Got talked into a few times while at university and ended up with a few gates to the face, its good fun and it training improved my skiing so much, I now use race skis (usually the non FIS masters / juniors versions) as my piste skis as laying down some train tracks with a full race ski is dammed satisfying.
Usually to be found working in the alps with 'Staff' on the back of my jacket pretending to know whats occurring while I slink off to go ski.
Yeah racing is fun, defiantly way differnt to competing slope. The rush you get through some high speed turns is hard to beat. No it's not as much fun generally as lapping the park, but its defiantly something every skier should try at least once.
"If you were to assemble a United States of Playground you would need a place to locate a capital; a place where the landscape was created by Dr. Seuss with a backhoe. A place where it is possible to wake up in summertime and drive to winter. In short, you would need Utah."-Jonny Moseley
I was pretty serious about racing before moving to freeride/freestyle, i did mainly downhill and slalom. Downhill was great, and it got really scary at some point, when u knew that if u didnt have a really highline you just wouldn't make the turn...I still do some slalom for fun sometimes (i just like hitting those so much!!!) and I race for school, which means i get 2 weeks off to ski during school time which is great! Theres only one thing I dont understand about racing, its all those kids that are too old already and not good enough to be future champions that train everyday with the club in those gates. I mean yeah, racing can be fun sometimes but if u know you won't make it to the top, then whats the point of never leaving the arena?
I'd like to see things from your point of view, However I can't seem to get my head that far up my ass.
its fun to mix it up. i raced as a kid, and coach now. there are a lot of small high school and college teams around my area that will take anyone on because they need numbers. they assume that since they have their race sticks they can ski faster than the kid in the saga...ha.