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Masters World Cup 2018 FAQ


Do I have to qualify to take part in the 2018 Masters World Cup (MWC2018)?

Answer: No, you do not have to qualify for this event in any way.

As long as you are at least 30 years old as of December 31, 2017 you are welcome to participate.

Every USA skier will need a current American XC Skiers (AXCS) membership. Find more info and sign-up for AXCS membership here.


Is this event really for all ability levels?

Answer: Unless you are a true beginner, we are betting that you will have a blast taking part in the MWC 2018.

Sure, some folks are going to be really fast out there, but most skiers at the MWC take part for the fun, excitement, and unique event design unlike any other event for adult skiers you can find anywhere.

AXCS has written a ton about why the MWC is a great event for so many skiers here.


Who is eligible to represent the USA at MWC 2018?

Answer: To be eligible to race for the USA you can be a citizen or a long-term (green card) resident. Same goes for any other nation on the planet you’d like to represent.

If you are a US citizen or resident with an AXCS membership and sign up for the MWC 2018 under the USA flag — that’s all it really takes.


What events will be offered during the MWC 2018?

Answer: Both classic and freestyle options will be offered in each of three race distances for your age/gender category. Every category will offer six individual race options. There will also be national team relays where a nation will be allowed one relay team per age/gender category (see below for a Q&A on how the relay will work).

You are limited to race options offered for your age/gender category at the MWC. For example, a 40-year old woman would be able to select from race distances of 15km, 10km, and 30km in both or either classic and freestyle techniques. But, that same woman would not be able to select a 5km or 45km race option as those distances are not offered in her age/gender category. You can see your age/gender category distance offerings on the event calendar.

Note: A new World Masters Association (WMA) rule going into effect for the MWC 2018 is that skiers should be able to pick any three races offered for your age/gender category. Up until 2017, the WMA rule has been that you had to pick only one technique for each race distance (i.e. a 35-year man could only pick either the 30km classic OR the 30km freestyle — but not both). In 2018 the plan is that you’ll be able to do both techniques for any race distance if you want to. This should give USA skiers a lot of flexibility in picking your MWC 2018 schedule (something particularly important for younger masters with families and/or work demands).


How will the MWC 2018 race starts be seeded?

Answer: Race starts are first seeded by WMA-FIS points that are earned by skiers that took part in the MWC2016 or MWC2017 events. All other skiers that do not have current points are then placed in a random sort for start position. The MWC starts are very organized with every skier assigned a row and lane position that varies for each race based on who is signed up for each race. The “grid” for the starts involve 20 lanes per row with typically no more than 5-6 rows max for only the largest male categories.

Every MWC individual event start will be comprised of only your age/gender category. The only exception would be for really small categories (typically only the youngest or eldest categories) might be combined together. Most category wave starts are 20-100 skiers in total number.


How will the MWC 2018 relays work?

Answer: The MWC relays are based exclusively on national teams. Meaning that there will only be allowed one team per age/gender category. The larger the team size, the tougher the selections will be for relay spots. The AXCS National Director will make the decision on relay selections based on performances during the early MWC2018 races plus factoring in results at other recent MWC and National Masters events.

The relay race itself is 4 x 5km with 2 classic and 2 freestyle legs for every category. Generally, if you are one of the top two skiers (either technique) in your age/gender category, you have an excellent shot at being named to a USA relay team.

Note that WMA rules allow nations to drop skiers down in age (example: A 50-year old M5 skier could race in the 30-34 M1 relay), but nations cannot race skiers “up” in age (the same M5 could not race on the M6 relay team because he’d be skiing in an older category). There are other special relay rules that make team selection quite strategic in many years.

Selection of the USA relay teams is the sole responsibility of USA National Director J.D. Downing. All USA registrants will be given a chance before the MWC 2018 begins to sign-up on a “USA relay interest & availability list”. From that list, Downing will pick all the relay rosters plus the two allowed alternates. The official USA team selections will be announced roughly 24 hours prior to the relay day.