2020 PA Nordic Championships

The Pennsylvania Nordic Championships will be held at Wilderness Lodge in Wattsburg, PA, on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, between 9 am and 12 pm.  There are events for everyone, including kids races, classic races, and skate races. 

Race Day Schedule - Sunday 2 February, 2020

8:00 Registration/bib pick-up opens (closes 30 mins before the race start time)

9:00 Classic races: youth and adult 5k

10:15 Childrens races: 2.4k freestyle and 1.2k fun classic

11:00 Skate races: youth 5k, adult 10k and 20k


Click here for online registration - it will close at 5pm on Saturday Feb 1.

Registration will also be available on the day, cash or check only. If you plan to register on race day, you can speed up the process by downloading and filling out the registration form at home. Please note that there will be an extra charge of $10 for race-day registrations for the adult and youth races. 

Registration and bib pick-up will be in the basement of the trail pass building, to the left of the main lodge.  Access to registration is at the rear via the wooden staircase beside the building.  The race fee includes a trail pass for the day. 

Race Fees & Awards

Adults: One race $40, two races $55. Extra $10 for on-the-day registration. Includes trail pass. Awards for the first 3 men and women, and for the first place in each age group. 

Youth: One race $25, two races $30. Extra $10 for on-the-day registration. Includes trail pass.  Awards for the first 3 boys and girls in each age group. 

Children: $5.  Includes trail pass.  Medals for all participants and extra-special medals for the first 3 girls and boys in each race.

The awards ceremony will take place soon after the end of the skate races (approximately 1:00 PM).  Door prizes from our sponsors will also be given away at the awards ceremony.  All race participants will be eligible for the door prize drawings.  Awards for the classic and childrens races will be available after these respective races finish.

Swag bags

This year, for a change, the main race gift item for the adult participants will be a lovely canvas drawstring bag, printed with our sponsor logos, while supplies remain. 

Age Limits

Adults: The 5k classic and 20k skate are 18+ but the 10k skate is 16+.

Youth: The 5k youth races are for U16 and U18 - birthdates from 1/1/02 to 12/31/05.

Children: The 2.4k freestyle race is for U12 and U14 - birthdates from 1/1/06 to 12/31/09 and the 1.2k fun classic race is for U12 and younger - birthdates of 1/1/08 and later.  


Some of the roads near the lodge are not plowed in winter.  There are directions here http://www.thewildernesslodge.net/contact-directions/ with a useful map of the flattest way to get there from the main road.  Don't use Fox Road, it is not plowed!

Course Maps

Please note that the courses will be modified this year due to trail conditions.  The maps linked below are the unmodified courses.  We will have updated maps available at the venue on the morning of the race.

1.2k and 2.4k map

5k map

10k and 20k map

10k and 20k course profile

Wax Tips

Wax recommendations from Toko

Wax recommendations from FastWax SkiWax (scroll down, looking for PA Nordic Championship – Wattsburg PA)

Wax recommendations from Swix:

Glide, Fluoro Free:
      Base: CH6X, Glide: CH7X, Cover: CH7X Liquid

Glide, Fluoro:
      Base: CH6X, Glide: LF7X, Cover: HF7X Liquid

      Binder: VG35 Ironed, Kick: VR50, Extra Kick: VR55N

Kick Option 2:
      Binder: VG35, Kick: VX43


Spectators are encouraged to bring cowbells, join the fun, and stay on the lodge side of the start/finish area. Anyone out on the ski trails should be on skis or snowshoes.

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