1978 – December – Telemark Wisconsin

The Telemark World Cup races in December 20-21 of 1978 were the first "World Cup" races ever.  Although the field was not particularly deep, some very high level skiers were in attendance.  Alison Owen-Spencer won both the 5Km and the 10Km races, with Sweden's Marie Johansson runner-up in both.  Canada's Shirley Firth filled the final podium spot in the 10Km, while Berit Kvello (later Aunli) of Norway was third in the 5Km.  Among other American skiers in the 5Km, Leslie Bancroft, Pat Engberg, Lindsay Putnam, Ruth Baxter and Judy Rabinowitz finished 8-10-11-12-13.  In the 10Km it was Engberg, Putnam, Bancroft, Rabinowitz and Joanne Musolf in places 5-8-10-11-12.

1984 – March – Fairbanks Alaska

The men’s World Cup races held in Fairbanks in March 1984 were originally slated to be held at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Because of a dearth of snow in the East, the races were moved to Fairbanks on short notice, after some semi-furtive negotiations which took place at the 1984 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Jim Page, the then Nordic Program Director was looking for a willing host organization and contacted John Estle, then the University of Alaska Fairbanks Ski Coach who was representing the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the host community of Fairbanks, Alaska.
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