Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon

Cross-country skiing is one of the oldest skiing sports, and is a sport with a long history, dating back

 to Viking times when it was used as a mode of transport as well as a means for hunting in the winter months in Nordic countries.

It is a low impact sport and is easily learned, with no boundaries for age, gender or fitness level. Cross country skiing is truly a “sport for life” – in that participation is open to any age group.
Biathlon combines cross country skiing with target shooting and is a popular TV winter sport. Ireland is an affiliate member of the International Biathlon Union, IBU.

Thomas Maloney Westgaard  (high performance Cross Country skier) competing in World Cup races.

Cross Country Skiing in Ireland
Cross Country Skiing in Ireland is affiliated to FIS, through the Snowsports Association of Ireland and its aims are to:
• Promote Irish participation in cross country skiing
• Provide coaching and development opportunities for youth in the sport
• Support the national team members and facilitate Ireland’s representation at FIS, World Championship and Olympic events

SAI Northern Ireland Belfast Agreement

BBU and SAI Understanding

National Representation

Irish athletes have competed at every Cross Country World Championships, which are held  bi-annually since 2003. Cross Country athletes have also represented Ireland at the Winter Olympic games since 2002.

There are no CC races held in Ireland currently, but the opportunity exists to organize roller ski events. The event calendar of gives a comprehensive list of races as well as ski marathons throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

For further information about cross-country skiing please email

FIS Nordic World Championships 2017 gets underway this week in Lahti, Finland, with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 22nd March.  Our Team of 5 athletes with Dominic McAleenan as Team Leader will take part. 

Rolf Haggstom (Sweden) once again will be waxer for the team.  Rolf has volunteered his services to Ireland for many years and the SAI is very appreciative of his support to the team.

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