Each skier must ski a given number of loops (determined by the course setter), and the skier’s map will have a normal course drawn on it. However, at each control, there are many different flags in the area, and the skier must punch at the correct control. After each lap, the skier will download, and then must ski a given number of “penalty loops”, according to how many mistakes the skier made in identifying the right control. After skiing his requisite penalty loops, the skier can continue on to the next map.
Thanks to a new policy of the New England Orienteering Club, NEOC members can race for free, but all skiers must have a trail pass from the Weston Ski Track. The WST also rents skis and boots if you don’t have equipment of your own. The US Ski-O Team has a limited number of map holders for rent, as well.