Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. Since the program's inception, more than 6 million skier and snowboarder racer days have been recorded. 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!