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The Alberta World Cup Academy/AWCA will further the development of cross-country skiing as a sport, through the development of programs and services for athletes, coaches and officials enabling them to

  • compete
  • deliver and
  • organize

at international standards of excellence.


Athletes, Coaches and Officials from the Alberta World Cup Academy will be recognized leaders of and contributors to Canada's national cross-country ski program, competing with the best in the world.


To initiate and augment development opportunities in Alberta that target nationally competitive Athletes, Coaches and Officials, preparing them for subsequent levels of success.

The Academy will:

  • Deliver an athlete development system that supplements existing local, regional and national programs
  • Develop new long term coaching apprenticeship opportunities
  • Expand development opportunities for officials
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The First Time Trial of the YearThe Academy Team wrapped up it's first training camp of the year with an on-snow time trial. This was a chance for athletes to see where their fitness stood after a break from training in the spring, and also to keep in touch with the feel of high intensity race type efforts. » more »
2009-2010 Academy Team AnnouncedThe inaugural Alberta World Cup Academy team stormed the 2009 Canadian Cross Country Skiing Championships last March taking top spots on every day of the week- long competition » more »
Academy Rocks 2009 Canadian ChampionshipsThe Alberta World Cup Academy stormed the 2009 Canadian Championships in Duntroon, Ontario picking up serious hardware on every day of the week long competition. In total, the team of 15 athletes collected 22 medals and 3 overall Canadian Titles. » more »
Nationals gold rush for local x-country contingent
Nationals gold rush for local x-country contingent (Mar 19th, 2009)
By: Jason Pirie - Rocky Mountain Outlook
The inaugural Alberta World Cup Academy cross-country ski team couldn't have capped off its first year of competition any better. The 15-member squad - an initiative of the Alberta World Cup Society to offer under-30 ski racers a range of opportunities to keep our country on the international map. » more »
2 Gold, 1 Bronze in Canadian Champs Team SprintsAlberta World Cup Academy athletes got off to a strong start at the Canadian Championship at the Highlands Nordic Ski Club in Ontario, picking up two gold medals and a bronze. » more »
2009 Athlete Program GuidelinesAthletes wishing to apply for the Alberta World Cup Academy for the 2009/2010 season should reference these guidelines for program and application details. » download »
An 'A' for Effort at World Champs
An 'A' for Effort at World Champs (Mar 4th, 2009)
By: Shayla Swanson
Like many other European cities Liberec, Czech Republic used to get snow in the winter. However, in the past 5 years it has been a rare occurrence. The organizing committee for the World Championships was prepared for a snowless winter... » more »
Schilpario Mini-Tour
Schilpario Mini-Tour (Mar 3rd, 2009)
By: Alysson Marshall
1 month, 8 races, 5 countries and 24 hours of flying later, I am back home in Canmore. It was an awesome trip but it is nice to sleep in my own bed and cook my own food again! » more »
Shayla Swanson and Chris Butler Close Out Worlds with PB'sShayla Swanson and Chris Butler both wrapped up their first World Championships experience on the weekend with matching 40th place finishes - they're best results of the week. » more »
The World Championships
The World Championships (Mar 1st, 2009)
By: Chris Butler
Liberec, the self proclaimed city of white snow track, has more than lived up it's name. Every morning has greeted us with grey skies and snow, sometimes big white fluffy flakes, sometimes sharp little ice daggers... » more »
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