Hi everyone! I've been lurking for quite some time, but this is my first real post!
Recently I was able to take some lessons with a coach in New Zealand (I'm here for school currently, but I'm from Alberta Canada) who also coaches a lot of junior racing. I had twelve lessons total (there was a promotion, and I like cheep lessons!), and we were fortunate enough to be able to ski some gates. I had so much fun! I loved how my skiing improved and how technical it was, and just generally had fun. A week after that, I was able to take part in a small race, and then later on a ski cross race. Again, it was lots of fun, and something I would like to do again (more the slalom and GS for now, although I did really like ski cross, and it came quite naturally from having snowboarded).
So my question is, what is the best way to get started in racing as an adult? I'm 20, so I don't think I qualify for Masters and I also know I'm not anywhere good enough to do that. I started skiing when I was a young kid, but then switched to snowboarding, and have only been skiing again for a couple of seasons. I typically end up in an "advanced intermediate" group in a ski school situation.
There does seem to be one club around me, but I have no idea if I'm good enough to join yet or not...I will call and talk to someone once I get back to Canada in December but until then...
Would it be best to just get another season under my belt and take some more lessons before joining or?? Or is this just a stupid idea that I should forget about? Any good resources you could point me towards or books I should read while waiting for the snow again?