Mountain Classic

The Olympic Oval invites you to the Mountain Classic at the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary.
August 19-20, 2023.

Competition Details

The Mountain Classic is the first short track competition on the Olympic Oval calendar. It is a two-day event where skaters put their summer training to the test. It is also the second of back-to-back summer competitions in Salt Lake City and Calgary. The Mountain Classic is on the International Skating Union calendar and welcomes skaters from across Canada, North America, and the World.

Saturday August 19, 2023
AM Before Racing Team Leaders Meeting - Oval Lounge

1500m (Heat / Final)
500m(1) (Heat / Semi / Final)

2000m Mixed Relay Warm Up
500m(2) (Heat / Final)
1000m (Heat / Final)

The Mountain Classic is a single distance competition. Skaters will be grouped by gender and seed times to create quality racing opportunities for everyone. Skaters will race the 1500m, 1000m, 500m, and a 2000m Mixed Relay.  500m(2) will be seeded based on the better of the time skated in 500m(1) and their competition entry seed time. The number of skaters in each distance group will depend on the total number of participants in the competition.

The Mountain Classic is open to skaters that are ISU category C2 and older — i.e. born before July 1, 2009.

The following minimum time standards* are in effect. This will help create quality racing opportunities for everyone.

  • WOMEN: 45.5 400m on the 100m track or 54.9 500m on the 111m track.
  • MEN: 43.0 400m on the 100m track or 51.9 500m on the 111m track.

*Submitted times must be from an official competition and have to be achieved between July 1, 2022 and registration close. Times skated in practice will not be accepted.

General Regulations

The Mountain Classic event is sanctioned by the International Skating Union and Speed Skating Canada and all SSC rules will be followed.

The Mountain Classic will be held in accordance with the current Speed Skating Canada Regulations including updates and is open to all skaters who belong to an ISU member country.

The Track

The Olympic Oval North Rink is an International size rink measuring at 30m by 60m. The Centurion ST-2000 safety mat system surrounds the North rink to reduce the chance and severity of injury.

Citizenship/Residence requirements and Clearance Procedure

In accordance with Rule 109 of the ISU Regulations and ISU Communication No. 2526, all skaters who do not have the nationality of the Member by which they have been entered or who, although having such nationality, have in the past represented another Member, must produce an ISU Clearance Certificate.


In accordance with ISU Rule 119; the International Skating Union, Speed Skating Canada, Speed Skating Alberta, the Olympic Oval, and the University of Calgary assume no responsibility for, or liability with respect to bodily or personal injury or loss of property or damage incurred in connection with the 2023 Olympic Oval Mountain Classic Short Track Speed Skating Competition. Each Skater is solely responsible for providing insurance coverage thereto.


Each skater is responsible for his/her own transportation.


Any bonafide member of the International Skating Union may compete in the Mountain Classic, provided that the member is properly registered with their Provincial Association or Member Country.

Skaters must be Junior C2 or older to compete — i.e. Born before July 1, 2009.

Entries for the Mountain Classic must be submitted electronically through the Olympic Oval website.

The entry fee is $90.00 CDN (includes GST)
Late Fee: Double entry fee after the Entry Deadline.
*Note: All entries will be confirmed by the Competitor Steward. An entry cannot be guaranteed if entered after the Deadline.

Entry Deadline
11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2023
Late Entry closes August 14, 2023

Olympic Oval Waiver Form
Skaters in their first competition of the season in the Olympic Oval must fill out the Waiver Form.

The Olympic Oval provides one training session free of charge the day prior to the event for those athletes competing in the Mountain Classic. Please contact Dustin Miller at to advise if you will be attending this session or if you have any questions.

Friday August 18, 2023

North Rink - 2:00-4:00pm

Streaming live on the Olympic Oval YouTube channel.

The Olympic Oval is partnered with three preferred hotels: Alt Hotel, Best Western Village Park Inn and Aloft at the University of Calgary. Select a hotel for your preferred OVAL rate.