Weekend getaway: Ski Orienteering

February 25, 2011 

What: The Cascade Orienteering Club is hosting an orienteering competition at the Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center. The event combines cross-country skiing with route-finding using a map and compass. People on skis will search for markers with the fastest Ski-O participant declared the winner. Snoqualmie Pass has more than 50 kilometers of groomed trails.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Summit at Snoqualmie Nordic Center

Getting there: Take Interstate 90 east to Snoqualmie Pass. Take Exit 54 to Summit East and the Nordic center.

History: Founded in 1979, the Cascade Orienteering Club teaches orienteering and organizes orienteering events.

Cost: $9 nonmembers, $6 for club members, $4 for ages 18 and younger. A $17 trail pass also is required.

Also: Registration kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in the Nordic Center Lodge. The event starts and finishes at the Grand Junction Warming Hut. Intermediate to advanced skiing skills are recommended for this event. The trail pass will allow you to ride the chairlift to the Nordic trail system. The event offers an intermediate course on blue and green trails and an advanced course that will use some black trails. Club rules state that all participants are required to carry a whistle. The competition ends at 1:30 p.m. but the trails remain open for cross-country skiing until 3:30 p.m.

Information: cascadeoc.org or www.summitatsnoqualmie.com

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