2016 PA Nordic Championships CANCELED

Unfortunately, Wilderness Lodge does not have enough snow for the 2016 Pennsylvania Nordic Championships, which were rescheduled to occur on March 6, 2016.  PACCSA apologizes for this inconvenience.  Participants who pre-registered through SkiReg.com will be receiving a refund. Hopefully excellent snow conditions will return in 2017.  


The Pennsylvania Nordic Championships will be held at Wilderness Lodge in Wattsburg, PA, on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 between 9 AM and 12 PM.  There are events for everyone, including kids races, classic races, and skate races.  

Special group rates of $79+ tax have been arranged at the Baymont Inn in Erie.  To take advantage of this offer, you must call the Baymont Inn directly at (814) 866-8808 and tell them that you want the special rate for those attending the "PA Nordic Championships." 

Race Day Schedule - Sunday 6 March, 2016

8:00 Registration/bib pick-up opens (closes 15 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


Online registration is open now and will close at 8pm on March 5th.  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 form at home.  There will also be forms available at registration.  Please note that there will be an extra charge of $10 for day-of 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 and the adult race fee includes a tech t-shirt, while supplies last. 

Race Fees & Awards

Adults: One race $40, two races $55. Extra $10 for on-the-day registration. Includes long-sleeved tech t-shirt (while supplies last) & 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.  Freestyle race: awards for the first 3 boys and girls in each age group.  Classic race: ribbon for all participants.

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.

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 1/1/98 to 12/31/01.

Children: The 2.4k freestyle race is for U12 and U14 - birthdates from 1/1/02 to 12/31/05 and the 1.2k fun classic race is for U12 and younger - birthdates of 1/1/04 and later.


The adult race fee includes a shirt, but youth skiers will be able to purchase a shirt for $15 during online registration or at the registration desk.  The sizes available are adult S to XL.  


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.

Course Maps

1.2k and 2.4k map

5k map

10k and 20k map

10k and 20k course profile



A big thank you to our sponsors:  Baymont Inns, Clif Bar, Cycle Sport & Ski, Emergen-CErie Sports Commission, Findley Lake Sporting Goods, Fischer SportsFrischman & Rizza, GoPro, RoadID, Skike Pa, Thick Bikes and United States Ski Pole Company