Each year The NSW and ACT Ski Orienteering Championships are held in Perisher, usually in the first half of August.
The competition was resumed after many years in 2014 by Big Foot NSW and later assisted by Bushflyers ACT. In 2017 Red Roos ACT was the host club.
There are usually a range of courses on offer some with challenging route choices. Courses are designed so that short cuts off groomed tracks can be a real option saving up to 60 seconds on some legs. The trick is to decide which corners are worth cutting!
In past years participants have come from several states and from overseas. The Snogaine and Kids Snow Treasure Hunt sections usually prove popular. Some even compete in snowshoes – a minor handicap if you are competitive but no handicap for enjoyment. Free entry for young children is usually offered.
This event has helped Australia lift its profile in the international orienteering community with mentions in international publications. In addition it has reached out to a whole new section of the Australian community who had not encountered orienteering before. Many of the competitors were non-orienteers.