Ski Orienteering As a coach one of my season’s objectives over the past several years is to get more youth excited about ski orienteering. As a parent one of the greatest thrills was seeing my http://skio.wordpress.com/
Extractions: January 29, 2010 by Eric Hamilton Rewards are not the only thing that attract young athletes. Attention from someone that they can look up to is another. Our sport has an unlimited number of role models, even if communication skills, particularly with youth, is not always our best attributes. I have seen some successes over the years. One success was by Ruth Hayes in the Rochester, NY area. Each year she would have a pre-holiday youth ski practice in a local park. She and Carol Moran would distribute a map of the park with locations where they had placed a supply of tree decorations. Each kid was expected to collect one ornament from each location and return to the central location. At this central location would be a pine tree on which they all hung their trophies, a community Christmas tree! A whole generation of area youth grew up with a background of orienteering. Many are still ROC members. Memorable was the year that Kati Christoffel and two of her friends swept all three medals at Empire State Winter Games. Then there was the year that Sandy (Stripp) Tetreault had a whole field, actually a biathlon penalty loop, full of eager youth and their families each with a map ready to venture off into the woods in search of controls. It was at a Mid Atlantic Bill Koch Festival in Old Forge. I also remember struggling to get myself and a pulk with my 3 year old grandson back on a ski trail after a navigational lapse at this event. My question is how did these people do it? How can we duplicate these successes to assure that this facet of Nordic ski sport will continue?
US Ski Orienteering Team US Ski Orienteering Team information and schedules News. The ESC will consider portfolios for the 2011 Ski WOC team for up to two additional slots on both the Men's and Women's teams http://www.us.orienteering.org/Skio.html
Bluedome Ski Orienteering. Ski orienteering is a crosscountry endurance winter sport. Similar to the orienteering disciplines practised http://www.bluedome.co.uk/Orienteering/skiorient.html
Extractions: Ski Orienteering Ski orienteering is a cross-country endurance winter sport. Similar to the orienteering disciplines practised in the summer season, ski orienteering requires an extremely high level of both physical and mental fitness. An elite level ski-orienteer needs excellent skiing and map reading skills - and the ability to combine those two. The athlete has to take hundreds of route choice decisions at high speed during every race. The prepared ski tracks are of various quality. Throughout the competition the ski orienteer has to make decisions about which route is the fastest between the controls. The route choice is made on the basis of the quality of the ski tracks, gradient and distance, all of which can be read from the map.