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Finally got around to posting some shots of the grandsons in action.

The youngest had just turned five and won his age group in both boarding and skiing.

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Six year old grandson took 2nd in skiing

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The nine year old took 2nd.  Here's a composite shot of him and me.  The kid is racing on twin tips!  I need to get him some race skis.

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Hope to see many of you at Squaw Valley in 2018!

 

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On 1/28/2017 at 3:00 PM, lonbordin said:

I was trying to suggest a way to even the start on a flat course. 

We, of course, pound ours into the dirt. :smashfrea

It occurs to me that on a flat start where they don't have posts, one could borrow a set of ski poles and even use them to push off two or three times before the first gate.  Then either discard them (making sure you have a friend or starter willing to pull them off the course for you before the next competitor starts!) or just carry them through the finish.   I can't see how this would violate any rules, and it might help even the playing field on some courses.

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On 1/31/2018 at 2:54 PM, darko714 said:

It occurs to me that on a flat start where they don't have posts, one could borrow a set of ski poles and even use them to push off two or three times before the first gate.  Then either discard them (making sure you have a friend or starter willing to pull them off the course for you before the next competitor starts!) or just carry them through the finish.   I can't see how this would violate any rules, and it might help even the playing field on some courses.

That would be nice but if you were racing on a team in a weekly series it would be cheating.  Team points are calculated with a hefty handicap for snowboarders specifically because we don't have poles and cannot skate.

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I don't understand the results.  On your last race you had a time of 32.93 on the blue course with a handicap of 20.98 that was a platinum result and 36.89/43.21 for silver.  I don't understand how that relates to the platinum handicap of 0-12.99 or the silver handicap of 19-33.99 (or 24-38.99 if it was slalom, not stated anywhere what type of race it was).  Why are the platinum/gold/etc handicaps for the 2nd place guy lower than yours?

The pacer got 28.29/29.89 with a handicap of 9.79 so I assume the base times were 18.5 and 20.1?

I guess ELI5 NASTAR.

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35 minutes ago, Neil Gendzwill said:

I don't understand the results.  On your last race you had a time of 32.93 on the blue course with a handicap of 20.98 that was a platinum result and 36.89/43.21 for silver.  I don't understand how that relates to the platinum handicap of 0-12.99 or the silver handicap of 19-33.99

Yeah the website is not exactly straightforward.  My handicap of 20.98 on that course does not reflect the -20 point discount that snowboarders get for calculating medals and team scores.  So my final handicap would be 0.98 for the platinum.  Last night it was dumping snow (highly unusual), so the course turned into a luge track.  I got spun around in the powder on my other run, hence the silver.

35 minutes ago, Neil Gendzwill said:

Why are the platinum/gold/etc handicaps for the 2nd place guy lower than yours?

He must be younger.

 

35 minutes ago, Neil Gendzwill said:

The pacer got 28.29/29.89 with a handicap of 9.79 so I assume the base times were 18.5 and 20.1?

Handicap is the percentage that you are slower than the national pacesetter (Ted Ligety).  So the "par" times last night were 25.76 on yellow and 27.22 on blue.  These are calculated from the local pacesetter's time and his handicap.  The par time is the theoretical time that Ted Ligety would get on the local course.  We have a skier in our league who raced in college and is getting handicaps less than 1. :eek:

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1 hour ago, Jack Michaud said:

We have a skier in our league who raced in college and is getting handicaps less than 1. :eek:

The NASTAR system isn't perfect.  A few of years ago they did the midwest pacesetting at a resort which has a very flat course, a glide course if you will.  The national pacesetter was beaten (head-to-head) by wiley locals who used their wax and course knowledge to their benefit.  NASTAR hasn't done pacesetting at that resort since.  But the course does matter.  The skiers that take this WAY more seriously know which courses/resorts can lead to low handicaps.  In the opposite they also know which courses are considered the most difficult.  Paoli Peaks, believe it or not, has been called out in the NASTAR forums more than once as being the toughest NASTAR course. Can't see the finish from the start, abrupt dogleg on a knoll before the steeper finish segment (hard to turn in the air!), and the pesky coursesetter/pacemaker that really likes to add a few out of rhythm gates at the most inappropriate places all add to the difficulty. 

BUT it is a lot of fun... especially to be beaten (head-to-head) by very young skiers.  I think I have over 100 days of NASTAR races recorded, in 2013-2014 I had 151 race results.  I made a promise after the last time I got hurt I wouldn't race in soft conditions and Paoli has now limited NASTAR to run only on the weekends so I haven't got a finish in the last couple of years.  This Saturday is looking like my chance!  

Edited by lonbordin
god... I'm old.

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21 minutes ago, Neil Gendzwill said:

OK, handicaps are in percentages plus the site is inaccurate.  Now I understand why I don't understand.  Was it SL or GS?  There is no where that is stated.

Right, the NASTAR site doesn't detail that.  Last night was scheduled for SL but they ended up making it a GS because of the snow storm.  We've had one other SL so far.  9 week season.  Our team should win the season, we have 3 good alpine snowboarders, a good telemarker, the <1 handicap guy, and a good female.

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6 hours ago, Jack Michaud said:

Jack -  You're riding great! 

I'm having a good year on board and skis.

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