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What do you call ski racing?

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If someone asks you what you do or you tell someone you race, what do you call it? Ski racing? Slalom? Alpine racing?

post #2 of 27

Ski racing. As in "I do some ski racing". Never really comes up though.

post #3 of 27
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Just sounds kind of silly, that's all. "Ski racing". Nothing cooler?
post #4 of 27
I'm an Xtreme skier.
post #5 of 27
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Woah 2 xtreme 4 me - "roasted" ($WAG } that was a good prank bro FILTHY PRANKED
Edited by coasterblu - 3/9/16 at 7:29pm
post #6 of 27
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Just sounds kind of silly, that's all. "Ski racing". Nothing cooler?

It's a silly question.
post #7 of 27
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You're a silly question.

post #8 of 27
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Just sounds kind of silly, that's all. "Ski racing". Nothing cooler?

There's nothing cooler than ski racing! :D

 

Just make sure you say it with a lot of attitude!

post #9 of 27

What do you call park skiing?  'Trick skiing'?  Explaining racing as 'ski racing' to the average person is pretty cut and dry.  Explaining park skiing?  'Feature Freak'?  'Ramp Rat'?  'I ski with zombie snowboarders?'  Methinks some more creative answers to that one...

post #10 of 27
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Just sounds kind of silly, that's all. "Ski racing". Nothing cooler?

Does it need to have a 'cooler' descriptor? Ski racing is what it is.
post #11 of 27
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Just sounds kind of silly, that's all. "Ski racing". Nothing cooler?


Middle aged dudes in spandex trying to be Bode Miller.

post #12 of 27
Ski racing. I'm sorry if it doesn't sound cool to you. It's fun and that's enough for me.
post #13 of 27
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Middle aged dudes in spandex trying to be Bode Miller

 

Fortunately, there are enough women racers to keep it from being a total sausage fest ! :D .

post #14 of 27

One of the few sports you don't play with balls.

post #15 of 27
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One of the few sports you don't play with balls.

 

Well with how tight those speed suits are, I guess something had to give...

post #16 of 27
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One of the few sports you don't play with balls.


only if you are just making up the numbers!!!!:)

post #17 of 27

Competitive Ski racing.  Just tell them that they watch it during the winter Olympics.  The ones with gates on the slopes.  The normal reply I get is "Wow!"

 

PS - I do tell them that I race in the "amateur" division but that some of the guys that race in the highest flights with us could well be on Olympic teams (with handicaps of 0.3 and such) but that the best I race against are ex-college racers (20-something handicaps)

post #18 of 27
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What is a handicap?
post #19 of 27
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What is a handicap?

 

It's compensating your score or time for you ability, so that people of different skill levels can compete against each other. So people with higher handicaps have their scores/times adjusted more (because they aren't as good a racer) and people with lower handicaps get smaller adjustments.

 

It's better known in golf I think, where the handicap is a number of strokes. But in ski racing, it's a percentage of the total course time I think. (Though I haven't ever done any racing myself.) 

 

So if you were a 10 handicap, and got a time of 1:00, your final time would be 10 percent lower, or 0:54. And if someone else was a 25 handicap, and ran the gates in 1:12, their final time would be 0:54. That way, both skiers could compete on the same course against each other, and still have something like a balanced competition. 

 

That's the general concept... how it actually gets applied in competitions and ability levels, I don't know.

post #20 of 27
This handicapping is for Nastar and similar. There's no handicapping in USSA/FIS racing. Your time is your time. You "move up the ladder" based on who you beat or how well you performed compared to the winners. Did you beat winners or average skiers? Did you ski close to the speed of the winners? But no handicapping.
post #21 of 27

The analogy to golf is a good one.  Think of Ted Ligety as the Zero Handicapper and everyone else is measured against him (although I think Casey Puckett was actually fastest at the this year's National Pacesetter Trials).  Using Ted as an example, if he were to run a specific course in 20 seconds, that would be the "par time".  Again, the similarity to golf.  If you run the same course in 24.3 seconds, you are slower by a factor of 21.5%, therefore your handicap is 21.5.  NASTAR has a number of local pacesetters like me at each mountain.  Each year my handicap is recalculated in speedsuits and coats.  This year in coats my HC is 17.08.  At the start of the day I run each course and then subtract 17.08% from my time to determine what theoretical time the National Pacesetter would have had on each course for that day. That is the Par Time for the day.  Then, based upon your age and gender your results can earn medals.  

 

It's a way of quantifying your performance and there's always an inducement to improve.  You can go to NASTAR.com and compare your performance with others your age around the country.  The year wraps up with the National Championships which will be held March 24-27 at Steamboat.  I attend every year and race as both a skier and boarder.  I was among a few enthusiastic NASTAR racers recently interviewed about the Nationals in this article.

 

To answer the original question, I'm a ski racer and a snowboard racer.  I don't do moguls as my 69 year old arthritic knees protest too much.  I haven't competed in the halfpipe since I was in my late fifties.  But in racing whether it's NASTAR, Mountain Dew, Senior Games, Beer League, or Masters, I have blast doing something I really enjoy and have made some wonderful friends as a result.  I encourage eveyone to try it.

 

"When you're over the hill.....you pick up speed"

post #22 of 27
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Middle aged dudes in spandex trying to be Bode Miller.

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Edited by Karlsson - 3/12/16 at 4:54am
post #23 of 27
Alpine racing. But over here it's different, a much bigger part of average peoples life than in NA. But we have Xcountry as well, so Alpine would distinguish it.
post #24 of 27

I just call it ski racing.  If folks want to know more they'll ask.  Then you can specify Alpine (and which of DH, GS, SL, SG) or cross-country (classic, skating, is there more???).

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I just call it ski racing.  If folks want to know more they'll ask.  Then you can specify Alpine (and which of DH, GS, SL, SG) or cross-country (classic, skating, is there more???).

Remember the question was asked by a park rat, you know IQ thing, doesn't understand a two word concept. wink.gifsnowfight.gif
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Speaking of park rats, why the hell do they dress like this?

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Speaking of park rats, why the hell do they dress like this?

 The only logical explanation.........:D

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