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Haywood 2016 Ski Nationals
March 19, 2016 - March 26, 2016
In 2016 the Ski Nationals will be taking place in Whitehorse!
The 1,300 members of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club extend a warm northern invitation to come to the Yukon for the 2016 Haywood Ski Nationals. A dedicated team of volunteers and sponsors are working hard to make this the best nationals ever.
Whitehorse has a long history of hosting national and international ski competitions and we are pulling out all the stops to make this a truly memorable week for athletes, coaches, officials, parents and ski aficionados. Everything in Whitehorse is close by. Our world class ski trails are a five minute drive from your hotel and even closer to the airport, so you can spend more time training and competing and less time travelling. When you’re done skiing, you’ll have time to explore our vibrant capital city and experience our legendary northern hospitality.
Approximately 250 volunteers have been recruited and trained. With the assistance of Yukon Government through a Community Development grant the ski club has upgraded its grooming equipment and completed trail modifications.
The community last hosted the Ski Nationals in 2010 when over 420 skiers from across Canada and Alaska participated in the Championships.
Five hundred skiers, representing the elite of the national ski community, are expected to attend the 2016 event. They will be supported by coaches, team staff, families and fans of top notch ski racing. There will be five races in the series, running the gamut from sprints to long distance races. The Ski Nationals will kick off with the team sprints and will finish up eight days later with mass start competitions in four age categories.
Hosting the races locally provides a bonus for our ski community, giving home field advantage to the Yukon Ski Team, plus it gives local officials and volunteers the opportunity to showcase their talents. Yukon normally sends 12-18 athletes to compete at the national championships, but having the races in Whitehorse means more skiers will have the opportunity to compete. In 2010 the Yukon fielded 29 skiers from midget ages to senior. Watching and competing beside the best in the country is an inspiration for the next generation of young racers.
All races will take place on the ski trails at the Whitehorse Nordic Centre. The event will wrap up with a banquet at the Canada Games Centre.