Sat, Feb 12|
Ski Orienteering at Bigfork Community Nordic Center
Registration is open.
Time & Location
Feb 12, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Flathead County, Foothill Rd & Jewel Basin Rd, Montana 59901, USA
About the Event
Join us for Grizzly Orienteering's Ski Orienteering event at Bigfork Community Nordic Center - a brand-new venue for orienteering!
What is it?
Use a custom-made map of the Bigfork Community Nordic Center's ski trails and roads to find a series of checkpoints marked in terrain by orange-and-white flags. All checkpoints will be on trails, but you can choose any route you want to get there! You can try to ski hard and race for the fastest time, or go as slowly as you like, enjoying the challenge of picking the best routes and reading the map. If you've never tried Ski Orienteering before, then registration is free for you.
Check out this short video showcasing ski orienteering at the international elite level: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1SggdsbHlk
Date and Time
The event will take place Saturday February 12th between 10:00am-2:00pm. Starting time slots will be between 10am-12pm. Please arrive at your assigned time slot in order to help us run things smoothly and safely.
Bigfork Community Nordic Center (BCNC) is located on Montana State land at the corner of Foothills road & Jewel Basin road. Over 10 kilometers of varied terrain (including flat, rolling and challenging hills) are groomed 5 days per week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December thru March 31.
Please park at the southern access gate off Jewell Basin Road; additional parking is available on Foothill road if that parking lot fills. Start and finishes will happen near the parking area.
In accordance with Montana State Law, skiers using Bigfork Community Nordic Center are required to have a valid “Montana Recreational Use License.” The license can be purchased at https://fwp.mt.gov/buyandapply/statelandsrecreation.
BCNC trails are groomed for skiers. Snowshoers are welcome, but please observe posted trail etiquette signs.
We specifically request that hikers (without snowshoes), snowmobilers, ATV-ers, snow-bikers and fat bikers respect the intended ski use of our trail system and find other areas to recreate.
BCNC DOG POLICY: Dog tracks and dog “dirt” damage the groomed trail surface. Pleased respect the intended use of and considerable expense invested in the BCNC Nordic trails. Thank you!
Covid-19 Precautions We suggest wearing masks the entire time you are in the registration, start, and finish areas. Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in. For the purposes of beginner instruction, you will be assigned to one of our experienced volunteers. Please respect their space and maintain proper social distancing.
Equipment We will provide specially created maps with pre-printed courses for each participant. We will also provide loaner compasses. Please return these when you are done. The compasses will be sanitized after each use.
Please bring your own skis, boots, and poles. Any skiing style is permitted.
Wear clothing that is comfortable for activities in the woods and off-trail and appropriate for the expected temperatures. Please bring your own snacks and hydration. A limited supply of single-serving snacks will be provided, but due to Covid-19 precautions, selection and supply will be limited. Also due to Covid-19 precautions, water will NOT be provided. Please bring an adequate supply of liquid.
Courses You will be able to select from three different maps (courses): Short, Medium, and Long courses. The distances indicate the shortest, straight-line distance for visiting all the checkpoints and returning to the finish. You will certainly cover more distance than that. All checkpoints are on skate ski groomed trails with an optional rustic snowshoe or classic XC extension into the southern ungroomed tract. The route you take between checkpoints can utilize any trails and roads, as well as shortcuts through terrain, if you so choose. We recommend going out individually or in groups of no more than 2-3 so that everyone is able to get the hang of map reading and navigation.
Beginner Instruction Beginner instruction will be provided by several experienced orienteers. If this is your first event, take a look at the "Newcomers" section of our website to get an idea of what to expect: https://www.grizzlyorienteering.org/newcomers .
Start and Finish You will need to check in with one of our volunteers at registration before proceeding to the start. Our volunteers will provide you with the appropriate map, a loaner compass if needed, and a loaner electronic timing chip and will keep track of who is out and doing which course. When you have found all the controls on your course, return to the finish and check in with a volunteer there. Even if you decide to quit your course before finding all the controls, please check in at the finish so we do not go out searching for you.
An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that shows which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”
Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!
Standard Individual Entry
For non-member adults participating individually
Standard Group Entry
For non-member adult participant groups of two or more
Member Individual Entry
For adults members of GrizO participating individually
Member Group Entry
For two or more participating adults members of GrizO
For youth age 12-20
For kids 12 and under
For anyone who is participating in a GrizO event for the first time
For anyone who volunteers at this event