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HO HO-O Ski-O at Lake Placid



Lake Placid, NY, US
Dec 30, 2017

Type: Ski Orienteering - Local

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added by: JanetT

Course notes added Dec 28 (scroll down)

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017
Mt. van Hoevenburg Cross Country Center, Lake Placid, NY

Ski Orienteering and Snowshoe Orienteering Event
Sponsored by EMPO and Olympic Regional Development Authority
Organized by David Hunter and Janet Findlay

  • Start Window 10 am – 1 pm
    Competitors must be finished by 3 pm
  • Registration at the Cross Country Lodge at Mt. van Hoevenburg, 6 miles southeast of Lake Placid on Rte 73
  • Cost $20 per competitor (includes trail pass for the day)
  • SI timing will be used; timing chips will be available for rent
  • A limited number of map holders will be available for rent
  • 3 ski-o courses and 1 snowshoe course will be offered (conditions permitting)
  • A short introductory ski-o course with punch controls will be available to beginners at no charge

For further information contact Janet Findlay at jfindlay at
Please check closer to the date for updated snow conditions and/or course changes or cancellations

COURSE NOTES (added Dec. 28) --

Welcome to Lake Placid and Mt. van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex!
220 Bobsled Run Lane, Lake Placid, New York

Snow conditions are good with 4” of powder on top of a firm base. All trails are open but be prepared for some uneven grooming on downhills - control your speed! Also, snow cover is very thin on snowshoe trails under the trees so watch for protruding roots and sticks.

Four courses are offered:

Introductory 2.5 km - 7 Controls
Short 6.6 km - 13 Controls
Long 10 km - 17 Controls
Snowshoe 5.8 km - 13 Controls

Distances given are straight line between controls; actual distances will be longer according to route choice. Map scale is 1:10,000 with 2.5 meter contour lines.

Registration will be in the lounge section at the far end of the cross country lodge. The entry fee is $20, which includes a trail pass. You do not need to purchase a pass at the front desk – you will get it from us when you register.
The fee for season pass holders is $5.
There is no charge for the introductory course, but you must purchase a trail pass at the front desk.

The start window is between 10 AM and 1 PM. Courses close at 3 pm. You must be off the course by 3 pm! If you choose not to finish your course please be sure to check in at the finish to let us know you’re safe.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used for all courses except the Introductory, which will use the traditional punch system. You can either use your own chip or rent one for $2 at registration. Be sure to let us know if you’re using SportIdent for the first time and we’ll give you a few basic instructions.

Map holders will also be available for rent at $10.

Skiers must follow the one way arrow trail arrows shown in red on the map! These are placed to prevent unexpected encounters with regular skiers on long hills. Failure to follow the arrows is grounds for disqualification. Please remember there will be many tourists who are inexperienced skiers out on the trails -they will not realize you are racing so don’t expect them to automatically yield to you, though they should pull over if you ask politely!

If you are going up a hill not marked with red arrows be aware that you may encounter skiers coming downhill towards you at high speed. Downhill skiers have right of way.

Snowshoers are exempt from the one-way trails but must keep well over to the sides of all trails.

You will get your map outside when you have your equipment on and are ready to start. Please punch the start control before you look at your map. Maps will be collected at the finish for early starters.

Thanks for competing in this EMPO Empire Orienteering Club ( event. We welcome your feedback in order to make future events even better!
Timing: Phil Hawkes-Teeter
Meet Directors: Janet Findlay and David Hunter

Results and Splits will be posted on Attack Point


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