NSW Ski-O Championships - 2016

We've been out on the trails (see pic) doing some map corrections - the weather is great, bring suncream. Assembly is at the Nordic Shelter, registration probably in the North Room. Rego should be available from 11 (or whenever the controls are all out, whichever is later). There is a cross country race that starts from 11.30, so expect a degree of confusion.

NOTE: This is a very busy weekend at Perisher. The car park will be full by about 9am, you may have to park on the road and walk. The alternative is to catch the ski tube from Bullocks Flat - it will save you parks fees and hiring chains as well as some traffic.

 

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Invitation

The 2016 NSW Ski-O Championships will be held at Perisher Valley on Sunday 7th August, organised by Big Foot, Perisher X Country and BushFlyers with some help from our friends. This event forms part of XC Ski week - check out the other great events on during the week.

Anyone who skis or orienteers (or both or even neither) is welcome to come and have a crack. Start times from 12 noon until 1.30pm. Please, please let us know if you intend coming and which course you will want to ski so that we print about the right number of maps.

Organiser: Andy Simpson

Entries

Orienteers can enter online through Eventor here. If you are not an orienteer you can either register on that site and enter online or (simpler) send an email to the email address above identifying your name and which class you want to enter (short, medium, long, snogaine). We will also be taking other entries on the day, but if you can let us know that you are coming, we can make sure we have enough maps.

Entry-on the day at the Nordic Shelter at Perisher. $15 adults, $10 for under 21s.

We should be able to accept payment by credit card (paywave) on the day.

Entry fee includes the use of a SPORTident stick for the event if required.

Courses

Snogaine

A 2 hour snogaine class will be offered this year with mass start at 12 noon. Each control marked on the map will be worth a specific number of points and teams can choose which ones to visit. 10 points per minute will be deducted for each minute or part minute teams are over the 2 hour mark, zero points if you are back after 2.30pm. Team with the highest score wins.

Maps available at 11.45am, in unsealed plastic bags. Note all controls are adjacent to tracks, so no location descriptions are provided. Point scores are shown on the map.

Ski-O

Three middle-distance style Ski-O courses will be offered: Short, Middle and Long. Expected winning time for the long course will be 60-80 minutes. In 2014 the corresponding courses had course lengths of 2.6km, 4km and 6.7 km. Those were straight line distances (as marked on the map), competitors obviously covered quite a bit more. [Note - we have discovered that the map we used for the last few years was in fact 1:15,000 not 1:10,000, so add 50% to all those lengths angry]

Final courses will be planned on Saturday 6th August and printed that day (what could go wrong ?), so we can't give exact course lengths yet.

 

What is Ski Orienteering ?

 

 

 

 

For Cross-Country Skiers

Orienteering is run as a time trial. Each competitor is given a map with a series of checkpoints ("controls") marked on it. The idea of the race is to visit each checkpoint marked on your course in order. At each checkpoint there will be a marker and an electronic unit that you can "punch" with the SPORTident stick you have (hopefully) attached to you somewhere. We will have string if you want to tie it around your wrist or pole wrist strap. You choose your own route between controls and then navigate that route.

You will need some way of carrying the map - see this useful web-site for some ideas, your hands will have poles in them.  The Andreson model from that page was pretty easy to build and seems to work OK. 

For Orienteers

Ski Orienteering is what it sounds like (to get a bit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). You will need cross country (XC) ski equipment - snowboards, downhill skis etc etc won't cut it. It doesn't take very long to master the basics of XC skiing, so come for the weekend or longer and learn the basics before the event.

You will need some way of carrying the map - see this useful web-site for some ideas, your hands will have poles in them.  The Andreson model from that page was pretty easy to build and seems to work OK.  You will need some way of  carrying your SI stick. We will have string if you want to tie it around your wrist or pole wrist strap. You will also need suitable warm (non-cotton) clothing including, but not limited to: gloves, hat, sunglasses, waterproof top (in case of precipitation or wind).

Map

See here for full details of the Ski Orienteering mapping symbols. Pretty much the same as for orienteering, except that green lines are used to show groomed trails: