Saturday-Sunday, March 2022

Midwest Youth Championships & MyXC Festival

Regional Two-day Celebration for Youth and Younger Juniors

Young skiers from across the Midwest will celebrate the end of their ski seasons with a variety of races and fun ski events at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.

The Midwest Youth Championships & MyXC 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 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 Paintball Biathlon, Skier Tug-of-War, Scooter Soccer, (non-competitive) SkiX 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.

SkiX 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 SkiX Time Trials should report to the SkiX 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.

Age Classes

All competitive events, relays and the Share Winter Minne-Loppet & 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 Midwest Youth Championships & MyXC Festival follow the Rules of Racing as outlined by the Skiwerx Series.

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

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

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

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

  • U16/U14/U12 – top three boys and girls in all Championship events and relays
  • U10/U8 – all participants receive medals

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 Share Winter Minne-Loppet & 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. Equipment is extremely limited.

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

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.

Relay Assignments & Start Lists

Relay assignments and start lists will be posted here as they become available.

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 at 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
  • 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)

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.
  • SkiX 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: SkiX Open Course
    • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: SkiX 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.
    • 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: SkiX 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.

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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 non-refundable, including in the event of delay, rescheduling, or cancellation of an event or program. An event or program registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person's name will result in disqualification.

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