Originally Posted by jsnoland
Thanks so much for the advice. I'm just getting back into racing after a long absence, and plan on dropping in on Masters Training this Friday to train slalom. I was planning to wear my full suit/armor, but didn't want to be totally out of place...
Incidentally, are you from the Bay Area (your screen name being "SfDean")? If so, were you racing Masters GS at Northstar this weekend? I was there on Saturday for GS, and was making similar scraping sounds (albeit probably much louder than yours) to what you described....if you ARE from the Bay Area, where else do you race/train? Do you only do Masters racing, or are there other groups to train/race with? I only plan on racing 1-2 more times this year (once being next weekend at Mt. Rose), but would really like to spend a lot of time training in prep for next year. After my debut in Saturday's GS, I really need it.
Thanks again for your help - I really appreciate the advice!
Welcome back to racing!
I am from the Bay Area, but wasn't running Masters racing Sunday, I was doing club racing (Bay Area Ski Counsel Open League) at Sugar Bowl. (Nice long GS course down McTavish. But next time I plan to have more fun by actually carving in the turny section...) Although every year I get a little older and a little faster, and although my long-term plan is to do Masters, current projections show, um, I'll need to continue to improve quite a few more years to get competitive at that level. Those guys (you guys) are FAST. For now, I just do club racing.
I did a day of drop in slalom Masters training last year at Northstar, and have done it at Sugar Bowl this year, and found that, at both places, the participants were all (or all but one guy) in racing suits and armor, and were a mix of Masters racers and club racers, with the club racers ranging from class 0-4 (out of 11, the smaller number being the faster category.)
1. You might consider skiing in some Sierra League club races. You don't have to join a club to race, and you can find their schedule at:http://www.sierraleague.com/home.jsp
and you can find out more about Far West club (as opposed to Masters) racing here:http://www.fwra.com/index.html
2. Here's some info I put together for my brother and the race director of our club on some other Masters drop-in/gate training options in the Tahoe area. I've found Sugar Bowl the easiest to deal with because I can get the training schedule off their phone message, from late Tuesday on:
Northstar has masters drop in training 9:30-12 M-F, $35, from Dec. 6 to Apr. 8, with the schedule varying depending on upcoming races and posted in the locker room downstairs in the Lodge at Big Springs. In general, though, M-Tu SL, W-Th GS, Friday "open". Call the hotline to check for cancellation of training for weather.http://www.northstarattahoe.com/snsa...nGuide2005.pdf
Sugar Bowl has masters drop in training 9-12 Weds-Sun. $40, 530-426-6757, x8 (Weekly schedule available on the message machine)http://www.sbst.org/team/masters.html
Alpine Meadows has masters drop in training from 10-1 per their Web site, daily. 530-581-8221. Cost is "$235 for a book of 5 tickets". (Last year--and I imaging this year--you could also pay one day fee for drop in.)http://www.skialpine.com/Clinics.php
Squaw has a "series of Performance Gate Training Clinics", daily from 10-12 (per Web site), weather permitting, with tickets (and location information) at the race training office, red dog base area. Info at 530-581-7188. By phone, they say tickets are $45 for the morning gate training with free skiing in the afternoon for an additional fee, that training runs from 9:30-12, and that tickets can be purchased "at the building that says race services. Look uphill from the [gold coast] funitel. It's by Exhibition." (Which is different from the above info from the Web site.)http://www.squaw.com/winter/race_clinics.html
I'm told that a year or so ago Boreal had drop in training Wednesday night under the lights, but have never verified it. I called Squaw this year about the gate training clinic mentioned above and got a thoroughly ignorant response when I asked whether it was slalom or GS. ("It's both!" She chirped brightly. Interesting, but silly me, I was planning on only wearing one pair of skis at a time...)
On the racing suit thing, every year my brother and I and my son go to Colorado to ski a few resorts with Nastar racing, so we can qualify for the Nastar Nationals. (Just qualified again, for the fourth year. Getting stomped by serious midwesterners from the land of 800-foot verticals, regularly since 2002...) At some of those resorts, we wear speed suits. At the smaller, local mountains (Ski Cooper, Crested Butte--turns out that it's a tad easier to qualify from those places than Vail) I occasionally get a look. ("Henry! Lookit that guy. He's either a Martian or one of those California Wierd-Os...") But everywhere else it's been a non-issue. At Sugar Bowl, most days they have four separate courses set by the Christmas Tree lift for different groups doing race training, and mid-week sometimes half the people on the Christmas Tree lift are wearing race suits.
P.S. Are you from Reno? (Skiing Mt. Rose, I assumed maybe.) I grew up there. (To the extent, of course, I grew up.)
P.P.S. "Objection! Assumes facts not in evidence..."