Announcing The Inaugural Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener

Saturday, December 9, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Elm Creek Park Reserve
12400 James Deane Parkway
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is excited to be a partner in the first ever Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener! Move over Minnesota Fishing Opener and Hunting Opener; it’s time to celebrate Minnesota cross-country skiing. CXC will be represented at the Opener.

Three Rivers Park District is proud to host the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Elm Creek Park Reserve which has a 2.5K manufactured snow loop.

The primary goal of this event is to promote cross-country skiing at all levels – especially new skiers! Another goal of this event is to encourage Minnesotans to get out skiing early being blessed with three manufactured snow areas in the metro area (Elm Creek, Hyland Lake, and Wirth Park) and another in Mora, MN.

The Nordic Ski Opener is free to the public. It is a great event for the entire family with:

* Free skiing
* Free lessons
* Free ski rentals
* Rennet ski tours for all levels
* Morning test track for Collegiate, HS & advanced skiers
* Kids Ski Carnival
* Ski demos (All Major Brands)
* Reps from Ski Resorts and Events
* Many fun activities
* Free buffs for the first 1000 attendees!

We look forward to seeing you at Elm Creek Park Reserve on December 9, 2017, in Maple Grove, MN.

Check out the Nordic Ski Opener web site at:


2018 Masters World Cup


The Loppet Foundation is thrilled to host the 2018 Masters World Cup, taking place January 19 – 26, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The World Cup event is open to men and women skiers of all abilities who are 30 years of age and older (as of December 31, 2017).

More than 1,000 racers from over two dozen countries will come to compete in up to three individual events, choosing between skate or classic. There is also a relay competition midweek.

Since 1980, the Masters World Cup has been the annual championship of the best Masters skiers from around the word. In 2017 the event was held in Klosters (CHE) and in 2019, Beitostolen (NOR) is the official host. We look forward to seeing you this January in Minnesota!

CXC Partners with the YMCA of the Rockies

The Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) has entered into partnership agreement with the YMCA of the Rockies. This partnership is designed to help promote and market both organizations; ultimately helping to grow Nordic Skiing.

Snow Mountain Ranch - Nordic Center

The YMCA of the Rockies, home to the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center, has more than 120 kilometers of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking trails accommodating everyone from first-time recreational participants to elite racers.

CXC Skiing, which is the driving force for growth and development of cross-country skiing in the Midwest, has many of the same philosophies and goals as the YMCA of the Rockies.

Both organizations work year round to grow Nordic skiing.

“YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch is excited and proud to work with and support the Central Cross Country Skiing. Both organizations have similar missions in developing individual wellness. Growing the number of participants and improving the quality of the outdoor Nordic experience is central to the visions of both organizations.”

– Bill Pierce, Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Director

The Midwest is known for the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race and trail system. It is a destination for many skiers during the winter months. Being headquartered in the Rockies, the Snow Mountain Ranch is a destination for many Midwest based Nordic skiers as the snow season starts sooner and lasts longer.

“We are pleased to partner with the YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch and promote this great destination for cross country skiing and outdoor recreation in general. With such an easy flight from the Midwest, early season snow and late ski season going through the month of March, Snow Mountain Ranch is an ideal place for Nordic enthusiasts. Also, additional activities such as fat biking, horseback riding, indoor swimming pool available at the ranch make it even more attractive and welcoming to families.”

– Yuriy Gusev, Central Cross Country Skiing Executive Director

Throughout the year, both groups will be hosting training and technique camps to help its members prepare for the upcoming season. Camps will be held at each location and the schedule will be announced shortly.

 Snow Mountain Ranch - Nordic Center

Located in Colorado near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families, and groups enjoy a tranquil setting, more activities than anywhere else and quality time together.

Situated on more than 5,000 acres, the ranch’s on-site summer activities include horseback riding, hiking, biking, canoeing, a zip line and a variety of family programs, plus easy access to nearby fishing, boating, and rafting.

On-site winter activities include cross-country skiing on one of the finest, most expansive trail systems in the U.S., sledding, snowshoeing, winter family programs, and easy access to the Winter Park, Mary Jane, and Sol Vista Downhill Ski Area.

CXC Apparel Storefront with Podiumwear

Podiumwear who has been a key partner with Central Cross Country Skiing continues to supply athletes with high quality athlete-minded clothing.

The storefront will close on Saturday, July 1st at Midnight (CST). Orders will be shipped four weeks after the close date.

Anyone placing an order between now and July 1st will be entered to win a new Rudy Project Windmax helmet.

* The drawing will be held and a winner will be announced in August. 


Our Staff Is Growing!

Central Cross Country Skiing is happy to announce our new Director of Athletics, Joe Haggenmiller.

Haggenmiller comes from Michigan Tech University (MTU) where he has been coaching cross-country running, Nordic skiing along with Track and Field.

Over the past fourteen years, Joe has coached over 40 national qualifiers, several Junior All-Americans and seven NCAA All-Americans. Additionally, Joe has coached three skiers on to Junior/U23 World Championships and two onto the USATF Junior National Championships.

Before coaching, Joe himself was a standout skier and runner at Northern Michigan University from 1988-91. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from NMU, Joe went onto the University of Utah, receiving a Juris Doctor Degree. Aside from coaching Joe is a licensed attorney and even taught sport law at MTU.

“I would like to thank CXC Skiing for this new opportunity. I’m excited to continue my passion for skiing in my new role with CXC. I look forward to working with our region’s race organizers, volunteers, clubs, coaches, officials and athletes to help continue to move our sport forward here in the Central region.” – Joe.

After his successful tenure at MTU, Joe will be continuing his passion for skiing and his involvement in the central region’s ski community with Central Cross Country Skiing where he will be working out of Duluth, Minnesota.

Trail Kids Summer Program

MadNorSki Trails Kids is a summer and fall program that is designed to promote outdoor active adventures for children ages 6-14 years old.

Youth outdoor enthusiasts enjoy activities including mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, adventure running, and cross country skiing.

This program is affiliated with Trail Kids Midwest initiative and provides young outdoor adventure-seekers the opportunity to try a variety of summer endurance sport-based activities.

Dates: June 20-August 17
Locations: Seminole Bike Trails and Eagle Elementary School
Time: Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
Cost: $140