Suits. They are sexy. YES also a PITA. Try taking a pre run whizz without spritzing yourself.
Yep there are racers (mostly dudes) who race suites do not particularly flatter. Most of the women at masters events on the other hand are total all around studs (think triathalons, SUPs, mt biking, crossfit, ski babes of all ages. Formidable gals) and look just fine in race suits IMO. ;)
The padding is key as is the acceleration. Who cares what they look like. Mine is a nice padded Descente that may or may not have been "red" at one time but now is a lovely faded salmon. I get "compliments" all the time. $25 at a swap and is better than my last one. Plus it matches my red Solomon boots ($60) and red Volkl cheaters (also $60). I usually also wear a stealth top (makes you look like batman regardless of puny actual muscles.) For a clinic this year and coaching sometimes, I wore a circa 1980 wool spider padded SL sweater. It was excellent and looked the bomb! Also a swap find. $10 moth holes and all. Toasty too.
If you are cold, training shorts are great and BTW bring a blanket to the top of the hill. Any old comforter will do. Most of the time, your fellow "athletes" will run coats as well.
Suits will make a huge difference on a typical 1 minute course. So if you are all about results, you need one.
On the other hand, if you just want to have an adrenaline fueled nut check, there are few more challenging ski tasks than charging an icy eastern GS masters course. That said, you cannot do it on your twin tips or you will fall down and you will get hurt. You need something with beef and SHARP edges. There are always a few newb beer leaguers (bless their hearts) complaining in the bar about how ICY the course was. Mm hmm. Icy. Ok.
Last thought. There was a SG and DH series formerly called NADS (hahaahahahah). North American Downhill Series. :) Sadly now defunct, you can still sample the "ultimate" speed experience at Okemo and maybe a couple other places. Pretty cool. 70 mph+ on a closed course. Sick. I know that many of you (according to your phones) routinely cruise around the mt on park skis at 80 MPH, but not like this. Just make sure your insurance is paid up. :)
Give it a shot. Great time. Great skiers. Great people.