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2010 Sierra Ski-Orienteering Championships

Day 1 – Bear Valley

Date: Jan. 30, 2010
Location: Bear Valley, CA
Event Director: – 650.793.8764 (cell phone)
Course Setters: Julie Raymond, Neil Hunt
Type: Ski-O; Point-to-point event with 5 medium-length courses

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


Day 1 is a point-to-point event at Bear Valley Cross Country. Julie Raymond and Neil Hunt have designed the first day of courses, and have included many new secondary trails to make for a very unique event at Bear Valley.

Registration and Trail Passes

Registration is open from 9 AM to noon, and is located at the trail head, which is across the highway from parking and the cross country store. Pick up your pre-registration packets or register for the day at Registration. You also get your trail passes from Registration (not the cross country office). If you need to rent skis, go to the cross country office before going to registration.

Beginner Clinics

This event has beginner clinics for anybody who is new to ski orienteering. Even if you are an expert skier, but are new to orienteering, take the free 20-minute clinic. To take a clinic, see the director at the Starting area.

Starts and Course Closure Time

Starts occur between 10 AM and 12:30 PM at the trail head. Typically, we recommend an early start before the sun can turn the snow to slush. If it is snowing, you probably don't need to worry about starting early.

All courses close at 2:30 and you must check in at the Finish by that time, even if you do not finish your course. We automatically begin picking up controls at 2:30, so it does not pay to stay out past 2:30. Even if you do not finish your course, punch in at the Finish and let us know that you are off the course, so that we do not have to form a search party to look for you.

Venue Rules

First and foremost, share the trails cooperatively with the other trail users.

You may ski off-trail at your own risk, but you must stay out of the areas marked as out of bounds on your map.

Bear Valley has some one-way trails. On some of the trails we can go in either direction (no arrows shown for those trails on your maps), and other trails require that you go in the direction shown by arrows on your map. If you go the wrong way on these trails, you can be disqualified from the event. If you must go in the wrong direction on one of these trails, ski the direction that you need to go off of the groomed trail (that is, off-trail use is okay).

(Preliminary) Course Stats

   Course    Airline Dist.    Optimal Dist.    Climb
   White        2.3 km           4.1 km         15 m
   Orange       4.3 km           5.7 km         30 m
   Green        5.4 km           7.7 km         60 m
   Red          6.8 km          10.1 km        140 m
   Blue        10.1 km          14.0 km        185 m

Driving Directions

Take Highway 5 or 99 to Highway 4, and then drive east about 70 miles, through Angels Camp and Arnold, to Bear Valley Cross Country Ski Resort. Bear Valley is 120 miles from Livermore and Sacramento.

Highway Conditions

CalTrans road conditions – (800)427-7623