Bulletin 2 is posted!

The U.S. Ski Orienteering Championships starts tomorrow, and the second bulletin is live.  Download the pdf.  

We are acquiring a whole slew of delicious sponsors! Cabot cheese is providing us cheese, Ben and Jerry's is giving us ice cream vouchers, and Larabar has provided us with sample fruit and nut bars.  King Arthur Flour is providing some great prizes, as well.  Thank you sponsors!

The course/class structure is : 
Course 1: M-14, F-14, M-65 (long), F-65 
Course 2: M-16, F-16, F-18, F-20, F-40, M-55, F-55, M-65 (sprint & middle) 
Course 3: M-18, M-20, F-21 (WRE), M-40 
Course 4: M-21 (WRE) 

The PRELIMINARY course lengths are: 
Course 1---1.4K 
Course 2---1.9K 
Course 3---2.8K 
Course 4---2.9K 
Course 1---3.5K 
Course 2---4.7K 
Course 3---5.9K 
Course 4---7.2K 
Course 1---5.2K 
Course 2---6.3K 
Course 3---9.8K 
Course 4--12.5K 

It is snowing pretty hard right now and the courses will probably be tweaked depending on grooming and skiing conditions. 

Start times for the Sprint and Middle are posted at the registration link which is here: 

The long on Sunday is a mass start at 9:30 am


Regional races last weekend

Last weekend, there was a ski-o up in Craftsbury VT, and one down at Weston MA.  Both events were relatively well-attended, and results are below.

Craftsbury results (pdf)

Weston results (Long course, short course)


Two competitors starting out at Weston.

The organizers at Weston got to work from inside a timing hut!


US Ski Orienteering Champs registration is live!

Go ahead and sign up now, so you don't incur any late fees.  Click here, and follow the instructions.  


First Windblown meet a success

We had a great turnout for 2014 Windblown Ski-O #1, with 27 people participating.  The Red course was the most popular, with 18 starts.  US Team member Adrian Owens and Alex Jospe blew away the field with times of 42:34 and 42:54 but teenager Kestral Owens was right behind at 42:55.  Perhaps the most courageous entry though on Red was Sara Mae Berman’s 3:04:30.  And despite his gray beard Jim Arsenault keeps on skiing like youngster, coming in at 50:33.

The funny thing is that as course setter I thought of the Red course as including some really exciting downhills but most of the skiers complained of the ups.  That must be because the climbing takes a time while the descents flash by which gives a perception there is more climb.

Many thanks to Al and Andy Jenks of Windblown for all their support, to Ken Walker and Larry Berman for picking up controls and to David VanDorpe for standing in line to get me lunch.


Results can be downloaded as an excel file here.


VT Ski-O Results

The results from the VT ski-o weekend have been available as splits for a while, but I realize I never got around to linking them here.  Below are some results:

Chester sprint:
WRE results
Splits: Brown, Green, Red, Blue
Sprint relay

Grafton Ponds:
Splits for Blue, Green, Red.