Racing with the New Haven Ski Club

Whether you're a seasoned expert racer or an intermediate recreational skier, try racing with the club on Monday nights.

Why Race?

  • It's fun and exhilarating!
  • Join a team competition and compete in your age class.
  • Sharpen your skills.
  • Socialize with other club members and other ski enthusiasts.
  • Chow on some free pizza après ski.

2023-24 Race Schedule

  • December 18, 2023
  • January 8, 2024
  • January 15, 2024
  • January 22, 2024
  • January 29, 2024
  • February 5, 2024
  • February 12, 2024
  • February 19, 2024
  • February 26, 2024 (makeup date if needed)

Questions

  • What's this race series all about?

  • Mt. Southington hosts a weekly series of eight Giant Slalom (GS) races for the Connecticut Ski Council (CSC) on Monday nights starting in mid-December and ending in February. This series is open to all members of a CSC club (the NHSC is one) who are at least 18 years old. Each race night, all participants race through a GS course, and may take one or two runs. Your best time is your time for the night. You'll participate in a team competition and a competition in your age-gender class.
  • What's this going to cost me?

  • Your only cost is for each race that you want to participate in. This is $40 per race for most people, with discounts for seniors and season pass holders. For new racers: your first-ever race night for the NHSC is free!
  • What do I have to commit to?

  • Nothing! You can show up for as many races as you want. If you decide it's not your thing, you have no obligation to the club or anyone else to show up for any more races.
  • How do I register for this race series?

  • Check out detailed instructions below on what to do. You need a NASTAR ID and a Perm #, and then you'll need to create an account on the Mt. Southington website. When you're ready to race, you'll have to purchase a race ticket on line, then show up on Monday.
  • What about gear? Do I have to wear a race suit?

  • Many racers choose to wear a race suit but that's optional. The only requirement apart from skis is a helmet. The best ski equipment for you is the equipment you are most comfortable with. Make sure your skis are waxed and sharpened, and you'll be fine. Ask our veteran racers for advice on gear upgrades appropriate to your skill level.
  • Is it ok if I don't ski fast?

  • Yes! This race is for everyone who's an intermediate and above, and it's ok to be cautious. No matter what your times are, you'll score points for yourself and the club if you complete a clean run. Plus, you'll enjoy a fun night of skiing.
  • I have no idea how to race. Is there any way to practice?

  • Yes! The mountain provides a practice course that you may ski through before the race begins. This is an added cost but it's only $15 more and well worth it. On Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights, starting in early January, Ski Sundown sets up a NASTAR GS race course that is free to use as much as you want (with the purchase of a lift ticket).
  • Where do I change into and out of my ski gear?

  • Mt. Southington's Mountain Room is where all racers gather to socialize, eat some pizza, drink adult beverages, and change into/ out of our gear.
  • What time does the race start? When should I arrive?

  • The Race Ticket Window opens at 5:30, and racers will take their first runs starting at around 7:30. Since you might be the first racer of the night, you should arrive no later than 7:00, and preferably 5:30-6:30 if you want to get any warm up runs in.
  • Can I race on a snowboard?

  • You sure can! Since snowboarders have such a disadvantage against skiers, they have their own race class. You will only be racing against other snowboarders for the individual competitions.
  • I signed up for Monday's race. What do I do after I show up?

  • For every race, you must check in with race administration at the Race Ticket Window. This is usually the ticket window to the far right. They'll give you an old fashioned race ticket sticker good for that night. On your first race of the season, you will get a bib which you will keep for the whole season. Bibs in the 200s are for women of all ages, all snowboard racers, and men 65 and over. Bibs under 100 are for all men 18-64. There are two courses, one for bibs in the 200s (skier's right) and one for bibs under 100 (skier's left). We race in bib order, and the first bib to race for the night is chosen at random. Be aware of the starting bib number and be ready to line up well ahead of time.
  • How do the subsidies work?

  • New for the 2020-21 race season, and continuing again this season, the club susidizes a small portion of the cost of racing for all race team members. Your first-ever race is fully reimbursed, and all other races you participate in are partially subsidized. If you race for the club, even just once, you'll get a check at the end of the race season.

Join the Club

  • You must be a member to be eligible for this race series.
  • Click here for instructions on how to join the NHSC.

Get Your NASTAR ID

  • If you have ever raced a NASTAR course you may already have a NASTAR ID. Your NASTAR ID is good for life so if you have one already you do not need to get another one. If you are unsure you can search the NASTAR website or contact customer service.
  • If you have raced for the NHSC before but don't know what your NASTAR ID is, do not create a new NASTAR ID! Send an email to racing at newhavenskiclub dot com.
  • If you do not have a NASTAR ID, click here to set up your NASTAR account.
  • Most of this form is self explanatory but the most important things to get right here are your name, gender (yes, some people get this wrong!), and birth date. Other things:
    • You do not have to choose a Family/ Friends team. You can if you want.
    • For Club Team, select New Haven Ski Club.
    • For Resort Team, select Mount Southington.
    • They may ask a question at the bottom of the form like "To prove you are a real person, please fill in the missing medal:" The medals, in order, are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum.
  • You will get a NASTAR ID when you complete your registration. This will be the first three letters of your last name followed by a 3 or 4 digit number. This ID is good for life!

Get a Perm Number

  • Next, you have to get your name into the race administrator's database.
  • If you have raced in the Monday night series any time since 2010, you already have a Perm number. If you have a Perm number but don't know what it is, send an email to racing at newhavenskiclub dot com.
  • If you do not have a Perm number, write an email with this information:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your date of birth
    • Your gender
    • Are you a ski racer or snowboard racer?
    • Your NASTAR ID
    • Your preferred email address
    • Your mailing address
    • Your phone number (optional)
  • Send that email to racing at newhavenskiclub dot com.
  • Usually the race admininstrator processes Perm # requests quickly. You will get your Perm number by email.

Buy your ticket online

  • New for 2023-24, all racers will register and purchase Monday night racing tickets using the Mt. Southington website.
  • Race tickets will not be sold at Mt. Southington. You must purchase your tickets on line in advance.
  • The deadline to purchase tickets will be 2:00 PM on the day of the race.
  • Details to come!