Media Release

Successful Site Visit Sets the Stage for Another Unforgettable World Cup in Canmore

September 05, 2023

CANMORE, ALBERTA September 5, 2023 – The COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup Organizing Committee is thrilled to announce the successful completion of a crucial site visit and course inspection in preparation for the highly anticipated international sporting event, set to captivate local spectators and audiences from around the world. The visit, conducted on August 23-24, showcased the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Legacy venue, the Canmore Nordic Centre. The Canmore Nordic Centre will help host the Alberta World Cup Society’s 6th FIS Cross-Country World Cup at the venue.

“The 1988 Olympic Winter Games were a catalyst for tourism in Canmore and continue to have a lasting economic impact on the community. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Alberta World Cup Society for their dedication to bringing exceptional sporting events to Canmore and we are eager to welcome the world here once again for the 2024 COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup.”; said Rachel Ludwig, CEO, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis.

The site visit provided an unparalleled opportunity for key stakeholders, international delegates, and event organizers, to witness firsthand the state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure enhancements that will ensure the seamless execution of the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup. The Organizing Committee spared no effort in showcasing  the uniqueness of Canmore, Alberta as a hosting destination for this event.

“It has been a long time since the last FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Canmore in 2016. However, the Organising Committee did not lose anything from their enthusiasm and commitment for Cross-Country Skiing. The beautiful sceneries of Canmore and the motivated and competent team of the Organising Committee will deliver an outstanding stage of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in February 2024.”; said Michal Lamplot, Race Director, International Ski and Snowsport Federation.

The Alberta World Cup Society, organizers of the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup to be held February 9 – 13, 2024, welcomed the International Ski and Snowsport Federation for a Venue Inspection ahead of hosting the event in Canmore this winter.

The site visit included comprehensive inspections of the venue and race course, where cross-country skiing competition will unfold over the course of 4 days. The meticulous attention to course designs, logistics, operational protocols, and spectator engagement was evident throughout the tour, leaving participants impressed by the Organizing Committee’s dedication to creating an event that will be inclusive and dedicated to its sustainability efforts.

“Our team had prepared well to show our full operational capabilities to the FIS staff and to instill in them full confidence in our ability to host a first class world cup that is on par with other leading hosting venues on the FIS cross-country circuit. I think it was indeed a case of “mission accomplished!”; said Norbert Meier, Events Chair and Vice-President of the Alberta World Cup Society.

As the countdown to the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup continues, the Organizing Committee remains focused on delivering an international sporting event that leaves a lasting legacy, fosters active living, and celebrates the performances of athletes from around the world.


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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.

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