East Tennessee Mogul Mashers
Is Ski Racing for You?
Some people watch ESPN highlights of World Cup or Olympic Slalom and Giant Slalom racing and think that they have to be an advanced skier to make it through the courses. Not True! The Crescent Ski Council is a collection of ~25 ski and outing clubs from the Southeast Region and has one of the premier racing programs in the country. I have seen 5 year-old and 75 year-old racers throughout my 15 years in the program. I have seen kids that could barely walk start skiing and within a few years start passing me on the slopes.
The Crescent Race Program is set up so that low-intermediate to advanced level skiers can race, have fun, and be competitive - even in their first year of racing. There are 2 divisions of racers with Division 1 having an advanced course and Division 2 being somewhat less intensive. For the die-hard racers we also have ties to ProAm race series that feature Pro style jumps. Each Division of racers is divided into several flights of 10 racers each with comparable handicaps. You compete against that group of 10 racers for a given race weekend consisting of a Slalom course on Saturday and Giant Slalom course on Sunday. Your course time is compared to that of your flight members and the fastest time is given 10 points, 2nd fastest 9 points, etc, until last place at 1 point. The racer with the most points at the end of the day is the race winner. Prizes are usually given for the top 3 racers in each flight. Individual and Team points are accumulated each race and over the course of the season and Awards are given to the top Racers and Teams. Prizes typically include ski apparel (socks, wax, goggles, gloves, etc.), Lift tickets, ski trips, skis and trophies. The end-of-the-year prizes are usually the biggest and best and award those who ski well for their team for the season.
A racer can run any number of races during the season, which can consist of 12 race days if Mother Nature cooperates with the weather. Some Race Teams consist of 2 or 3 racers while others have 60 members. The ETMM team has steadily been increasing its membership and typically has 35 - 40 members with an average of 20 making any given race. ETMM has the 3rd largest team in the Southeast and has had a winning tradition. ETMM has won the Southern Division title 6 of the last 9 years and has taken home the coveted Crescent Cup Trophy 3 times in the last 7 years. Racing is not only for skiers, we have had snow-boarders involved for several years now.
How to get started
1) Join a Crescent affiliated Club (clubs in TN, SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, and WV).
2) Sign an ETMM Team and Crescent membership forms available at any club meeting or from Mark.
3) Pay an annual $35 race due for the season.
4) Establish a handicap and meet a minimum requirement.
A handicap can be established by running any Crescent-sanctioned event such as a Crescent race, Race camp, or NASTAR run. See a Race Director or Crescent representative for more information on handicapping.
Advantages of Racing
1) Improves skiing ability for every level skier.
2) Meet and interact with other people interested in skiing in your area and from other clubs.
3) Get your competitive juices flowing during the winter.
4) Discount lift tickets on race days (savings typically $5-10 per day).
5) Discounts on ski equipment (Alpine Ski Center is a major sponsor of Crescent racing and the ETMM club).
6) Fun, Fun and more Fun.
Is Racing for you? Maybe, maybe not - but you won’t know until you try. Racing is a great way to meet new people or have a family outing. Try Racing - You’ll like it.
Send mail to Mark
Morgan with questions or comments about this web site.