Jan 232020

Ski-o Sunday at Harriet Hollister!

Preregister at https://roc.us.orienteering.org/ to simplify check in on race day, pay on race day (you can ignore the option to pay when preregistering).

Courses: beginner/short, intermediate/medium, advanced/long.  The difficulty designation applies to both skiing and navigational ability. The beginner and intermediate courses will stick to the main ski trails and avoid the steepest hills, while the advanced course may use any of the ski trails as well as short sections of the singletrack MTB trails. For the beginner course, the route choice is straightforward and there are few navigational decisions (i.e. turns) on each leg.  For intermediate and advanced courses, route choice becomes more important and there are more decision points.  For the advanced course, the MTB trails may not have been traveled and can be difficult to see on the ground so careful map reading is needed.

Facilities: Primitive! There is a bathroom at the main parking lot, but no indoor space or shelter for waxing skis or getting warm. Water and snacks will be available but unfortunately no warm beverages (no power source).

Snow conditions:  Skiing was very good on Wednesday – a solid base of firmly packed powder, with only a few icy patches where wet spots have frozen.  All trails have been compacted with classic track set on many trails.  Skiing on Sunday will be…who knows.  The NWS forecast currently has it warm on Friday with some rain before changing to snow Saturday-Sunday.  If that holds, there many be plenty of snow but expect some (or many) trails to be ungroomed.  If there is rain instead, it could be icy and dangerous (or slushy and thin, depending on temperatures).  Check the ROC website (http://roc.us.orienteering.org) for any last-minute news and cancellations.


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