Originally Posted by kateskiii53
I know 17 is pretty late to start racing, but I'm going for it anyway. My racing started last year when I did Nastar for the first time and came out with 6 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze. I started skiing just a couple years ago, so I do feel that I am somewhat of a natural. I'm trying to figure out how to immerse myself in a racing career, but I just don't know where to start. I am already conditioning as much as I can by working out at my local gym as much as I can.
Does anyone know what I should do to get some instruction, and where should I go from there? (I live in mid-Michigan, so for weekday training Mt. Brighton or Cannonsburg would be ideal.)
You answered your own questions. Call the Snow Sports Director or Snow Sports School at either place and ask them what they have available. Does you HS have a team? Sometimes for smaller schools, HS's combine athletes for training. You HS should be able to help you out with that. The HS my daughter will be going to combined with another HS for training.
Be prepared; people competing at your age can be scary good and fast and to get all the fear you need can cost a small fortune (just did this for my 13 y/o daughter).
Don't stop pursuing this because of my previous sentence. I didn't start racing until I was 48 or 49. Absolutely love it and is some of the best fun, memories, and friends skiing. You might not make it to the Olympics but you'll will become a very strong skier and will have a life long passion.