Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country is something I created in 2015 to inspire people to follow the World Championships. Last year, I decided to grow the idea into a season-long event to rally people to engage in international level cross country skiing throughout the World Cup season. This year we are expanding on last year's success by adding the Concept2 Team Challenge and a completely separate competition for the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Unlike the regular World Cup, for the World Championships you will be able to pick a separate team for each race. On top of everything, my sponsors have come through with even more exciting prizes than last year. So make a team, spread the word, and have fun! Most importantly, get out and go ski (after you finalize your team, of course).
The objective of the game is to accrue the most points scored in the World Cup by selecting the best team of athletes for each event. The better your athletes perform, the more points your fantasy team receives.
One account is allowed per participant.
Each player may select up to 8 different men and 8 different women for their team (16 skiers total).
Teams are fixed as of 8pm EST the night before the first race of each weekend/Tour (if a series starts mid-week, team selection closes the evening before that race). Team selection reopens after the races are scored. Open or closed team selection status is posted on this site. Special caveat for the World Championships, you can select a new team for each race, with trading closing for that race the day before it takes place (for the distance races, which are run on different days for men and women, trading closes the day before the first of those races). For World Championships, a new interface has been introduced and allows you to pick all your teams for the different races simultaneously.
A detailed calendar of when team selection opens & closes is included on the calendar page. FIS's season calendar can be found here. Users are responsible for making sure their athletes are starting on any given weekend or at the start of a Tour.
Not all athletes will compete in all races even in a given weekend-- choose wisely!
In layman's terms, the top 15 skiers in each race score the best points. Points are awarded down to 30th place. 1st scores 100 points, 2nd 80 points, 3rd 60 points... 10th 26 points, 15th 16 points, 20th 11 points, 30th 1 point.
It's not hard, don't be intimidated, just pick the top 8 skiers in each race and you'll be just fine.
The full scoring rules are outlined below:
Points for each athlete in individual races are equivalent to World Cup Points as outlined by FIS. Bonus points, including Bonus World Cup Points from mass start races and from the end of stage races, will be awarded to an athlete if, and only if, their overall world cup standing score is impacted by these points. This is a change from last year, in that bonus seconds during tours will no longer count toward an athlete's score.
For relays and team sprints, fantasy points are awarded to every skier on every team in the top 30. The points an athlete receives are equal to the number of Nations Cup points their team would score if all finishing teams scored points, divided by the number of athletes on the team (this differs from FIS scoring where only one team per country can receive Nations Cup points).
Points are all awarded on a per race basis; thus, if an athlete starts a Tour but does not finish, they receive all the points they earned up until they dropped out.
The top 30 finishers from each Tour (the Lillehammer Stage World Cup, the Tour de Ski, and the World Cup Final) will be awarded bonus points in accordance with the FIS rules, and as mentioned above. This compensates for the fact that each individual stage is scored out of half as many points as a regular World Cup race.
World Championships will be scored as normal races, but will be a standalone competition-- they will not factor into the overall rankings. This is in following with FIS' stance that the World Championships do not factor into the overall World Cup rankings for athletes.
Points will be updated each day that there is a race.
You can always leave and rejoin leagues; your score within the league is the same as your total score in the overall competition, no matter when you join.
There will be a grand prize of a pair of Madshus Nanosonic Skate Skis, Madshus 100 UHM Poles, and a Caldwell Sport Fleet Evaluation plus Stone Grinding, Heatbox, and Race Hardening for one pair of skis (as well as the option to have Caldwell Sport handpick Madshus skis from the factory in Norway next summer) for the best individual fantasy team from the entire site for the entire World Cup season.
In addition to this, at the conclusion of each weekend/Tour, there will be a prize for the team with the best performance during that weekend/Tour.
If there is a tie, the prize receiver will be selected at random from the winners.
Please see the Prizes page for more information on all the sweet prizes that are available.