Ski Orienteering Weekend 2020 National Champs

Saturday 11 July 2020
Waiorau Snow Farm
Event Type:
Ski Orienteering
Emily Forne
Chris Forne
Emily Forne
AND Sunday 12th July

Hosted by Waiorau Snowfarm, Cardrona Valley

Dates: Short Event Saturday 11th July, 1 and 2 Hour Score Event Sunday 12th July

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Come along and enjoy a fun weekend of ski orienteering and racing.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, we will have a range of courses to cater for both novices and experts, so don't worry if you have never been on XC skis before. This will be a perfect opportunity for families to come along, being the middle weekend of the school holidays. Also acts as the (unofficial) New Zealand Ski Orienteering Champs, so an opportunity for some glory for those that are keen :)

Also a great opportunity to get in some practice for the Highland Events Snow-Gaine the following weekend or to hone those navigation skills for map reading when  backcountry touring this winter.

Directions:  Snow Farm NZ

Located high on the Pisa Range, the Snow Farm is accessed from the Cardrona Valley Road which connects Wanaka and Queenstown.  The road up to Snow Farm is not sealed but is suitable for most vehicles including 2WD cars.

All vehicles travelling to Snow Farm must carry chains in their car in the event it has or is snowing and the road conditions are such that chains must be fitted. Signage on the road will indicate where you should fit chains. These signs are there for your protection and must be obeyed.

Electronic punching: SFR system.

We will give these out during registration on the day. You will need to look after your tag for both days and return on Sunday. We will show you how to use the system at registration.

Cost: $20 per adult per day, plus trail fees and hire from the Snow Farm - Trail and Hire Fees

$10 children (14 and under) per day, plus trail fees and hire from the Snow Farm - Trail and Hire Fees.

Ski hire

The snowfarm has cross country ski equipment available for hire on the day. They also run lessons which you could potentially book into prior to taking place in the event (nothing like learning under a bit of pressure (-:

Questions/ General

The event (despite being called ‘The National Champs’) will be very low key and fun. It’s really just about getting out and giving a very different type of sport a go. It is also a great opportunity to practice some navigation, particularly if you are thinking about taking part in the Snogaine the following weekend. Chris and I are always happy to try and help with any technical navigation questions, so please feel free to ask for help if you need it.

If you have any questions please contact or you can call Emily ph.022 1599 820.

Looking forward to seeing you up the mountain in a few weeks!


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Day 1 Saturday 11th July
Short Event

This event will be a fixed course, competitors will need to navigate through a series of checkpoints in the correct order in as short a time as possible. There will be two courses - one for children and beginner skiers, one for adults who have competed in ski orienteering before (or who are fit and keen and want to give it a go).

Children/Beginner Course: Estimated winning time 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 2km

Experienced/ Keen Course: Estimated winning time 30 minutes (at Chris Forne pace)

Distance: Approximately 5km

Registration: 10am until 12pm

Start Times: From 11am until 1pm.

Course Closure: 2.30pm

Map scale 1:10000. Contour interval: 10m

Sunday - Score Event

Day 2 Sunday 12th July

One/ Two Hour Score Event

Competitors collect as many checkpoints as they can in their chosen time. Competitors can compete in teams for this or as individuals. The children’s category is the one hour event. 

Registration: 10am until 12pm

Start Times: Mass start 12:30pm.

Map scale 1:15000. Contour interval: 10m

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