The National and State ranking system are used to qualify participants for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. The top ten Nationally ranked racers in each age and gender category, within each division are the first participants to qualify for the National Championships.
Participants can also qualify for the Nationals by earning a top five State ranking. 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 Presidents Day, February 16, 2015. Participants are notified on February 17, 2015 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. Those racers are dropped from the qualifier list and next racer in the Resort Rankings qualifies (i.e. the 6th, 7th, 8th.. place participant).
The Resort Rankings are used to qualify Snowboarders and Telemark skiers for the National Championships. Participants receive a Resort Ranking at each resort where they race after completing just ONE Nature Valley NASTAR race. Snowboarders and Telemarkers qualify if they are ranked among the top twenty in their age & gender category at any Nature Valley NASTAR resort as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
The Physically Challenged National Rankings are used to qualify Physically Challenged Racers for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. Participants within each Physically Challenged discipline receive a National Ranking after completing just ONE Nature Valley NASTAR race. Participants within these disciplines qualify if they are ranked in the top two hundred in their age & gender category in their respective discipline rankings as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Monday, February 16, 2015 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 16 at 11:59 PM (EST).
All participants must register for the National Championships by midnight, March 17th.
Alpine Skiers are placed in one of four Divisions for the National Championships based on their handicap as of February 17, 2015 - 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 place appropriately in their ability division.
National Championship divisions are set at the qualifying deadline. President's Day is always the last day to race and establish your handicap and division for the National Championships. 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 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.