What is NASTARNASTAR is the acronym for the NAtional STAndard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. More than 95,000 Nature Valley NASTAR participants compete throughout the season to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals in their age and gender groups. In addition, participants are ranked in their ability group and the top ranked racers qualify to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The NASTAR handicap system is a universal scoring system that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The NASTAR.com web site records each participants stats and ranks each racer at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally. The NASTAR program has a successful partnership with the U.S. Ski Team as its premier youth racing feeder program.
How Does Nature Valley NASTAR Work?
Our mission is simple - to provide a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program that, through the development of a handicap system, allows racers of all ages and abilities a means to compare their race results to other competitors across the country regardless of when and where they race.
This is accomplished by establishing a National Standard for all races. The National Standard is the Par Time or the "0" handicap which every racer competes against when they race Nature Valley NASTAR. The "0" handicap is set at the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships and is the fastest time possible on a Nature Valley NASTAR course.
Former U.S. Ski Team star and four-time Olympian AJ Kitt established his handicap at the National Championships. As Nature Valley NASTAR's traveling pacesetter, AJ competes against pacesetters from each Nature Valley NASTAR resort at sanctioned Regional Pacesetting Trials across the country prior to the start of the season. These events enable pacesetters from each resort to establish their own certified NASTAR Handicap against the Par Time or "0" handicap. The resort pacesetters use their certified handicaps to set the Par Time at their local Nature Valley NASTAR course and in turn give each participant that races at their resort a handicap.
Each time a participant races Nature Valley NASTAR, they earn a handicap which represents the difference between their race time and the Par Time expressed as a percentage. It's easier than it sounds - if a participant earns a 15 handicap, they are 15% behind the Par Time. Don't like percentages? As you just learned, prior to each race, resort pacesetters set the course's Par Time which is the fastest time possible on a NASTAR course. So if the Par Time is 23.32 seconds and your time is 27.00 seconds, you are 3.68 seconds slower than National Pacesetter or the Par Time.
One more thing, each time you race Nature Valley NASTAR, you could win a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal depending on the handicap you earn. Depending on the number of times you race, you will also receive a national (5 races needed), state (2 races needed) and a resort ranking (1 race needed) in your age & gender category in your division which will allow you to compare your race results to other competitors across the country. After each race, it is the resort's responsibility to post their complete and accurate race results directly to nastar.com. You then have the ability to check race results, chart your progress and view rankings on nastar.com. And if you are one of the top three racers at your resort in your age & gender category in your division you will be invited to compete for a National Title and race alongside some of skiing's all-time greats at the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships
It’s that simple!
How Do I Register to Race?
The process is simple. If you are interested in racing Nature Valley NASTAR you must first become a registered member. All you have to do is register online at nastar.com or on-site at any participating Nature Valley NASTAR resort. At Purgatory you can register at the Paradise Race Arena Start House. Remember, it's free to join and you only need to register once!
If you have raced NASTAR since 1997 there's no need to register again - we know who you are! However, you should quickly verify that you're in our database by searching for your last name in the field indicated at the top of the page. Also, we strongly suggest that you verify the personal information on your Race Record is complete and accurate prior to the start of the season.
Register Online. Save precious time at the mountain and register online! Go to the Register to Race page and fill in the required fields to enable us to create your Race Record. You will immediately receive a pop-up notice indicating you are a registered Nature Valley NASTAR member. A Race Record will be created for you and you will be issued a NASTAR Registration Number. You are now ready to race at any Nature Valley NASTAR resort!
Register On-site. Each Nature Valley NASTAR resort has a registration area either in one of the lodges or at the start of the course. You will be asked to complete a NASTAR Registration Form. The resort will input your information into the NASTAR Software. When the resort uploads the day's races, a Race Record will be created for you and you will be issued a NASTAR Registration Number. Note: After your first race, we strongly suggest that you verify the personal information on your Race Record is complete and accurate.
Once you are registered, you can visit any participating NASTAR resort and simply pay your entry fee and give the starter your NASTAR Registration Number and off you go! During the season, your race results will be transferred to your Race Record when the resort uploads the day's races.
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