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post #1 of 15
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But didn't think you belonged there.

 

Would you go?

 

post #2 of 15

No.

 

This scenario happened to me a few years ago.  I definitely did not deserve the invite.  I didn't go.

 

 

 

post #3 of 15

Ran the gates for the first time since 1982.  No line to speak of and $5.00 for three runs seemed like a pretty good deal to me,  I'm almost certain it was about $10.00 for two back in the early 80s but don't recall for sure cause I worked at the hil and helped the pace setter from time to time to get free runs.

But, take a trip cross country with the main objective to ski against real wanna be racers isn't for me.  If I'm traveling someplace cool i'm going to spend most of my dki time skiing and exploring, not waiting fro my turn to ski a course.  But, I can certainly understand why others would enjoy that quite a bit,  just not for me either.  BTW.. the way I skidded the last two gates of blue ice on inadequate gear there's no way they'd invite me anyway.  Although, they did manage to link it up with my NASTAR profile and BEARS team info with just my last name.  Sorry bout that bears team

post #4 of 15

I got one a few years ago when I was racing Nastar. I guess I got it because of fhe age factor. I must've been near the top of my age group in New Hampshire. I don't  delude myself into believing I'd have been anywhere near the winner's circle had I gone to Park City but I'd probably have gome anyway if I'd been in a position to go. I would go if you think you might enjoy it. Why not? Besides the opportunity to have a lot of fun, you would likely have a chance to improve your skills.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post

 

I got one a few years ago when I was racing Nastar. I guess I got it because of fhe age factor. I must've been near the top of my age group in New Hampshire. I don't  delude myself into believing I'd have been anywhere near the winner's circle had I gone to Park City but I'd probably have gome anyway if I'd been in a position to go.

So, everyone is agreed that the (possibly embarassing) scrutiny at Nationals is worse than at the hill itself?

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I would go if you think you might enjoy it. Why not? Besides the opportunity to have a lot of fun, you would likely have a chance to improve your skills.

I gave up my ones for time and budget and injury reasons, so didn't really know how the thinking on the 'I don't belong here' argument went.

 

post #6 of 15

My 10 year old son got invited. I told him there'd be a lot of tough competetion. He said "so what - it's great I got invited."

 

He's wise well beyond his years.  NASTAR's for fun!

 

We're going to Steamboat - and I can't wait. More importantly, neither can he!

post #7 of 15

No!

 

My 12 year old daughter and I both got invited.  The only reason we qualified was there weren't enough registered participants that raced.  We only raced once at this resort.  My daughter did everything to convince me we needed to go and I told her we would be laughed out of there if we attempted it.

 

On a side note it did boost her ego a bit!

 

 

post #8 of 15

My girlfriend got an invite.  The only reason we're not going is due to budget issues.  We both love skiing, and we both love racing, and ski racing is just a ton of fun.  Winning would be nice of course, but we don't race to show off, to win, or for pride - we simply enjoy the experience.  "We're not good enough so we shouldn't even try" simply isn't part of our vocabulary.

post #9 of 15

Invited this year.

 

I think it was a joke played by Kanakry. No way I deserved it; even before my shunt...

post #10 of 15

Long ago in a galaxy far far away..............my best ski pal and I earned invites.

 

We were on a road trip to Whistler and stopped over in Seattle to visit w/his sister. On the spur so to speak, we decided to go up to the Summit for some night skiing. We did a few laps @ Alpental then hopped the shuttle across the road to the other areas. One of them had a promo going....."All the boo you can chew for $5" (uhhhhh yep....bamboo.............)

 

Anyway......after getting properly fortified, we started lapping the Nastar course. Pretty soon we were beating the pacesetter so he dragged himself out of the shack and reset par. After a bit we beat him again......so, out he came, and par went down some more. We re-fortified and went after it again but this time, neither of us could quite get there although we both got close. Later we both were notified that we had secured an invite but we were both back at work, couldn't go etc, etc, etc.

 

Years later, we both regret not taking the opportunity. We woulda gotten clobbered but.....what fun.

 

SJ

post #11 of 15

Back in '92, I qualified at Sugar Bowl.  I didn't go to the championships, but my name was put on a poster as the third place finisher for the California region.  I got a certificate signed by Bob Beattie, too.

 

Dennis

post #12 of 15

If you get the opportunity to go and your schedule permits, I'd encourage you to do so.  This will be my fifth Nationals and it just gets better every year.  NASTAR Director Bill Madsen is a logistical genius and always puts on a terrific event.  You get to mingle with past Olympians and get some pointers.  I've had the opportunity to chat with (and been photographed with) Phil Mahre, Billy Kidd, Doug Lewis, A J Kitt, Deb Armstrong, and many others.

 

If you want to get a flavor of the event, check out the daily diary I maintained last year.

 

Pat Moore

NASTAR MOO95

post #13 of 15

I wouldn't be seen dead in a local NASTAR course, let alone pay to go do it clear on the other side of the country. 

 

Not that there's anything wrong with those of you who love it, of course.  And thinking you'll get laughed out of nationals?  Sorry, but anyone who takes it so seriously that they'd laugh at someone at nationals who "doesn't belong there" needs to realize that they're racing NASTAR.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by IL_Skier View Post

 

No!

 

My 12 year old daughter and I both got invited.  The only reason we qualified was there weren't enough registered participants that raced.  We only raced once at this resort.  My daughter did everything to convince me we needed to go and I told her we would be laughed out of there if we attempted it.

 

On a side note it did boost her ego a bit!

 

 


 

IL_Skier,

 

Nobody will be laughing.  You and your daughter are what the spirit of NASTAR is all about (or should be) - competing against yourselves.

 

Yes, there will be lots of speed-suited over zealous wannabes (I'm in that category), but we all understand and appreciate everyone having fun at their own level of seriousness.  And while you are on the mountain (and perhaps in the same course, even) with the wannabes, you are actually competing against the others in your category. 

 

I hate that people feel intimidated by NASTAR.  Any wannabe (or can-be, or really-is) who makes you feel this way should be ashamed of themselves, and needs to think twice about what NASTAR is.  They are the ones with the problem, not you and your daughter.  Please continue to race and enjoy NASTAR whenever you can!

 

 

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Invited this year.

 

I think it was a joke played by Kanakry. No way I deserved it; even before my shunt...


 

LOL you think I have that kind of pull? :)

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