Racing with Snow Drifters
Ski/Snowboard Racing is just one of many activities open to Snow Drifters members. The racing is at a recreational level aimed at all levels of skiers from beginner up, and is primarily fun. The "Snow Drifters Race Team" is not an elite team that you might eventually aspire to join, but a team that you can opt to join from the start, even if you've never even strapped on a pair of skis or a board before. You'll find fun and cameraderie and, if you've never raced before, a great new way to challenge yourself and improve your skiing and/or snowboarding.
What equipment do you need to buy for this? Well, if you have your own ski/board gear, basically nothing more except maybe a helmet if you don't have one. Sure, if you really get into it and get good you might end up in a race suit, the owner of a fleet of skis or a race board, and with more colors in your wax box than a ski bunny has in her lipstick drawer, but the vast majority of racers in the league race on the same skis or board that they free ski or ride on all the time.
Each race run will last for only about a minute, but you get two runs in each race. For the higher classes the two run times are added together, but for the mid-level and lower classes the best time is taken, so you get two chances to try to get a good result. You also get a chance to inspect the race course before the race so all in all a typical race will take somewhere between one and two hours of your day.
At the end of the day, small trophies are awarded to the top 3 people who finish in each class. You also earn points for yourself and for your club, and at the end of the season trophies are awarded to the top points finishers in each class. First place in the beginners class gets the same trophy as the first place finisher in the top class!
Initially, you are timed and placed in a "class" with people of similar ability level. The great thing about this is that you immediately meet people who ski about the same speed as yourself. When your race is over you have a bunch of new friends of the same ability to ski with. Since you usually spend a little time in line at the starting gate, you also have a great opportunity to make new friends. Since the racing is designed to be FUN, most people don't take it too seriously and the competition is generally good natured and low key. But if you're feeling competitive, there's plenty of that too...
All of this adds up to a fun on-mountain experience! At the end of the season there is a gala event to reward everyone for a great season. Its a great way to socialize with others from your own ski club and others around the Bay Area.
If you're interested in racing with us, please contact our race director Dirk Jagdmann.