Over 50 people took part in our first ski-O meet at Bear Valley, which made it possibly the largest ski-O event ever on the West Coast. The sky was blue and the snow was fast, but there was a strong wind and even stronger gusts. I hate to think what the wind-chill factor was.
Below are the complete results, and be sure to check out the photos, taken by Tony Pinkham.
We thought we had a cute Start-O course with the controls hung on wooden bears, but the kids opted for the White course, which was great. Jakko Karras won the Start-O after winning the White course with his grandfather, Matti Karras. Galina Shakhnovsky won the White course for women, after taking her husband's new skis halfway through his Long course. (She didn't realize that Oleg needed to complete a second lap, which he did after getting his old skis.) Lisa Wylie won the Short course, with Dave and Scott Payne winning the men's race.
Bill Straka won the Medium course with a close finish (less than one minute) over Jane Taylor, the first woman. Lans Taylor, a former member of the U.S. Junior World Cup Ski-O team, won the Long course. Kent Ohlund was second in a field dominated by Scandinavians and Europeans. Roger Thompson, an orienteer from England, completed the course on snowshoes.
Thanks to Paul Peterson and his staff at Bear Valley Cross Country for allowing us to hold the event. I think a lot of people, including new skiers, found out what a nice area this is. Many thanks to assistant director Tony Pinkham for helping to get ski-O back in the Sierra. Tony was a big help with mapping and course vetting. Also, thanks to those who helped on event day: Nancy Lindeman and Scott Aster (starts), Bill Straka (finishes), and Galina Shakhnovsky (results).
Note: The nice rental cabin in Arnold where a lot of us stayed is available for overnight trips (contact Venita Olsen at 415-854- 2725).
Male Female Time Start-O (BEAR-O) 1 Jakko Karras 10:54 White Course, 3 km ski, flat 1,2 Jakko Karras 39:00 1,2 Matti Karras 39:00 1 Galina Shakhnovsky 40:14 2 Katie Anthony 51:55 3 Linda & Chris Spieller 53:00 4 June & Earl Gifford 55:00 3 Douglas Bird 59:50 4 Dave, Gregory, & Jonathan Magram, Kirstin Haag 62:26 5 Daniel Ohlund, Chase Danitschek 80:40 Franzi & Tania Haag DNF Short Course, 5 km ski, flat 1 Lisa Wylie 54:07 2 Nancy Lindeman 72:00 3 Aileen Abernathy 73:00 1 Dave, Scott Payne 83:18 Medium Course, 9.5 km ski, 50 m 1 Bill Straka 99:07 1 Jane & Paul Taylor, Nate Gardner 100:00 2 Stephanie MacLean 110:15 3 Chelsea Taylor 117:52 2 Scott Aster 119:08 4 Janet Peterson 119:39 5 Christine Shirley 123:22 6 Sharon Evans 124:39 3 Jeff Lanam 133:48 7 Linda & Glenn Wegner, Susan Hall, Andrea Beylen 139:45 Long Course, 12.5 km ski, 120 m 1 Lans Taylor 54:35 2 Kent Ohlund 65:00 3 Tapio Karras 82:22 4 Matthias Kohler 86:01 5 Werner Haag 88:32 6 Derek MacLean 98:38 7 Tom Jahn 104:50 8 Wyatt Riley 115:20 9 Mark Peterson 128:38 10 Roger Thompson 147:00 (on showshoes) 11 Bob Cooley 161:40 12 Oleg Shakhnovsky 191:50 MSP(5) David Milne 99:15 MSP(3,4) Angelica Kisel 102:07