NSW Ski-O Championships 2015 - Perisher

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Third time in three years for the NSW Ski Orienteering Championship up in the Snowy Mountains in Australia and what seemed to be a given success with plenty of snow and all time high in registration, turned into something else when the weather gods turned a blind eye at the event.

It started already on Saturday when my plans was to check the tracks and surroundings and the winds swept the valley with speed up to 90-100 km/h (25m/s) and I hardly could open the front door to the ski lodge. With big eyes I saw a guy swooshing past on his skis (surely exceeding the speed limit) with no poles. He clearly hadn't consider how to get back. Not only was it windy but it rained heavily too. In the afternoon the stands and the flags had to go out and I was the one. I can say, it was a very long time since I had frozen that much. Anyway with everything set for the race it was just to hope that the weather would be better. It was ... slightly.

With 2 degrees and mixed rain/snow, the sunshine skiers from Canberra decided to stay at home. The rest of the competitors who started, either gave up or really really got great value for their hard earned bucks. Winning time and length (as the crow flies) on the short course was 53 min (2,5km), middle 1:29 hrs (3,5km) and long 2:05 hrs (5,5km). To try to describe the weather and tracks would not be easy therefore I let the pictures speak for themself ... although I don't think they make a fair representation of how bad it actually was.

At the finish it was mere happy faces of the competitors even with water pouring out of their clothes and with chattering teeth. A happy couple had been out for 3:10 hrs and I asked the guy, given he was soaked, if he didn't thought about giving up. The reply was - "my missus wouldn't allow me". .... smile emoticon

Big thanks to Wayne Pethybridge from http://www.perisherxcountry.org/ who did a tremendous work on the ski-doo, David Poland for the promotion in ACT and Jason R and Michael R (with son) for the event support and to http://bigfootorienteers.com/
Btw. it seems I totally forgotten the pain of clearing the snow of a car!!!

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