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The Minden Standard Courses are a set of 17 pre-defined and well described courses for the use of soaring pilots who fly from Minden-Tahoe Airport.  

Course distances range from 100 km to 1000 km and meet the FAI prescribed course definitions for triangle, out & return and 3 turn point badge and record attempts.

  1. Course A - 300km Out & Return
  2. Course B - 300km FAI Triangle
  3. Course C - 300km Flat Triangle
  4. Course D - 300km 3 TP Distance
  5. Course E - 500km Out & Return
  6. Course F - 500km FAI Triangle
  7. Course G - 500km Flat Triangle
  8. Course H - 500km 3 TP Distance
  9. Course I - 750km Out & Return
  10. Course J - 750km FAI Triangle
  11. Course L - 1000km FAI Triangle
  12. Course M - 1000km 3 TP Distance
  13. Course N - 100km FAI Triangle
  14. Course Q - 500km Out & Return
  15. Course R - 750km FAI Triangle
  16. Course S - 1000km FAI Triangle
  17. Course T - 750km Out & Return

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Minden  -  Standard Course  "B"

300 km FAI Triangle

Course Design: Bob Semans

Waypoint / Turnpoint and Task Files

NOTE: All tasks & waypoints are in the SeeYou minden-courses-0916.cup

  1. Download SeeYou file: minden-courses-0916.cup
  2. Download SeeYou file without tasks:  MindenSC.cup
  3. Download standard dat file, also works in SeeYou: MindenSC.dat


  Name Latitude Longitude Elevation
Start Pt. Windmill Start Pt. (S06), NV 38º 56.150' N 119º 38.420' W 5140'
TP 1 Conway Ranch Rd & US 395, CA 38º 04.260' N 119º 10.190' W 6935'
TP 2 Buckley Flat Int., NV 38º 43.110' N 118º 29.090' W 5837'
Finish Pt. Windmill Start Pt. (S06), NV 38º 56.150' N 119º 38.420' W 5140'


Leg Km Smi Nmi % True Course
1 104.41 64.87 56.37 34.7 157°
2 93.52 58.11 50.50 31.1 040°
3 103.20 64.12 55.72 34.2 283°
Task Dist. 301.13 187.11 162.60    

Task / Course Map from SeeYou

Minden B XC Course
Click Map for larger image

Typical Flight Path:

Leaving Bald Mtn. #1 (at the south end of the Pine Nut range) reach for East Sister Peak at the north end of the Sweetwater range, then south down the ridge to Mt. Patterson.  Jump to the west side of  Potato Peak and then SSW over the high ground to the first turn.  On the second leg, pass south of Potato Peak and reach to Mt. Grant, the primary go/no-go decision point.  Cu need to appear along and north of the Gillis range, east of Walker Lake.  This encourages the jump over the lake to the second turn and a needed good climb to jump back across the lake (often up-wind) to the west side of the Wassuk range north of Mt. Grant.   The Wassuk can yield the final climb allowing for final glide through the gap on the Pine Nuts north of Mt. Siegel.  Otherwise, use a southerly deviation to use high ground at the north end of the Pine Grove Hills and Desert Creek Peak to reach the gap south of Bald Mtn. Note: Cloud patterns often dictate significant deviations from this "typical" flight path.

Airports near the course (keep at least one in reach):

Flyin' Mouse, Sweetwater Strip, Bryant Field (Bridgeport), Lee Vining, Hawthorne, Flying M (Hilton Strip), Sweetwater, Yerington, Rosaschi Dusters.

Some possible weather peculiarities:  Cu-nim blow-off from the Sierra and other high ground; cool, stable airflow at lower levels south of Walker Lake; strong southwest wind at lower levels at Wellington and Smith Valley late in the day.

Traffic cautions:


Course Design:  Bob Semans