The Charlotte Ski and Snowboard Club’s racing team is open to all club members, skiers and snowboarders, regardless of age or racing ability.
Whether you are new to ski racing or snowboarding racing or you are an Olympic-caliber racer, the racing team wants you.
Charlotte’s racing roster spans generations. And while the roster is mainly comprised of average skiers looking to make the local mountains a little more exciting, the roster also includes several former collegiate ski racers and ski instructors and a growing number of snowboarders too.
The club’s race team mainly competes in the Crescent Ski Council Racing Series against our 21 sister clubs scattered throughout the SE. Racers must first establish a handicap by either competing in a Crescent Ski Council Race or racing at any resort that offers NASTAR racing. Once a racer obtains a handicap, he or she is grouped into a ‘flight’ based on their individual handicap. This racing format ensures racers only compete against those of the same ability. During a "Normal " season, the top 3 racers of each flight are presented with awards at the end of the day. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, a door prize has been offered at the top of the course. Points are scored over the course of the season and the top point scoring male and female both win a very expensive skiing related prize. In the past, these prizes have ranged from new racing skis to a Western trip.
In addition to the numerous pre-season training camps on the schedule, the club’s racing team offers several opportunities to practice racing gates throughout the year. Every Friday evening before a local race (one near Boone, NC), a course is set up at Appalachian Ski Mountain. Racers receive a discounted lift ticket and pay a small fee to run the course for several hours. At Sugar Mountain Resort, racers may also pay a small fee to complete 2 training runs on their NASTAR course.
The racing season begins in early December and can last through March. Several racers choose to compete in every race but this is not an expectation or the norm. Some racers register for Saturdays only, others only attend races at their favorite mountains. There is no minimum commitment needed to be a member of the racing team; compete only as your schedule and budget allow.
If you are interested in the racing team or have questions please attend an upcoming membership meeting or contact the racing team director at the email address or phone number provided below. John Gardner, the Assistant Race Director, is also the club Membership Director, and manages all the racer registration and membership duties, so please contact John for questions about registration for races or membership on the race team.
Current year racers: Join the conversation and get all race team updates in our Facebook group "Charlotte Ski and Snowboard Race Team"
Contact Our Race Directors:
Greg started skiing at age 5 at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, NH. He grew up skiing at resorts throughout NH and VT. He began racing freshman year of high school as a member of the Hanover High School ski team. Greg also raced in the USCSA series as a member of the Lehigh University ski club. He currently lives in uptown Charlotte and this will be his fourth season racing with the club. Greg is excited to help lead the club as Race Director this year and looks forward to meeting and welcoming new racers!
John Gardner, Assistant Race Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-340-0490
John started skiing in the 1950’s in New York and Vermont. He started racing with the Ford Sayre Memorial Ski Council in 1961 in Hanover, NH, and then raced for the Hanover, High School Ski Team in 1963-1964. After resuming skiing in 1995 after a 25-year business career, he started racing again in 2004, and joined the Charlotte Ski Team in 2014.
Jay Marcoux, Children's Race Coach, email@example.com., (203) 910-3281
I began skiing in the mid 1980’s in Connecticut. I learned to ski at Mohawk Mountain, CT and Killington, Vermont. I raced for Sterling Ski Club of the Connecticut Ski Council for a couple of seasons in 2002-2003. I decided to learn how to be a ski coach in 2003 at Ski Sundown, taught skiing for 13 seasons, then moved to Mohawk Mountain for 3 additional seasons. I was part of the Mountain Division program, which focused on teaching children the foundational movements and skills required for ski racing and recreational skiing. skiing. In 2017, completed my PSIA Level 2 Alpine certification, and completed my Childrens’ Specialist 2 certification. During my certification prep, we often ran gates in our NASTAR course as part of our preparation. I am currently working on the PSIA Advanced Educator program. We relocated to Indian Trail, NC last August, 2019.