CXC Cup Opener at Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth, MN


Grand Avenue Nordic Center is the host site for the CXC Cup Kick-Off, December 14th and 15th.  The Grand Avenue Nordic Center is located at the base of Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN.  The host of the CXC Cup Kick-Off is the Duluth Nordic Ski Club (DXC).   We are excited to welcome clubs from both the Midwest and Great Lake division.


All information, schedules, registration and maps can be found on the race website:





Junior Cup (U16 / U18 / U20 / U23)

Youth Cup (U8 / U10 / U12 /U14)

For any questions with online registration for your Junior and Youth Cup events (corrections, updates, refunds, etc.)

please contact CXC at / (608) 294-0433.

Duluth Experience/Open Class Free Technique 5k

Saturday, December 14th

Start time: 3PM for women, 3:30PM for men

No points are awarded.  This class will have it’s own start time and results separate from the USSA/CXC age classes.

Cost: $21, Registration closes 5PM Friday, December 13th.

Link to registration site

General Information

Race Weekend Schedule of Events - Click Here​ Updated Sunday Schedule - Click Here

Course and Distance Table - Click Here

Race Headquarters and race location:

Race headquarters will be located in the Grand Avenue Chalet; 8551 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN

Hours of the race headquarters will be Friday - Sunday 8:30am - 5:30pm daily

All races are held at Grand Avenue Nordic Center: 8551 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN


Race Distances: Saturday, December 14th

Male U18/U20 and College - Freestyle Mass Start 10km

Male U16 - Freestyle Mass Start 5km

Female U18/U20 and College - Freestyle Mass Start 7.5km

Female U16 - Freestyle Mass start - 5km

All U14 - Freestyle Mass start - 3km

All U12 - Freestyle Mass start - 1.5km


Race Distance: Sunday, December 15th

Male U18/U20 and College - Sprint Classic - 1400m

Male U16 - Sprint Classic - 800m

Female U18/U20 and College - Sprint Classic - 1400m

Female U16 - Sprint Classic - 800m

All U14 - Sprint Classic - 600m

All U12 - Sprint Classic - 600m


Team Captains/ Coaches Meeting location

5:30pm Friday, December 13th - Grand Avenue Chalet

5:30pm Saturday, December 14th - Grand Avenue Chalet


Bib Pickup

Saturday and Sunday 8AM to 3:30PM Grand Avenue Chalet


Wax Facility

Waxing will be located in the large 40’ X 60’, heated, walled tent, with walking access to competition trails.  Collegiate and Junior teams can request space by contacting race staff.  Remaining space will be first come first serve basis.  Please be considerate of others while using this facility, clean up after yourselves and do not leave a mess.  Power will be provided. 

Waxing hours are 7AM to 9PM Friday/ Saturday and 7AM to 4PM Sunday.


Spectators and Parking

The Grand Avenue Nordic Center offers a multiple viewing sites of the race course and stadium.  Trail crossing will be controlled and marked.  All trail access points will be a comfortable walking distance away from the stadium.   Walkable ski trail access is available via the Superior Hiking Trail which crosses the ski trails. 


The current parking available at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center exceeds 100 cars and ample room for buses.   


Area Information

If you are planning to stay in Duluth, it is important that you make your reservation early.  Hotels are plentiful but rooms fill quickly on the weekend.  If your search finds you with nothing available in Duluth, make sure you add to your search Hermantown, Cloquet and Superior, WI.   There are a number of new hotels in Hermantown or as we call it “up on the hill”.  


There are many things happening in the Duluth/Superior Area that weekend: Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Bayfront Park, Minnesota Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the DECC, The Wizard of Oz at the NorShor Theatre, The Santaland Diaries at The Underground…plus 100km of skiing in the city limits of Duluth.  


Race Organization/Competition Committee & Technical Delegate(s)


OC Chair - Siiri Morse -

Chief of Competition - Gary Larson -

Assistant Chief of Competition - Dan Maki

Chief of Timing - Dave Johnson

Chief of Course - Jake Richards/Nikolai Anikin

Chief of Control -  Jason Kask

Chief of Stadium - Craig Brown

Race Secretary - Bonnie Kask

Groomer - Erik Blow

Communications/Web/Media - Bridgit Maruska




Volunteers are the backbone of the event and we need your help!


More information coming on how to sign up and jobs needed to be filled.  If you have a job request or desire to help in a specific way, contact us and let us know.


Contact: Siiri Morse - - 218.590.5851