Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country Skiing, has been a compulsory discipline since the inaugural edition of the Winter Universiade that took place in Chamonix, France, in 1960. It is one of the oldest disciplines in the Winter Universiade Sports Programme and it was also proposed during the International Winter Weeks in the 1951-1959 period.

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29 January - 8 February 2017

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 Lucerne (SUI) 21-31 January


 Krasnoyarsk (RUS), 2-12 March


Almaty (KAZ), 29 Jan. - 8 Feb.


 Granada (ESP), 4-14 February


 Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK) 24 Jan. - 1 Feb.


 Trentino (ITA) 11-21 December

Cross-Country Skiing

FISU Technical Delegate


International Federation

International Ski Federation 

FISU Regulations

The events are organised in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the International Ski Federation (FIS). The FISU regulations are always set up on the recommendation of the FISU Technical Chair and the FIS Technical Delegate in close cooperation with the Committee for Sports Regulations (CRS), and they are approved by the FISU Executive Committee. The programme and duration of the competitions are fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. Duration of the competition – 8 days maximum


Cross-Country Skiing Competitions

The programme of competitions has been updated for the previous Winter Universiades to arouse more interest among spectators and for TV broadcasting. Today’s cross-country skiing competitions are organised for men and women as follows:



10km Classic/Free, individual start*

5km Classic/Free, individual start*

Skiathlon (7.5km C / 7.5km F)

Skiathlon (5km C / 5km F)

Sprint Free / Classic Style*

Sprint Free / Class Style*

30km Free/Classic Style, mass-start*

15km Free/Classic Style, mass-start*

4 x 10km Relay (CCFF)

3 x 5km Relay (CFF)

Mixed: Mixed Team Sprint (Free style)

*style changing every two years

The running of competitions is always supervised by the FISU Technical Chair for cross-country
skiing and the FIS Technical Delegate, who chair all technical meetings concerned. All tracks must follow the requirements of the FIS and go through a homologation process.

The History of Cross-Country Skiing in FISU

Cross-country skiing, which is a very popular snow sports discipline at the Winter Universiade, has been a compulsory sport on the WU programme since the inaugural edition of the Winter Universiade in Chamonix, France, in 1960. Until that time cross-country skiing had been on the programme of the traditional International Winter Weeks which were held in 1951 in Bad Gastein, 1953 in Saint Moritz, 1955 in Yugoslavia, 1957 in Oberammergau, and 1959 in Zell am See. The programme of cross-country skiing at the first edition included the individual competitions of men’s 12 km C and women’s 8 km C, as well as men’s Relay 4x8 km and women’s Relay 3x4 km. The men’s and women’s competitions were dominated by the Russians (USSR) who finished always among the top six. Until today’s competitions Soviet students have kept showing their international class. Former medallists participating in the WU include Olympic and World Stars such as Justyna KOWALCZYK (POL). Since 1960, cross-country skiing competitions have been held already 28 times at the Winter Universiade.


Minimum Requirements

No. of Events


No. of Venues
(Competition and Training)

No. of Events


11 events

Sprint Free Style / Classic Style*
10km Free/Classic, individual start*
4*10km Relay (CCFF )
30km Classic/Free Style, mass-start*
Skiathlon 7.5kmC/
7.5 km F

- One (1) cross-country skiing venue complying with all the recent international standards of FIS (see the specific minimum requirements for cross-country skiing)


- Stadium must refer to World Cup
standards concerning the layout


- Warm-up area close to the biathlon stadium


- Waxing cabins equipped with hoofs and tables

Five (5) events

* style changes every two (2) years

Sprint Free Style / Classic Style*
5km Free/Classic, individual start*
3*5km Relay (CFF )
15km Classic/Free Style, mass-start *
Skiathlon 5km C/5km F

Five (5) events

Mixed Team Event: Mixed Team Sprint Competition / Free Style

One (1) mixed event



Previous Events

  • 2015 - 27th Winter Universiade – Granada (ESP)
  • 2013 - 26th Winter Universiade – Trentino (ITA)
  • 2011 - 25th Winter Universiade – Erzurum (TUR)
  • 2009 - 24th Winter Universiade – Harbin (CHN)
  • 2007 - 23rd Winter Universiade – Torino (ITA)
  • 2005 - 22nd Winter Universiade – Innsbruck (AUT)
  • 2003 - 21st Winter Universiade – Tarvisio (ITA)
  • 2001 - 20th Winter Universiade – Zakopane (POL)
  • 1999 - 19th Winter Universiade – Poprad/Tatry (SVK)
  • 1997 - 18th Winter Universiade – Chonju/Muju (KOR)
  • 1995 - 17th Winter Universiade – Jaca (ESP)
  • 1993 - 16th Winter Universiade – Zakopane (POL)
  • 1991 - 15th Winter Universiade – Sapporo (JPN)
  • 1989 - 14th Winter Universiade – Sofia (BUL)
  • 1987 - 13th Winter Universiade - Strbske Pleso (TCH)
  • 1985 - 12th Winter Universiade – Belluno (ITA)
  • 1983 - 11th Winter Universiade – Sofia (BUL)
  • 1981 - 10th Winter Universiade – Jaca (ESP)
  • 1978 - 9th Winter Universiade - Spindleruv Mlyn (TCH)
  • 1975 - 8th Winter Universiade – Livigno (ITA)
  • 1972 - 7th Winter Universiade - Lake Placid (USA)
  • 1970 - 6th Winter Universiade – Rovaniemi (FIN)
  • 1968 - 5th Winter Universiade – Innsbruck (AUT)
  • 1966 - 4th Winter Universiade – Sestriere (ITA)
  • 1964 - 3rd Winter Universiade - Spindleruv Mlyn (TCH)
  • 1962 - 2nd Winter Universiade – Villars (SUI)
  • 1960 - 1st Winter Universiade – Chamonix (FRA)