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2011 Sierra Ski-Orienteering Championships

Day 1 – Bear Valley

Date: (Sat.) Jan. 29, 2011
Location: near Arnold, CA
Event Director: - 650.793.8764
Course Setters: Neil Hunt, Julie Raymond
Type: Ski-O; Day 1 of the 2011 Sierra Ski-Orienteering Championships

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

Neil Hunt and Julie Raymond have completed the White, Orange, Green, Red, and Blue courses for the day-1 event. They've also included 3 to 4 km of snowmobile tracks for secondary trails with at least one maze. Climbs are not excessive, distances will be challenging, and the weather will be great. This event will be using a new map with 5-meter contours and GPS-tracked trails, which should improve your navigation if you decide to go off trail.

Course Specifications

             Optimal    Straight         
   Course    Length      Length     Climb
   White      3.5 km     2.6 km      15 m
   Orange     7.0 km     4.6 km      25 m
   Green      9.0 km     5.8 km      55 m
   Red       12.0 km     8.2 km     110 m
   Blue      14.0 km    10.6 km     170 m


  1. From Highway 99 south of Stockton, take Highway 4 east for 46 miles to Angles Camp.
  2. At the junction with Highway 49, continue straight for 2 miles on Highway 4 Bypass.
  3. From the junction of Highway 4 and Highway 4 Bypass, drive 43 miles to Bear Valley.
  4. Turn left onto Bear Valley Road and go 0.2 miles to parking on the right.

From your car, walk back to Bear Valley road and towards the highway. Half way to the highway is the place where you can rent skis (but do not buy your trail pass there). To get your trail pass (or to register for this event), carefully cross Highway 4 to the trail head and Ski-O registration desk where you can pick up your registration packet or buy your discounted trail pass for this event.

If you need groceries, there are large grocery stores in Angels Camp and Arnold.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.