NSW/ACT Ski-O Championships - 2018

The ACT/NSW Ski-O championships is on again, with last year's award winning team of Marina Ishakova and Fedor Ishakov back in charge.

Read on for the gory details.

Invitation

 

The 2018 NSW/ACT Ski-O Championships will be held at Perisher Valley on Sunday 12th August, organised by Red Roos, Perisher X Country and Big Foot. This event forms part of XC Ski week - check out the other great events on during the week.

Everyone who loves or dreams of trying Skiing or Orienteering, will be able to take an opportunity to combine both skills and to take part in our exciting Championship. It will be the 5th Championship, after Swedish ski-o expert Patrik Gunnarsson brought the concept back to Perisher in 2014. It is the only Ski-O event in Australia and among the only few in the Southern Hemisphere!

Start times to be confirmed.

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. Orienteers enter via Eventor from April.

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. $20 adults, $15 for under 21s, free for kids under 7.

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.

Further Details

See the event flyer
 

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:

Warwick Davis is Davis Family Champ

Just in case anyone scrolls down this far, lets pump up Warwick a bit - he beat both Jock and Callum to win the family champs and thrd fastest man in 2017.

 

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