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Three major ski events coming to Prince George

Friday marked another milestone for the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George. Three high profile national and world competitions were announced for 2023 and 2024.

Kate Boyd, High Performance Director, Para for Nordiq Canada was on site to celebrate Caledonia Nordic Centre being awarded the 2023 Nordiq Canada Selection Trials and Nordiq Cup (COC) taking place in Prince George January 18 – 21, 2023.

“A greater spotlight will be put on the 2023 Trials as the event will serve as the final staging ground for young Canadian athletes from coast-to-coast prior to Team Canada welcoming the world’s best Under 23 a week later at Whistler Olympic Park for the FIS World Junior/U23 Nordic Ski Championships,” said Boyd. “I can personally attest to the event experience this community puts on, having been a part of the world class event delivered by Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, the City of Prince George and the passionate army of volunteers when Prince George hosted the 2019 Para Nordic World Championships. And although I definitely admit it was the chilliest world champs I have been part of, it was also certainly one of the best ever.”

Following Nordiq Canada’s announcement, Johan Eliasch, President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced two Para world competitions for 2024.

“It is my great pleasure to announce Prince George as host city of the 2024 FIS Para Biathlon World Championships and the 2024 FIS Para Nordic World Cup Finals to be held in March 2024,” said Eliasch. “Following a very successful event in 2019, the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and the City of Prince George, have embarked on another ambitious journey to welcome the world back to Prince George in 2024. In addition, 2024 is also the 100th anniversary of FIS, so we look forward to including these World Championships and World Cup Finals as being part of celebrating this historical milestone.”

The legacy of snow making equipment from the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, which has been continuously expanded with grants from the provincial government, Northern Development Initiatives Trust, and a very generous donation from the Rickbeil family has insured the stage is set to host provincial, national and international events for many years to come.

After being introduced as Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Kevin Pettersen, Club Director of Competitions for Caledonia Nordic said: “We are so honoured and delighted to have been selected by the International Ski Federation to host the 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships from March 3-11 and the 2024 Para Nordic World Cup Finals from March 12-18.

“In addition, the 2023 Nordiq Canada Selection Trials/Nordiq Cup is a highly prestigious national competition that we are so excited to have been awarded by Nordiq Canada. These events mean so much to our volunteers, officials, and our community, and help us to continue our journey toward building a world class Nordic centre. We’ll be able to welcome the world to Prince George for generations to come.”

Tourism Prince George anticipates the economic impact for Prince George for the three events will be in excess of $4.7 million. As with all events, there will be a substantial need for volunteers for all of the competitions. Anyone interested in volunteering can reach out to .

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