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Nordic Skiing

What is Nordic Skiing?

Nordic (cross-country) skiing first appeared at the 1976 Winter Paralympic Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Depending on functional impairment, a competitor may use a sit-ski – a chair equipped with a pair of skis. Male and female athletes compete in short distance, middle distance and long distance (ranging from 2.5km to 20km) or participate in a team relay using classical or free techniques.

Who Can Take Part?

The competition is open to athletes with a physical impairment and blindness/visual impairment.


  • For all standing disabilities (including diplegia, hemiplegia, athetosis, ataxia).
  • Sometimes special equipment is necessary.


  • For CP-Athletes who are not able to use standing equipment.
  • No restrictions, but push up with poles should be possible.


Class LW3

CP5 – Diplegic involvement in both legs

CP6 – Athletes with athetotic or ataxic impairment of movements in all four limbs

Class LW4

CP 5 – very mild diplegia

CP 8 – very mild monoplegia

Class LW6/8

CP8 – Monoplegic involvement of one arm

Class LW9

CP – Disorders affecting at least one leg and one arm

Class LW10

Cerebral Palsy with disabilities in all four limbs

Class LW11

Cerebral palsy with disabilities in both legs

World Para Nordic Skiing

World Para Nordic Skiing are a subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are the governing body for para nordic skiing and biathlon