Even if you've never dreamed of becoming a racer, give it a try. You'll meet some great people that share your interest in skiing or snowboarding, and you'll improve your technique. Simply join a NWSCC club. You can pick one at www.nwskiers.org - and contact the club's Racing Director to get placed on a team.
Need someone to ski with? You'll have 9 teammates for the season on your 10-person team. Any intermediate skier or boarder qualifies. Beginner racers are as much needed (and can contribute as much) as advanced racers. Everyone races within their own category, of which there are 7, from beginner to elite. You will see your results improve over time, meet some great people, and it's one of the best deals on the mountain.
There are five races per season, each race followed by a party, with free food, drinks, and door prizes. And, racers are eligible to purchase a discounted lift ticket on race days. At the end of the season there is an awards banquet (named the "Rat Attack"). All of this is included for annual race dues of $95. Teams are usually formed by mid-November, so apply early!
Discounted lift tickets for PACRAT racers can be purchased by showing your racing bib.