Race Categories

Provincial age categories for 2019 – 2020 (2020 competitive season)

 Category   Year of Birth (YOB)
 U8 Girls/Boys   2013 & 2012 (6 & 7)
 U10 Girls/Boys   2011 & 2010 (8 & 9)
 U12 Girls/Boys   2009 & 2008 (10 & 11)
 U14 Girls/Boys   2007 & 2006 (12 & 13)
 U16 Girls/Boys   2005 & 2004 (14 & 15)
 U18 Girls/Boys   2003 & 2002 (16 & 17)
 U20 Women/Men   2001 & 2000 (18 & 19)
 U23 Women/Men   1999 – 1997 (20 to 22)
 Senior Women/Men   1996 – 1990 (23 to 29)
 Master 1 Women/Men   1989 – 1985 (30 to 34)
 Master 2 Women/Men   1984 – 1980 (35 to 39)
 Master 3 Women/Men   1979 – 1975 (40 to 44)
 Master 4 Women/Men   1974 – 1970 (45 to 49)
 Master 5 Women/Men   1969 – 1965 (50 to 54)
Master 6 Women/Men   1964 – 1960 (55 to 59)
 Master 7 Women/Men   1959 – 1955 (60 to 64)
 Master 8 Women/Men   1954 – 1950 (65 to 69)
 Master 9 Women/Men   1949 and earlier (70+)

In cross country skiing we say our competitive season begins in December and ends in March.

Your competitive age category is based on how old you are as of December 31st in the current competitive season. For example, in 2019 – 2020 your age as of December 31, 2019 is your age for the entire 2020 competitive season.


Our Competition Model is aligned with the Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L) & Long Term Athlete Development principles. It is recommended that young skiers to compete in categories that are a better match for their development age if not their chronological age. For example, a U14 skier may race in the U16 race category whenever the athlete, their parents and coach together determine that to be the athlete’s most appropriate competitive category.

See the Nordiq Canada Competition Model for more detailed explanation.