Dec 142018

From course setter Eric Hamilton —

Lapland Lake got over an inch of cold new snow during the time I was setting out controls yesterday.  It has been cold and dry enough so that wet spots Tyler and I had encountered a couple of weeks ago have now frozen.  Trails that are open have have been rolled, with lighter grooming equipment so there is generally the inch of new snow over an icy 6 to 8 inch base with quite a few spots that have been shoveled for good coverage.  But there is not enough for the big grooming equipment to work with.

Courses may be slightly shorter than I had planned and route choices may be limited.

I skied in the outermost controls with an older pair of skate skis, which I took off once to bushwhack and kept them on for a second bushwhack.

At least one control on each of the courses will be off the groomed trails so navigation may be more challenging than you’ve found before with my course setting.

Again I will caution against using your best skis for this early season event, but you’ll enjoy!

Registration will be open at 10 AM.  Tyler and I plan to be up there at first light to finish set up so starts will be soon after 10.  Registration closes at noon. Your entry fee is included with the daily trail use fee so you can frolic all day in this winter wonderland.

I hope to see you Saturday, December 15 at Lapland Lake to kick off another great ski orienteering season!

Dec 122018

From course setter Eric Hamilton — Early course design comes up with the following tentative courses subject to vetting tomorrow.  All distances are straight line. White course 1.6 k with 6 controls (Novices, BKYSL, family groups) Orange 2.85 k with 9 controls (F<16, F<19, F70+) Green 4.4 k with 11 controls (M<16, M<19, F40+, F55+, M55+, (read more)

Dec 122018

From course setter Eric Hamilton — Ski orienteering at Lapland Lake is on for Saturday.  Terrain will be somewhat limited so we might have more than one map for all but the white course.  Trails are generally in better shape on the west side of system and there are some wet spots where the snow (read more)

2018-2019 Ski-O Event Schedule

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Nov 252018

Here are the dates that I have at this point. Dec. 15  Lapland Lake  EMPO last days of Dec. TBA    Try-It  at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Jan. 13   ROC Winterfest Jan. 26   Mendon Ponds    ROC Feb. 2-3  Empire State Games Feb. 9  Kinns Road    EMPO Feb. 17  Cummings Nature Center    ROC Mar. (read more)

Rescheduled ESG Ski-O Course Notes

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Feb 152018

Rescheduled Empire State Games Ski-O     February 17-18, 2018   COURSE NOTES     Despite the ups and downs with the winter weather there is still good snow cover in the Lake Placid area!   We have made dinner reservations at the Cascade Inn on Rte 73 for 6 pm on Saturday.  Please let us know (read more)

ESWG ski-o Feb 17-18 – update

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Feb 092018

ESWG ski-o has been rescheduled for Feb 17-18. Feb 17: Dewey Mountain, Saranac Lake, first starts 11am Feb 18: Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, first starts TBD There will likely be three courses, beginner, short advanced, and long advanced.  Epunching will be used.  SI sticks and map holders are available for rent. Notify Janet Findlay (read more)

ESWG ski-o now Feb 17-18

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Feb 012018

The Empire State Games Ski-O competition has been rescheduled to Feb. 17-18.  Saturday’s race will be at Dewey Mt. in Saranac Lake; Sunday’s will be at Mt. van Hoevenberg.  Pre-registration through the ESG site is required.  Those who registered previously will be automatically re-registered for the new date. Those who registered previously but can’t attend (read more)

Empire State Games Ski-O Postponed

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Jan 292018

Due to deteriorating trail conditions, the ESG event will not occur this weekend (2/3-2/4). There is a possibility that it may be rescheduled at a later date. Stay tuned and hope for snow.