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Hi! So I am new to this forum. I came here because I have a question. Is it possible to race on a college club ski team if I have never raced before? I have skied my whole life, since I was like three years old, and I am very good and pretty fast. I really love to ski so was thinking of joining the ski team at the college I am going to next year, Boston University. The team is not collegiate, it is club. Also, it says that skiers of any ability can join, whether you are new or experienced at racing. But I am still unsure if people who have never raced before would really sign up or if they are just saying that on the website. I don't want to make a fool out of myself, but I would really like to give racing a shot!

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I've never raced.  Keep that in mind, but, I did participate in a number of activities in college.  I had a radio show, I had never done radio nor had any idea how it worked, but I liked music, so I showed up and I learned the ropes and loved it.  I signed up for the pre-freshman summer ultimate Frisbee camp.  We'd played it in HS gym class, but other than that, I had no clue what I was doing.  I did it because I wanted to get out of the house and up to college ASAP and meet some people, turned out really fun.  Frisbee during the day, and parties during the night.  I went Greek, which was new to me, terrified my mom, but it was fun and I met some awesome guys (and sorority girls, woohoo!).

 

Point being, you never know how it'll turn out.  What's the worst that could happen?  You show up and realize you're out of your league?  Oh well.  You probably at least got a few runs out of it, and met some new people with a similar hobby.  If you are out of your league, and it's a club, I'm pretty positive they'll take you in and make you a better skier.  You could be the worst racer there every week, but would you rather be losing to your friends or sitting in your dorm thinking about skiing?

 

That's the worst case scenario.  Pretty bad, huh?

 

Best case, you'll love it, have a bunch of friends into the same stuff you are, go to parties, drink beer, ski, meet people, go on trips, drink beer, have something to do on the weekends, drink beer...

 

Give it a shot.  Way better than later in life wondering what it would have been like.

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No harm it trying. You may find you enjoy racing. It may be helpful preparation to go to a resort with nastar as some of the elements in racing are just getting used to being in the gates, learning to turn on demand, and learning to look several gates ahead. A nastar course is not going to make you a great racer, but it will be better than no preparation.

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Some club teams are party teams (it's all about the keg), some are not. You'll know after one race.
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Originally Posted by skinh1212 View Post
 

Hi! So I am new to this forum. I came here because I have a question. Is it possible to race on a college club ski team if I have never raced before? I have skied my whole life, since I was like three years old, and I am very good and pretty fast. I really love to ski so was thinking of joining the ski team at the college I am going to next year, Boston University. The team is not collegiate, it is club. Also, it says that skiers of any ability can join, whether you are new or experienced at racing. But I am still unsure if people who have never raced before would really sign up or if they are just saying that on the website. I don't want to make a fool out of myself, but I would really like to give racing a shot!

 

 

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Some club teams are party teams (it's all about the keg), some are not. You'll know after one race.


BU races in the Thompson Division of USCSA's Eastern Conference. That Division has a wide span of abilities, from people who just missed skiing D1 to people who have never raced before. From what I could tell, BU's team was large, fun, vocal, and very supportive of their skiers, no matter their level. You'll fit right in. You're the type of skier this division is looking to attract. Go for it.

 

USCSA racing in the Thompson Division is fun. It's almost all club teams (not affiliated with schools' Athletic Departments) and the focus is fun.

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