Record number of countries and athletes set to race the COOP FIS CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP in CANMORE
CANMORE, ALBERTA January 2, 2024 – The Alberta World Society is proud to announce a record number of athletes and nations will compete at the 2024 COOP FIS CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP Feb 9-13 at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
More than 190 of the world’s best cross-country ski athletes from 20 nations, and 200 members of their support staff are slated to arrive in Canmore for the event, leading to one of the deepest World Cup fields of the season. Powerhouse teams such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and the United States have confirmed their attendance, as well as several countries who haven’t previously raced in Canmore, including Ireland, Taipai, and Andorra. Individual athletes will confirm their attendance in the coming weeks. Up to 16 Canadians will compete at the event.
“We are excited to welcome the world to Canmore Feb 9-13, 2024. The increased number of athletes and nations registered is a testament to the exciting races organized by the Alberta World cup Society at the Canmore Nordic Centre, and we’re happy to work with Tourism Canmore-Kananaskis to ensure athletes and team staff are able to experience the Bow Valley to its fullest.” said COOP FIS World Cup Cross Country Organizing Committee Chair Greg Thompson.
“Tourism Canmore Kananaskis is thrilled to be the event sponsor for the 2024 COOP FIS CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP in Canmore. This international competition, featuring a record number of athletes from 20 nations, is a huge economic driver for our community and aligns perfectly with our commitment to continually provide astonishing adventures that nourish the soul. Working with sports leaders, such as the Alberta World Cup Society, enables us to be a leading force in helping create transformative experiences that not only captivate but also feed the human spirit, fostering a deep connection with nature, culture and our community. As leaders in sustainable tourism, we’re proud to showcase the beauty of the Canadian Rockies to millions of viewers worldwide. We look forward to welcoming the world to Canmore and creating lasting memories for both the athletes and spectators alike,” said Rachel Ludwig, CEO, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
The increased number of teams and staff will have a positive economic impact within the Bow Valley. The world cup will bring an estimated 2500 hotel stays to the Bow Valley, as many teams will begin to arrive in Canmore during the first week of February. Races will be broadcast around the world to millions of viewers, showcasing the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The Alberta World Cup Society and Tourism Canmore-Kananaskis are working closely together on this world class event.
General admission is free, however for those interested in the best seat in the house, VIP tickets are still available for purchase at www.albertaworldcup.com
By the Numbers:
200 team staff
2500 hotel stays
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The Alberta World Cup Society continues to promote its mandate of developing and growing cross-country skiing in Alberta and Canada through hosting World Cup races and by providing resources for the development of officials, coaches and athletes. All these activities are accomplished with the involvement of tireless volunteers who dedicate their time in different capacities to make this possible.