Race Categories

Provincial age categories for 2021 – 2022 (2022 competitive season)

 Category Year of Birth (YOB)
 U8 Girls/Boys 2015 & 2014 (6 & 7)
 U10 Girls/Boys 2013 & 2012 (8 & 9)
 U12 Girls/Boys 2011 & 2010 (10 & 11)
 U14 Girls/Boys 2009 & 2008 (12 & 13)
 U16 Girls/Boys 2007 & 2006 (14 & 15)
 U18 Girls/Boys 2005 & 2004 (16 & 17)
 U20 Women/Men 2003 & 2002 (18 & 19)
 U23 Women/Men 2001 – 1999 (20 to 22)
 Senior Women/Men 1998 – 1992 (23 to 29)
 Master 1 Women/Men 1991 – 1987 (30 to 34)
 Master 2 Women/Men 1986 – 1982 (35 to 39)
 Master 3 Women/Men 1981 – 1977 (40 to 44)
 Master 4 Women/Men 1976 – 1972 (45 to 49)
 Master 5 Women/Men 1971 – 1967 (50 to 54)
Master 6 Women/Men 1966 – 1962 (55 to 59)
 Master 7 Women/Men 1961 – 1957 (60 to 64)
 Master 8 Women/Men 1956 – 1952 (65 to 69)
 Master 9 Women/Men 1951 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 2021 – 2022 your age as of December 31, 2021 is your age for the entire 2022 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 Long Term Athlete Development for more detailed explanation.