Masters World Cup

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The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association

Association for Masters Cross-Country Skiers

WMA was formed in February 1982 as a worldwide association for masters cross-country skiers. The Association provides a common international platform for top competitive skiers as well as for those who simply enjoy racing, regardless of the ranking.

Yearly Masters World Cups

Foundation for the yearly organized and Masters World Cups called events has been layed by the Canadian Bill Gairdner in Uppsala when he proposed the founding of a worldwide masters association. This announcement became executed during a meeting in Zürich on June 13, 1982. The representatives of 14 skiing nations concluded the foundation of “The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association”, called WMA.

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Current & future Masters World Cups
Current & future Masters World Cups
Masters World Cup 2021

Masters World Cup 2021 Postponed Due to COVID-19

Pandemic Originally scheduled for March 4-12 in Canmore, Alberta/CAN, the Masters World Cup 2021 has been postponed to 2022

1 September 2020   The Masters World Cup 2021 for cross-country skiing has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Masters World Cup was originally scheduled for March 4-12, 2021 in Canmore and has now been rescheduled for March 3-11, 2022 in Canmore.

Due to the on-going travel restrictions and the current limitations around hosting major Sporting Events, the Alberta World Cup Society (AWCS) and The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association (WMA), along with our tourism partners and the Alberta Health authority, have agreed to postpone the MWC 2021 in Canmore.

“We’ve been watching the pandemic trends and it appears that the restrictions affecting our event will continue to be in place for the foreseeable future. The health and welfare of all the expected 1,200 participants coming from around the world, our volunteers and our community are our highest priority. All of our community stakeholders want the Masters World Cup to be a tremendous success when we hold it and it looks like March 2021 is too soon for that to be the case. We’ve been strongly supported by the Alberta Chief Medical Office, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis and our hotel partners in Canmore in reaching this conclusion. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association has been an incredible partner as well. We both want this event to be a great success when we hold it and it looks like that won’t be possible until 2022,” said Norbert Meier, AWCS, Event Chair.

“The decision to postpone the MWC 2021 in Canmore has been the result of a careful evaluation process over several months. The Alberta World Cup Society (AWCS) and The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association (WMA) have been committed towards looking at what was best plan from both local and international perspectives. Ultimately it became clear to all parties that postponing to 2022 was our best path forward. In the midst of what is an incredibly challenging era for sport organizers around the globe, the WMA could not ask for a better partner than the AWCS. Everyone in Canmore has been exceptionally professional while also remaining positive about what we all believe will ultimately be a fantastic MWC 2022 in Canmore!” said John Downing, WMA, President.

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The Masters World Cup has been held annually since 1980 and brings together cross country skiers aged 30 to 90+ from all over the world for a week of racing, camaraderie and celebration of cross country skiing as a lifelong sport.

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Contact for further information:

Norbert Meier, Event Chair Alberta World Cup Society, (403) 760-0633

John Downing,  President The World Masters XC Association,  (541) 317-0217

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Masters World Cup 2022

1 September 2020   The Masters World Cup in Les Saisies, France, planned for the period January 27 to February 5, had to be cancelled by the organizer because the financial pledges promised by the French government on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville / FRA will not be available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WMA very much regrets this, as so far only one Masters World Cup has taken place in France.

In 2022, the cancelled MWC is to be held in Canmore, Alberta / CAN.

News & Events
News & Events

2 June 2020   With deep regret, we have to inform you, that in his 80th year of life Vladimir Zotov passed away. He was a great athlete and friend. He became nominated as first National Director for Ukraine in WMA and worked for Masters skiers in his country in the period 1991 to 2011.

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MWC 2020 - 50 % Refund of Registration Fee and Lodging Deposits Information

11 May 2020   Lodging Deposit Refunds Skiers that booked lodging and paid a 30% Lodging Deposit via the MWC2020 Organizing Committee are eligible for a refund of the Deposit and any additional pre-payments towards lodging. 

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MWC 2021 Canmore/CAN Updates

7 May 2020   The 2021 Masters World Cup slated for Canmore, Canada — 4-12 March 2021 — remains fully on schedule at the present time.

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