Since I'm new here, I might as well jump in with an intro of sorts.
I grew up in a town with a ski area... Westford, MA. I fought with my parents to let me take ski lessons when I was 8 or 9 or so. Went up through the ranks and skiied a lot at Nashoba... one of the crew of terrors on the hill.
High School was ski club to Wachusett mountain, and Junior year [87-88] we started a ski team at Westford Academy. I started teaching at Nashoba that same year. I raced those two years of high school, raced the instructor races, and trained whenever it was slow enough to set gates.
I worked vacations and weekends during college, chosing that over trying for a race team there was little chance I would have been able to make [University of New Hampshire] and did quite a few ski trips with friends in college. Hitting Sunday River and Killington a lot.
Through high school I was pushing 100+ days on skis a year. College dropped it to about 40-50. After college I was -really- burnt out of teaching. To the point that I almost didn't even want to ski anymore. I focused on racing instead, with a couple trips up north a year, and then the Nashoba Valley Adult Team racing series. We started racing sunday nights until they got rid of that, and then switched to Wednesday nights. My wife [at the time] wasn't a skiier, so it was basically racing only, with maybe one or two day trips to killington a year.
We split up and I added a second ATR team on monday nights in 2001. 2003 I decided to try my hand at USSA Masters league racing. One hell of a shock to the system, after hundreds of 20-25 second race courses, that first 65 second race course was a killer!
I wasn't quite back to my high school numbers, but for January and febuary of 2003 I was on skis monday, wednesday, saturday and sunday, with the occasional thursday gate training. I started getting up to speed by the end of the season, then managed to destroy my knee at the Eastern Masters Championships March 1st, 2003.
I recovered from the knee surgery and got cleared to get back on skis around thanskgiving.... trained and went back to 2 nights of ATR and weekends up north with Masters.
Unfortunately I couldn't quite kick the mental fear of 6 months of rehab, I'd freak and toss my skis to the side after about 4 good accellerating turns in the GS course. So I backed off the GSs and just focused on slalom... only going back to do the GS to beat the slope that beat me the season before.
This year was potentially complete retirement from skiing, as I'll be moving down to florida sometime in the not-so-distant future, but do to some circumstances a little out of my control that move is delayed and I'll be back again this season.
However I managed to rupture my achilles in August, another 6 month recovery...and I'm not supposed to be on skis until March. But I'm stubborn, so that means I'll be doing trying one night of ATR starting in January, and maybe a little bit of the Masters Slaloms if things go ok; but this season'll definately be toned down. Sort of like Emmitt Smith and the whole refusing to retire until I'm completely washed up.
Most likely this'll be the end of the racing, and I'll move to florida and switch over to a vacation skiier. Not that that is a bad thing... I've never actually skiied outside of New England so it'll be a good excuse to get my butt out west once a year!
So there you have it... my skiing rise and fall, summed up to one post