Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing was established at Special Olympics in 1977 and is offered as one of four Special Olympics snow sports, along with Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing.

Cross Country Skiing is a winter sport in which participants propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using skis and poles.

Link: Schedule for Cross Country Skiing
Link: Trail maps

Specific Team Info

Bibs and registration at the Ski Stadium
Upon arrival the first day at the arena, Saturday February 1st
, please visit the Sports information desk and register all your athletes. The athlete’s bibs will be handed out during the first coaches meeting, Friday January 31st at 16.00.

Coaches meeting
The place for the coaches meeting is in the restaurant on the 1st
 floor in the competition Office and will be held at the following times:

  • Friday January 31st – 16.00
  • Saturday February 1st – 13.00
  • Monday February 3rd – 08.30
  • Tuesday February 4th – 14.00

Parking at the Ski Stadium
Those of you traveling by your own car to the Ski Stadium will find a lot of parking spaces close to the Arctura Tower, right at the Main entrance or on the other side big road (Litsvägen) passing through the Arena.

Wax cabins
We will offer one Wax Cabin for storage of equipment over the night. 
The deposit for the key is 20 Euro and will be handed out at the Sports information desk. Coaches are responsible for signing the key in and out for their program.

Make sure you to mark your snowshoes properly with your full name, association.


Office Name Telephone Email
Chief of competition Tommie Jirhed +46 70 372 5268
Technical Delegate Steinar Pettersen
Main Operation center
/Head of sports
Patrik Jemteborn +46 70 671 2008
Accommodation office Jessica Thylin +46 702030166
Transportation Office Maria Lönnborg +46 76 846 81 15
Sports information desk Christina Persson +46 702547222
Wax cabin Service Info Point By the restaurant at the arena

Sports information desk/ Race Office
The competition office is placed at the arena next to the media center building beside the grandstands. You will find the sports information desk and race office on the 2nd floor. Open during competition days from 08.00 – 20.00.

Dressing rooms / Athlete Lounge / Staging
The media center building will be the main gathering point for the athletes before and after the competitions. The dressing rooms are located at the 1st floor and the athlete lounge and staging area is located on the 2nd floor.

Lunch will be served on the 1st
 floor of the competition office.

Information desk
Right beside the restaurant we will host an information desk, this is where everyone can turn for questions you have regarding for example: Shuttlebuses, competition schedules, things to do in Östersund and so on.

Commercial rights
It is not allowed to wear any mayor commercial logos on the competition and the warm-up clothes, small local brands are acceptable.

Flags and national symbols
It’s not allowed to wear any national flags on the competition and the warm-up clothes. National flags are not allowed on the competition arenas.


Special Olympics cross country skiing offers a series of rule modifications relating to the process in which a race is started. Some races are conducted using interval starts with one or two athletes starting on intervals every 30 seconds while others are started with a simple pistol shot.

Link: Rules
Fact Sheet

Östersunds Skidlöpareklubb
Local Sports Organizer

Östersund Ski Stadium

Competitions in cross country skiing will be held at Östersund Ski Stadium, an arena of the highest international class. The location is unique, just a 15 minute walk from city center and close to Östersund Arena. Read more about Östersund Ski Stadium.