Burton Creek Ski-O

Tahoe City
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002

Contact: Rosemary Johnson, 510-245-9735

Come on out to our second ski-O at Burton Creek State Park, which is also the first event in the 2002 California Ski-O Champs.

David Giese is designing courses to challenge your ski-orienteering skills:

Course     Distance    Level           Description

White        3-5 km        Beginner          Easy navigation and skiing on beginner trails 
Yellow       4-7 km        Novice            Easy navigation with some route choices on 
                                               beginner and easier intermediate ski trails 
Orange       7-10 km       Intermediate      Navigational choices on intermediate ski trails 
Green        10-15 km      Advanced          Navigational complexity on easier expert trails
Blue         15-20 km      Expert            Navigational complexity with physical demands on tougher
                                               expert trails
The courses will remain open even during a snowstorm unless the resort closes. At this park, you are permitted to take shortcuts by going off-trail (bushwhacking).

Registration, Starts, and Fees

No preregistration is necessary - just show up, pay, and ski! Registration begins at 9:30 am, and individual starts are 10:00am-1:00pm. You'll have three hours or until 3:00 (whichever is first) to finish your course. You can use touring or skating skis.

When you arrive at Tahoe XC, go inside the lounge, and register and pay your orienteering fee (normal event fees) at the BAOC table. You will receive a ticket entitling you to a discounted trail pass, which you take to the Tahoe XC counter to get your trail pass. Ski rentals are also available.

E-punching will be used on the Orange, Green, and Blue courses. If you need to rent an e-punch stick, the fee is $2.

Beginner's Clinics

We will offer free beginner's clinics in the registration area (ski lounge) to anyone on demand. These clinics usually last 20-30 minutes and explain everything you need to know to complete the White and Yellow courses. If you are new to orienteering, ask for a clinic before doing your first course.


For ski-O, the Burton Creek regular orienteering map has been modified for snow conditions (dirt paths and trails have been removed and green lines for ski trails have been added). Solid green lines are for groomed trails, and dashed green lines are for ungroomed trails. Any portions of a trail without any snow will be marked with purple dots. The maps may not show every minor bend in the trails, as grooming routes often change somewhat after big storms.


Registration, beginner's clinics, starts, and finishes will be near the Tahoe XC trailhead.

To get to Tahoe XC at Burton Creek State Park:

  1. Take Highway 80 to Truckee.
  2. Exit at Hwy 89 and drive south to Tahoe City.
  3. At the Y intersection, go north on Hwy 28 (North Lake Boulevard) about 2 miles, and turn left on Fabian Way (7-11 store on opposite side of highway); look for orienteering signs to guide you the rest of the way.
  4. Make an immediate right turn onto Village Road and follow that road as it turns to the right.
  5. Turn left at the first intersection and park as close to the Tahoe XC office as you can.