Ski racing is very complicated. It takes years of practice to develop a good race-day routine and learn how to follow it. Below is a suggested process for you to start with and that you can build on and modify to suit your own taste.
Register for the race a week ahead of time (or earlier). For most races you will register at nensa.net. Learn the start time for your age-category race.
Get a wax tip from the coaches and wax your skis.
Set a process goal for the race: e.g. “I will do as much V2 as possible.”
Eat a high-carbohydrate, high-calorie breakfast at least 3 hours before your race (skip sleep to eat if necessary).
Arrive 90 minutes to 2 hours before your start time. Be wearing your watch!
Meet at the CSU tent if it’s a team event
Give your race skis to the coaches for final waxing. No ski ties!
Register and pick up your bib.
If possible put on your bib right away so you don’t lose track of it.
Put on rock skis, wax if necessary, and inspect course if possible
45 minutes before the race, begin your warm-up (20 minutes easy, 10 moderate, 5 hard, then final organization, removing warm-ups, etc). The course inspection can be combined with the warm-up if possible.
Race well and enjoy being young and fit!
As soon as the race is over, put on warm-ups, drink fluids, and eat a snack bar. Recovery begins immediately and is the beginning of the preparation for the next race. (Consume 1 to 1.5 g/kg/hour of carbs for 4 to 6 hours after the race).
Do a warm-down ski of at least 20 minutes with at least 10 minutes at Level 2 intensity.