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Anybody here do it? Since I am over the hill to ever be a pro skier I am eyeing the Jeep King of the Mountain Skicross series...dont know if I am good enough but at least it seems to be more obtainable and within the realm of reality.
post #2 of 9
Those guys are world class skiers--ex U.S. Ski team, World Cup, Olympians.
I've been watching them set the course for this week's The Ski Tour event here in Sun Valley--it is way, way gnarlier than it looks on tv.
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Originally Posted by SunValley View Post
Those guys are world class skiers--ex U.S. Ski team, World Cup, Olympians.
I've been watching them set the course for this week's The Ski Tour event here in Sun Valley--it is way, way gnarlier than it looks on tv.
Ive noticed that, are the competitions mutually exclusive to them? Are there other series other than those for us common folk?
post #4 of 9
Have you ever done any racing?

Other than the Jag XJ ...
post #5 of 9
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NASTAR is as deep as my "professional" racing goes. Ofcourse catching and passing everyone I see that is speeding or wearing a speed suit is a hobby of mine. I was going to start Masters racing this year but with the lousy winter so far, I am glad I didnt waste my money.
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Heck, if you have a pile of platinum "tie tacks" and have "waxed the taxi" of the pacesetter .... go for it!

post #7 of 9
Usually there are local competitions at mountains where anyone can enter for a small fee (much like nastar or something like that). Typically the compeition is not terribly stiff, but they can be a lot of fun. Real skiercross is rough. Those are serious courses - not to be taken lightly. Some local ones can even get a little hairy at times. Usually the local racers who happen to be aroudn to enter win them. It is a good time. If you are up for it I definitely recommend giving it a go.
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GREG
post #8 of 9
USASA has a skicross discipline. they also have multiple age group categories. plus they have 38+ regions to compete in the USA so you can always find a race close to home (i live in the chicago area and have 3 regions within striking distance... ;D). ive always have been tired of skiing at the same course over and over again and how expensive individual events cost, whereas for USASA, you only pay the for the season. To compete on the circuit, you rack up points based upon your finishes in your division. if you have the most points in your specific region/age group/discipline(btw, the sectionals are very small for skicross.In fact, i only have to compete against less than 10 people) you get to compete at nationals (which is @ Copper Mt. Colorado)! 

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

Anybody here do it? Since I am over the hill to ever be a pro skier I am eyeing the Jeep King of the Mountain Skicross series...dont know if I am good enough but at least it seems to be more obtainable and within the realm of reality.

I think KOM is dead or became the Honda Skiercross series, or something. But if you don't have a very strong racing background you're pretty deluded to think you could hang with those guys. Guys like Rahlves, Puckett, Gavagio, and Errol Kerr (who is pretty impressive sometimes) race in those things, and although they are sometimes open to qualifiers there is no way you stand a chance unless you're a pro-level skier. Generally the token local qualifier gets smoked in the first round--I can't tell if you're joking about Nastar, but if that's the extent of your racing experience, well...it's kind of like thinking you could play MLB based on playing t-ball at the park.
Skiercross is a lot fun, but also a great way to blow an ACL (twice, in some cases...).

I guess this is a pretty old topic, oh well.
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