Ski Orienteering

Ski Orienteering is an endurance winter sport combining navigation and cross-country skiing across a rough terrain using prepared cross-country ski tracks. A ski orienteer combines high physical endurance and strength, excellent technical skiing skills and the ability to choose the best routes.

Ski orienteering events are designed to test both athletes’ physical strength and navigation skills. Ski orienteers use a map to navigate in a dense network of ski trail and to visit control points in right order. Route choices are made on the basis of the quality of the ski tracks, gradient and distance, all of which can be read from the map.

Ski orienteering is time-measured and objective – the fastest time wins. An electronic card verifies that the athlete has visited all control points in the right order.

Ski orienteering is mentally and physically challenging. The sport demands and develops mathematical and spatial ability, short-term memory and other mental capabilities in addition to physical capabilities of a cross-country skier. In comparison with cross-country skiing, ski orienteers are faster on technically challenging narrow soft tracks. The athletes need to read a map and make hundreds of route choices on a course while skiing at full speed.

Ski orienteering uses no fixed structures; the natural environment is the arena. Ski orienteering events can be organised from an existing ski stadium utilising the permanent or specially designed network of ski tracks for biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Having its origins in the 1890s, ski orienteering is a sport with long traditions. Ski orienteering is a Recognised Olympic Sport.

Norway wins close sprint relay at WSOC

Norway won the sprint relay at the World Ski Orienteering Championships in Finland with stable performances by Anna Ulvensøen and Jørgen Baklid, who kept Sweden and Estonia behind in the fight for gold. The first three c...


Belomazhev wins by two seconds and Kudre Schnyder cruises on to another gold

Estonias Daisy Kudre Schnyder and Stanimir Belomazhev of Bulgaria was crowned world champions after winning today’s middle distance at World Ski Orienteering Championships in Keminmaa, Finland. The sun was gone, and the ...


Baklid and Lindkvist world champions in pursuit race

The gold medals went to Norway and Sweden in today’s thrilling pursuit races at the World Ski Orienteering Championships in Finland – Jørgen Baklid was fastest among the men, while Linda Lindkvist kept cool at the end to...