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What is the NASTAR community?

Welcome to our new and improved site. Here, you can interact with other racers on the forum, post your own photos and stories, and read the latest news on racing, skiing, resorts, family activities, and gear. Log in to join the conversation.

Why do I need two logins?

You might have noticed that our site has changed. We've added a new and improved forum, a photo section where you can share your own photos, and ski tips, travel ideas, and more to keep your racing improving. To be a part of the community you'll need to register and create an account. We encourage all NASTAR members to use their NASTAR Registration Number and password when they create their NASTAR community log in to simplify their experience.

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Can You Give me a Brief History of NASTAR?

Can You Give me a Brief History of NASTAR?

Historically, the NASTAR program had its roots in France where ski instructors were rated by the percentage they lagged behind the time recorded by the fastest French ski instructor. This provided a standardized system so that instructors from Chamonix could compare themselves to instructors at Val d'Isere or other resorts.

John Fry, former editor-in-chief of SKI Magazine, believed the program would be applicable to recreational ski racing in the United States and adopted this universal handicap scoring system. He called it the National Standard Race. The program, later given the acronym NASTAR, was introduced in 1968 as a means to measure the performance of recreational ski racers at resorts across the United States. Similar to golf's handicap system, ski racers of all ages and abilities could now compare their times and compete with one another regardless of where and when they raced.

With SKI Magazine’s support, NASTAR became the recreational race program at resorts across the country as competitors were eager to measure their skiing ability with one another based on a national standard established each year by the fastest member of the U.S. Ski Team. Prodded and promoted by former U.S. Ski Team coach and TV commentator Bob Beattie, the program grew to over 100 resorts attracting close to one million ski racers. In fact, since 1968, more than 6 million NASTAR racer days have been completed.

Today NASTAR continues to generate the necessary enthusiasm and excitement to provide participants of all ages and abilities an enjoyable ski and snowboard racing experience.