Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 2020

MyXC Festival & Championships

Regional Two-day Celebration for Youth and Younger Juniors

Young skiers from across the Midwest race at Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Enjoy the friendship and adventure of skiing!

The MyXC Festival and Championships (formerly the Midwest Junior Championships & Festival) is a joint venture of the The Loppet Foundation and Minnesota Youth Ski League.

This event is restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes.

Saturday

Classic Individual Start Races

Competitors ski using the classic technique. As an individual start event this is a race against the clock. Skiers start one-at-a-time at 15 intervals. In the days before the event, a precise start list will be posted. Note that skiers found to be skating during the classical race will be penalized. Please review the Rules of Racing on the Skiwerx Series page.

There will be seeding (assigned start order) for U16, U14 and U12 competitors (details below).

* This is a Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup event.

Sit Ski Mass Start

Competitors ski a 750m or 1.5 km course (2 laps of the 750m course). Volunteers will be on-site to assist on uphills as requested by athletes.

Classic Team Sprints

In this Olympic Format, two skiers ski three laps each (distance varies by age). Skiers will tag off between each leg to their partner in a transition zone using body to body contact. List your partner when you register or we can assign one for you in the same age group and gender.

Festival Events

MyXC Festival events are designed primarily for kids 12 and under and include the Fish Scale Frenzy, Paintball Biathlon, Skier Tug-of-War, Scooter Soccer, (non-competitive) Ski Cross Obstacle Course, a Medallion Hunt and, if there is natural snow, skijoring demos. Events are added as conditions allow. You’ll never know what you’ll find.

Register for the MyXC Festival or participate if you are already registered for the Saturday competitive events.


Sunday

Freestyle Mass Start

In this event, skiers of each age class/gender start in waves at the same time. We will have the stadium set up with many sets of tracks and skiers line up by a numbered marker in the snow. Skiers double-pole in the tracks for a given distance before they can start to skate. Volunteers will help get everyone lined up correctly.

There will be seeding (assigned start order) for U16, U14 and U12 competitors (details below).

* This is a Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup event.

Four-Person Freestyle Relays

This four-person relay race consists of four freestyle skiers. There must be two boys and two girls within each team. Skiers will tag off between each leg to their teammate in a transition zone using body to body contact. Relay teams will be assigned on site before the event. If you have teammates, bring them to the Relay Check-in tent in the stadium to get your bibs. If you don’t have partners, put your name on the list! We will get all kids skiing.

SkiCross Time Trials

This is an obstacle course to test the agility of skiers. The format will be individual start “single track” with skiers seeded and starting every 30 seconds. Every skier gets two attempts and the best time of your two runs is used for the results (by age group and gender). Skiers registered for the SkiCross Time Trials should report to the SkiCross area (take the steps behind the Trailhead to the top of the tubing hill). There will be an open track for practice before the Time Trials begin.

There will be seeding (assigned start order) for U16, U14, U12 and U10 competitors (details below). This event is not advised for U8 skiers.

* This is a Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup event.


Rules and Seeding

Age Classes

All competitive events, relays and the Fish Scale Frenzy use age classes as follows (age as of the prior Dec 31)
U16 – Age: 15 or 14
U14 – Age: 13 or 12
U12 – Age: 11 or 10
U10 – Age: 9 or 8
U8 – Age: 7 or younger
(note that the Ski Cross Time Trials on Sunday are not advised for U8)

Seeding for Race Starts (U16, U14, U12, U10)

For the Individual Races (Classic, Freestyle Mass Start and Ski Cross) there will be seeding for start position. Skiers must be pre-registered to be seeded. Points coming into the weekend are used to seed both Saturday and Sunday events. If you have questions about seeding, please contact amy@mysl.org.

Seed Groups

A. Rank from the current points list
              1. U16: Midwest or Great Lakes JNQ list, US Ski and Snowboard List
              2. U14 and U12: Skiwerx Series or CXC Youth Cup lists
B. Skiers with a current membership, but no points (randomly drawn)
              1. U16: US Ski and Snowboard
              2. U14, U12 and U10: MyXC Skiwerx Membership
C. Skiers without a current membership (randomly drawn)

Rules of Racing

All events during the MyXC Festival and Championships follow the Rules of Racing as outlined by the Skiwerx Series.

NOTE: This event is restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes.

Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup

The MyXC Festival and Championships includes three Skiwerx Series and Youth Cup events: the Classic Individual Start race on Saturday, the Freestyle Mass Start race on Sunday and the Ski Cross Time Trials on Sunday.

  • Find more information on the Skiwerx Series here.
  • Find more information on the CXC Youth Cup here.

Awards

Prizes awarded for top-3 boys and girls in the following categories:

  • U16/U14/U12top three boys and girls in all Championship events and relays
  • U10/U8all participants receive medals at the podium ceremony

For those not present at the Awards Ceremony, awards will be kept for one month at The Loppet Foundation office – 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway. Awards may be picked up there – call in advance to arrange a time: 612-604-5330.

Festival Registration

Register for the Saturday Championships events and get free entry to the MyXC Festival. Or you may register directly for the Festival.

Festival Passports

Festival participants check-in and receive a Festival Passport color-coded to their age group. The Fish Scale Frenzy will start is age-group waves.
Passports use the same age groups as the racing events:

Age Groups
(age as of the prior Dec 31)
U16 – Age: 15 or 14
U14 – Age: 13 or 12
U12 – Age: 11 or 10
U10 – Age: 9 or 8
U8 – Age: 7 or younger

Festival participants rotate through the various non-competitive events with a suggested starting location. Skiers receive a stamp for participating at each station. At the end of the day, skiers turn in their completed festival passports to the tent in the lower stadium area. All skiers who complete all events and get a stamp at each one receive a completion prize.


Festival Events

The Minnesota Youth Ski League will be providing free classic fish scale youth equipment for use during the Festival on a first come first serve basis. Look for the trailer near the stadium.

Festival Events line-up is subject to change based on snow conditions and equipment availability.

Fish Scale Frenzy – Waves by Age Group (U16/U14, U12, U10, U8)

A fun ski “race” organized by age-group, the Fish Scale Frenzy is designed for all skiers with fish scale or skin skis. All participants receive a finishers prize. All skiers registering for the Festival are automatically registered for the Fish Scale Frenzy.

Skier Tug of War

Practice your snowplowing and pull-ups, folks, because this is a slippery battle of strength and maybe a little bit of how grippy your gloves are!

Skier Obstacle Course

Use your agility skills to make your way through fun and challenging obstacles on skis.

Laser Biathlon

Try out a Paralympics Laser Rifle to test your aim with this accuracy challenge.

Medallion Hunt

Follow clues posted at the Festival tent to locate several hidden medallions! Prizes for the winners.

Snowperson Making Station and Photo-Op

Get creative with the snow! All materials provided to create your own unique Snowperson-ality! Have your photo taken with your new friend!

Crew Skis

A great opportunity work to as a team and try out the pair of a kind Crew Skis.

S’mores

Enjoy a nice bonfire and cook up some s’mores while cheering on your friends on the ski course!

Skijoring Demo

Check out the exciting sport of Skijoring! Interact with the dogs and experienced racers and learn about this growing sport from ambassadors.

Parking & Transportation

Please reference here for all information.

Relay Assignments & Start Lists

Relay assignments and start lists will be posted on the website linked below as they become available.

2019 Relay Assignments & Start Lists »

Race Office/Packet Pickup

All skiers pick up their race bibs, Festival bibs and passports at The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway).

Note that it is important that skiers turn their race bibs in after each race as the bibs are used more than once over the course of the weekend and the bibs are not keepsakes.

Saturday

  • Bib Pickup: 8:00am – 12:00pm in The Trailhead
  • Festival Events: 10:00am – 1:30pm
  • Classic Individual Start: *See Start List for exact times; More specific times will be posted upon race week. This is a Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup event.
    • 9:00 am: Boys & Girls 3.5k – U16 (ages 14-15) – Green Classic Course
    • 9:15 am: Boys & Girls 2.5k – U14 (ages 12-13) – Yellow Classic Course
    • 9:45 am: Boys & Girls 2.1k – U12 (ages 10-11) – Orange Classic Course
    • 10:05 am: Boys & Girls 1.5k – U10 (ages 8-9) – Purple Classic Course
    • 10:20 am: Boys & Girls 750m – U8 (ages 7 & under) – Red Course
  • Fish Scale Frenzy*: (wave start races, fish scale and skin skis only)
    • 10:30 am: Boys & Girls 2.5k – U14/U16 (ages 12-15) – Yellow Classic Course
    • 10:35 am: Boys & Girls 1.5k – U12 (ages 10-11) – Purple Classic Course
    • 10:40 am: Boys & Girls 1.5k – U10 (ages 8-9) – Purple Classic Course
    • 10:45 am: Boys & Girls 750m – U8 (ages 7 & under) – Red Course
  • Classic Team Sprint Relays: 2 skiers,  3 laps each, Red Course
    • 11:15 am: Girls 750m – U14/U16 (ages 12-15)
    • 11:45 am: Boys 750m – U14/U16 (ages 12-15)
    • 12:15 pm: Girls 750m – U10/12 (ages 8-11)
    • 12:40 pm: Boys 750m – U10/12 (ages 8-11)
  • Awards Ceremony:
    • 1:30 pm: U16-U8 Podium Awards for Classic Individual & Classic Team Sprints
    • 1:45pm: MyXC U14 Graduation. All second year U14s receive recognition and an award as they “graduate” to the junior age groups.

*The Fish Scale Frenzy is designed for skiers with fish scale or skin skis. Those wanting to race on waxable skis need to enter the Classic Individual Start event. All skiers registering for the Festival are automatically registered for the Fish Scale Frenzy.

Sunday

  • Bib Pickup: 8:00am – 12:00pm in The Trailhead
  • Freestyle Mass Start Race: This is a Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup event.
    • 9:00 am: Boys 3.6k – U16 (ages 14-15) – Green Skate Course
    • 9:05 am: Girls 3.6k – U16 (ages 14-15) – Green Skate Course
    • 9:15 am: Boys 3.0k – U14 (ages 12-13) – Yellow Skate Course
    • 9:20 am: Girls 3.0k – U14 (ages 12-13) – Yellow Skate Course
    • 9:30 am: Boys 2.5k – U12 (ages 10-11) – Orange Skate Course
    • 9:35 am: Girls 2.5k – U12 (ages 10-11) – Orange Skate Course
    • 9:40 am: Boys & Girls 1k – U10 (ages 8-9) – Purple Skate Course
    • 9:45 am: Boys & Girls 750m – U8 (ages 7 & under) – Red Course
  • 4-Person Relays: (four freestyle skiers: two girls, two boys, each skier skis one leg). Bibs will be handed out in the stadium. Go to the check-in tent with your team or to be put on a list. We will match all skiers.
    • 10:10 am: Boys & Girls 4x750m – U14/U16 (ages 12-15)- Red Course
    • 10:40 am: Boys & Girls 4×750m – U10/U12 (ages 8-11) -Red Course
    • NOTE: Awards will be handed out at the finish line, so keep your team together please.
  • SkiCross Time Trials: This is a Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup event. Note that start area is on top of the tubing hill (Upper Stadium). Use the steps behind the Trailhead. One skier every 20 seconds.
    • 10:40 am – 11:40 am: SkiCross Open Course
    • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: SkiCross Time Trials GIRLS (starting with U16). One run through, then go back up and we start the list over. Best time of two runs counts. 90 skier limit.
    • 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: SkiCross Time Trials BOYS (starting with U16). One run through, then go back up and we start the list over.  Best time of two runs counts. 110 skier limit.
  • Awards Ceremony:
    • 2:30 pm: BOYS U16-U8 Podium Awards for Freestyle Mass Start & SkiCross. Overall BOYS U14 and U12 CXC Youth Cup.
    • 3:00 pm: GIRLS U16-U8 Podium Awards for Freestyle Mass Start & SkiCross. Overall GIRLS U14 and U12 CXC Youth Cup.

Register Now!
EventStarting Oct 17, 2019Starting Oct 31, 2019Starting Feb 6, 2020Starting Mar 9, 2020
MyXC Festival and Fish Scale Frenzy$0$5$10$10
MyXC Championships: Ski Cross$16$18$20$30
MyXC Championships: Skate Ski Individual Loppet and Team Sprint Relays$32$34$36$46
MyXC Championships: Classic Ski Individual Loppet and Tandem Sprint Relays$32$34$36$46

Proceeds from the MyXC Festival & Championships benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

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