Not to be a total buzz kill, but unless you're willing to move to Colorado, or the equivalent, get into a serious Masters training program, commit yourself to 4 or 5 days a week of training, starting in October and running through April, plus dry land in the summer, Masters level racing just ain't gonna happen at all, and Super G definitely ain't gonna happen. You can travel and take some race clinics and do some Nastar stuff, and eventually that might lead you closer to Masters level racing, but it'll take a long time.
I do live in Colorado, have raced Masters for 25 years, all events. I do all of the above, meaning I train 4 or 5 days a week, including co training with the CU Boulder ski teams, and race all 4 events. Even if you're experienced and take the right approach, know up front that you're going to get hurt. I don't know a single Masters racer who hasn't been injured, and I know a couple who can no longer ski because of their injuries. I've been relatively lucky...broken left arm and dislocated shoulder, broken collarbone, two broken ribs, torn right rotator cuff, meniscus damage in my right knee that required surgery, and one concussion. I've crashed big 4 times in Super G or DH and walked away from all 4...but that's just God watching out over fools.
In some ways, DH is a better speed event to start with, because you get to train on the course you race on...which is not true of Super G. I've been training and racing Super G and DH at Ski Cooper in Colorado for 20 years. Ski Cooper is a relatively easy and flat DH, but you still get going fast, and because it's flat, crashing is like hitting a brick wall. Last year, at the Master's Nationals, I was about a second off the podium in my class in training until the final day's nonstops. I almost crashed on the last big bump, and on the next run, I stood up a little sooner and got more direction so I could suck up the terrain a little better...which undoubtedly cost me a second, because the next day, I finished 8th in my class.
But I made all the gates, and walked away to ski another day. I'm 63, and I have a teammate who's about 45. Last year was his first year of Masters racing, and he was already a strong skier, and trained assiduously with us 4 days a week, and got his chops down in the tech events. Then he decided to race DH. At the same Masters Nationals last year, he was about 1.8 seconds quicker than I was, and definitely in sight of the podium in his class...but he also almost ate it on the same bump that almost took me out, and missed the next two gates. Race day, he punched it and went for all the marbles...and probably had a medal until 3 gates from the finish where he went airborne. Result: a broken rib, a cracked disc in his back, a dislocated shoulder, a tib/fib fracture, a blown ACL, a blown patellar tendon, and a compromised tibial plateau. I was watching the whole thing, and it happened just like that. No warning, no indication that anything was wrong, just one second, on the medal stand, in the next instant, on the snow with the patrol cutting his suit off to try to stop the bleeding in his right leg. After 4 surgies and a ton of rehab, he's back on skis...and may be able to train and race, tech events only, next year or the year after.
So what you're looking at is the real thing, and it requires not just the gear, the training time, and a ton of commitment. It also requires knowing what can happen when things go wrong, which, if you run enough gates, eventually is going to happen...
Originally Posted by KG4ONJ
Thanks again to everyone for the great replies. I'm afraid that I might have misrepresented my goals here based on some of the responses. I am not expecting to do Super G next month, next season, or even within the decade - it just happens to be the thing that has most caught my interest based on how I feel when I ski. The point of my post (which probably got convoluted in my poor writing style) was to get input as to where to start on the journey of racing, whether that meant starting with SG, GS, or if I was just too old, inexperienced or not living close enough to a serious ski area.
With that said I am happy to start wherever I need to start in order to be on a path to success. I am completely open to all input and am not of any kind of one-track mind that ends with me killing myself skiing too fast / out of control on a racecourse before I'm ready. If it means that I need to move to a mountain in Colorado (or even North Carolina haha) then that's unrealistic and I will forget about this little dream. However if there is a path that I can get on that doesn't require bankrupting my family or spending 100 days a year skiing then I am willing to make a commitment to doing the things I need to do.
As for my self-taught technique I am CERTAIN that I have many, many flaws and I plan to do some lessons later this season when I go out in April. I make my living as a professional musician and I am well aware of how many years, how much practice, money, time and training it took to get myself to the point of being able to support myself doing something that I love. I am not planning on supporting myself skiing however I can draw a lot of parallels between this adventure and my career development.
Bottom line there - I understand that this is not going to happen overnight and maybe it will never happen for me. Maybe it's just not realistic.
There's been a lot of good suggestions given here and probably the one that I'm most interested in is attending some kind of camp be it this summer or next season. If anybody has any other suggestions besides the Mt. Bachelor clinics then I'm definitely interested.
Again, thanks to everyone for your input - I think I'm getting exactly what I needed to get started..