Alpine Challenge for Young Ski Orienteers

Posted on | January 19, 2005 | Category: News

More than 160 young ski-orienteers from 20 nations have entered for this year’s Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships, to be staged from 24th to 28th January around the ski resort of S-chanf, in Switzerland’s Engadin valley close to the border with Italy. The event also comprises the European Youth Championships.

The curtain-raiser for the Championships will be the sprint race, with a planned winning time of 14 minutes, the first time a sprint race is included in the Championships programme. This race will be held on the first day prior to the official opening ceremony. The programme also comprises long and middle distance individual events and, on the final day, a relay competition. Each individual race has four classes, for men and women up to 20 years old and up to 17.

The terrain will be typically alpine forest and open meadow-land, with height differences of up to 50 metres for all except the long distance event where it will be 100 metres.

Veterans and elite also at S-chanf

As has now become the annual practice, the World Masters Ski-orienteering Championships will be held over the same period, also in S-chanf. This year the entry figure is over 140, including entrants from as far away as Japan and USA. The Championships comprise two individual events, both over long distance. World Ranking races for elite ski orienteers will also be held.

More information can be found on the event website which can be accessed directly from the home page of the IOF website, www.orienteering.org. The event website will also publish full results and pictures from all the races.

Championship Programme

24 January Juniors sprint race, opening ceremony

25 January Juniors long distance, Masters first race

27 January Juniors middle distance, Masters final

28 January Juniors relay

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