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Adult racing around the country

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

I know that beer leagues are very popular in the East and Midwest, but what do adults do who want to race on a weekly basis in the West? I realize Nastar is everywhere (but not for organized teams) and there is USSA Masters (but that seems to have a small turnout and you need to travel extensively).

So what do adults in the Rockies and further west do to get a challenging and full race schedule?

post #2 of 25

Copper, Ski Cooper, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone (I think), and Echo all have weekly biz league races. A-Basin and Breck don't and are within the same geographic area. That is 6 yes, 2 no.

 

Masters racing (18 yo and up) is strong thoughout the country with races on weekends most of the winter long.

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 

I understand these biz league races are during  the day.  Is there night skiing anywhere for the locals to race on a consistent weekly basis?

post #4 of 25

Keystone is/was a night league race. Echo Mt. is night.

 

I race for a few years at Shawnee Peak, ME which was a night league.

post #5 of 25

I don't know many details on it, but I'm fairly certain my cousin races weekly (Wednesdays?) around Seattle.  I want to say it's at Alpental or Crystal but I can't recall which.

post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 

Anybody else out there...what do you do for adult racing in Utah,Idaho,California?

post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by offthecouch View Post

I understand these biz league races are during  the day.  Is there night skiing anywhere for the locals to race on a consistent weekly basis?



Oh yeah and I think Mt. Spokane (outside of Spokane) races every Wednesday night as well.

post #8 of 25


Masters racing.  It's real simple.  Next weekend, we have a 4 day training camp slash non-stop slash 3 race DH event at Cooper, in 3 weekends we have the RM SL championships at Loveland, shortly after that we have the Masters Nationals on Rosi's at Copper, followed by the Masters National DH championships, again at Ski Cooper, followed by a triple combined event (SG, GS, SL, all on the same day) at Loveland for the Hans Wolf Memorial..there's also NCSA races and FIS races, if you want to do that...need I say more?

 


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Originally Posted by offthecouch View Post

I know that beer leagues are very popular in the East and Midwest, but what do adults do who want to race on a weekly basis in the West? I realize Nastar is everywhere (but not for organized teams) and there is USSA Masters (but that seems to have a small turnout and you need to travel extensively).

So what do adults in the Rockies and further west do to get a challenging and full race schedule?

post #9 of 25

Seems like lots more training oportunities than we have back east too. I've seen training courses every time I've skied at Copper and

wish we had the same back here.

post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 

What sort of turn out do you get for those Masters races lately? I used to enjoy following those races when SkiRacing magazine existed (in real paper) but don't have any recent info. 

post #11 of 25

There are about 500 masters racers out most weekends for 2 races for three months; some divisions with smaller numbers of racers have 4 races per weekend. That is a lot of starts. My figures are an educated guess from my direct experience with 5 divisions and guesstimating the remaining divisions.

post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

Somebody better correct that number or Bill Skinner needs to start crying for a raise.

post #13 of 25

That respresents starts, not racers in USSA Masters which is a larger number by far. I used a rough calculation and guestimate for my previous reply. Masters divisions are being creative in efforts to keep retention up and attract new racers.

post #14 of 25

Yep, our training opportunities are great.  I train at Eldora, one of our coaches is Broc Thompson, who is the fastest guy in RMM in the tech events, also races FIS events (has 55 points in SL)...and is also a great coach.  We train Thursday through Sunday morning, usually at least one day on the big hill with full-length SL, GS, or Super G.  We also get to share training courses with the junior ability kids from EMSC, or the CU development team, and, from time to time, with the CU varsity...

 

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Originally Posted by John V. View Post

Seems like lots more training oportunities than we have back east too. I've seen training courses every time I've skied at Copper and

wish we had the same back here.

post #15 of 25

My daughter races locally on Wed. nights in the "beer league".  Now that she has two jobs, it's a bit much to try and travel to races all over.  I'm sure that's the issue for a lot of skiers in the Rockies, the distances are just huge out here. 

post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

My daughter races locally on Wed. nights in the "beer league".  Now that she has two jobs, it's a bit much to try and travel to races all over.  I'm sure that's the issue for a lot of skiers in the Rockies, the distances are just huge out here. 



 Where does your daughter live?

post #17 of 25

Here, with me, Northern Rockies.

 

 

...And she normally finishes 1st or 2nd....biggrin.gif
 

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 Where does your daughter live?

post #18 of 25

Twin cities (minnesota). Lots of Racers.I have friends thjat race in this series

http://www.skichallenge.com/

 

City league is the Seattle area Rec racing program.

It used to be in Portland too, but league got sold and may have dropped races at Mt Hood.

50 to 120 racers a night.

4 nights a week at alpental.

2 nights at Week at Snoqualmie.

So 6 races a week.

Competition is really strong on certain nights.

Ex US Development team skiers, Ex NCAA racers, Members of US Masters National team compete.

http://www.cityleague.com/

post #19 of 25

Hi 

 

New owner of CityLeague here. Might be fun for all of us to "knock-off" the Nastar Nationals with the "Beer League Nationals". 

Love to talk with all of you other league directors about this. Could be an absolute hoot...and an advertsiing bonanza

 

Contact me at 

 

 


Jack Hutt  |  City League Team Ski Racing
206 226-3211
 
post #20 of 25

So quick question about USSA Masters.. can anyone join? I have been doing NASTAR and want to continue, but would really love to improve and race more. Any advice?

post #21 of 25

Anyone 18 y.o. and older may join USSA Masters.

 

http://ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/sports/masters/about.html

 

You will meet many new friends and enjoy quality racing.

post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Pandita View Post

So quick question about USSA Masters.. can anyone join? I have been doing NASTAR and want to continue, but would really love to improve and race more. Any advice?

Yup, anybody can join: no barrier to entry, other than the annual USSA fees and any entry fees for individual races (and coaching fees if you are part of an organized team, naturally).
 

 

post #23 of 25

Pretty much anyone of average ability can join USSA Masters. You just need to be at least an intermediate who can link parallel turns and have a good attitude. They'll help develop you from there whether you're an old racer coming back or a newbie. All ages above 20. Most racers are 40 to 75 age range around here, some in 20's & 30's. (Don't laugh, I've seen 70+ year old's beat 40 year olds). Courses are FIS type of sets - more real deal than City or NASTAR, or so I've been told. If you're in Western Washington, Seattle, Ellensburg, Cle Elum (ya!) area here are a few options. Check first with Snoqulamie Summit/Alpental Learning Center and ask for a guy named Dean in the racing program. I think they have a "D" Team (Developmental Team) program they are putting together on the weekends for next season (2011-2012) to learn or review the fundamentals of racing for newer racers or those who want to revisit the basics and a bit beyond. They have another more regular type one at Alpental on the weekday afternoon/evenings with a different coach(s), Knute (a legend) or Paul. That one is mainly repeated gate running with critique & tips and occasional video. Pretty good racers in that one and they're very helpful to all levels. Suggest starting with a developmental team, if you can find one, for at least three or four classes before hitting it though unless you have raced in the last few years. Crystal Mountain is another location. Contact CMAC, Willie, another legend of racing through Crystals Learning Center. There are enough races in the Northwest that you don;t have to travel too far for at least 5 or 6 races.


Edited by scotsracer - 4/4/11 at 1:01am
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by jhuttster View Post

Hi 

 

New owner of CityLeague here. Might be fun for all of us to "knock-off" the Nastar Nationals with the "Beer League Nationals". 

Love to talk with all of you other league directors about this. Could be an absolute hoot...and an advertsiing bonanza

 

Contact me at 

 

 


Jack Hutt  |  City League Team Ski Racing
206 226-3211
 


I like that idea a lot.  Sent you an email....

post #25 of 25

I am a novice here, but this feels like a call for a new topic.

What a great idea! I participated in only one city race, and what a blast it was! Given a chance, I wouldn't want to miss any single race again! Go on with it, and all the best.

 



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Originally Posted by jhuttster View Post

Hi 

 

New owner of CityLeague here. Might be fun for all of us to "knock-off" the Nastar Nationals with the "Beer League Nationals". 

Love to talk with all of you other league directors about this. Could be an absolute hoot...and an advertsiing bonanza

 

Contact me at 

 

 


Jack Hutt  |  City League Team Ski Racing
206 226-3211
 


 

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