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Tahoe Donner Ski-O

Date: (Sat.) Feb. 4, 2006
Location: Truckee, CA
Event Director: - 650.793.8764
Course Setter: Peter Graube
Type: Ski-O

NEW SKI-ORIENTEERING VENUE AND MAP! The Tahoe Donner XC ski-O event is the second of four Sierra Ski-O Championship events for 2006. This event features five point-to-point courses, E-punching, and about 110 km of groomed track (only about half will be utilized for this event).

This venue will be one of two utilized for the 2007 US Ski-O Championships, so this event will give you an idea of what is to come next year.

This event is open to skate skiers, classic (diagonal stride) skiers, and snowshoers. This is a great event for beginners, highly competitive skiers, and everyone in between. Beginner clinics are available on request for free.

Note: The map is a work in progress. Tony Pinkham will have surveyed each area used at least once but it is far from complete. The area you use will include 5m contours and the trails should be mapped very closely to what you will ski. The vegetation and other features are still incomplete. Still, the portion of the map you will be using should be better than what you use on most other ski-O maps.

If you compete alone (that is, not part of a group or team), your finish time earns points towards the 2006 Sierra Ski-Orienteering Championships. Beginning in 2006, you need to attend only one ski-O event to qualify for this championship, and your points for the championship are calculated by comparing your time to the winner of the class you compete in. No matter what course you want to use, there is a class for you to participate in, though some are considered fully competitive and others are considered less competitive. For more information, see the 2006 Sierra Ski-Orienteering Championships Web page or the article in the BAOC Bulletin.

Course Stats

Courses are on the short side because of the two-day event and because we have more climb than usual. The climb is a product of the venue, but we are avoiding the worst of it. We tried to mix climbing and descending legs to give orienteers relief on the advanced courses.

 White   2.5km   95m  Beginner course
 Orange  4.3km  135m  Intermediate course with route choices
 Green   7.7km  260m  Short advanced course, expect anything
 Red     9.0km  520m  Medium advanced course, expect anything
 Blue   12.8km  615m  Longer advanced course, expect anything

Optional Preregistration

If you are between the ages of 13 and 69, you can save money on trail pass fees by preregistering for this event. All other age groups get the same low price whether they preregister or not. If you do not preregister, you must pay the full price for the trail pass.

To preregister, you need to send the following information to the meet director, Tony Pinkham, and a check made out to BAOC for your registration costs.

You can send this information and a check as follows:

If Tony does not receive funds or a promise of funds from you, you are not preregistered and must pay the full price.


                                    Pre-        Event-day
                                registration  registration
                                  package     Trail   BAOC
                                              pass    fee
 White Course                   ------------  ------------
   Super seniors    (70+ years)      $6       Free +  $6
   Seniors        (60-69 years)     $19        $16 +  $6
   Adults         (21-59 years)     $19        $21 +  $6
   Juniors        (12-20 years)     $16        $21 +  $3
   Children        (8-12 years)      $3       Free +  $3
   Young children   (0-7 years)    Free       Free + Free
 Orange, Green, Red, or Blue Course
   Super seniors    (70+ years)     $10       Free + $10
   Seniors        (60-69 years)     $23        $16 + $10
   Adults         (21-59 years)     $23        $21 + $10
   Juniors        (12-20 years)     $18        $21 +  $5
   Children        (8-12 years)      $5       Free +  $5
   Young children   (0-7 years)    Free       Free + Free

Teams (more than one orienteer together on a course) are charged full orienteering price for the eldest person on the team and half price (rounded up to the nearest dollar amount) for each additional person. Team results are not included in the Sierra Ski-O Championships.

E-punch finger sticks are required for this event and can be rented at registration for $2. Teams need only one finger stick.

Times for Registration, Clinics, Starts, and Closure

Event day registration occurs on the second floor of the lodge from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

Beginner clinics (20 minutes) are given on demand from 9:30 to 12 Noon.

Starts are done individually in the coral that is NW of the lodge from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

All courses close at 2:30. By that time, volunteers will begin picking up controls, so you won't be able to orienteer after the closure time. Be sure to return by 2:30 so you are not classified as "OT" (overtime without results) and to prevent our having to form search parties to look for you (it is not fun asking exhausted orienteers to look for someone who carelessly stays out overtime). If you cannot finish your course, definitely check in and download your finger stick, so we know you are okay. You can go back out to ski afterwards.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers for work that needs to be done on the day of the event. All those volunteers get to do their course, usually early when the snow is at its best. If you can help, your contribution would be greatly appreciated because it makes events like this one run smoothly. Please let the meet director or registration know that you are interested in helping. You can even specify the job you want to do (registration, E-punch download, beginner clinics, starts/finishes, and control pickup).

Severe Weather Considerations

Remember to always bring chains. At a chain control you can often (but not always) avoid installing chains if you have a vehicle with all-wheel or 4-wheel drive AND snow tires. Winter driving conditions, even when it is not snowing, can mean driving in icy conditions.

We are expecting some snow on Saturday morning, but not a lot and Sunday should be cloudy. If you are not sure if the event is going to happen, you can call the resort to see if it is open (530-587-9484.

Driving Directions

To get to Tahoe Donner Cross Country:

  1. Take Interstate 80 to the Donner State Park/Donner Pass Road exit in Truckee. (This is the first exit at the base of the summit by Donner Lake and Truckee. If you are going east and reach the Highway 89 exit, you have gone too far.)
  2. Turn left onto Donner Pass Road, and go 0.4 miles over Interstate 80 to Northwoods Blvd.
  3. Turn left onto Northwoods Blvd., and go about 2.5 miles to Fjord Road.
  4. Turn right onto Fjord Road, and go 0.1 mile until it ends at Alder Creek Road.
  5. Turn left onto Alder Creek Road, and go 0.2 miles to the Tahoe Donner Cross Country resort.
  6. Park in the parking lot or on the road.