Gunstock in NH runs three adult race leagues. Monday day, Wed night and Thurs night. Each league is sponsored by a different local brewery. Mon and Thurs formats are through Nastar, so that racers receive handicaps for their runs and racers are grouped by gender. There are 10 racers per team in these leagues.
There is no Nastar affiliation on Wed nights and all racers are grouped together for overall results. Results are tracked by bib# only (no names since no Nastar handicap), so substitutes are very common. There are 5 racers per team.
I believe the following is common among all three leagues:
- course inspection 1/2 hr before race start
- 2 timed runs per racer; best time taken for team points
- starts are on a first come-first serve basis from 5:30-8:00pm for night leagues
- fun runs from 7:30-8:00 with priority going to racers who haven't done two timed runs yet
- racers are rank ordered from fastest to slowest times and then are broken into groups of approx. 15. The fastest in each group get 30 points, the next get 29 etc. such that the fastest guy in the slowest group can still earn max. points for the team. Everyone earns points no matter where they end up in their group.
- team points are tracked for the season; top x number of teams from each league meet up at the end for a race-off.
- course set up and race admin done by the mountain's race dept.
- racers had to sign a waiver that made you think that maybe you shouldn't put your skis on or even cross the street at the resort (if you want a CYA waiver, call Gunstock and get a copy of theirs)
Team results end up being pretty random, which keeps it entertaining. The range of results is from 25+ to 60+ seconds. We have such a good time. 38.5 weeks to go....yet, I digress. I personally like this random format.
The price for the Wed. night league was $120/per bib for 10 weeks of skiing/8 weeks of racing (9 if you made the race-off). With your bib as your ski ticket, you can ski from 3pm-10pm for the night leagues. Price also included some chow provided by the mountain in one of the lounges. Nothing fancy, but certainly edible. The sponsoring brewery sends a rep who would raffle off t-shirts, hats, whatevah, and would attempt to entice us to keep buying drinks until the results were brought in.
Good luck getting your league set up. You will make many people very happy.