WMSOC and SkiO World Cup Round 2 Update

Posted on | January 15, 2016 | Category: News

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Those of us who have been following the snow conditions in Germany with bated breath can now breathe a sigh of relief. The organisers confirmed yesterday that they finally have enough snow for the races to take place. The status of the event hung in the balance right up until their visit to the competition areas on Wednesday, when Event Directors Bernd Kohlschmidt and Diethard Kundisch were finally able to confirm that there was enough snow to proceed.

When did you decide the races would take place?
-Yesterday we visited both competition areas after we got the first substantial snowfall we’ve seen this winter. In December it was too warm, so we only had rain. The forest was completely green. But now the snow conditions are good, so we plan to proceed as planned in Bulletin 3. If there should be a drastic change in weather it would be possible to relocate the two relay races.

However, there is a lot to be done before the start of the events. On Saturday the first organising team members will arrive in Oberwiesenthal and Klingenthal. The local ski clubs will prepare their normal competition and tourist track network. After this much snow they need a lot of people and equipment for the downhill slope areas. After they have finished with their normal preparations the event organisers will start preparing the SkiO track network together with them. The World Cup athletes will arrive on Wednesday. Most of the Masters will arrive Thursday evening or Friday morning.

What is the feeling among the volunteers?
-The staff is very happy the we got the snow shortly before the deadline! But they know that it will be a challenge to be ready in one week’s time. Normally there is snow in this area from the beginning of December, so they will have many weeks’ work to do in a very condensed time. Extra tracks depend on the snow conditions, and the courses depend heavily on the track network. This means that the course information will not be ready until very late next week, which we apologise for.

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The snow conditions in Oberwiesenthal on Wednasday. Finally enough snow for SkiO!

It has been known from the start that it would be a very big challenge to organise a big Ski Orienteering competition in Germany, but my no means an impossible one. The organisers are grateful to the Event Advisers and the IOF for their understanding of the great differences in organising an event like this in Germany, as compared to organising it in Scandinavia or Russia. For example, in Germany it is forbidden to drive a snowmobile anywhere in the forest, especially off the paths. Germany also has very strict environment protection laws, for example to protect snow birds and other animals and plants. All mountain areas where there is snow are environment protection zones. All of this makes it hard to organise an event such as a Ski Orienteering race.

But the planning has gone well, and now that the weather has come round Bernd Kohlschmidt hopes that they can now provide the thrilling and challenging races they have envisaged. The plan is to have a lot of traffic and activity centred round the stadium, so it should be very exciting for spectators and online viewers. There will be GPS Tracking on all days, and there will also be a little camera team filming the races. On Sunday 24 January there will be a team from TV channel MDR covering the events, which should also be receivable over satellite

At the moment there are approximately 100 entries from 14 nations for the World Cup, and over 250 entries from Masters all over the world. For Masters the late entry is open to 18 January, so there is still time to enter! But please respect the entry deadline, because the WMSOC start lists will be produced together with bulletin 4. Entry on the competition day is not possible.

Let’s hope for five fair and challenging Ski Orienteering competitions for all friends of this sport all over the world!

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