Mountain Classic

The Olympic Oval invites you to the Mountain Classic at the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary.

August 10, 2024.

Competition Details

The Mountain Classic is the first short track competition on the Olympic Oval calendar. It is a one-day event where skaters put their summer training to the test.  The Mountain Classic is on the International Skating Union calendar and welcomes skaters from across Canada, North America, and the World.

Saturday August 10, 2024
AM Before Racing Team Leaders Meeting - Oval Lounge

1500m (Final)
500m(1) (Final)
500m(2) (Final)

The Mountain Classic will be an all-finals format.  The 1500m and first 500m will be seeded based on the athlete's entry seed times. Athletes are placed in races with the first 5 skaters placed in Race A(7 in the 1500m), the next 5 in Race B, and so on. For the 2nd 500m race, a ladder format will be used for creating races, athletes move up and down the ladder with the top 2 skaters from each race moving up one race, 3rd place staying in the same race, and the bottom 2 skaters moving down one race.

2nd 500m 
Top 2 move up
3rd stays
Bottom 2 move down

Lane Positions
Lane position from inner to outer is based on the following priority:

  1. Time fastest to slowest from previous race
  2. Finish no time from previous race
  3. Penalties from previous race
  4. If there are more than 2 penalties, lane position is assigned based on fastest time skated in the competition in that distance.

Skaters who earn a penalty finish at the bottom of their race, earn last place points in the race, and move down a race.

YC-2 / YC-B – earns no points in the race and moves down a race.

This is an all-finals format. There are no advancements.

If there are any scratches or withdrawals for any reason, all ranking positions below the withdrawn skater move up one spot for the next race.

The Mountain Classic is open to skaters that are ISU category C2 and older — i.e. born before July 1, 2010.

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, 2023 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 2024 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, 2010.

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

The entry fee is $45.00 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, July 25, 2024
Late Entry closes August 5, 2024

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 9, 2024

North Rink - TBD

Streaming live on the Olympic Oval YouTube channel.

The Olympic Oval is partnered with a selection of preferred hotels: Alt Hotel, Best Western Village Park Inn, Aloft, and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Suites Calgary West. Select a hotel for your preferred OVAL rate.

The Olympic Oval is partnered with a selection of preferred hotels: Alt Hotel, Best Western Village Park Inn, Aloft, and Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Suites Calgary West. Select a hotel for your preferred OVAL rate.