Modern cross-country skiing is like the original form of skiing, from which all skiing disciplines evolved, including alpine skiing, ski jumping and Telemark skiing. Skiers propel themselves either by striding forward (classic style) or side-to-side in a skating motion (skate skiing), aided by arms pushing on ski poles against the snow.
It is practised in regions with snow-covered landscapes, including Northern Europe, Canada, Russia, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Competitive cross-country skiing is one of the Nordic skiing sports. Cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship are the two components of biathlon, ski orienteering is a form of cross-country skiing, which includes map navigation along snow trails and tracks.
Men and Women: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+
Men: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+
Women: 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+
Mixed: 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+
The age category you will compete in for Cross-Country Skiing will be determined as at 31 December of the year preceding the event. For example, if you are 39 at 31 December of the year preceding the event but have turned 40 by Games time, you would compete in the 35-39 age category. The age of the youngest athlete determines the age category for relays.
Possible events and disciplines
The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.