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Posted: March 15, 2014

You voted the CSM
"2013 Best Cross Country Ski Event"
in the Get Out There Magazine readers' choice award!

We are very proud of this award and we will continue to improve as we work toward our 50th anniversary in 2016! Thank you to all who voted!

Posted: February 23, 2014

2014 Results are Posted!

Click for complete list of preliminary results

Yup, it feels that good!

Thank you to all the skiers and volunteers.
You made 2014 a great year!

Posted: February 15, 2014

Help us make your event experience even better!
CSM 2014 Skier Survey

This survey should typically take less than 5 minutes of your time.

As an appreciation, two 2015 CSM entries, for any category you wish, including Coureur des Bois, will be drawn from those who complete the survey, and enter their correct contact info at the end.

Please complete the survey by February 28 for the draw. We will be announcing the winners in March

Posted: February 5, 2014

"The refusal to rest content-the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions-is what distinguishes artists from entertainers and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all." - John Updike

The Canadian Ski Marathon has the best skiing and trail conditions to offer that I can remember since 1st skiing our legendary event in 1969.
The 48th weekend adventure weather and temperatures will be ideal -7 to -10C.
Your CSM super Volunteers and hard working Board of Directors are ready for you, and will put on a good show for you. To date we're coming up to registering 1700 SKIERS. It only will take you a minute to REGISTER.
Don't miss what will be a very special skiing weekend with great friends!

Hope to see you on our beautiful trail!
P. boomer Throop
President, & for the Board of Directors

Posted: February 4, 2014

Skier Guide / Trail Updates

Click for latest updates to Users Guide and Trial Map

Posted: February 2, 2014

Video and images of the CSM in real time (almost)!

We have a few designated skiers from our friends at XCZONE who will be taking video while skiing in this year's event. The video will be uploaded periodically for display at our Fun Finish!
You can also upload event videos & photos that you wish to share over the CSM weekend. The simplest way to share is on CSM-MCS Facebook page & Twitter using the hashtag #skicsm2014. We will be checking our Facebook page and Twitter and sharing your photos at the Fun Finish as well. Your friends can also follow these images on Facebook and Twitter. We are trying this for the first time in 2014, so give us feedback to improve.

Want to learn more about the CSM?
Want to get pumped up for next weekend's event?
-- Watch this wonderful video from XCZONE --

Posted: January 28, 2014

CSM Weekend Waxing Tips - Updated February 4, 2015

Click for waxing tips from an experienced Coureur des Bois (#166).

CSM Advanced waxing clinic:
Wednesday in Ottawa, February 4, 2014, 7pm

Canadian Ski Marathon and Fresh Air Experience are pleased to invite you to an advanced waxing clinic on Wednesday February 5, 2014, 7pm, to be held at Fresh Air, 1291 Wellington Street West. The clinic will be led by Alain Nicolle (CSM permanent bib # 91), a highly experienced coach at Nakkertok Nordic Club and veteran of many Canadian Ski Marathons and other ski adventures.

The clinic will be an excellent opportunity to learn advanced application techniques, to get updated wax recommendations coming out of the top brands, and be a forum for all variety of Q&A.
No sign-up is necessary.

Posted: January 28, 2014

-- Breaking News --
Trail Manager's Report

The Lake Carling tunnel (January 28)

Denis Marcotte has used the BR to pack the trail from Montebello to Carling lake today and the trail is in great shape! He will continue to Lachute tomorrow then head towards Buckingham later this week. About 20-30 cm of powder fell on sections 4 and 5 last weekend and we expect the rest of the trail as well.
Forecast is for temperatures below freezing for the next 2 weeks so no melt expected.
Should be a great year!

Posted: January 22, 2014

Missed your chance to join Chandra at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi?

That's OK, it's not too late to join us on
February 8 & 9 for the 2014 CSM!
-- Sign up today --

Thank you Chandra , and Good Luck in Sochi!!

Posted: January 20, 2014

Fast and Female is back with the CSM for 2014!!

The Fast and Female Champ Camp will be held
Saturday February 8th
at the Fairmont Château Montebello

Click to read the full press release.

Posted: January 18, 2014

The marathon is getting closer!

The trail is taking shape, the snow is good and getting better all the time!

Now it's time for you to fine tune your weekend with the help of

the 2014 Skiers Guide

Posted: January 12, 2014

Get Psyched!
2014 Trail Map and Description are now available.

Posted: January 11, 2014

NEW!! 2014 CSM Apparel

In 2014 we are very excited to bring our skiers the new
"Become a part of the Legend" CSM shirts
and tuques!

These are great quality technical Nordic materials and, we believe, simply awesome looking! Buy them at the event and show them off to your friends and family!

Quantities are limited and will be available for purchase during the event weekend at these locations:
  • Papineauville dorm on Friday and Saturday
  • Buckingham gold dorm on Friday
  • Château Montebello on Friday and Saturday
  • Montebello Fun finish on Saturday
  • Lachute Fun Finish on Sunday
Pricing: T-Shirts $27, Hats $25

Posted: December 21, 2013


As 2013 draws to a close, the season underscores the gratitude and optimism we all enjoy in being part of the CSM family. Since joining the CSM Board, I have had the honour of meeting many of you at local meetings, ski clinics, other events, SKIING our beautiful trail over the years. You have related your personal stories and passion for continuing Don MacLeods' vision to SKI and see CSM improve and continue. The inspiration of your SKIING stories is powerful fuel for us on the CSM Board. We, as SKIING colleagues, are committed more than ever to work hard and smarter to support your CSM enjoyment and experience. CSM is concluding the calendar year on a high note. Snow is good! The trail is being prepared! Feb 8 & 9 event preparations are well in hand! SKI training opportunity is ahead of schedule with early snow and cold weather! Happiness and fun are up! For sure, all this would delight our hero Jackrabbit.

As we take time to reflect upon this past year, all of us from the CSM Montebello Office, Volunteers, Sponsors and Board wish you and your family a peaceful holiday season filled with joy and happiness. May you all experience the best CSM and prosperity in 2014.

See you on the trail; think about bringing a friend who has never SKIED and experienced the CSM adventure.

Warmest regards,

Posted: December 8, 2013

Learn how to improve your waxing techniques!

Our friends at Pecco's are offering several waxing clinics during the months of December and January. Do not miss your chance!

Where: 85 promenade du portage, Gatineau, QC
Saturday December 14th 2013
Saturday December 28th 2013
Saturday January 11th 2014
Saturday January 25th 2014

All clinics are from 9:30am to 11:30am

Posted: December 5, 2013

Even when training for the World Cup and the Sochi Olympic games, Chandra is thinking about the CSM skiers and giving us training tips ... Let's be inspired and energized by Chandra, and get on our skis!

Click to view Chandra's message!

Posted: October 10, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the Canadian Ski Marathon will take place in 2016. And to commemorate the 50th event we are proud to offer some very special awards that you can begin to work toward this year.

Read more how you can become Part of the Legend.

Posted: September 15, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Ski Marathon is pleased to announce that Mr. Frédéric Ménard will join the organization as the new event director.

Posted: September 10, 2013

It was a great success last year, and this year we want even more youth skiers to take part in our Youth Club Challenge. The registration has been simplified for the 2014 event. Sign up before November 30th and take advantage of the special Youth Club Challenge promotion!"
Learn more about the
CSM Youth Club Challenge!

Posted: August 1, 2013

We are happy to announce that we have added a
Confirmed Entrants List
to the website this year!
Check out who has entered the 2014 CSM!

Posted: May 29. 2013
Message from New CSM President: Paul(Boomer)Throop

Greetings to all cross-country skiers and friends of the CSM!

We held the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the CSM at our world headquarters in Montebello on 8 April. The highlights were:- (1) the approval of the financial statements for the year ending 31 March, 2013 - and I am happy to say that we made a modest surplus this year; and (2) the election of five new directors, to bring the total to 13 on the Board.

We thanked the outgoing President, Bill Syrros, for his tremendous contribution over the last two events, particularly his success in attracting a new gold sponsor, Allegiant Air, with a significant financial contribution. Be sure to use this carrier for your trips to the US ( - and to let us know when you do!

I assumed the chair as incoming President and proposed our main goals for the next few years, the top two of which are:
I - to grow to 2,500 skiers by 2016, the 50th birthday of the CSM, (in 2013 we had 1560 skiers); and
II - to nurture our trail and to work more closely with the landowners.

Another goal that I have is to work with the new Board and our growing group of CSM Ambassadors to increase the engagement of skiers in eastern Québec. I also aim to build on the achievements of Shelley Fraser and her work with Chandra Crawford, our Honorary President, to attract more young women through Fast and Female. To both those ends, I intend to build a Board of directors with a much higher female and francophone representation, including, sooner rather than later, a female francophone President. I see myself as a transition President on the road to that state of affairs. There is a huge and as yet untapped potential of avid skiers in Québec and we are not well enough known in the very province where our unique event takes place.

One of our new directors, Julie Boyer, has assumed responsibility for the website and we intend to update it more frequently. We will make an early start this year in opening up registration for the 2014 event; (and we certainly aim to improve the timely presentation of results! But more on that later.) I will be reporting to you regularly over the coming months as we work towards our goals, so keep your eye on the website and on the social media.

Remember - you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy Bill Pollock's amazing book "Canadian Ski Marathon: Its History" . The link is on the home page of our website. Order now while stocks last!

Happy summer training!
Paul (Boomer) Throop
April, 2013

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