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Getting into ski racing....

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
So I decided at the age of 25, I want to get into ski racing. No real motivation other than I have been skiing most of my life, and I like going fast, so I figured it's a natural progression.

But, even though I consider myself an "expert" skier, I don't know where to start with ski racing... the gear, the techniques, everything. If you don't NEED to know it for all-mountain type skiing, I probably don't know it.

So, where do I START?!?
post #2 of 12
Well...I assume you do already ski NASTAR, if not, thats where you start and with what you have. See if you even like it.
post #3 of 12
Where do you live/ski?

There may be some clubs and a league near you. I race in a weekend-warrior league through my ski club and its very low-key fun. They have groups for total beginners through high-end racers. They handicap everyone into 10 classes and you work your way up as you progress.

Let us know where you are and there's probably someoen here who can give you some info.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yeah I've done that a number of times, but that's kind of where my story ends. I love running through the gates and such, but I'm not going to lie and say I know what I'm doing from a technical standpoint.

Are there any books or stuff like that?

I know I COULD go to a camp or something, but there's not a chance my fiance (and by ski season, wife) is going to let me drop $800 or whatever on a camp.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I live in Boston, so VT/NH/ME is pretty much my stomping grounds. I go to Utah every once in a while because my brother lives near SLC though.
post #6 of 12

Racing

Lisa Densmore's book Ski Faster has a good chapter introducing the reader to GS technique.

If you find yourself at Okemo this winter, stop by the NASTAR course and ask for me. I'll be happy to give you a few pointers.

Equipment can make a huge difference. Check out this site, especially the deals on Atomic race skis.
post #7 of 12
two words

beer league
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
two words

beer league
*ding ding ding - WINNER.

the beer league scene around Boston is a blast. When I was at school, I hit nashoba valley and had a blast. People form the region - chime in with some contact details please.
post #9 of 12

Beer league is fine...

...if you just want to do it. If you want to learn how to do it, get into a Masters training program or something similar...
post #10 of 12
The Boston Ski & Sports Club fields several teams at the Nashoba Valley beer league race on Tuesday's. That saves you the trouble of trying to find team members or create your own team.

Nashoba Valley also has race training on Thursday evenings. I believe that's free for registered racers, although it's been quite a while since I attended.
post #11 of 12
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If you find yourself at Okemo this winter, stop by the NASTAR course and ask for me. I'll be happy to give you a few pointers.
Awesome, Okemo is usually the first trip of the season, mainly because you guys seems to have the most runs open early. Also a top notch ski patrol too, who saved me from bleeding out on the slopes last year

The beer league thing looks pretty sweet too, and Nashoba is nice and close (never been there before, honestly I didn't even know it existed).

Anyone know of a team that needs a 4th?
post #12 of 12

PM Me re Wachusett

Wachusett has one of the most competitive adult NASTAR beer leagues in the country. Check out the Website and PM me with questions.

30 second courses. Dual format GS.
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