We are half way through the CXC Youth Cup for this season.

With the conclusion of the Duluth Hilltop Invite races this past weekend, we are half way through the CXC Youth Cup for this season.

The individual start freestyle races went off without a hitch in beautifully sunny weather on challenging courses at the Marshall school venue. The Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club put on a great event and the entire Central region was glad to be racing in Duluth.

“Its been many, many years since Duluth has seen an event of this caliber. We are glad to be here and hope to be back in the future”, stated Amy Cichanowski, CXC Youth Coordinator.

The CXC Youth Cup resumes in a few days at the Friday evening FinnSisu Sprints (Loppet Festival) at Wirth Park in Minneapolis.


Third Weekend of CXC Youth Cup

The past weekend featured the fourth and fifth races on the CXC Youth Cup series at the new Birkie Start Trailhead. Although the crazy winter weather continues, the venue and the course made for an exciting weekend of racing for over 100 young skiers in the U10, U12, and U14 age categories.

Racing began with the Classic Individual Start event on Saturday afternoon; skiers raced a two-lap race, which created excitement for the spectators, as skiers lapped through the stadium area out the American Birkebeiner Trail. Sunday’s race was a Mass Start Freestyle event along the same course.

“Both events were fun and exciting for both spectators and participants. An award ceremony was held on Sundayafternoon under the torch of the American Birkebeiner to honor all participants. The Nordic smiles of these young skiers and their families were priceless.” – Said CXC CODP director Bruce Manske


CXC Youth Cup racing continues this coming weekend in Duluth (MN). We hope to see you at Marshall School trails! 

Additional updates will be posted here athttp://www.duluthxc.com/hilltop-invite-jnq


Third Race In The Books

The CXC Youth Cup has its third race in the books with the conclusion of the Pre-Loppet on Sunday January 8th. The races took place on the newly aligned man- made snow loop at Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Over 100 kids participated in U8-U14 age categories. Despite the hilly course, spectators witnessed hard fought wins among all youth competitors throughout the day.

“The Loppet Foundation did a great job preparing the course and stadium to give our youth racers the best possible experience,” stated Amy Cichanowski, CXC Youth Coordinator. “We were all very pleased with the turn-out on a cold, but sunny, day”.

The next stop for the CXC Youth Cup will be the Birkie Trailhead Races on Jan 21st and 22nd.



Youth Racing Season Is Underway

The Nordic racing season began this past weekend on the ski trails of Michigan Technology University in Houghton, Michigan with the first Junior National Qualifier and CXC Youth Cup events of the season.

Over 270 athletes, from the U10 age division to the college level racers, were greeted with more than 12 inches of fresh snow, a great race organizing committee, and many excited Nordic fans.


Coming Up Next

Next up on the CXC Youth Cup schedule is a mass start freestyle race, the Pre-Loppet event, in Minneapolis (MN) on Sunday January 8, 2017.


The series is scored for U12 and U14 athletes after each event to create a festive atmosphere that motivates junior cross country skiers to attaining their performance goals and look forward to the next race.

bliz-peresenterAthletes that register for the CXC Youth Cup events will meet many new Nordic friends; and, learn how to successfully progress through the competitive skiing pipeline with the support of friends, families, and race organizers.

BLIZ is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the CXC Youth Cup.


2017 CXC Youth Cup Race Series

Presented by BLIZ

Showcase your training preparations, endurance, strength and determination by registering as a competitor in the 2017 CXC Youth Cup!

The series begins with a Classic Sprint at the Houghton Junior National Qualifier event on December 17, 2016.


The CXC Youth Cup features thirteen events in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Central Cross Country Skiing Association (CXC) and the Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) have partnered to bring you the regional CXC Youth Cup and the Twin Cities area Skiwerx Series.

Now in its third season, the series offers athletes ages 10-13 an opportunity to experience and explore the excitement of travel, friendship, and competition associated with events and races.

Simply obtain a MyXC Skiwerx License online or through your Skiwerx-affiliated Club, and you are eligible to take part in this fun and exciting series.


The Top 10 CXC Youth Cup Winners for the 2015-2016 Season!

The second successful season of the CXC Youth Cup series has come to a close, after the final event of the season concluded March 6th, with the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival in Minneapolis, MN.

Despite tough conditions at the beginning of the season causing races to be cancelled and postponed, the CXC Youth Cup series still had 12 exciting races throughout the winter held at a variety of venues in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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PHOTO: Steve Kotvis, f/go (www.f-go.us)

The battle for the coveted CXC Youth Cup leader position was exciting and constantly changed throughout the season. New leaders for both U14 and U12 age groups were bumped in and out of the lead as each race passed.
Now that the season has ended and the final points have been calculated, the top ten winners have been named for each age group. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the CXC Youth Cup series, we cannot wait for next season!

2016 CXC Dream Camp



The top eight U14 girls and the top eight U14 boys will be selected for the 2016 CXC Dream Camp held this summer. The athletes are chosen based on their race results throughout the 2015-2016 CXC Youth Cup season.
The goal of the Dream Camp is to bring together top U14 boys and girls to train and receive feedback, educational materials, while offering a glimpse at the bigger picture of Nordic ski racing. These collaborative camps provide a motivating environment for the athletes to positively push and improve together.

Location and dates are to be determined.

Overall 2015-2016 CXC Youth Cup Standings

Top Ten U14 Males
Garrett Walters/ CVN
Victor Sparks/ FAST KIDS Wirth
Ryan Thieme / ANST
Cooper Lennox / Mustang Nordic
Will Ernst / Bay Nordic
Ricky Petroff / Skiwerx
Danial Huhtala / ANST
Zachary Nemeth / Unattached
Soren Davidson / LNR
Jake Van Hefty / FAST KIDS Wirth

Top Ten U14 Females
Mia Case / Lakeland
Gretchen Haggenmiller / Copper Country Ski Tigers
Sudie Hall / FAST KIDS Wirth
Gabrielle Kraemer / LNR
Anna Greenlee / Mesabi East High School
Spirit Hess / Bay Nordic
Grace Ping / Unattached
Maeve Moening / Highland Park High School
Ella Hoch Robinson / Skiwerx Wirth
Elizabeth Tuttle / LNR

Top Ten U12 Males
Jonathan Clarke / FAST KIDS Wirth
Owen Williams / Iola Winter Sports Club
Noah Straka / Peak Nordic
Casey Van Hefty / Lakeland
Lars Brinkema / FAST KIDS Wirth
Bennett Adams / FAST KIDS Hyland
Bryce Albrecht / LNR
Shalom Raehl / CVN
Jonathan Nemeth / Unattached
Ryan Long / CVN

Top Ten U12 Females
Lauren Munger / FAST KIDS Wirth
Lauren Ping / Unattached
Molly Moening / 3G
Sophia Jacobson / FAST KIDS Hyland
Sylvia Meza / Lakeland
Raina Hess / Bay Nordic
Margo Nightingale / SISU Nordic
Rachel Poppleton / Endurance United
Rubyann Mitchell / Y Team
Tidalud Inthasorot / Skiwerx TCGIS


The Minnesota Youth Ski League’s (MYSL) Skiwerx Series also concluded its season and have published year-end rankings. For those individuals who did not attend the Skiwerx Series Awards ceremony, held March 20th, contact Amy Cichanowski to receive the year-end award for the Skiwerx Series or the CXC Youth Cup.


This Weekend: Midwest Junior Championships & Festival (Minneapolis, MN) | Updated Youth Cup Points

Despite the spring-like weather that has greeted the Midwest in the past week, the Midwest Junior Championships & Festival is still a go in Minneapolis, MN, March 4-6, thanks to the thick, resilient base of snow at the Theodore Wirth Park trails!


*Registration closes Tuesday, March 1st  at midnight. There will be no day-of registration except for the Festival events.


Photo Credit: Loppet Foundation

The Loppet Foundation in conjunction with the Minnesota Youth Ski League, will be hosting the final CXC Youth Cup event of the season, the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival. This event focuses on friendly youth and young junior competition for ages ages 4-15 in a fun festive environment. Not only does this event have fun races, the festival also has exciting noncompetitive events for all ability levels!



CXC Youth Cup Standings

Top Three U14 Males 

Garrett Walters/ CVN

Victor Sparks/ FAST KIDS Wirth

Cooper Lennox / Mustang Nordic

Top Three U14 Females 

Mia Case / Lakeland

Sudie Hall / FAST KIDS Wirth

Gretchen Haggenmiller / Copper Country Ski Tigers

Top Three U12 Males 

Owen Williams / Iola Winter Sports Club

Jonathan Clarke / FAST KIDS Wirth

Casey Van Hefty / Lakeland

Top Three U12 Females 

Lauren Munger / FAST KIDS Wirth

Molly Moening / 3G

Sophia Jacobson / FAST KIDS Hyland