The top ten Nationally ranked racers within each age, gender and division are the first participants to qualify for the National Championships.
Participants that earn a top five State ranking in their age and abiiity group also qualify for the Nationals.
Three races on three different days are needed to earn a National & State Ranking handicap. The National and State ranking handicap is an average of your three best handicaps earned on three different days.
NASTAR racers can also qualify by earning a top five Resort ranking in their age and ability group. Competitors with one or two race days are placed in a division based on their single best NASTAR handicap.
The qualification deadline for the National Championships is, February 22, 2016. Participants are notified on February 23, 2016 if they qualify. Competitors in the Platinum Division, Gold Division, Silver Division and Bronze Division are eligible to qualify for the National Championships. If a participant qualifies in the National Rankings, the next racer in the State Rankings will qualify (i.e. the 6th place racer).
Participants that qualify via the National or State Rankings are not included as qualifiers on the Resort Rankings list. Qualified racers from the National and State rankings are dropped from the Resort Ranking qualifier list and next racer from the Resort Rankings qualifies (i.e. the 6th, 7th, 8th.. place participant).
The Resort Rankings are used to qualify Snowboarders, Telemark skiers and Snowbikers for the National Championships. Participants receive a Resort Ranking at each resort where they race after completing just ONE NASTAR race. Snowboarders, Telemarkers and Snowbikers qualify if they are ranked among the top twenty in their age & gender category at any NASTAR resort as of Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
The Physically Challenged National Rankings are used to qualify Adaptive Racers for the NASTAR National Championships. Participants within each Physically Challenged discipline receive a National Ranking after completing just ONE NASTAR race. Participants within these disciplines qualify if they are ranked in the top two hundred in their age & gender category in their respective classification rankings as of Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
Monday, February 22, 2016 is the last day for participants to qualify for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
All results must be posted by participating resorts to nastar.com no later than Monday, February 15 at 11:59 PM (EST).
All participants must register for the National Championships by midnight, March 15th.
Alpine Skiers are placed in one of four Divisions for the National Championships based on their handicap as of February 23, 2016 - either the Platinum Division, Gold Division, Silver Division or Bronze Division.
If you have three or more race days, your National Ranking handicap will determine whether you are placed in the Platinum Division, Gold Division, Silver Division or Bronze Division.
If you have one or two race days, your Resort Ranking handicap will determine whether you are placed in the Platinum Division, Gold Division, Silver Division or Bronze Division.
It is highly recommended that participants record three race days and earn a National Rankings so that they are placed appropriately in their ability division.
National Championship divisions are set at the qualifying deadline. Some racers will improve after the qualifying deadline and move to a new division, but racers compete at the in the division in which they qualified for the National Championships.
Participants that qualify for the Nationals based on results form the 2014-15 season will be placed in a division based on their most recent results.
Participants that feel that they are in the wrong division can request to move up to a higher or more competitive division. Racers cannot move down to a division below the division where they qualified.
The NASTAR Handicap Chart shows the handicap needed in each age & gender category to be placed in a particular division.
If you compete as a Snowboarder, Telemarker or Physically Challenged Racer, NASTAR will place you in your discipline regardless of your handicap - either the Snowboard Division, Telemark Division or Physically Challenged Division. There are sub-divisions within the Physically Challenged discipline and racers are differentiated according to their disability. Your Racer Division is indicated on your Race Record.