Weston Ski-O Results

Preliminary results from the 2012 NEOC ski-o at Weston Ski Track: 

Memory course: 
1. Eric Benson (30:24) 
2. Kelly Guarino (36:59) <-- on classic skis! 
3. Andy Hall (37:34) 
4. Lori Huberman (47:41) 
5. Jeffrey Saeger (48:27) 
6. Gabe Bronk (53:07) 

"With map" course: 
1. Pia Webb (25:23) 
2. Andrew Vakhutinsky (32:58) 
3. Joel Grodstein (35:45) 
4. Bridget Hall and Kristen (47:52) 
5. Dmitry Lavov (51:31) 
6. Ethan Hall (51:59) 
7. Michael Tollefson (52:11) 
8. Jim Ellis (53:49) 
9. Judy Kapinski (58:07) 
10. Michael Volk (66:46) 
11. Martin Kessel (71:38) 
12. Diana Serebryanik (71:58) 
13. Jim Crawford (79:18) 

Conditions were beautiful - packed snow right around freezing, with the entire 15km groomed. So of course, we used less than half a square km to race - if only the snow had fallen a few days earlier! The map was occasionally sketchy, but given the massive expanses of open golf course, nobody complained too much. Serious thanks go out to the Hall family, Ian Smith, Pete Lane, Jim Paschetto, and Dean Sturtevant, all of whom were crucial in getting things to run smoothly. 

The competitors had to choose between two classes - one where you could race with a map, and the other where you had to memorize the map. Each competitor got to look at the map (on the clock), and then went out and skied the course from memory. For each mispunched control, the competitor skied a short penalty loop before heading out on the next map. There were four maps total. For competitors with a map, the format was the same, they just carried the map the whole time. 

On the whole, it seemed to be a successful way to run a ski-o in a small area. Thanks, all, for coming!



Tahoe World Cup posted Bulletin 2

The Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) has been getting ready for the World cups happening this January, and has now published bulletin 2.  The current schedule includes four World Cups, three days of North American Championships, three days of US Championships, and two WRE races!  They are expecting skiers from Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.  

Check out the bulletin, and make your reservations!




Snow in California!

Site of round 1 of the 2012 World Cups, the 2012 US championships, and the 2012 North American championships, Lake Tahoe already has skiable snow on the ground.  This photo was taken on October 8th, by Greg Walker, of Donatas in his backyard, practicing some early ski-O!


World Cup round 1 coming to the U.S!

The Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) has won the bid to host the first round of World Cups for 2012.   The Bear Valley and Lake Tahoe regions of California will host three World Cups, and six WRE races, in conjunction with the North American Championships and the U.S. Championships.  

The World Cups are part of the annual Sierra Ski-O Tour, that is open to any skiers of any level, so everyone can come to Tahoe and find an appropriate race, be it World Cup, North American Championships, US Championships, or just the recreational race.  BAOC is expecting teams from some of the major ski-o powerhouses, so the competition should be fast and furious!  

Bulletin 1.


U.S. Team returns from best Ski WOC ever

The U.S. Ski Orienteering Team just returned from Tänndalen, Sweden, site of the World Ski Orienteering Championships (Ski WOC).  The team had one of its most successful championships in its history, headlined by Alison Crocker's 8th place finish in the Long distance, and the women's 8th place relay finish.  Alison is now ranked 33rd in the world, and Alexandra Jospe is now ranked 59th.  


The men's team consisted of Nikolay Nachev (Cascade Orienteering Club), Adrian Owens (Craftsbury/Green Mountain OC), Scott Pleban (Quantico OC), and Greg Walker (Cambridge Sports Union).  The women's team was Alison Crocker (CSU), Alexandra Jospe (CSU) and Cristina Luis (Tuscon OC).  


For more snippets from Sweden, you can check the team blog, or read the press release.  For results and maps, see the Ski WOC website.  Congrats, Team!