February 28, 2009

Meet Results: Little Bear Basin

Here are the results from this weekend's ski-orienteering event at Bear Basin. The conditions were perfect for skiing and driving, dry roads and freshly groomed, accurately mapped trails. I tried a new thing with the maps and printed them on glossy paper and we found they held up well to the rigors of ski-O even unprotected by plastic.

Attila was there bright and early and came in first with an impressive time, I think he's done this before- probably in Europe. Doug came in quicker than Jeff but unfortunately it hadn't been made clear to him and the Sue/Dave/Patrice group that the controls needed to be visited in numerical order and my course design made other routes more tempting. Bob crawled out of his sick bed and put in a respectable time on the novice course and even helped pick up the controls afterwards. The snow was really enjoyable and quick skiing I noticed when I went out for control pick up.
- Karin Didisse, meet director

Advanced Course 5.4km (8.8 actual):
Attila Nagy 42:00
Jeff Black 53:45
Doug Mastaler 46:40
Sue Edwards, Dave Tuttle, Patrice Davies 2:49:00

Novice Course 2.3km (3.3 actual)
Bob Didisse 36:32
Egnew family dnf

February 15, 2009

Coming Up: Little Bear Basin, McCall - Sunday, Feb. 22nd

Hope to see you at the ski orienteering meet this SUNDAY 2/22 in McCall. The meet will be at the Little Bear Basin Nordic ski area; the trailhead is improved with a changing yurt and restroom. This area has an extensive and beautiful trail system. Skate or classic skis are allowed and preferred, I will get more info on snowshoes but in the past there has been trouble with using them on the groomed trails. All controls will be located close to trails for skate skiers, but I would recommend also bringing along your classic skis in case of new snow conditions. Course details will follow. The nordic trail fee is $10 per person in addition to our normal meet fees. Dogs are allowed on the Novice course only and there is an extra fee of $2.00 per dog.

Click here to view a map of the trails at Bear Basin.

To get to the Bear Basin trailhead you go up to the highest point on highway 55 (a couple miles headed west out of McCall, before the Little Ski Hill lodge) and turn north (right) on Club Hill Rd. for 1/2 mile, the parking lot is just off to the right where the road makes a sharp turn left. There is a restroom and changing yurt. Starts 11 - 1pm.

Also, don't forget you can register on-site, or print out the Registration Form at home, fill it in and bring it with you to the meet. That way you won't have to worry about frozen pens or cold fingers. Just show up, grab a map, and you're on your way.

- Karin Didisse, meet director
(208)830-1293 cel