The Great Lakes Division (GLD) Junior Committee is the governing body of Great Lakes Junior National Team that competes at the US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Skiing Junior National Championships (JNs). All criteria, by-laws and rules for Great Lakes junior skiing and development are set forth by this body. This includes but is not limited to the governance of the Great Lakes Junior National Team and Junior National Qualifying Races.

The Midwest Junior National Team and Great Lakes Junior National Team athletes will be selected based on a Points & Rankings List generated from the results of the Junior National Qualifying races. The goal of the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Teams is to introduce and elevate regionally successful athletes to the National racing scene.


* Houghton (MI) / December 15-16
* Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI) / January 19-20
* Traverse City (MI) / February 1-2


Everyone that is interested in possibly making a Junior National Team should read over the qualification rules. There are differences between the different age groups of what races count towards qualification, how many athletes qualify from each group, etc. Please be aware of these differences.

View Points and Rankings | Age Classifications
Competitor Membership


  • - Inclusion on the Midwest Regional Ranking List
    - Seasonal athlete points profile and history
    - Ability/Needed to compete in the CXC Junior Cup
    - U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership card
    - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Excellence newsletter

Become/Renew a Member
NRL Competitor Membership


  • - Inclusion on the Midwest Regional Ranking List and U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List
    - Athlete points profile and history
    - Ability to register for FIS and participate in FIS events (where qualified)
    - Ability/Needed to compete at US Nationals, Junior Nationals, SuperTour, COC, WC events
    - U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership card
    - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Excellence newsletter

After October 15th anyone who has previously held an NRL Competitor Membership license, will have a $25 late fee implemented towards their membership.

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2019 Junior National Nordic Ski Championships

The cream of the crop of American junior Nordic ski racers is coming to Anchorage, AK from March 10-16 for the 2019 USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Champinships. Fans will be treated to a glimpse of the future of Team USA as the best athletes under the age of 20 face off at Kincaid Outdoor Center.


Whether you are new to the CXC Junior Cup races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.

  • Registration for races typically closes on the Tuesday before the race. Plan your races and register early.

  • Give yourself the highest opportunity to earn a place on the Midwest team, and increase your racing experience by participating in all the races if possible.

  • If you are on a school team, good communication with your coach is essential. Work together to establish a plan that supports both your school team and your CXC Junior Cup races.

  • The Midwest team will be named after the final race in the CXC Junior Cup series.

  • Please be prepared to pay for the full cost of the US Junior National Nordic Ski Championships (JN) trip at the team naming that takes place after the final CXC Junior Cup race if you are selected for the team. For instance, JN trip to Soldie Hollow (UT) in 2018 was $2,250 per Midwest team member. The required Midwest team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available.

  • Junior National team members must have a Competitor Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this.

  • Keep a close watch on the CXC website as race and JN trip details can change rapidly. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.
Finally, enjoy the experience! The CXC Junior Cup races and Junior National Nordic Ski Championships trip are opportunities to meet and ski with the finest skiers in the Midwest and the country. It's exciting, motivating and really fun.