Ski Orienteering Day 1

Saturday 17 July 2021
Snowfarm, Cardrona Valley
Event Type:
Ski Orienteering

Ski Orienteering Weekend - Weather Update 17/07 7.20am

The event will go ahead today. The snow farm reports rain last night followed by 5cm of snow. This means they have been unable to groom the trails so conditions will be challenging. It could be a day to try out those classic skis! Nevertheless, we have planned 3 fun courses which I am sure you will enjoy - it might just be even more of an adventure! So hopefully we see many of you up there today. We will stick to the delayed times.

Registration: from 11.30am (this will happen from the Waiorau Nordic Sports Club Lunchroom which is out on the snow to the left as you exit the main doors).

Starts: 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Course closure: 3.30pm

Please remember to prebook your trail passes and ski gear from Snow Farm before you come up tomorrow to get the 50% discount (use the discount code SKIO).

Any queries or wonderings feel free to give me a call or text (Emily - 0221599820, Chris 0221599826).

At this stage Sunday's event will run as scheduled but we will update you with any changes tomorrow night.

IMPORTANT: We will post a further update about the status of tomorrow's event on here and facebook at 7.30am tomorrow morning.


Sat and Sun 17/18 July

Entries now open HERE

Also, please make sure you pre-purchase your trail pass and gear hire through the Snow Farm website. Use the discount code (provided on the entry form) to receive a 50% discount!

This will be a very fun weekend of ski orienteering and racing (very low key racing mind you!)

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 !

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Directions:  Waiorau 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.

Cost: $15 per adult per day, $10 per student per day (uni or high school), $5 for kids (12 and under).

Course 1: Medium Distance - winning time ~40min
Course 2: Short Distance - winning time~20min

Registration: Desk in the hallway entrance before you enter Snowfarm ticket office. Open from 10am.

You will be issued with your SFR chip to wear on your finger (and be returned at the finish please). Maps will be given at the start with 1 minute to load into your map holder/ study.

Event timing: Starts will be open from 11am - 12.30pm. Course closure at 3pm.

Map scale: 1:10000. Contour interval: 10m

Prizegiving: TBC - probably in the lunch eating area about 2pm.

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Sunday - Score Event

1.5hr score event (similar to a short rogaine, but can be done individually)

Registration: 10.00am
Mass Start: 11.00am

Map scale: 1:15000. Contour interval: 10m

Course closure: 12.30pm.

Prize giving: TBC - Probably in lunch eating room shortly after 12.30pm.

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After you have had your fun fix at our ski orienteering, why not extend your stay to compete in the Highland Events 'Snowgaine' the following weekend! Check out Highland Event's Website for more info. It's a very fun event where you can snowshoe, cross country ski or ski tour out into the greater backcountry of the Pisas.