Originally Posted by rx2ski
I was wondering how expensive Master's racing gets. Obviously, anything can get really expensive fast if you need to have the latest, greatest everything and ski all events. Approximately how much does it cost per race?
Nastar/EpicSki races are too short and flat. I would just like to race something longer and faster again. Heck, last time I raced the OP was in diapers.
how expensive do you want it to be....??
It doesn't need to be too bad, unless you get seriously hooked!. Even then there are still ways to keep costs down (the most obvious is to get quality used gear from ScotsSkier of course! :) )
There is a huge difference in quality and length of courses in masters compared to nastar. A GS can normally run anything from 45 -65 secs for the fast guys (Mt rose has probably the longest - and certainly best- GS hill in the far west and IIRC no one broke 60 seconds on it last season. Similarly a slalom will normally run 40 gates plus. But these are waaaaay better than any Nastar experience. Different class
For base costs, in Far West, Division membership is $25, tech races are normally $30 or $35 entry and speed races $40 entry. Plus discounted racer lift tickets are available. On some occasions we will put on 2 races in a day. USSA license is $90 or you can buy a temporary license (which was for one weekend previously but i think is now valid for 2 weekends next season) for $25 IIRC
Equipment wise for GS all you require is a legal helmet (no soft eared helmets) and you are good to go. There are very few rules around skis for masters, just a minimum length for SG and of course stack height. I have seen all manner of different skis being used by first-timers or just wanting to try it. Only thing I would discourage is trying to run GS on a slalom ski. Seriously dangerous and as a referee i would try hard to dissuade you.
For slalom i would not recommend starting without shinguards and pole guards (and preferably a chin bar). And dont even bother without a proper slalom ski, it would just not be any fun at all.
So, as you can see, you can give it a try without a major investment. Or, you can also spend a lot more. Up to you. While lots of us turn up with a race pair and a warm-up pair of skis, just as many only have one pair. So, come along next season and join us sometime at a Far West race. Or even give it a try at a tahoe league race where costs can be even lower.