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 has been adopted by national and regional jurisdictions including US Ski & Snowboard, OUSA and NYSSRA Nordic. It covers all waxes, including top coats, kick, glide and klister. Most waxes sold these days contain come degree of fluoro so will have to be trashed, but the good news is that there are many new easy to apply, non-fluoro products becoming available to replace them – and they’re fast!

Regarding the virus situation – we plan to follow OUSA’s event procedures for our events this winter. These have been in place for foot-o events since last March, and while they mean a different type of event, they do enable us to get out and orienteer. Most participants feel it’s a small sacrifice to make while we’re waiting for our activities to return to normal.

For the 20-21 season participants will register, sign the waiver and pay their fee online to the event organizer. They will be sent a link where they can download and print their course map. Participants will time themselves while on course and submit their times afterwards to the event organizer. Control markers will be left out on course for at least a weekend, and longer if possible, enabling participants to ski the course at their convenience. Details specific to each venue, including how to pay the trail pass fee, will be published prior to each event in the meet notes.

So far we’re planning the following events:
Dec. 19-20 – Lapland Lake (Eric Hamilton, organizer)
Dec. 21-Jan. 10 – Mt. van Hoevenberg (Janet Findlay, organizer)
Jan. 23-31 – Cole Hill Score-O (Phil Hawkes-Teeter, organizer)

More events will be added as the season progresses. Unfortunately the 2021 Empire State Winter Games have been cancelled. Please follow your state’s, municipality’s and venue’s COVID guidelines, including travel restrictions. We’re all desperate to do as much ski orienteering as we can, but the more we work together on this the sooner we’ll be back to normal.

Keep checking back for updates, and also check our Facebook page ( for last minute information. See you on the trails!

Final Events of the Season

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Mar 062020

Ski-o enthusiasts who don’t want the season to end have a few more events to choose from! On Saturday, March 7 you can head over to Crafsbury, VT for a race organized by Adrian Owens. Registration opens at 9:30 with starts from 10-11:30. Email Adrian for more details at Also scheduled for Saturday is (read more)

March 1 Event Postponed

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Feb 252020

The March 1 ski-o event scheduled for Sleepy Hollow, VT has been postponed to March 15. Check or contact Chris Burnham at for further details.

NYSSRA Championship Results

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Feb 232020

Conditions could not have been better for Saturday’s NYSSRA Ski-O Championship event at Mt. van Hoevenberg with mild temperatures, fast tracks and great snow cover throughout. Organizers David Hunter & Janet Findlay came up with a novel format that involved a mass start, numerous map exchanges and a finish at Josie’s Cabin while head groomer (read more)

NYSSRA Championships Coming up on February 22

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Feb 172020

The NYSSRA Championship Ski-O event will be held on Feb. 22 at Mt. van Hoevenberg near Lake Placid. The race is open to all – New York state residency is not a requirement.  This year’s format will have a special twist with the race designed to be run as a one-person relay! There will be (read more)

Ski-o double-header this weekend!

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Feb 102020

ROC is hosting two ski-o events this weekend – at Cumming Nature Center on Saturday and at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area on Sunday (rescheduled from January). Preregistration is available at – this speeds your entry on the day and helps us know how many maps to print.  Payment can be made on (read more)

Partridge Run 2/9 final update

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Feb 072020

Final update and clue sheet for Sunday’s mini-snowgaine at Partridge Run.  See for previous updates, event rules, and additional information about the event.

Feb. 8 Event Cancelled

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Feb 042020

The ski-o race scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 8 at Kingdom Valley near Chester, VT has been cancelled due to poor conditions. If conditions improve it may be rescheduled for a later date.

Partridge Run 2/9 update

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Feb 042020

A conditions update for Sunday’s mini-snowgaine at Partridge Run has been posted at  Full notes and rules for the event are also available there. From the meet director: If you plan to come, please send me ( an e-mail stating your intention to attend and what equipment you plan to use (skis, bike, etc.), (read more)

ESG Wrap Up and Results

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Feb 042020

Ski-o enthusiasts participated in two great events as part of the Empire State Winter Games over the past weekend. Scratchy conditions plus the inclusion of snowshoe trails resulted in a very challenging event on Saturday at Dewey Mt. While there were a couple of cases of broken equipment there were no injuries and racers had (read more)