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SkiMOO (Ski mountaineering orienteering) · Sunday, April 2nd

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Organized by: James Maltman.

Start: Sunday, Apr. 2nd, 10:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 29th
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom


Ever wanted to do a scavenger hunt on skis? Ever wanted to work on your map and compass navigation? Ever wanted to race around the Seymour backcountry as fast as you can (or at a leisurely pace if that's what you're into)? Well look no further, SkiMoo is here! Sign ups are on the interested list page.

What is SkiMoo? Well it's what you get when you cross orienteering (racing around outside, using a map and compass to navigate to checkpoints) with skimo racing (going as fast as you can up and down hill). At the start of the race, all participants will be given a paper map of the Seymour backcountry with checkpoints marked in circles, and descriptors to help you understand where the checkpoints might be. It’ll look a little something like this:


Each checkpoint will be worth a certain number of points, and your mission is to visit all of them as fast as possible using only map and compass navigation (or as many as you can within the allotted time). If you go over, you’ll be deducted points for every minute you are late. That’s it! This is a great occasion to work on map and compass nav, routefinding, and thinking about turnaround times!

The rules:

  1. You are responsible for your own navigation and safety during this event! As such, we’re requiring you to have taken AST-1 or equivalent, and feel competent making your own navigation and avalanche decisions in the backcountry! Effectively, if you and your team wouldn’t feel comfortable planning and executing a tour on your own in the backcountry, this race is unfortunately probably not for you. You don’t have to be the most experienced, fastest, or gnarliest skier out there, and the course is generally pretty mellow, but you do have to feel comfortable and safe making your own backcountry decisions.

  2. This will be a team activity for avalanche safety. You can team with as many people as you like, but there is a minimum of 2 people per team. 

  3. GPS is not allowed to complete the course. We recommend you carry one for safety just in case you get lost, but if you use it as aid in finding a checkpoint, you will be disqualified.

  4. Each checkpoint will be marked with a flag on a bamboo pole with two letters on the flag. Write down the two letters on the flag on your scoresheet to mark that you’ve visited the checkpoint

  5. There will be a short course and a long course.The short course will have a time limit of 3 hours, while the long course will have a time limit of 4.5 hours. Your team will be deducted 2 points for every minute over the time limit when you return to the start/finish line.

  6. The winner is the team who collects the highest number of points, using the time taken to return to the start line as the tiebreaker


The nitty gritty:

  1. Please put down your team on this spreadsheet here: If you already have a team in mind, perfect! If not, we have a partner finder section on the spreadsheet to help you find a group. The going list will be chosen based on the order teams have signed up on the spreadsheet, and not the order of the committed list. However, the going list will just be utilized to figure out driver groups at the pre-trip. If you don’t make the cut, and can source transit some other way (you can access seymour via public transit) feel free to come!

  2. Parking at Mount Seymour requires a permit. This means that all car groups will have to be on it in terms of signing up for permits. Permits open at 7am on the Thursday before the event, so be sure to be on it in terms of grabbing them. You'll need to get both an AM as well as a PM permit. If you don’t manage to get them, we may be able to figure shuttling or something out, but really please just get a permit.

  3. Mount Seymour doesn’t like large groups (or technically anyone without a pass) skiing through the resort on the way back down from a backcountry trip, so as annoying as it is, please stay outside the resort boundaries on your way back in.

  4. If you’re already an avid skimo’er or orienteer, sorry in advance, the rules here might not be standard practice. I’ve only done one of these before, and I’m trying to design them to maximize fun not competition.

  5. The Seymour backcountry can have some pretty gnarly and steep terrain in it. However, none of the checkpoints require going anywhere that’s crazy steep or crazy exposed. If you’re looking at a potential route choice, and start wondering “is this safe?” you’re probably not on the right track, and should try to find another way to get where you’re going.

Wow! That was a long trip posting. Congrats if you’ve read it all, and hope to see you at the pretrip! 


Posted: 2023-02-28 15:53:40
Last modified: 2023-03-14 14:04:51