Royal Gorge offers one of the finest and best-managed cross-country ski trail systems in the world. With over 300 kilometers of groomed trails, Royal Gorge also is the largest XC ski area in North America.
Track conditions are fantastic, but the weather is still too unsettled to promise a glorious, sunny day for the event. There is room for hope in the forecast, though, so put chains in the trunk and a parka in the back seat of your car, and head on up for some great ski orienteering.
Volunteers are needed for beginner clinics, late morning registration, late starts, and early finishes. And if you haven't had enough ski orienteering by 2 p.m. please volunteer for control pickup. See Chris Shirley at 2:15, at which time I will hand out control pickup territories.
Course Controls Distance Climb Level White 11 3.4 km 35 meter Beginner Yellow 13 5.8 km 90 meter Novice Orange 11 8.2 km 110 meter Intermediate Green 12 15.3 km 180 meter Advanced Blue 13 15.9 km 290 meter ExpertThe courses will remain open even during a snowstorm unless the resort closes. At this park, you MUST stay on designated trails at all times (no bushwhacking).
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.
Courses close at 2:00 pm, no matter what time you start. Please allow yourself enough time to finish before 2:00.
Water is available in Royal Gorge's warming huts, which may or may not be on your course. Extra water will not be placed on the courses. Please be prepared to carry your own water. Hot/cold drinks will be provided at the finish.
This is the second event in the 2002 California Ski-O Champs.
Adult trail pass, including ski-o entry fee: $30.00
Adult trail pass, entry fee, and ski rental: $40.00
Jr. (ages 13 - 16) trail pass, ski-o entry fee: $20.00
Jr. (ages 13 - 16) trail pass, entry fee, and ski rental: $25.00
Kids (12 and under) trail pass, ski-o entry fee: $15.00
Kids (12 and under) trail pass, entry fee, and ski rental: $20.00
Arrange lessons by calling Royal Gorge at 530-426-3871. They can also provide more information and guidance on lodging.