Instead of going south for a training camp I spent most of the time in Vienna during January and only some weekends cross country and alpine skiing in the mountains. It has been a great winter, however, in January only one Ski-Orienteering weekend was held in Austria. The first SkiO event was the Austrian Championships in Middle distance. Demanding courses were offered in the beautiful area of Niederthai, Ötztal, Tyrol. On a long route choice I went down an alpine ski slope. Surprisingly, I finished in 3rd, only 47 seconds from a gold medal (results, map). Next day, our elite team was second in the relay (results).