January 28-29, 2017

The Marshall School

Duluth, Minnesota




The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club is happy to host you at the Marshall School for the third junior national qualifier event in 2017.  We hope you will enjoy great snow, challenging courses, and great competition. 


The Central Region has made a bold and exciting move this season and we are thrilled to introduce the Marshall School to the racing calendar.  The individual start, freestyle distance qualifier on Saturday and individual start classic on Sunday will be held on a challenging and spectator-friendly course that has already been tested by a USSA Supertour event, multiple CCSA competitions, and over 10 high school races.


We look forward to having you all here and hope you find the following information helpful in your preparation for the race weekend, and of course, if you need further info, feel free to contact me. 


On behalf of The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, welcome!

Jason Kask

Program Director

Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club

Email:  programming@duluthxc.com






Driving in from all schools you will either be coming across the high bridge from Wisconsin or on I-35.  Head east on I-35 regardless of where you are coming from.


  • Exit to the right on exit 256 A onto MESABA AVENUE

  • Follow Mesaba Ave. uphill until you are at the stop lights at the very top of the hill to the intersection of Central Entrance.

  • Go straight through the lights across Central Entrance. 

  • You will now by default be on RICE LAKE RD.

  • Follow Rice Lake Rd. roughly 0.3 miles.

  • Entrance to Marshall School will be on your left.



Chief of Competition:        Gary Larson

Asst. Chief of Comp:          Dave Johnson

Chief of Course:                 Todd Campbell

Race Secretary:                  Dave Kask

Chief of Stadium:               Scott Kylander-Johnson

Technical Delegate:            Karen Cook


Chad Salmela

Dave Johnson

Jason Kask

Kris Osthus


** Registration is closed **


**Subject to Change**


Tuesday, January 24th

11:59 p.m.: Registration deadline

Friday, January 27th

3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.:  Course open for inspection/testing, freestyle

3:30 p.m.: Wax Room open to team set-up and waxing

6:30 p.m.: Coaches meeting FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY at the Marshall School Lakeside Room  

6:30 p.m.:  Draw and start lists posted/emailed to coaches

11:00 pm: Wax Room Closes

Saturday, January 28th

7:00 a.m.: Waxing area open for teams

7:30 a.m.: Bib Pick-up Lakeside Room (Race Office) 

10:00 a.m.: Women’s FS individual start, 5km (Open, College, U20, U18, U16, High School)

11:00 a.m.: Men's FS individual start, 5km (U16, High School)

12:00 p.m.: Men’s FS individual start, 10km (Open, College, U20, U18)

1:30 p.m.: Men/Women FS individual start, 2.5km (U14)

2:00 p.m.: Men/Women FS individual start 1km (U12/10)

3:00 p.m.: Course closed for grooming classic

11:00 p.m.: Wax Room Closes

Sunday, January 29th

7:00 a.m.: Waxing Room Open

7:30 a.m.: Bib Pick-up Lakeside Room (Race Office) 

10:00 a.m.: Men’s FS individual start, 10km (Open, College, U20, U18)

12:00 p.m.: Women’s FS individual start, 10km (Open, College, U20, U18)

1:00 p.m.: Men's FS individual start, 5km (U16, High School)

1:30 p.m.: Women's FS individual start, 5km (U16, High School)

2:00 p.m.: Men/Women FS individual start, 2.5km (U14)

2:30 p.m.: Men/Women FS individual start, 1km (U12/10)

3:00 p.m.: Wax Room Closes


Wax Rooms

One large waxing area with light, power and heat will be provided for waxing.  It will be located adjacent to the Marshall School.  Access to the trail is very convenient from the wax area.   Parking will be available for team wax trailers.



The Marshall parking lot is open to all teams and spectator vehicles.   


Athlete Lounge

Athletes and coaches will have access to a large indoor gathering and resting space .  Athletes will have easy access to the trails, bathrooms, and drinking water in the designated athlete area. 


Ski Equipment

Please be advised that no skis or poles are to be brought into the athlete area.  Please leave all skis and poles in the waxing area or outside the building.



(Updated 1/27:  download Course Map PDF here)
(Updated 1/27:  download Stadium Map PDF here)

























































All races are run on the Marshall Nordic trail system. 


The 5k and 10K races will be held on the 2.5k Trail  (see course map)


The 1.5K races will be held on the 1.5k Trail   (see course map)


Course access and spectator access is designated by dashed lines on the course maps and will be marked. To prevent trail damage please access the course only at designated spots.


Warm up loops and a kick wax testing hill is provided and marked on the course map.




Event is sanctioned for USSA NRL points.
















*Denotes a GREAT restaurant. There aren’t a lot of expensive restaurants in town so it’s not too expensive even at the great ones.



*India Palace, *Mexico Lindo, *Hanabi, *Pizza Luce, *Zeitgeist Café, *Va Bene, Fitgers Brewhouse, Blind Pig, Pickwick (a Duluth icon)




*Lake Ave. Café, *Northern Waters Smokehaus (best sandwiches in Duluth, maybe MN, featured on food network), *Vitta Pizza (real Neopolitan wood fired pizza), Taste of Saigon, Amazing Grace (for breakfast), Grandma’s Sports Garden (pizza only recommendation).


Other Restaurants Nearby

Grandma’s Saloon, Little Angies Cantina, Famous Daves, Green Mill, Old Chicago, Red Lobster, Dairy Queen




Restaurants Nearby

Grandma’s Miller Hill, Olive Garden, Texas Road House, Bridgeman’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Appleby’s, Five Guys Burgers, Grizzly’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Mall Food Court




Recommended Nearby Restaurants

            *The Duluth Grille (locally grown everything, big portions—excellent ski team choice), *Clyde Iron Works


Other Restaurants Nearby

            Grandma’s West Duluth, Perkins, Little Caesars, numerous fast food.




Nearby Restaurants

            Perkins, numerous fast food, Dunn Bros.





Nearby Restaurants

            Outback Steakhouse, Subway, Zen House, Tejas Texas Grill and Saloon

* Races will be FREESTYLE Saturday and Sunday *

The Comfort Inn 

Our official lodging partner. They have blocked off rooms for the event and are offering a special event rate, just mention '2017 Hilltop Invite' when you book either online or by phone. 

3900 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN, 55807