You might not be able to glide through a Super-G like Ryan Cochrane-Siegle or have the technical ability to turn on a dime like Mikaela Shiffrin, while still possessing the need for speed. But you can also still think of ski racing as bowling night on snow.
It’s an opportunity for adults to let the competitive juices flow, often followed by an après scene that the kids can’t match. Leagues can range from competitive to social and can be as part of a team or going solo. And one doesn’t need prior racing experience to jump in and compete.
Mountains with night skiing near urban centers tend to have robust participation in racing leagues as skiers can head to the slopes on a weeknight after work for a couple slalom or giant slalom runs, then relive those runs at the bar for the post-meet rewards ceremony.
Wachusett Mountain — which claims to be the largest, organized, weekly race league in the country with about 500 participants — Nashoba Valley, and Pats Peak are only a few of the smaller mountains that set gates most midweek nights over the course of the winter.