Race Categories

Age categories for 2018 – 2019 (2019 competitive season)

 Category   Year of Birth (YOB)
 Atom   2012 – 2010 (6 to 8 years old)
 Pee Wee   2009 (PG1); 2008 (PG2); 2007 (PG3)
 Midget   2006 (MG1); 2005 (MG2)
Juvenile   2004 (JVG1); 2003 (JVG2)
Junior Girl/Boy   2002 (JG1); 2001 (JG2)
Junior Woman/Man   2000 (JF1); 1999 (JF2)
U23   1998 – 1996
Senior   1995 – 1989
Master 1   1988 – 1984
Master 2   1983 – 1979
Master 3   1978 – 1974
Master 4   1973 – 1969
Master 5   1968 – 1964
Master 6   1963 – 1959
Master 7   1958 – 1954
Master 8   1953 – 1949
Master 9   1948 and earlier

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 2018 – 2019 your age as of December 31, 2018 is your age for the entire 2019 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 Midget aged skier may race as a Juvenile whenever the athlete, their parents and coach together determine that to be the most appropriate competitive category.

See our Competition Model for more detailed explanation.