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Sun, Jan 29


Missoula County

Ski Orienteering at Lubrecht!

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Ski Orienteering at Lubrecht!
Ski Orienteering at Lubrecht!

Time & Location

Jan 29, 2023, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Missoula County, Lubrecht State Experimental Forest, Montana 59823, USA

About the Event

Join us for Grizzly Orienteering's Ski Orienteering event at Lubrecht Experimental Forest!

Ski Orienteering, You Say?

Yes! In ski orienteering, participants use specially designed maps to navigate between a series of checkpoints on cross-country skis. Check out this brief video of a ski orienteering race.

Use a custom-made map of Lubrecht'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.

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. Please bring your own skis, boots, and poles. Any skiing style is permitted. All checkpoints are located on or near groomed ski trails, but occasional shortcuts through terrain or smaller trails may prove advantageous. 

A limited number of Ski Orienteering map holders will be available for borrowing during the event. Please email to request one ahead of time.

Courses You will be able to select from three different courses for the ski orienteering event: Short (~3km), Middle (~5km), Long (~7km). The courses are measured in straight lines. You will definitely end up skiing quite a bit further than the straight-line distance. 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.

Date and Time

The event will take place Sunday, January 29th between 11:00am-2:00pm. Starting time slots will be between 11am-1pm. Please arrive at your assigned time slot in order to help us run things smoothly and safely.


The event will be staged at the main cabin camp at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Follow orienteering signs from Highway 200.

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: .

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.

Electronic "punching"

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!

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.


  • Member Individual Entry

    For adults members of GrizO participating individually

  • Member Group Entry

    For two or more participating adults members of GrizO

  • First Event

    For anyone who is participating in a GrizO event for the first time

    +$0.13 service fee
  • First Event Group

    For any group that is participating in a GrizO event for the first time

    +$0.25 service fee
  • Standard Individual Entry

    For non-member adults participating individually

  • Standard Group Entry

    For non-member adult participant groups of two or more

  • Junior Entry

    For youth age 12-20

  • Kid Entry

    For kids 12 and under

  • Volunteer

    For anyone who volunteers at this event




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