Canmore’s World Cup Week Highlights

Our top picks for not-to-miss events during the World Cup Week in Canmore, March 7-12, 2016.

Members of the National Cross Country Ski Team. Photo by Peter Collins - Buff Canada.

Members of the National Cross Country Ski Team. Photo by Peter Collins – Buff Canada.

*Be sure to take a look at the bus schedule (complimentary rides departing from the Visitor’s Centre ROAM stop every 20 minutes on race days), or hoof it up to the Nordic Centre. There is no public parking on March 8, 9, 11 or 12, so be prepared.

Open throughout the week

Art Walk in the Woods departs from the Canmore Civic Centre 1hour:15minutes prior to all race events.

If you miss the departure, you can always take a self-guided tour starting at the power plant stairs, all the way up to the Nordic Centre. It’s a great way to arrive at the races, and there’s a good chance it’ll be even be quicker than taking the bus up (buses are running every 20 minutes from the Visitor’s Centre bus stop downtown Canmore, during races).

Monday, Mar 7 through Saturday, March 12

Traditional First Nations Storytelling Circle

Canmore Nordic Centre – in the tipi!

Stoney Nakoda First Nations elders will raising a tipi at the Nordic Centre using traditional methods and knowledge. Storytelling with the elders will take place nightly in the tipi between 5-8 pm throughout the World Cup week, with bannock and tea served. All are welcome to the storytelling circles.

Devon Kershaw. Photo by Manzoni/Nordic Focus.

Devon Kershaw. Photo by Manzoni/Nordic Focus.

Tuesday, March 8

Sprint Races

Canmore Nordic Centre

It doesn’t get any faster than this! Qualifiers are at 10:00 am and the finals take place at 1:00 pm.

Most trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre are open for public skiing and kids ski free on race day, so you can come cheer on the best in the world at the races and then go for a ski afterwards. What a life.

Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Ski Tour Canada FIS World Cup Award Ceremony

Celebrate the victories of the best cross country skiers in the world! Live music will begin at 5:30 pm and traditional music and dancing with First Nations performers will wow the crowd at the awards ceremonies beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Crystal Globes, awarded to the athlete with the most World Cup points for the entire FIS season of skiing in both sprint and overall distance, will be awarded after the races. This is the first time the FIS Crystal Globes have ever been presented in Canada!

Wednesday, March 9

Skiathlon Races

Canmore Nordic Centre

This one’s a must-see. The skiathlon features two courses: one classic, the other freestyle, where the skiers start in mass start formation and the first half of the race is skied with classical technique. At the halfway mark, skiers enter a transition zone in the stadium (much like triathlon) where they switch skis and poles and the second half of the race is skied using the freestyle (skating) technique.

Women’s race begins at 10:00 am and men’s at 12:30 pm.

Friday, March 11

Individual Start (Skate) Races

Canmore Nordic Centre

Skiers start individually at 30 second intervals for the ultimate test of strength, endurance and pacing: the race against the clock.

Women’s intervals begin at 9:45 am and men get started at 1:00 pm.

Friday, March 11

Night Sky Village Overnight Experience

Canmore Nordic Centre

This brand new local event pays homage to the Norwegian tradition by making x-country ski racing a full-fledged fan experience with fires, tents, and a huge party.

There are 30 overnight camping spots available for the Night Sky Village Overnight Experience at the Nordic Centre. Imagine skiing onto course, setting up camp trailside and waking up in the morning with the World Cup races going by the front of your tent! Book now as spots will fill up quickly.

Julia Lynx and Heath McCroy will be performing acoustic campfire tunes. Bring yer weenies!

Alex Harvey. Photo by Steve Fuller/

Alex Harvey. Photo by Steve Fuller/

Saturday, March 12

Classic Races

Canmore Nordic Centre

Women race at 1:00 pm and the men race at 2:00 pm.

Skiers start one-by-one at intervals determined by their current time deficit in the overall standings. The job of the leader is to fend off the chasing skiers and hold on for the win. The first skier across the line wins the race, but skiers can also compete for “fastest time of the day” prizing as well.

Crystal Globes will be awarded after the races at the Nordic Centre as well as in the evening at the Canmore Civic Centre starting at 5:30 pm.

this is the first time the FIS Crystal Globes have ever been presented in Canada, and what they represent (most World Cup points for the entire FIS season of skiing in both sprint and overall distance)

Saturday, Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Winter Carnival Town Party

Canmore Civic Centre

Check here for updated details on this awesome party to wrap the World Cup Edition – Canmore Winter Carnival. There will be live music and beer gardens at the Civic Centre followed by fireworks at Millennium Park at 10 pm.

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