2009 Sierra Avalanche Ski-O Champs, Day 4
Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area (Burton Creek)
Date: (Sat.) Jan. 31, 2009
Location: Lake Tahoe, CA
Event Director: - 650.793.8764
Course Setter: Matthias Kohler
Type: Ski-O; Classic Courses
The Day-4 event is "point-to-point" format for all courses. That means each course is a series of flags that you find in the order shown on the map. From the time that you start, you get as much time as you like to finish the course—up to 2:30 PM, when all of the courses close and you must be checked in.
E-punching will be used for all courses. You must have an E-punch SI card ("finger stick") to compete in this event. If you do not have an SI card, you can rent one for $3 for the event.
You can learn how to use E-punch by reading our User's Guide.
The terrain at Tahoe Cross Country is relatively flat (this is our fastest terrain). From the registration area in the parking lot, you ski 0.5 km uphill at your own pace to the Start area. From there, you have a mostly flat start with some gradual uphill climbs. We often make many of our own secondary trails to change the trail network. The routing decisions that you make one year might not work the next year.
You can ski off trail at this venue, but you do so at your own risk. Typically, it is fastest to stay on the groomed trails, but sometimes it is useful to go off trail to take a shortcut in a relatively flat area between two established trails. If the snow is fresh, going off trail can be extremely time consuming. If the snow is old and icy, this can be fast but slipping can be dangerous.
If a trail with a control is not plowed and not recognizeable, especially after a huge snow storm, we recommend skipping the control—we will ignore such controls in the results. If the trail is still there, and we're talking about a couple inches of snow, the control will be counted and you should go after it.
Courses and Classes
The following courses and competitive classes will be offered (updated 1/28/09):
Course Direct Optimal Climb Competitive Classes Less Competitive
White 2.7km 3.8km 45m (None) F-White, M-White Orange 3.8km 5.4km 70m F-16, F55+ F-Orange, M-Orange Green 5.3km 6.2km 80m F-20, F40+, M-16, M55+ F-Green, M-Green Red 7.7km 11.3km 135m F-21+, M-20, M40+ M-Red Blue 9.4km 12.4km 190m Amazon, M-21+
The longer courses are designed short because the day 5 competition is the following day.
The competitive classes are based on your "USOF age": 2009 minus your birth year. A minus sign means the stated age "and younger". A plus sign means the stated age "and older".
The Amazon class is for women who want to compete against other women on the hardest course. Women are always free to compete in the male classes but males cannot compete in the female classes.
Groups get a time recorded for their course but are not included in class competitions. Parents who shadow youngsters (typically under 10 years of age) are not considered to be part of a group and are not charged an orienteering fee (but they must have a trail pass to ski the trails).
If you already have a season or multi-day trail pass for this event day, you do not need to purchase a trail pass.
Day-of-event Preregistration Registration
Super Senior (70+) Free Free Senior (60-69) $11 $11 Adult (13-59) $16 $16 Child (0-12) Free Free
Pass fees are based on your actual age on the day of the event.
All competitors pay one of the following orienteering fees (which are based on your actual age on the day of the event).
Day-of-event Preregistration Registration
Adult (21+) $10 $15 Junior (8-20) $ 5 $ 8 Child (0-7) Free Free
Compass and E-stick Rentals
These rental items are optional. If you need a compass (most people do not need these on ski trails), you can rent one for $1.
If you do not own an E-punch SI card, you can rent one for $3. Please note that there is a significant charge for a lost SI card.
9:00 Registration opens 10:00 Starts begin (first come, first serve) (might start as early as 9:30) 12:00 Registration ends 12:30 Last start (later starts by approval of course setter only) 2:30 Courses close, cleanup begins 5:00 Cleanup ends
We have yet to cancel an event or close our courses early, but we've come close to doing that. In the event that the resort closes, we automatically have to cancel our event and remove it from our championship series. Also, if we are not able to set up the equipment or safely have people ski, we automatically cancel or close the event.
Last year, we endured four blizzards with a total of eight feet of snow dropped over six days, but we didn't close one event. At times, the highway was closed, but the resort was open and we were in place ready to start people when they were able to arrive. Of course, when there are horrendous conditions, we cannot always guarantee that all trails will be groomed. If you encounter an ungroomed trail, we will ignore that control in the results—feel free to continue to the next control. There is no point in going after a control that is not on a trail, because we will exclude it from the competition.
If the resort is open, but snow conditions don't warrant a point-to-point event, we will automatically change the course to score-O format. This typically happens if too many trails remain ungroomed to run a point-to-point event.
If an event is canceled, we automatically refund your orienteering fee, and we will do whatever we can to refund your trail pass as well. Refunds might be mailed out after the event.
Burton Creek is on the northwest side of Lake Tahoe in the Sierras. To get there, take Highway 80 to Truckee. Exit at Hwy 89 (Exit 185) and drive south to Tahoe City. 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). Make an immediate right onto Village Road and follow it as it veers to the right. Turn left at the first intersection and park as close to the Tahoe XC office as you can.