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2009 Sierra Avalanche Ski-O Champs, Day 5

Auburn Ski Club Training Center

Date: (Sun.) Feb. 1, 2009
Location: Soda Springs, CA
Event Director: - 650.793.8764
Course Setter: Tony Pinkham
Type: Ski-O; Motala format

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

Note: If you are sending a minor to this event, a waiver must be signed by a parent or court-appointed legal guardian of the minor. If you are not attending with the minor, you can get the form here (, sign it, and send it with your minor.

The Day-5 event is a point-to-point event for all courses and the orange, green, red, and blue courses use multiple maps (Motala format). The orange, green, and red courses use two maps and the blue course uses three maps. You start with one map, find all the controls listed on it, then return to the map exchange area (near the Start) to pick up a new map, and then find the controls listed on that map. From the time that you start, you get as much time as you like to finish the course, until 2:30 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 ASC is very hilly, but the legs are very short and each leg can alternate uphill and downhill. All of the trails at this resort are within one square mile, which means that this venue has a very complicated network of trails.

Off-Trail Skiing

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

At this time, we are targeting the following course stats for this event:

The following competitive classes will be offered:

    Course    Competitive Classes       Less Competitive
    COOL 1                                 COOL 1
    White     (None)                    F-White, M-White, COOL 2
    Orange    F-16, F55+                F-Orange, M-Orange, COOL 3
    Green     F-20, F40+, M-16, M55+    F-Green, M-Green
    Red       F-21+, M-20, M40+         M-Red
    Blue      Amazon, M-21+

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).

Trail-Pass Fees

If you already have a membership (along with a season ski pass) at this venue, you do not need to purchase a trail pass.

                Preregistration   Registration
  Adult  (19+)        $15             $15
  Child  (0-18)       $ 5             $ 5

Pass fees are based on your actual age on the day of the event.

Orienteering Fees

All competitors pay one of the following orienteering fees (which are based on your actual age on the day of the 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.

Event Schedule

   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

Event Cancellation

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.

Driving Directions

From I-80 (about 91 miles east of Sacramento or 10 miles west of Truckee), take the Boreal Ridge/Castle Peak off-ramp (Exit 176). Go to the west end of the Boreal Ridge parking lot. Check in and registration are in one of the two buildings at the end of the parking lot.