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post #1 of 18
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...I'll start. I'm from Rocky Mountain Masters (RMM). I've been racing Masters for 15 years. RMM is a great division, because we have all four events, including World Cup length GSs at venues like Gold Peak at Vail and Winter Park. I'm on a mission to start winning GSs, but my best events, results-wise, have been SL and DH (go figure).

The guys in my class (Men's Class 7) regularly make the elites in all events...I'm usually starting against 2 or 3 National or International Masters champions. Fun stuff, though. I've raced in 3 Masters Nationals and 3 Internationals, the best of which was the 2001 Internationals at Park City, where we raced two GSs on CBs (same hill used for the Men's GS in the 2002 Olympics).

I also have a bunch of articles, both in RMM SnowNews and as separate articles...also my book, Don't Quit Your Day Job. These can all be found at the RMM site:

http://www.rmmskiracing.org/

Go to the SnowNews and Articles page, you'll see all the SnowNews editions followed by the articles. If you ever wanted to know what DH is like, check out the February 2003 issue of SnowNews...
post #2 of 18
I grew up ski racing at a hill called Owl's Head, in Quebec's Eastern Townships. i started in the racing program when I was 9. I stopped racing at 17, after doing 3 seasons on the Cadet circuit, which is a provincial circuit one step down from FIS. I have now been coaching for 3 years, age groups K1 and K2, and have been training with my university team during the week. I may start racing university next season. I am a CSCF Coach 2 and am working toward my level 3.
post #3 of 18
I race with the Alyeska Masters (do the newsletter, sit on the board, and coach a little), run an intramural racing league (I set the courses, time, and race) and am a USSA Level 100 coach (which is as far as I care to take it right now).

I could probably do a thesis on advanced gate repair, as my back deck is covered in hundreds of gates in various states of serviceability. I'm also rewiring my race hill and timing shack this summer. My downstairs looks like an Alge timing showroom as I work on various wiring configurations. Ahhhh the joys of running a program on a shoestring.
post #4 of 18
I'm just a lowly college racer (now graduating/retired). Soon I will become a USSA and/or Masters racer since the college thing is done. Next season I plan to get involved in USSA coaching and starting to work toward some certs. I have coached a very small amount when helping out the coaches for the team I raced with in college...
Later
GREG
post #5 of 18
I've been coaching since my kid got into it back in the 70s. When I was a kid in the 50s there weren't any programs that I knew of in WI. Later I found someone who had been in one but nowhere near me.
I coach a small program called MART (Madison Alpine Race Team) http://personalpages.tds.net/~martski mostly at Tyrol Basin near Mt Horeb, WI. Over the last thirty years we've had some pretty good kids come through our program. As with most small hills the good ones can't hang around too long. Hopefully we give them a good foundation for their future endeavors.
I've been a USSCA Level something since 1980. (currently 400) That's been a long and winding path. Twenty plus years of PSIA has been worthwhile as well. Twenty three years of Mt Hood and Blackcomb summer trips have been interesting and educational too.
Epic is great. I'm glad to see this new section get going.
post #6 of 18
I am just a lowly "skibum"racer, Our town series (Stowe) is pretty competetive though, with Olympians and other people with F.I.S. points participating. Now that I have finished my PSIA certs, I'd like to travel a bit for some masters racing.
post #7 of 18
Okay....

Former racer with Rowmark Ski Academy (1987-1991 with a post-grad year in 1992). Raced FIS and FIS-U in DH, SG, GS and SL. Trained under Olle Larsson and Marjan Cernigoj. Spent a summer training with Joze Sparovec up in Whistler/Blackcomb. Raced for and coached the Connecticut College Ski Team in 1995, helping qualify our team for USCSA regional championships that year (first year both the mens and womens teams qualified for regionals).

Best events (in descending order) were DH, GS, SG and SL.

Since then, have relentlessly pursued and analyzed technique, keeping up with the new developments and how they tie into "the big picture." Still race occasionally, and train with Rowmark if I'm in Utah during winter. Still discuss technique with Olle quite a bit, engaging in long discussions about seemingly simple things. And plan on getting into Masters next winter, as time permits (working full-time and pursuing a masters degree doesn't allow for too much free time, and DC isn't exactly the axis of alpine skiing).

And I contribute technical analysis and thoughts here at EpicSki when I can. I may not have the certifications, but the critical eye is there.
post #8 of 18
A (very) lowly Masters racer (: I use the term loosely) here

I have been racing in the New England Masters series for the last 2 seasons in Class 6. Also raced in the Masters Nationals this year at Sunday River.

My previous racing experience was limited to a few years university racing and regional races in the UK in the mid-late 70s so starting over again was quite a culture shock. (Whaddya mean the gates are not bamboo?) Has also been a great money spinner for e-bay etc as I have tried to gear up from scratch.

Don't claim to have made rapid progress as training opportunities have been limited to date. Have managed to squeeze a few decent class positions from time to time and can see the improvement by slowly reducing the percentage gap to the class leaders who are usually competing for overall wins.

Skied my first ever SG and DH races last year, what a buzz, so now I am a definite fan of speed events.

To anyone considering Masters racing I would highly recommend it. Great quality racing and courses and plenty of advice and help available.

Currently in the process of relocating to SF Bay area so probabaly Far West Masters next year. Look forward to learning more through this new section of the forum.
post #9 of 18
I guess compared to you guys I'm more of an ex-racer. I started racing in Ohio and Western NY in the 60's when we bought a farm near Buffalo and built a couple of back yard rope tows. From there I went to race through high school, The American College of Switzerland, Colby College and finally ended up in Colorado, where I did some big fish in little pond type racing such as the Teamski series, as well as a lot of cross country racing. At Colby I was one of the last four way skiers in college racing, skiing cross country and jumping a bit.

Now I'm hanging out in Fernie BC and Bend, Oregon, touring, volunteer ski patrol, and whenever possible, I tape a World Cup race and sit down with a 12 pack and my doctor, who was one of Spyder Sabich's training partners, and we try to figure out how the heck they ski that way. Then we go out and mess with our turns a bit, but I don't get in gates with any regularity.

One benefit in being in Bend is we have lots of skiers, including several current and past nordic world cuppers. I have a lot of contact with the US and Canadian national teams, and meet a few of the Alpiners from time to time. I've followed friends to various venues, and a few years ago got Canadian credentials to the World Cup Finals, so I got out on a few courses, went to Herman Maier's press conference and Renate Goitschels cocktail party etc. Guess I've degenerated from racer to ski groupie, but I really do love the sport. Ok. enough typing, I'm going to go climb up and ski a bit.
post #10 of 18
Oh yea! a race fourm!

I'm Linda. No really, I am. I have been sort of "around" racing for four years now, tagging along after my bf who is a NE Masters racer.

I didn't race because of a blown knee, then different reasons, But This past year I competed in my first race and never NEVER felt anything like that before. I instantly wanted to do it AGAIN.

I could have been faster, and it was the first thing i said off the hill. "Damned it, I could have been faster." BF says I will be saying this after every race, regardless of placement.

So hopefully ill get into a summer camp this year. (...one year, at ski camp....) and I plan on doing alot more racing next year.

Yaaayyy!!!! Race forum. This makes me very happy.
post #11 of 18
I have been racing in the Colorado front range TeamSki league www.teamski.com in the business league for two years. I encourage those you in the front range to put together a club or business team and participate. TeamSki runs modified GS courses. They are shorter than Masters courses but set on the same kind of runs as Masters. They are definately harder than NASTAR. I also tried NASTAR this year and qualified for the Nationals in Gold for 45 - 49 yrs. I am thinking of trying Masters next year.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by rcahill
I have been racing in the Colorado front range TeamSki league www.teamski.com in the business league for two years. TeamSki runs modified GS courses. .
I'm glad to see that program is still going...it was one of the best run programs I ever skied in (long time ago, maybe early- mid 80's). I didn't mean to put it down in my "little pond" comment. I had a great time racing there and am proud to have won some of those races. If someone is looking for a place to start, or a place to run some low cost and convenient races that are a step up from Nastar, the teamski league is a good one.
post #13 of 18
This is great. It's really nice to see so much interest in racing.

I wish I had the background and credentials of so many of you. I never ran a gate in my life until I was past 30 (25 years ago, yikes). Some friends talked me into it and I just loved it.

Up to that point, I had been a backcountry ski guide at Jackson Hole and had spent a bunch of seasons skiing powder and crud with weight fairly evenly distributed on both skis. Suddenly I get into some race coaching and they want me to SKI WITH ALL MY WEIGHT ON ONE SKI! What's up with that????

So I spent a few years trying to unlearn all those old habits. I never really succeeded but I had a lot of fun trying. I was one of those people who had pretty good times but pretty bad technique. I keep telling myself that if I had discovered racing earlier in my ski development I might have become better at it. Yeah, right.

So I raced quite a bit through the 80's before dropping out of it through most of the 90's. When my interest was rekindled in the late 90's, there were all these new skis and completely different techniques. Now, they wanted me to SKI ON BOTH SKIS!!! What's up with that???

Needless to say, I've been behind the curve my whole llife but I love to race. I'm certain that nothing is better for my free-skiing than time spent in gates. Nothing isolates the mechanics of a good turn like running gates and feeling how nicely the ski responds when I (occasionally) put the pressure in the right places.

My great racing highlight was in the Jackson Town Downhill, which is held on Snow King every year. It's a short (50+seconds) but fast and technical race on a steep hill on very hard snow. Just above the final schuss, there's a big, sweeping right-hand, 90-degree turn called the Roundhouse. It's a slightly fallaway turn and you come into it going quite fast (around 60mph). I was skiing 225 Atomic AF's which I had no business being on because I couldn't carve a turn on those things to save my life but, BY GOD, they were cool. :

Anyway, I would ALWAYS skid through that turn and lose speed. (I skidded through most of the other turns too, naturally, but this was the most critical turn on the course). Counting training runs and actual race runs, I probably skied the course 25 times over the years. Of those, there was ONE time that I made a good, carved turn in the Roundhouse. The feeling was unbelievable and I can still picture it. I ended up finishing in the top ten (out of about 150 racers) and I'll never forget that feeling.

Due to a variety of lame excuses, I only ran gates once this past season but I definitely AM going to race more next year. We've got a good Master's program going at Jackson now, run by Ernie Anderson whom some of you may know from the Winter Park program.

One of my good friends is Pepi Stiegler and I'm getting huge vicarious kicks from watching his daughter, Resi, develop. I guess her coaches felt that she made a big leap technically the last few weeks of this season and her 4th place at the World Cup Finals in Are was an indication of that. My wife and I are going to be in the spectator stands at the 2010 Olympics in Whistler. Anybody else?

Cheers.
post #14 of 18
I skid slowish, stemmed turns on blue terrain and imagine myself to be a certain allegedly irresponsible, unpatriotic, beverage-enjoying, babe magnet while doing so.

Also, I've seen Downhill Racer seven times.

I ran NASTAR gates incedibly slowly a few years ago.

Last, World Cup (or WeltCup as comrade Vlad says) Racing is my favorite sports TV.

Not much of a resume but I'm glad this forum exists; I plan on eavesdropping.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
My great racing highlight was in the Jackson Town Downhill, which is held on Snow King every year. It's a short (50+seconds) but fast and technical race on a steep hill on very hard snow. Just above the final schuss, there's a big, sweeping right-hand, 90-degree turn called the Roundhouse. It's a slightly fallaway turn and you come into it going quite fast (around 60mph).

...

Anyway, I would ALWAYS skid through that turn and lose speed. (I skidded through most of the other turns too, naturally, but this was the most critical turn on the course). Counting training runs and actual race runs, I probably skied the course 25 times over the years. Of those, there was ONE time that I made a good, carved turn in the Roundhouse. The feeling was unbelievable and I can still picture it. I ended up finishing in the top ten (out of about 150 racers) and I'll never forget that feeling.
I'm quite familiar with the Snow King DH, having grown up racing in the Intermountain Division of the USSA. It's a fun little course. In fact, I've raced DH at Snow King, Teton Village, and Grand Targhee - all three are fun courses, all have their good and bad points. My fave is Targhee (no surprise - I had some great results there), but Snow King was also a blast.

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
My wife and I are going to be in the spectator stands at the 2010 Olympics in Whistler. Anybody else?
I plan on volunteering at the alpine skiing venues, just like I did in SLC back in 2002. There's nothing like being one the hill as the action takes place. It's a lot like being in the eye of a hurricane - what a thrill!
post #16 of 18
I may be slow, but my technique sucks. I'm just a second year skier, took it up at age 53. I spent some time in the local NASTAR course and was amazed at how much it helped my overall skiing. It was also soooo much fun. Maybe some Masters next year? The combination of focus, having to make turns etc was quite a revelation. Also, it's given me a great appreciation for the folks who rock.

One of my highlights of the year was standing at the bottom of Milk Run watching a GS. It was one of the most exciting athletic events I've ever seen.

I have little to offer so I'll be in the background listening (very closely).
Ken
post #17 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
My great racing highlight was in the Jackson Town Downhill, which is held on Snow King every year. It's a short (50+seconds) but fast and technical race on a steep hill on very hard snow. .
Did you ever start out of the Chute?
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by songfta

I'm quite familiar with the Snow King DH, having grown up racing in the Intermountain Division of the USSA. It's a fun little course. In fact, I've raced DH at Snow King, Teton Village, and Grand Targhee - all three are fun courses, all have their good and bad points. My fave is Targhee (no surprise - I had some great results there), but Snow King was also a blast.
I did the other two as well, but Snow King was my favorite. We also used to do a once-a-week night racing league there. It was sort of Jackson Hole's equivalent of a bowling league. Our team's "sponsor" was Teton OB-Gyn. The front of our team t-shirts said "Teton OB-Gyn" and the back said "At Your Cervix".

The league was sponsored by the local beer distributor and each racer got three free beer tokens each night. So you had about a hundred and fifty guys and girls racing side-by-side under the lights on Snow King's rock-hard snow and drinking free beer. Can you imagine the potential liability that company was taking on? : I suspect that's why they abandonded the idea after a few years.

There's still a lot of snow on "The King" right now. I've been hiking up and skiing down every couple of days.

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Originally Posted by songfta

I plan on volunteering at the alpine skiing venues, just like I did in SLC back in 2002. There's nothing like being one the hill as the action takes place. It's a lot like being in the eye of a hurricane - what a thrill!
Were you at Park City or at Snowbasin? I was a course crew volunteer (slipper) on the Men's Downhill course. It was so much fun. Maybe I'll try to join you.

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Originally Posted by whygimf
Did you ever start out of the Chute?
Ha!

The wussie amateur start was more than terrifying enough for me.

The first time I skied in the Town Downhill was the same winter I started skiing gates. I vividly remember skiing up to the amateur start in the first training run - fully equipped with long skis and borrowed helmet - and looking straight down the hill at the first couple of gates waaaaayyyy down there. I have old Super 8 movies that my wife took of those first couple of runs. I was typically doing two or three braking turns between each gate.

I was NOT, how you say?, searching for more speed.
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