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Lakehead Superior Nordic Association to host 2018 Canadian Ski Nationals

Lakehead Superior Nordic Association will play host to the 2018 Canadian Ski Nationals at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre next year.
Michael Somppi
Thunder Bay's Michael Somppi at the 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals at Lappe Nordic Ski Centre (Leith Dunick,

LAPPE, Ont. After a three-year absence, the Canadian Ski Nationals are headed back to Lappe Nordic Ski Centre in March 2018.

The event will bring the country’s best cross-country skiers to the Thunder Bay area, an event that saw local skiers like Michael Somppi, winner of the 15-kilometre free technique interval race and the 50-kilometre marathon, fare quite well.

Organizers say they are excited to see the event return once more.

“It is a big event that will require lots of volunteers, but the Thunder Bay ski community is known for its volunteerism and supporting events such as this. Showing skiers from all over Canada how vibrant the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre is for 10 days, as well as creating an athlete-centered event gives us, the local organizing committee great pride, said co-chair Werner Schwar in a release issued on Tuesday morning.

“We are committed to upholding the “Lappe Standard” of excellence in race hosting.

Next year marks the 91st year for the event.

The trails will provide a variety of options for skiers.

“The selection committee was especially impressed with the solid leadership group outlined in the bid package,” said Dave Dyer, events director with Cross Country Canada.

“We witness tremendous commitment by volunteers and staff every time we visit Lappe and the local media and business sector have always embraced the sport and made it special for visiting teams.”

A total of three ski centres bid to host the 2018 nationals.

For volunteer opportunities at the event please contact Mary Ellen Ripley, the 2018 Ski Nationals Volunteer co-ordinator, at