Race DEFINITIONS

The friendly competition is intended to celebrate snow sports and help each participant become a better skier.

Most clubs arrive and depart a day or two before and after the actual competition dates. All ski/snowboard abilities are welcome including beginners and novice racers. Please visit each member club website to view their trip arrangements for this event and many others.

Race Descriptions

NEW in 2020 - Alternate Race - the Alternate Race is a kill based Alpine Ski Challenge. For the women who want a more challenging race, they can opt to run the longer course that has an Upper Bashor (Steamboat) start. Men who want to run a shorter course will run using the Lower Bashor (Steamboat) start. For both races the top three racers will receive place medals and the class is scored the same as other classes for club points. Racers can only compete in ONE Alpine Ski Race. Please contact your Club Race Rep with any questions and to sign up.

Novice Race - Designated for the beginning racers. This is an easy course, usually on a beginner slope, that will let novices earn points for their clubs and experience the thrill of ski racing. This race is not open to skiers who have earned any type of NASTAR or “citizen” racing medal or who have earned a medal in the FSA Challenge Race.

Challenge Alpine Race - For the majority of Flatland Ski Association racers, this is a challenging NASTAR type race. The men’s courses may be somewhat more difficult than the women’s courses. Both courses challenge participants to do their best. Each competitor will be given two runs.

Challenge Snowboard Race - The snowboard race is similar to a NASTAR type race. Snowboarders will compete on a course set specifically for snowboard competition (the course jis the same for men and women) and each competitor will be given two runs.

Team Relay - For those who prefer leg power to gravity, this is a team relay event. A team consists of four (4) racers, one of whom must be female. The course is no more than one-quarter mile in length. In the past this has been a cross-country ski race, but in most recent years we upped the cardio ante and had the relay run on snow shoes.

Open (FSA) Race - This race is designed for the more experienced amateur racer. It is typically more difficult than the standard NASTAR race course. Each competitor will be given two runs. There is a fee for this race and you must register for this race the morning of the race. Check the schedule for where, when and cost. (This race is not for club points.)

Race Director Fun Race - A fun race of the host resort’s choice for each clubs Race Chair. Race chairmen sell the tickets for this event and the funds raised go to a local charity. (This race is not for club points.)