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I hate ski racing with a passion, it's not because im just a shit head follower on ns, it's because i had to race for 7 years, and i can not fucking stand it.
down hill yes, slalom+gs+super g= not realy, the skis you ride are designed for the speed, so they're not very wobbley, and chattery at high speeds. i was clocked at 110 kph at a super g and my skis were barely wobling. i have never done a down hill but i think that would be scary as balls.
thanks to racing, i a well behind the park+backcountry ability of majority of ns my age. if you were spotted in the park, even a non-training day, 100 push ups, and my parents never took me to mountains because they said i went to enough with racing. with racing we only went to Nakiska Calgary (No Park, or pow, all groomers. literaly) we once went to lake louise for a mountain camp, there was a foot and a half of fresh, and guess what we had to pack down the race run.
btw. i raced against my own will, my parents forced me, because i was "good at it" even though the highest ive place is 10th at ONE Race
Dude i acredit evrything i have acomplished to what i learned in ski racing. Learning how to ski park and knowing how to ski are two totaly different things. I know soo many kids who can throw down better on rails than me or can throw some crazy azz shit off a table but cant keep up when we are skiing bigmountain/powder. Racing helped me with ballance, carving, knowing how to get out of tight shit fast(slalom). I have only stoped racing in the last two years i mean i dont miss it but the skills i was taught about i am often found using in the park, pipe(espesialy pumping like in downhill),all mountain, and big mountain.
Here is a big ass thank you and a round of aplause to ski racing!!!!!!!!!!!! btw Go Bodey!!!
ski racing is amazing it's probably the best way to actually become a well- rounded skier.
i'm planning on entering a beginner racing course as a way to get into skiercross, i saw some at the olympics it is SO COOL