Michigan Tech announces cross-country ski program


HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Team will compete in eight weekends of competition during the 2021-22 season. The season begins in early December in Duluth and ends at the NCAA Championship in Utah in early March. Tech is hosting the CXC MTU CCSA Invite & Great Lakes Division Cup on January 29 and 20 at Tech Trails.

Michigan Tech also recently received the bid to host the 2023 US Cross Country Skiing Championships on the Tech Trails. The event will take place in January 2023 and will be the fifth time Tech has hosted the best Nordic skiing event in the country (2007, 2015, 2016 and 2020).

December 4-5 “Spirit Mountain, Duluth SuperTour” in Duluth, Minnesota – Grand Avenue Nordic Center The SuperTour is a series of Nordic American ski and snowboard races consisting of four periods, each in different parts of the country. In these SuperTour events, the Huskies will face other NCAA skiers in addition to professional athletes who aspire to qualify for the U.S. Ski Team and compete on the FIS World Cup circuit and the Olympic Games. winter of 2023. Spirit Mountain will host this season’s opening at its Grand Avenue Nordic Center and feature two skating races for this first race weekend, including a skating sprint and interval skating start distance ( 5 km and 10 km).

December 10-12 “Birkie Trails SuperTour” in Cable, Wisconsin – Birkie Trails The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will host the second SuperTour race weekend at its historic site and at the site of the famous American Birkebeiner. The weekend will be a triple header with competitions on Friday (15K mass start skating women and men), Saturday (classic sprint) and Sunday (classic interval 10K women, 15K men). Friday’s event features an equal distance race for both sexes, which is a great initiative moving forward this season for American skiing. The Huskies will not only be exposed to outstanding NCAA competitions on the calendar, but also SuperTour events that will see them compete against the best American racers in the sport.

January 2-7 “American Cross Country Ski Championships” in Midway, Utah – Soldier Hollow The US Cross Country Ski Championships will be held at Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT, the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Soldier Hollow will also host the 2022 NCAA Ski Championships. The US CCC will consist of four events. of races, including the skate sprint, mass start in skating 7.5K junior women / 10K junior men / 20K senior women / 30K senior men, classic interval start 10K women / 15K men and classic sprint. The classic interval start race on January 6 will also count as an NCAA Central Region qualifying race. The US CCC is also the qualifying event for the 2022 World Junior and U23 Ski Championships to be held in Zakopane, Poland.

January 22-23 “Mt. Itasca CCSA Invite & Midwest CXC Cup” in Coleraine, Minnesota – Mt. Itasca The Mount Itasca Winter Sports Center will host the second Central Region NCAA Qualifying Race Weekend as a combined event with CCAA member institutions as well as Midwest Division junior clubs competing for the Selection to the 2022 Junior Nationals. The weekend will feature a pair of split-start distance races with a classic 5K women / 10K men on Saturday, followed by a 10K skating women / 15K men on Sunday.

January 29-30 “MTU CCSA Invite & Great Lakes Division CXC Cup” in Houghton, Michigan – Tech Trails Tech will host the third NCAA Central Region Qualifying Tournament at Tech Trails as a collaborative race weekend with CCAA member institutions as well as junior clubs from the Great Lakes Division competing for selection at the 2022 Junior Nationals. Races will be a 10K Ladies / 15K Men’s Interval Skating Start on Saturday and a Classic Sprint for All Sunday. This will be the only NCAA Nordic event hosted by MTU this season, so don’t hesitate to support your Nordic Huskies!

February 12-13 “CCSA Championships” in Ishpeming, Michigan – Al Quaal Recreation Area Northern Michigan will host the CCSA Championships at Al Quaal. This event is both the conference championship event and a central NCAA regional qualifier. The races will be a 15km women’s / 20km men’s mass start on Saturday and a classic 5km women’s / 10km men’s interval start on Sunday.

February 19-20 “NCAA Regional Ski Championships” in Duluth, Minnesota – Grand Avenue Nordic Center The NCAA Regional Ski Championships will be held at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center in Duluth, hosted by Saint Scholastica. The races will mirror the NCAA Ski Championship format with 5K women / 10K men on Saturday and 15K women / 20K men on Sunday.

March 9-12 “NCAA Ski Championships” in Midway, Utah – Soldier Hollow The 2022 NCAA Ski Championships will be held at Soldier Hollow, hosted by the University of Utah. The Championship races will be a Classic 5K Women / 10K Men Interval Start on Wednesday March 9 and a 15K Women / 20K Men’s Skate Mass Start on Friday March 11.

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