Nordic Programs

About Cross Country

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Cross country skiing has been an integral sport in the Olympic Winter Games since the first competition in Chamonix, France. The USSA is committed to furthering cross country in the United States by providing athletic programs, services and competitions across the country. 

Cross country skiing is generally divided into two groups based on technique: classic and skate. Skiathlon combines the two techniques in one race.

Athletes get started in nordic by learning to ski at a local area. USSA Clubs are the primary starting point for aspiring athletes, providing an introduction point with knowledgeable coaches and officials to guide them along the development pipeline. Numerous opportunities for developing as an athlete exist through the Cross Country Training System. 

The USSA provides education and support to its local clubs including a certification process for coaches, judges and officials and the club itself to ensure the best experience possible for athletes and parents.

 
Achieve Your Dreams in USSA Programs

The USSA's club programs provide a pathway for aspiring athletes like Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins to achieve their dreams. Join the USSA today and find a USSA club near you.

Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence in Park City, UT, is a national training and education center providing world-class facilities and educational resources for the USSA's athletes, coaches, clubs and others.
My USSA

Need to renew your membership, get coaching tips or work on your technique? Want to check rankings or results? Find all that and more on your My USSA page. 

 
Membership

Ready to become a member of USSA? Whether you're an athlete who wants to compete, a fan who wants to follow the action, or part of the support team, the USSA has a program for you.

 
Get Involved

The USSA's athletes get no government funding. Their success is dependent on passionate fans, like you! See how you can help athletes achieve their dreams.

 
Child Protection

Help raise awareness about misconduct in sport and promote open dialogue. Together we can build a game plan to make sport safe—for everyone.