Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country or Nordic Skiing competitions are recognized as some of most physically demanding Olympic disciplines. Competitions are conducted over multiple distances, varying terrain, and under all conditions, —which makes no two races the same. Athletes apply two different techniques—Classical (C) or Freestyle (F), which is significantly faster. Events will be held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

Sprints are single-elimination events, with skiers starting at 15-second intervals. The top 30 athletes qualify to race head-to-head in heats of six, with the fastest two from each heat advancing to the next round.


Racers take off in 15- or 30-second intervals, and the skier with the fastest time wins.


In this race, all skiers start at the same time, and the first to cross the finish line wins.

Mass Start

Races are like track and field relays, where one skier finishes and tags the next to send them on their way. The relay has a mass start, with two classical and two freestyle stages.


In this event, athletes start at intervals based on their individual race times. The first athlete to cross the finish line wins.


This event includes semifinals and a final event, with the five fastest one man/own woman teams racing to the finish line.

Mixed Team Sprint

About The Venue

Skiers outside the lodge at the Mount Van Hoevenberg nordic skiing center

Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Mt. Van Hoevenberg combines outdoor recreation with Lake Placid’s Olympic legacy. The sliding center boasts a world-class combined skeleton and bobsled track while the Nordic center offers 4km of World Championship rated trails and 50km of additional cross country skiing trails. Plus, the new Mountain Pass Lodge offers a restaurant, retail shopping, equipment rentals, and more.