LOL, I was wrong too. I thaught it was all over. Once I got into the games again (25y out of the loop) I also thaught that it would be easy to smoke the stiff and aged masters but I was wrong here too. There is one over 50 that still beats the FIS skiers taking part in the open class. In our local club we have 4 guys that all can place themselves highest on the podium on the national level so that kind of makes the standard at our club high. Can you beat these guys you are among the best also national wide. Most competitors come from the south coast and the capital area. All national level races are at FIS approved racing tracks higher up in the country. One is even a masters FIS race and this year we had participants not only from russia (they are 20 at every event) but also from sweden, norway, estonia and this year even from the us. Then we have a mini-master series for the costal slopes. Its a great racing scene. We are planning on comming over to sweden for some races just for fun since we got an invitation at the olympics earlier this year. Turns out we can trawel to almost any country and participate in masters camps and races. Its a great bunch of people and it really puts your life in perspective. You are thaught respect and you are respected.