In his first major competition since sweeping the Paralympic cross-country events in Sochi, McKeever and his guide Erik Carleton glided to gold in the 20-kilometre visually impaired event.
“It has been a pretty rough season to now, but it is starting to come around and today is validation of that. I’m pumped to see it come together,” said McKeever, who arrived late Saturday and competed in one race.
“I’m excited I was able to do a good job today and prove to myself I am where I’m supposed to be. I am now looking forward to the rest of the season.”
McKeever completed the race in 43 minutes, 44.5 seconds, which was two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
In the 15-kilometre sit-ski category, Olympic champion Chris Klebl just missed the podium. The Sochi gold medallist finished fourth with a time of 45:37.2.
Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert, Sask., skied to sixth place in the women’s 15-kilometre skate-ski race with a time of 49:23.3. North Vancouver native Emily Weekes finished eighth (54:32.4).
The world championships continue through Feb. 1.