- Jan 18, 2006
- Brooklyn, CT
What will potentially be interesting about our kids picking up and learning to race is that I'm trying to learn how to race at the same time. I was a casual USSA bump skier in highschool. I had no interest in racing. My senior year the Alpine coach convinced me to join the team and I had a bad wreck one month into the season, broke my neck and dislocated my shoulder and was done for the year.
Outside of that experience, I did a handful of ski bum races in Stowe 20 + years ago as an alternate on a local bar's team.
Fast forward to this year and a friend convinced me to join a beer league team. I completely suck at it and have gained a whole new level of respect for the discipline. There are guys in their 60s in the league who are former college racers and they smoke me. I'm determined to see just how good I can get at racing later in life. Super fun and just a new way to push myself. I look forward to doing the beer league every year moving forward and doing a lot of Nastar.
I won't push the kids into racing, but will support them doing so if it's what they really want. I'm not sure at this point if my son is just wanting to be like dad or has his own drive to do it. He took his first Nastar runs two weekends ago and loved it. We will be spending Saturday doing more Nastar at Gunstock. I look forward to the day he beats me for the first time.
Well *if* your kids take to the sport, and they get involved with a mountain program, here's a couple of great things about it.
#1 - they're going to get a great technical core ski edeucation/training that will set them up for being able to ski most anything they want, even if it doesn't just involve red gates and blue gates and narrow skis, firm snow and race suits
#2 - if they do compete in mountain race programs that travel around to other mountains to race, you, as a parent, also get to travel around and ski a bunch of different mountains (almost always at a racer parent dicsount amount) so it adds variety to your season, even if your kids train at their "home" mountain most of the time
#3 - your kids, and likely you and your wife as well, will meet other kids (and their parents) and form some great ski relationships, with like minded ski enthusiasts, that can last for decades - honestly this is how my wife and I have met so many people who we have become great friends with at Mount Snow, through our kids and their involvment with the season long competition programs
#4 - if your kids do get involved in race programs, and your home mountain club is hosting a race, and they need parent volunteers to help run the race, let me know and I will tell you which jobs you do and don't want to sign up for At this stage of my involvement with youth racing, with the exception of being a race official (might pursue that certification process next season) there basically isn't a job that is involved with putting on a ski race, that I haven't done over the years, and trust me when I say that some are WAY more enjoyable than others, especially if it's a cold day and there's a couple of hundred kids on the start list!!