CXC Cup Holiday Carnival at Mt. Itasca

Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association
Coleraine, Minnesota

For Registration Lists, Start Lists, and Results, click the Superior Timing logo below!

COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

The CXC Cup races at Mt. Itasca shall be run following mitigation plans that will follow public health mandates that minimize the spread of COVID-19.



Welcome to the Event Page for the

2020 CXC Cup Holiday Carnival at Mt. Itasca

December 19-20, 2020

Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center in Coleraine, MN

Saturday, December 19:  Freestyle Individual Start

Sunday, December 20:  Classic Pursuit

Mt. Itasca is one of the only facilities in the country that maintains venues for cross-country, biathlon, ski jumping, Nordic-combined, downhill and snowboarding all at a single site.


Mt. Itasca hosts events ranging from children’s and high school races through world class biathlon and cross-country ski competitions.


Click on the buttons at the top of this page or menu at right to access race information.

Venue & Course Descriptions

Competitions will be held at the Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center’s Nordic ski trails.  Coach’s meetings will be held in the Mt. Itasca Chalet.  The MINSA headquarters building, directly on your left as you drive into the venue, will house Race HQ as well as two waxing rooms.  The stadium area—approximately 4 acres—boasts a large staging area for race starts and finishes, a spectator area with multiple views of the action, as well as a top notch timing building with excellent views.  Note that because of COVID-19 precautions, no changing area will be available; please change prior to arrival at the venue.


Mt. Itasca has a total of 17 km of cross-country ski trails.  The biathlon trail system--the primary race course--includes 5 km of trails, 6 meters wide.  Multiple length options are available via cutoffs ranging from a few hundred meters to 5 km; we have hosted races ranging from short sprints to 15 km in recent years.  While the trail system is notorious for elevation changes, there are several options that level out the elevation if a less rigorous sprint course is desired, or to make the course less challenging for younger skiers.  


Note that we have full snowmaking capabilities on our nordic trails, which guarantees good race course conditions even in low-snow seasons.


Due to COVID-19 precautions there will be no available indoor wax space for glide waxing. There will be limited space available on Saturday afternoon and evening for application of binder wax and kick wax as desired. We apologize for this inconvenience.



Saturday, December 19 - Freestyle Individual Start

  • 7.5km - U16/18/20 Males 

  • 5km - U16/18/20 Females

  • 2.5km - U14/12 and under


Sunday, December 20 - Classic Pursuit

  • 7.5km - U16/18/20 Males 

  • 5km - U16/18/20 Females

  • 2.5km - U14/12 and under


Race Organization

Jon Arntson, Co-Race Director 

Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association President 

(218) 259-5489


Vladimir Cervenka, Co-Race Director

Mt. Itasca Biathlon Coach

(218) 256-8323

Technical Delegate:  TBA      

Race Registration:


CXC Junior Cup (JNQ) Participants (U16, U18, U20) register at the CXC Registration Website


CXC Youth Cup Participants (U14, U12, U10, U8) register at CXC Youth Cup Registration



On race days, the Race HQ building will open for bib distribution and information at 8:00 am; it will be open and staffed throughout the day.  It is recommended that you get to the venue more than an hour before the start of your race/qualifier (1 hour, 15 minutes), get checked in with the secretary, get your bib, get warmed up, etc.  More detailed schedules will be available on race day.  


Friday, December 18

8:00 am - 5:00 pm          Venue open for training                         

8:00 am                         Maps & schedule posted/available in HQ building

12:00 pm                       Courses will be marked by 12 pm

6:00 pm                         Coach’s meeting, Mt. Itasca Chalet



Saturday, December 19: Freestyle Individual Start

8:00 am                         Race secretary building open for information and bib distribution

8:00 am                         Courses open for inspection

For Specific Race Day Schedule Click Below


Sunday, December 20: Classic Pursuit

8:00 am                         Race secretary building open for information and bib distribution

8:00 am                         Courses open for inspection

For Specific Race Day Schedule Click Below


Area & Location

Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center is located in Coleraine, Minnesota, 7 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, 29 miles southwest of Hibbing, and 21 miles east of Deer River.  All three of those areas have lodging and food options, although most athletes find Grand Rapids most convenient.  Coleraine and its next-door city Bovey also have eating options.


The nearest hospital and emergency room is in Grand Rapids, 7 miles away.


Grand Rapids Tourist and Lodging Info: Click here

Hibbing Tourist and Lodging Info: Click here

Deer River’s White Oak Inn & Suites : Click here


Other lodging options may be found through direct to owner sites such as AirBnB, or by exploring local resort options.



Click here for text directions and map on the Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center website.

Click here for Google Maps location and directions for Mt. Itasca.

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