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Getting into racing at Wachusett Mt., MA

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
(sorry if this is in wrong place, couldn't figure out where to post it).

For my next midlife crisis mitigation I am seriously considering ski racing for next season. I'm an almost 50 guy in Massachusetts, don't ski much but love it, and really want to imporve, to ski with better form, more strength and confidence. My home and work location are both less than an hour's drive from Wachusett Mountain, which has a night league.

One problem is that I don't know anyone who does this, and I'll need some coaching and a little guidance getting introduced to the program here. Also, it's a team format, so I'd have to get onto a team - and again, I don't know anyone.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks,

jv
post #2 of 15
The Killington mountain school has a variety of race-training programs available; I haven't participated in them, but some friends of mine have and they say you'll learn a lot. http://www.killington.com/raceweek.html

I'm not familair with the Wachusett race leagues and how they handle "solo" racers like yourself. I participate in the Nashoba Valley race league with the BSSC (Boston Ski & Sports Club). The BSSC handles all the team arrangements, etc. All you have to do is show up and race on Tuesday nights. Not sure if you're "dead set" on Wachusett or not, but Nashoba via BSSC is an option as well.
post #3 of 15
jviss:

Start here http://www.wachusett.com/mtninfo/racing/night_league/

The mountain matches solo racers to teams for a given night. Contact Bob Pentland, Race Director 978 464-2300 x 3311, next fall, and he will steer you to an appropriate team. All level racers, including rank beginners, are very welcome and accepted. Be honest with your assessement of the level you are at.

Feel free to PM me with questions also.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KevinF
The Killington mountain school has a variety of race-training programs available; I haven't participated in them, but some friends of mine have and they say you'll learn a lot. http://www.killington.com/raceweek.html

I'm not familair with the Wachusett race leagues and how they handle "solo" racers like yourself. I participate in the Nashoba Valley race league with the BSSC (Boston Ski & Sports Club). The BSSC handles all the team arrangements, etc. All you have to do is show up and race on Tuesday nights. Not sure if you're "dead set" on Wachusett or not, but Nashoba via BSSC is an option as well.
If you had to choose - which one has a better race program? What nights to race are best?
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by jviss
(sorry if this is in wrong place, couldn't figure out where to post it).

For my next midlife crisis mitigation I am seriously considering ski racing for next season. I'm an almost 50 guy in Massachusetts, don't ski much but love it, and really want to imporve, to ski with better form, more strength and confidence. My home and work location are both less than an hour's drive from Wachusett Mountain, which has a night league.

One problem is that I don't know anyone who does this, and I'll need some coaching and a little guidance getting introduced to the program here. Also, it's a team format, so I'd have to get onto a team - and again, I don't know anyone.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks,

jv
I don't know anything, but I just wanted to let you know that what you're doing sounds great! I'm rooting for you!!! :-)
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Skicrazed
I don't know anything, but I just wanted to let you know that what you're doing sounds great! I'm rooting for you!!! :-)
I know even less, but wanted to tell you that, um, er, I forgot what I was going to say (told you I dont know much.)
post #7 of 15

Wvbbts

If you're looking for coaching i would suggest WVBBTS. they are absolutely great.

http://www.wvbbts.org/alpine_masters.html

http://www.wvbbts.org/BBTS%20Masters.pdf

i have two kids in the program and one of these days will join the masters program.


post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
I know even less, but wanted to tell you that, um, er, I forgot what I was going to say (told you I dont know much.)
"I don't know anything" should be a sig-line.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by jviss
If you had to choose - which one has a better race program? What nights to race are best?
I've never raced at Wachusett, so I really don't know how many people there are per night, etc. or what the whole scene is like. If you race at Nashoba with BSSC, you will be racing on Tuesday nights. Nashoba hosts their races Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- from all accounts, the Tuesday night crowd is the most laid-back. That said, there are some seriously good racers on Tuesday nights. Nashoba is a speed-bump of a hill; it covers all of 250 vertical feet, but you do race top-to-bottom. Practically nobody sticks around to do any sort of free-skiing afterwards; instead, everybody heads into the bar and has dinner / drinks / etc. It's a pretty cool scene. There are about 150 racers / night (although not everybody shows up every night); it takes about two hours to get through the whole thing. The better you are, the faster you'll be done (i.e., your placing each week is dependent on how you did the previous week). The course does resemble a rutted hockey rink before it's all done. There are a LOT of gates at Nashoba; they pack in over 20 most weeks, so you will be turning. A lot. :

Wachusett is, of course, a far bigger place then Nashoba, although you don't race anywhere close top-to-bottom there. I'm not sure what the post-race scene is like there; i.e., is it all about the beer, or do some people continue to free ski until the place shuts down? I've heard that the Wachusett course is a more open GS-style course -- i.e., faster speeds, fewer gates, longer turns, but you'd have to find somebody else to verify those claims. Wachusett certainly has more real-estate with which to set the course
post #10 of 15

Waterville

Wow, has anybody here participated in the Waterville Masters program who could comment further and give a ballpark price estimate?

It sounds like a great opportunity for someone like myself who only had a chance to race in high school and loved every second of it.
post #11 of 15
Wasn't Wachusett the "beer league" that was described in a little feature article in Ski (or maybe Skiing) about a year or two ago?

If I'm remembering that right, and you haven't already seen it, you might track down the article. Since it was a "fun" feature piece, allow for a little poetic / comic license before taking anything in it completely seriously.
post #12 of 15
Feel free to PM me.
post #13 of 15

jviss

I don't know much about either the Nashoba or Wachusett program but I think you'll have a lot of fun and become a much better skier as a result. Check with both areas before they close this year and you might be able to get a head start on next year. Check and see if they offer a race clinic early in the season. Either way, you'll have a blast. I got into racing when I lived in Cincinnati. The hill we skied was about 400 vert and the only thing it was good for was racing. You can still have fun on a short hill.
post #14 of 15
Go for it! I just finished my 4th year of beer league racing at Bristol Mt. in Upstate NY. I started at 50-other than running Nastar a few times I'd never run gates. We use raw times for individual rankings and Nastar handicaps for team results. Bristol has the Wednesday nite "Beer League" and a Tueday morning " Wine and Cheese" League. Our courses vary-usually half the hill, but sometimes 3/4 and we have an end of season top to bottom on 1200'.
Yep, it'll make you a better skier! I went from sliding around near DFL the first year to running in the top three in my age group the last couple of years. There's lots of older guys-our age group (50-54) was 13 this year.
One caution-it's addicting! I did a couple of Masters races this year and plan on getting a USSA licence next year so I can do more. Also, I broke down and got a suit (so did two of my other buddies so we cancelled out any advantages). We have lots of laughs and good natured trash talking and you'll have a great time once you get to know people.
post #15 of 15
you cant be coached online man....

try skiing with someone thats on the local race team or something small like that.
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