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    Newbie who's never raced before

    hi everyone. I stumbled across the NASTAR website and this forum yesterday and I'm wondering if I should give a try at racing and see if I don't get hooked on it. I've never had any formal ski instruction, but I think I'm pretty much an intermediate skiier--I generally ski the blues, but do wander off into the blacks here and there. But more than anything I love to just go as fast as possible.

    So do you suppose racing is for me? And if so is it really just as simple as registering on the website, going over to a resort, paying a fee, and putting a run down? The closest three places for me would be Wachusett, Gunstock, and Loon.

    thanks!

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    You bet. You gotta give it a go. You have all the steps figured out, now you just gotta get into the start and go for it.

    You'll love it. And odds say you'll be hooked. If you really find you love it, and have the opportunity to do it often, look into whether any of those resorts offer you package deals of some kind under a frequent racer kind of program.

    The next thing we would hope you do is get all your friends to try it, too!

    Have fun.

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    Welcome and good luck!!!!!
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    Come and join us!!

    Welcome to the NASTAR Community Forum!! Glad you could join us!!

    Ski racing is a passion and an addiction!! Once you start, it is very hard to wipe the smile off of your face!!

    Have fun and Ski fast!!
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    By all means give it a shot! :D :D :D

    It always looks intimidating before you try a run (can I make it through the course without falling, etc) but it only takes one run to realize that it's not hard to get through the course, but if you're like the rest of us, you'll cross the finish line and your first thought will be....."I can do it faster than that"

    And then we gotcha! You will be hooked!!!!

    And your life will never be the same

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    Definitely give racing a try. I'll be at Wachusett Mountain tomorrow for the Massachusetts Senior Winter Games. I don't know if they run NASTAR during the day but, if so, I'll try to break free for one or two runs. Say hi if you're in the neighborhood.

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    Hi devgrrl,
    I'll be racing at Wachusett this coming Sunday 2/19. All of us here at the Forum are passionate and often times obsessed (right JT?) about the sport. It's a great group, and as a whole, very supportive, knowledgeable & helpful. As you can tell from the previous comments the consensus is pretty much the same; "there ain't nothin' like the first time" (not unlike skydiving). I'll be on the "Challenger" trail wearing a blue Spyder suit with a red Marker helmet & skiing Stockli's. Please feel free to introduce yourself if you happen to make it there, and if I can be of any assistance it would be my pleasure. We are always looking for new recruits.

    P.S. Pat, they race Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. + Holidays 11 - 1:00

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    Wachusett

    Originally posted by Stockliman


    P.S. Pat, they race Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. + Holidays 11 - 1:00
    Cool! I'll try to sneak over for a run or two.
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    Welcome.

    Racing can help your free skiing- both in reaction time, you have to turn when the gates come at you, not when you feel like it in free skiing. It also gives you a good solid basis for evaulation of your turning style. Rolling onto the edges, carving a good turn, edge pressure, dealing with ice (on the east coast especially) etc.

    Give it a go. It truly is as easy as showing up at a resort that is participating in Nastar and running that day, signing a registration form, giving them a Nastar fee usually somewhere around $5 or $6 seems to be the norm for the first 2 runs, and then skiing the course. Once you have run you can then go and sign into the Nastar web site and track your times, handicaps and rankings (after 2 days you start getting rankings)

    Read through the topics of interest on this forum too for added help.

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    Wachusett maybe...

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I guess I'll definitely have to give it a shot now!

    I'm going to try to head to Wachusett on Sunday. Never been there before, always just headed north. I'll be skiing solo (my ski buddy is away for the weekend :( ) so if you see me give a shout out. I'll be sporting my yellow giro helmet, yellow jacket and blue pants, on a pair of Rossis. Hopefully I won't be a giant snowball!

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