The 2011-12 Nature Valley NASTAR season provided less snow and warmer weather than we are accustom to seeing, but the participation numbers were still strong. There were three resorts that recorded over 10,000 racer days and that has not been accomplished since the 2006-07 season. Overall participation numbers were impressive considering the snow came late and left early. There were only 20 resorts that were able to offer NASTAR racing during the Christmas holiday, but once all the resort had snow, we really started rolling. The resorts with largest race league programs dominated the resort participation rankings through February as Wachusett Mountain, Buck Hill and Cranmore showed that smaller resorts can compete with the large destination resorts. Good late season snow in the West allowed the destination resorts to build momentum and drive NASTAR racer days over 200,000 and NASTAR starts supassed 500,000. This season will be remembered as one of the strangest on record but it also proved that recreational racing is still a very popular amenity that skiers, snowboarders, telemarkers and physically challenged riders desire. Participants at The Championships this year came from from 44 states and five countries and they represented ninety-three resorts. The Nature Valley NASTAR community once again proved to be a tight knit group that loves the sport of alpine racing and they do a great job of supporting the sport, NASTAR and the U.S. Ski Team. We are proud to be a part of this community.
The overall Nature Valley NASTAR participation battle came down to the final week of racing and Breckenridge held off Vail and Beaver Creek with less than 400 racer days separating the three resorts. In the New England Region Wachusett Mountain grabbed the top position ahead of Cranmore Mountain Resort and Pats Peak. The Mid-Atlantic Region saw another close race with Windham Mountain narrowly edging out Hunter Mountain and Labrador. The Mid-West was won by Buck Hill followed by Afton Alps and Crystal Mountain Resort. The Rocky Mountain Region mirrored the overall participation rankings with Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek rankings first, second and third. The Western Region was once again lead by the Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and Schweitzer Mountain Resort in third just ahead of Sun Valley.