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International Travel 101: Useful travel tips for adult XC skiers.

MWC Team USA FAQ: Several of the most common race-related questions.

MWC2022 Race Registration: REGISTRATION IS OPEN AS OF 10/15! See helper notes below.

USA Helper Page for Race Registration Process: This will really help simplify your registration!

MWC2022 Entry List (participants by nation)

Pre-Trip Countdown To-do Items

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Official Event Website: www.MWC2022.com

Web Cam at Canmore Nordic Centre

Canmore Weather Forecasts

Hotel Directory of Official MWC2022 Lodging (lodging with special pricing & on bus loops)

Local tourism information

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MWC 2022 TEAM USA UPDATES

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Sunday, November 07 -- 9:00am PST update

MWC2022 notes and updates for early November....

--> MWC2022 registration numbers continue to build breaking into triple digits this week. This Worlds is going to happen folks. Now is the time to get busy!

--> To really get the ball going, the Canmore Organizing Committee (OC) has started a new promotion where every skier that registers by December 31 will get a nifty pair of signature MWC2022 socks as a bonus with your racer packet. Yes, all folks already registered will also be included in this great promotion. So to go along with the added motivation of having your race registration in hand plus travel plans lined up -- putting your MWC2022 trip together before the end of the calendar year will get you a great souvenir as a bonus!

--> If you look on the Canmore webcams, Alberta has already gotten a nice base of natural snow to go with the traditional rollout in recent weeks of the famous Frozen Thunder manmade training loop. 

--> Alberta and greater Canadian pandemic news continues to show positive trends. Vaccination double dose rates both nationally and within Alberta are at or approaching an impressive 75%. Canada and Alberta seem to be on the backside of the early fall Delta wave at much lower numbers than the U.S.. The CAN/USA border and air travel is now fully two-way with full vaccination. Officials from both nations have gone on record as having very high confidence that situation will remain at least stable (if not improving) into the winter.

--> Some AXCS members have asked about testing requirements for USA citizens. Currently the requirement is that all air travelers including fully vaccinated USA citizens are required to show proof of a negative COVID test no more than 3 days before travel.  AXCS will continue to communicate with the local Canmore OC on practical ways to get testing done in Canmore. We'll also follow CAN/USA evolving rules to see if things change in the coming months.

--> U.S. citizens traveling to the U.S. by land or sea aren't currently required to get tested for COVID-19 or show their vaccination status before entering the U.S..

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Tuesday, October 19 -- 9:00am PST update

The same question has come up this week posed by several AXCS members now that MWC2022 registration is officially open for business. Should I register now or wait?

Here's the response from J.D. Downing, AXCS National Director as of mid/late-October.

For any skier that is 100% sure you are headed to Canmore in March, for sure go ahead and register whenever you like. Now or really soon, all good. 

It's also OK with skiers waiting a little while (say up to U.S. Thanksgiving or even the end of the year) simply to let personal confidence levels increase. If you haven't registered for many (or any) events for awhile, it can be a little nerve-wracking to get back on the horse. So taking a few weeks or a month + to commit to MWC2022 registration is a natural response. (Note: This said, AXCS does not recommend that skiers hold off overly-long on making at least the bigger travel plans -- lodging and air ticket choices will diminish over time.)

Is there now or will there be in coming months zero risk of something happening that derails MWC2022 plans? Simple answer -- no. 

AXCS, the World Masters Association, the Canmore Organizing Committee -- everyone involved at every level of the MWC2022 recognizes and accepts that there known and unknown risks out there that could derail plans. This is no different than the (now) thousands of other human events that have taken place over the past six months and are increasing in both frequency and "normalcy" as you read this.

The fact is, every week and month that goes by will increase the reliability that the pandemic will not pose a significant threat to the viability of the MWC2022. Worldwide metrics in highly-vaccinated regions with COVID-responsible approaches to public/personal safety combined with reasonably-spaced outdoor events have an incredible track record to date. AXCS forecasts that this winter you'll see that track record only improve over time.

The bottom line is that we are all figuring out how to move forward with well-designed, outdoor events and put them on safely.

It is also true that as registrations build up, that provides another type of confidence for organizers and skiers alike. AXCS feels it’s important that we get loads of USA skiers signed up before the end of the year to help send a clear message to the entire XC ski world that we are "all in" for the MWC2022. There's more than a little bit of "if you build it, they will come" involved here, especially with skiers close enough to drive. After all, if 50 skiers in Montana that can easily drive to Canmore take the plunge before New Years, that sends a big signal to 30 skiers in Alaska that have a fair bit more travel -- and a huge signal to skiers in Europe!

Final argument for getting it done sooner than later is as AXCS described in the Summer Digest (and will repeat in the Fall Digest) -- kicking yourself in the rear. A big reason for registering earlier is to motivate you to get out the door on cold/wet/windy/dark days in coming months. You've had a long time to sit around by yourself. There is no better kick-in-the-rear end than putting your MWC2022 event registration copy in a spot that stares at you every week.

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Wednesday, October 15 -- 2:00pm PST update

MWC2022 event registration has opened worldwide as of today everyone!

AXCS has tested the system and it's working great (best ever process for World Masters Association). It can still have a few funky elements given it's an international system so AXCS has the helper notes linked above to guide you thru the Datasport process.

USA skiers are welcome and encouraged to register at any point you like this fall/winter. Registration will remain open until early February 2022. 

Game On!

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Thursday, October 14 -- 9:30am PST update

A few repeating questions have come up in the past week that are worth sharing for all USA skiers (short Q & A below).

Also -- The MWC2022 registration system is just about ready to go "live". Final testing is taking place today and if all goes well the full registration system will be operational in the next few days!

--> Question: Will fluorocarbon waxes be legal to use at the 2022 Masters World Cup?

Answer: Yes. The WMA determined many months ago that that as of the 2021/22 season, there is no realistic way to reliably test literally hundreds of skis on every MWC race day. In terms of cost, manpower, and overall logistics -- testing for waxes poses maddening logistical challenges in such a large scale masters event. There is no forecast at this time of what may happen in future years on this particular topic, but at least for MWC2022, skiers will be able to use any glide or kick wax you wish.

--> Question:  I'm looking into renting a condo/house/apartment for MWC2022 that is not on the official lodging list. How can I best position myself in the Bow River Valley to make sure that I'm near the daily shuttle to/from town and the Canmore Nordic Centre?

Answer: AXCS asked the Organizing Committee this very question and their best advice was to locate rental properties within a reasonable walking distance of official hotels on the MWC2022.com lodging directory. The OC plan is to route daily MWC buses so that they swing past all official hotels with confirmed MWC2022 participants staying there. Please note that it is not a WMA expectation nor realistic for MWC organizers to route buses past every possible rental property. If you do select a rental that isn't within easy walking of any official hotels, the next best option is to "pod" together with other skiers and share 1-2 rental cars that you can use for a mini-shuttle group. More info will be coming on what parking will be available at the Nordic Centre as well as in-town locations.

--> Question:  I'm not sure I can go to Canmore for the entire span of the MWC2022 -- is there a way to just participate in part of the Worlds?

Answer: Absolutely YES! Compared to MWC events in Europe, Canmore is super fast and easy to reach by air (via Calgary's huge international airport, one hour drive away) from literally any corner of North America. Skiers in many western/northern states also have the option for driving to the MWC. Here are a couple very reasonable ways to get good value out of a shorter time at the MWC2022 in Canmore.

"Front End Option": Fly/drive to Canmore on Thursday or Friday, March 3 or 4. Race 2-3 times in any combination of four race options offered for your age/gender category Sat-Sun-Mon (2x races on Monday!). Fly/drive home either late Monday or Tuesday. Total trip length: 4-6 days, up to 3 races possible!

"Mid-MWC Option": Fly/drive to Canmore on Sunday or Monday, March 6 or 7. If you can get to town before noon on Monday (there are many morning USA flights to Calgary), you can race the short distance skate event for your category on Monday afternoon (start waves begin roughly 1pm). Fun "do anything you want" day on Tuesday. By having a short distance start, if you are a top USA skier you'd potentially be eligible to be named to a USA relay team on Wednesday (or you can have a second fun day!). Do the distance skate race on Thursday 10th. There's also the option to do the distance classic day on Friday 11th. Fly/drive home either late Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Total trip length: 4-7 days, up to 3 races + relay possible!

"Back End Option": Fly/drive to Canmore on Tuesday or Wednesday, March 8 or 9. Race 1-2 times in the MWC distance races (distance skate races on March 10, distance classic races on March 11). If you do both techniques, go for both of them!  Fly/drive home either late Friday or Saturday. Total trip length: 4-6 days, up to 2 distance races possible!

A few important things to remember if you try and squeeze down your trip length. 

-> If you fly, be sure to account for the transit time via Calgary and customs process in your planning. Canadian customs goes pretty fast for vaccinated USA travelers, but it is an international arrival so allow an extra 30-45 minutes worst case before baggage pick-up on arrival. For your departure, allow the same amount of time because you'll do USA customs actually before you board your flight home. The drive time between Calgary airport and Canmore is almost exactly an hour in clear roads. With a rental car, you need to factor in that time plus on the return a quick stop for gas. With airport shuttles, the drive time can be a little longer if they have other stops before or (on return) after your Canmore hotel stop.

-> Make sure to confirm check-in and check-out times with any lodging property since you'll be on a tight schedule both arriving and departing. With hotels, you can almost always store bags for a few hours at the hotel if need be to get in a ski or race. Ask about this prior too booking.

-> Note that you are limited to only 3 total individual races in MWC registration. So you can't register for all four medium and short distance options offered for your age/gender category from March 5-7. You'll need to pick only 3 of 4 races offered to you on those days. But with the "back end option", if you are not selecting any of the medium/short options at all, you CAN register for both distance options in your age/gender category.

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Wednesday, October 6 -- 9:30am PST update

--> Welcome to the Team USA update page for the long-awaited 2022 Masters World Cup (MWC2022) slated for Canmore, Alberta, Canada this March 3 - 11, 2022!

--> This page will be the launch pad for all manner of helper information specific to USA skiers that are planning on attending the MWC2022 (although our Canadian friends as well as skiers from other nations are welcome to check out what we offer here as well).

--> The most important item for early fall is that all interested USA skiers make sure to get your membership current with American XC Skiers (AXCS). In order to race at the MWC2022, USA skiers are required to have a current AXCS membership. You don't do any other type of qualification. But the membership requirement is non-negotiable. Existing AXCS members also need to remember to renew your membership if you are one of the folks listed on the renewal list from the Summer 2021 AXCS Digest.

--> All current AXCS members as of November 10 will be certain to get a print Fall 2021 AXCS Digest in the postal mail just after USA Thanksgiving. That Fall Digest will have tons of details about the MWC2022 for those that prefer a written version of the stuff linked from this page. AXCS members will also be getting a regular series of AXCS e-MasterBlast information emails with timely MWC2022 updates and also great masters-specific content you can't find anywhere else!

--> Another item for Fall 2021 and preparing for the MWC2022 is to start working on your lodging reservations. The MWC2022 Hotel Directory is the best place to start as it has all the "official" lodging providers that have agreed to WMA/OC requirements on discounted pricing. AXCS urges skiers to try and find lodging where you can get a guarantee on no or few cancellation penalties as late in the game as possible as a form of protection since the pandemic still is on-going.

--> Remember that because this year is a "home" Worlds on this side of the Atlantic (meaning really easy for you to book your own stuff in Canada), AXCS will not be offering a Lodging Package for MWC2022. Because Canmore is a relatively centralized town, there are no specific recommendations AXCS can make as to different lodging options. You should base your selections on the price range and amenities you are looking for. AXCS does strongly suggest that you try and form a "mini-pod" with other skiers or couples so that you have a small social network. That makes the MWC much more fun while also keeping your indoor health exposure at a safer level.

--> Much more information and more links are coming to this page. Just drop by every week or two to see the latest.

--> Stay safe and healthy this fall everyone!

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