Jan 072022

A mini-Snowgaine course has been set out at Partridge Run near Berne, NY. Any type of non-motorized transportation is permitted and markers will be left out until January 31. The course is also available on UsynligO. See further details at https://empoclub.org/2022-partridge-run-rules-and-notes/.

A ski-o event will be held, weather permitting, as part of the Empire State Games on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Mt. van Hoevenberg starting at 1 pm. In light of high covid infection rates in the Lake Placid area, the event is being organized to avoid personal contact. Start times will be pre-assigned and though SI timing will be used, there will be special precautions regarding downloading. Pre-registration and payment is required at https://www.empirestatewintergames.com/. Registration fee includes a van Ho trail pass for the event. Please email your SI number to Janet Findlay, jfindlay@roadrunner.com and check back here for further details closer to the date.

Ski-O Plans for the Coming Season

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Dec 122021

The rapidly changing covid situation along with unfavorable weather conditions is making it difficult to plan events for the upcoming season. As of today (Dec. 12) it looks like our annual pre-Christmas event at Lapland Lake will not be possible due to mild weather. Phil Hawkes-Teeter is planning a snogaine score-o type of event in (read more)

Ski-O Courses in the Rochester Area

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Feb 062021

Our friends at the Rochester OC have set out several ski-o courses in the area. They’re in the Usynligo data base and can be enjoyed as long as the snow lasts. More information at https://empoclub.org/ski-o/2020-21-ski-orienteering-schedule/

Course Notes for van Ho Ski-O

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Feb 042021

Course notes for the van Hoevenberg Ski-O Feb. 6 – March 7 are now online at https://empoclub.org/mt-van-hoevenberg-ski-o-course-notes/ Conditions are superb right now – hope you can get out and enjoy a great event!

Two New Events on the Calendar

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Feb 022021

Eric Hamilton has put out 4 courses at Garnsey Park in Rexford. They’ll be up from Feb. 3-8 – registration and details at https://www.skireg.com/no-contact-ski-o. Please avoid Saturday morning as there will be a number of other ski events going on in the park.And David Hunter has designed 3 courses for Mt. van Hoevenberg which will (read more)

Ski-O Finally Underway!

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Jan 232021

We finally have enough snow to put out some ski-o courses! Phil Hawkes-Teeter has organized a non-contact score-o event at Switzkill Farms while Eric Hamilton has placed controls for several courses at Lapland Lake. Both events are self-timed and can be completed anytime until Sunday, Jan. 31. You can find more details at https://empoclub.org/ski-o/2020-21-ski-orienteering-schedule/. Get (read more)

Events Postponed

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Jan 062021

The ski-o events scheduled for Lapland Lake, Jan 6-11, and Mt. van Hoevenberg to Jan. 10, have both been postponed. Conditions are marginal and there is not enough skiing terrain suitable for setting courses at either venue. Keep checking back for updates – as soon as there is more snow we’ll get courses set somewhere!

Van Hoevenberg Ski-O On Hold

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Dec 182020

There is not enough snow at Mt. van Hoevenberg right now to open trails or set a ski-o course but if conditions improve over the Christmas period we’ll post the news here!

Lapland Lake Event Postponed

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Dec 162020

Our first ski-o event of the season, scheduled for Dec. 19-20 at Lapland Lake, has been postponed until Jan. 6-11. More details will be posted soon!

This Season Will Be A Little Different!

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Nov 232020

There will be some changes to our ski-o events this season. Many of these, related to the corona virus situation, are only temporary (hopefully). However one permanent change that we all must be aware of is the banning of carbon fluoro waxes. This has been imposed by international bodies like FIS and the IOF and (read more)