Craftsbury Nationals

Rules and Team Qualification

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There is a lot that goes into the U.S. Cross Country Championships. National championships are awarded (to the top U.S. resident in each race), SuperTour points are awarded, earning competitors World Cup starts and potentially a spot on the U.S. team at World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. The Junior and U23 World Championship teams are selected, along with the U18 Scandinavian Cup team. See below for more information about team selection and the U.S. Cross Country Championships rules.


  • U.S. citizens must be paid-in-full Competitor license holders with U.S. Ski and Snowboard
  • Foreign competitors must have a FIS license
    • Foreign competitors' national governing body must have a reciprocal agreement with U.S. Ski and Snowboard in order to register without a U.S. Ski and Snowboard license
    • Foreign competitors are eligible for prize money.
  • Seeding will be done by best available FIS or NRL points on the current published list in the current discipline. Seed groups will be created with the fastest athletes in Group A and so on. Groups will contain no more than 20 athletes. Competitors with neither FIS nor NRL points will be placed in a group and randomized within that group. 
  • For interval start competitions, the jury will determine the order of the seed groups such that Group A is best advantaged. Start order will be randomized in Groups A, B, C, and the no-points group. No other group will be randomized.
    • The jury is permitted to arrange the start order of groups in sprint competitions so as to best advantage Group A.
  • Mass start competitions will follow FIS guidelines.
  • Adaptive skiers will be seeded at the discretion of the jury.
  • Juniors will be seeded with seniors without penalty.
  • Championship gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placed finishers.
  • If a foreign competitor resides in the top 3, two flower ceremonies will take place. One recognizing the overall, one recognizing the top three U.S. competitors in the race.
  • Unofficial flower ceremonies will take place as scheduled, while the official awards will take place the evening of Sunday, January 6th and following the final race on Tuesday, January 8th.
    • Competitors absent from the official awards will forfeit their prizes.
  • Competitors on the U.S. Ski Team or Paranordic Team will have free entry.
  • Results will be posted to the official website,, within two hours of becoming official.

Prize Money:

The prize payouts for U.S. Cross Country Championships are as follows: 

  1. $1200
  2. $600
  3. $300


The U.S. SuperTour is a FIS-sanctioned continental cup series, with the overall male and female winners after each defined period earning World Cup starts for the following period. U.S. Cross Country Championships award SuperTour points and are the sole competitions in period II of the SuperTour. The leaders after U.S. Nationals will earn start spots at the Tour de Ski and the remaining period II World Cups in Germany, Estonia, and Sweden.

Senior World Championships:

Criteria for seniors has not been posted as of 8/22/18. 

Junior/U23 World Championships:

The 2018 qualification criteria for Junior World Championships and U23 World Championships is available here:

U18 Scandinavian Cup:

The 2018 qualification criteria for the U18 Scando Cup trip is available here.