Birkie Trailhead • Cable, WI

The Gitchi Gami Games are part of the Junior Cup & Youth Cup event series in 2020. The JNQ series is governed by Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) and encourages young athletes from U8 to U23 age divisions to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skiers who hope to compete at the top national and international levels, or are somewhere in between. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels – from beginner racers to those with International experience.


Registration will close Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm for Junior Cup and Youth Cup.  Registration for open races will be open until Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Junior Cup Registration
(U16 / U18 / U20 / U23)


Youth Cup Registration
(U8 / U10 / U12 / U14)


High School & Middle School skiers that do not have a US Ski & Snowboard license, but would like to race


Open racers will race on Saturday in High School and Middle School divisions, but will not have a ranked finish.  Open racers will race with the appropriate age group on Sunday in the interval start (not a separate mass start). There will be no awards for Open Races.

Please direct any specific Junior Cup or Youth Cup registration questions regarding refunds, corrections, updates, etc. to CXC via email at or phone 608-294-0433.  All questions about Open registrations may be directed to

Start Lists

The official entry lists and start times will be published online by 5pm Thursday for review prior to the coaches meeting on Friday.

Weekend Schedule

Friday January 24 - Course Preview

10:00 amWax Area Open
12:00 pmCourse Open for Inspection
5:30 PM Coaches Meeting /Bib Distribution - Cable Community Center
6:00 pmCourse Closed
10:00 pmWax Area Closed

Saturday January 25 - Freestyle Sprint

6:00 amWax Area Open
7:30 amCourse Open/Bib Pick-up Opens
9:00 amQual Boys/Girls U16/U18/U20/U23/SrU18/U20/U23/Sr 1.55 km Men, 1.35 Women
U16 1.35 km
11:15 amHeats Boys/Girls U18/U20/U23/Sr (Top 30)1.55 km Men, 1.35 km Women
12:30 pmCourse open
12:45 pmHeats Boys/Girls U16 (top 30)1.35 km
1:30 pmCourse Open
1:45 pmQual Boys/Girls U14/U12/U10U10/U12/U14 725m
2:15 pmSemi/Final Heats Boys/Girls U14/U12/U10 - (U10 with U12, unless large U10 field)U10/U12/U14 725m
3:00 pmOpen mass start MS/HS Skate Race3.0 km/4.5 km
4:15Course Open

Sunday January 26 - Ind. Start Classic

6:00 amWax Area Open
7:30 amCourse open / Bib Pick-up Opens
9:30 amBoys U18/U20/U23/Sr/NCAA10 km (4 x 2.5k)
10:45 amGirls U18/U20/U23/Sr/NCAA10 km (4 x 2.5k)
12:00 pmCourse Open
12:15 pmBoys U165 km (2 x 2.5k)
12:45 pmGirls U165 km (2 x 2.5k)
1:15 pmBoys U142.5 km
1:20 pmGirls U142.5 km
1:30 pmBoys & Girls U121.35 km
1:35 pmBoys & Girls U8 /U101.35 km
Revised Schedule1/20/20*Subject to change


Course Maps

Venue/Stadium Map

Map to Venue (Access via McNaught only, Telemark Rd CLOSED)

Wax Facilities

Indoor waxing will be allowed in the eastern portion of the Great Hall. A heated area 40’ x 60’ with access to power will be provided.  Collegiate and Junior teams can request a space by contacting Jim Sokup. Remaining space will be on a first come first serve basis and we ask all users to be considerate of others while using the facility. Please provide your own equipment, including a tarp or other floor covering material and clean the area prior to leaving. Hours of indoor waxing are noted on schedule. There is limited power outdoors at a pedestal in the Team leader / Team parking area on the North side of Great Hall.

Questions may be directed to Jim Sokup –

Team Leader Communication

Team Coaches Meeting –  Friday 5:30PM, Cable Community Center


Cable Chamber of Commerce: Lodging Map

Contact Cable Chamber:  715-798-3833 or

Parking & Spectator Info

Spectators are encouraged to attend events throughout the weekend. Multiple locations adjacent to both the start and finish zones will offer opportunities for those who wish to come and encourage racers.  The open stadium and multiple lap formats present quality viewing for all.  Spectators will be allowed travel along the northern most edge of the course leading away from the stadium. We ask that spectators do not cross the course within the area adjacent and including the stadium.


Ample parking is located directly at the venue. Team leader, team, and bus parking will be allowed in the lot directly north of the Great Hall. Please follow the parking signs past the start area.


If you are interested in volunteering for the Gitchi Gami Games, please click here to register for available shifts.

Race Contacts

For questions:

Chief of Course: Jim Sokup (

Chief of Timing: John Oman (

Race Secretary: Colette Belisle (

Online Registration Questions:  CXC  ( ) or  (608) 294-0433

Press Coordinator: Nancy Knutson (

Chief of Competition: Kristy Maki (

Asst. Chief of Competition: Ben Popp (