IMPORTANT SERVICE HIGH XC SKI TEAM SKI TIPS
We have put together some helpful tips about skiing, nutrition, health, clothing, etc.
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Other Important Forms/Tips
New skiers? Please read the tips about racing below:
- Eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of fluids. Bring extra snacks (healthy bars, fruit, etc.) to have handy too. Some races you will have to wait a few hours before your start.
- If you hands tend to get cold easily, do not wear finger gloves - wear claw gloves or mittens.
- Hats and ear coverings are required to go out the gate - neck gaitors if it is real cold
- Typically you will wear long underwear under your racing suit top and bottom - NO COTTON ANYWHERE!
- Piercings? Remove metal jewelry - you can get frostbite
- Men, wind briefs - need we say more?
- When you arrive at race venue coaches will be handing out your bib. DO NOT LEAVE, stick around until you get yours, then you can go warm up before your race start. No bib, no race.
- You MUST have your bib on the outside of your racing uniform, it can not be covered
- Remember to warm up 15-20 minutes before your race time, run with high knees for 5 - 10 minutes then warm up on skis, you want your muscles to be warm before you leave the gate!
- Watch your start time - listen to the announcer to call your wave. (Hint: Watch for bib numbers ahead of you, typically the smaller the numbers the sooner they start)
- Can you get out of your skis quickly? Practice this in case you run into a moose on the trail!
- Thank the NSAA Green Grunt Volunteers that are out there running the race - for you :-)
- Don't be nervous. About 1/4 of all skiers in our High Schools are new at racing so you aren't alone!
- Trail Etiquette when racing or on a leisurely ski
- Download this list