in the midget female race with Anais Aubrey-Smith 13th, Sarah Porter 16th and Shannon Mercer 18th.

NWT skiers at Canadian Nationals!

NT skiers at Canadian Nationals

Photo: Damian Panayi

Congratulations to skiers from the NWT who took part at Canadian national championships in Thunder Bay this week.

Five skiers from our high performance program travelled to the event: Nicolas Bennett, Jack Panayi, Rae Panayi, Jack Kotaska and Tyson Green. The Yellowknife Ski Club was also be represented by two HP alumni, Clair Littlefair and Thomsen D’Hont.

HP skiers were supported by head coach Sheena Tremblay, as well as Mindy Willett and Damian Panayi. Thomsen was also be pulling double duty with racing and team support. Thanks to everyone involved!

Meanwhile, 10 young NWT skiers took part in the Alberta Youth Championships, held in Bragg Creek from March 2-4.

Joe Curran had a bronze medal finish in the classic race, and 5th in the free. Makoa Kokelj and Gillian Furniss set a new personal best in classic.

Shannon Mercer, Morgan Young and Abigail Nevitt all set new personal bests in both free and classic races. Anya Smillie, Kiran Ray, Mina Lockhart, and Lacey Furniss all attended their first out of territory race. Congratulations to all.

Thanks to Damian Panayi for the photos from Nationals! Here are some more:

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

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 or contact for details.