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!