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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ya, I didn't feel like searching. Probably should have. But my case is a little specific, so whatever.

I'm looking to get better all-around to be able to rip big mountain lines FAST and fluidly. Racing is the way to do that. I don't give a DAMN about winning, I just want to improve.

I was looking at the Rocky Mountain Masters Winter Park program and Eldora Mountain Ski Club program. I'm 19 on Monday, so I'll be 19 for most of next season. I'm a CU student and will be able to drive to wherever next year. I have class at 2 on Tues Thurs, so I was looking hopefully for a 3- to 4-hour twice-a-week recreational race program on the front range, around 1000 dollar range.

Any suggestions on where to look? Just looking for the most possible alternatives. Recommendations of coaches is good too.

Thanks, guys!
post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 
Bumpity cuz SOMEbody's gotta know something...
post #3 of 14
Before they shut down for the season, I call a few of the hill that are close to you and speak directly with someone in the race department.

They can usually steer you to someone who is into the beer league, masters or what ever is near.

Hit the search engine on Epic for "Gary Dranow" .... he ran a bunch of race camps, that were oriented toward non USSA events. They did not sound too bad.
post #4 of 14
Google in Ski Racing Magazine ... web site has a bunch of camps.

I know you are looking for a race "suppliment" .... that will be locally genetrated ... ie .. call the race departments.

If you have the time over the summer, a camp is probably the best way to go. Get many of the issues sorted out well ahead of the season. I don't know what kind of gear you have, but the camps at Hood also have demo opportunities.
post #5 of 14
go to Livigno - spend a month or so
ski with an instructor called Lorenzo from inverno estate ski school

bet you come back faster
post #6 of 14
Masters programs are for racers 21 and older. You might check with local juniors and university programs to see if you an train with them during the week for a nominal fee or grunt labor. Another option is to find a beer league with a training program, although these are less intensive. A private race coach would help as well. Call around to the resorts in your area for contacts- sooner or later you'll find what you need. Don't wait too long, as a lot of programs are shutting down for the season.
post #7 of 14
For whatever reason, many mountain race programs only take kids high school age and younger. There are exceptions, but the age thing may be an issue.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaska Mike
Masters programs are for racers 21 and older.
Not at Copper, apparently.

Thanks for the unconventional suggestions, but it looks like I'm gonna get a 10-punch punch card at Copper and if I need to, I can buy more sessions. But I'll probably feel like skipping out on the course to go ski pow or something steep and more fun than a race course AT LEAST five times, so 10 may be enough. Pretty economical, methinks.
post #9 of 14

Definitely the Eldora Program...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Max Gosey
Ya, I didn't feel like searching. Probably should have. But my case is a little specific, so whatever.

I'm looking to get better all-around to be able to rip big mountain lines FAST and fluidly. Racing is the way to do that. I don't give a DAMN about winning, I just want to improve.

I was looking at the Rocky Mountain Masters Winter Park program and Eldora Mountain Ski Club program. I'm 19 on Monday, so I'll be 19 for most of next season. I'm a CU student and will be able to drive to wherever next year. I have class at 2 on Tues Thurs, so I was looking hopefully for a 3- to 4-hour twice-a-week recreational race program on the front range, around 1000 dollar range.

Any suggestions on where to look? Just looking for the most possible alternatives. Recommendations of coaches is good too.

Thanks, guys!
That's who I train with, and it's the best. You should also look into the CU Development team, coach is Paul Rosypal. We often co train with them, and they're a great bunch of guys and gals...
post #10 of 14

Sorry, I didn't make that real clear...

Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiRacer55
That's who I train with, and it's the best. You should also look into the CU Development team, coach is Paul Rosypal. We often co train with them, and they're a great bunch of guys and gals...
...EMSC is a great program, but you might also consider the Eldora Masters program as well as the CU Development team...
post #11 of 14
How's yer neck Max?
post #12 of 14
Max
Look up Scott McMahan in the engineering program. He's one of my kids from Madison. He'd probably like to ski with you.
post #13 of 14
Glad to see this section is up and running. I realize it's off season for many and participation might be slow to filter in, but we expect this to really take off and help those who make racing their life, and for those who want to get started with or improve their skills.

A few moderators have been pushing for this as well as setting up more improvements for Epic Ski.

ssh is the person responsible for the changes, the one who really makes things happen around here. He deserves most of the credit.

Enjoy!
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Max Gosey
Bumpity cuz SOMEbody's gotta know something...
There's a former racer around Boulder named Ethan Cool. Look him up Max, I think the two of you would really hit it off.
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