At the 2012 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, held at Winter Park Resort, CO, Murer became the first person in NASTAR history to win both the raw time and discounted time during the Race of Champions. At the age of 15, Abigail Murer of Hidden Valley Resort, MO, left her first mark in the NASTAR record book, and we are sure it won't be her last.
Abigail won her first Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships in 2011 and in doing so won a trip to Chile to train with the U.S. Ski Team. At the 2012 Championships Murer was more determined than ever to do it all over again, but better. “It was such a fun trip and I got so much out of it,” said Murer while talking about her trip in 2011. “After experiencing something like that it made me want to train even harder and make it back again.” Mission accomplished.
Like her idol, Lindsay Vonn, Murer grew up racing on a small mountain in the Midwest with dreams of racing on the majestic Rocky Mountains, “She (Lindsay Vonn) is such an inspiration. She makes me ask myself ‘what can I do to get better and be the best.’ She is relatable.” With her home mountain, Hidden Valley as her base and support, Murer travels to Vail, CO each winter to train and to continue her education with the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy – Winter Tutorial (VSSA - WP). While she trains during the winter in Vail she represents Hidden Valley when she races NASTAR. “Hidden Valley is my home mountain and I like to represent them” said Abigail.
While Murer competes in many skiing circuits NASTAR is one of her favorites. “It's really a great experience, so much different from any other races I have ever done. NASTAR is such a fun and friendly environment…very down to earth.” While NASTAR offers her a more relaxed atmosphere it also offers her a chance to compare her times and handicaps to some of the best athletes in the world. “NASTAR is a good marker to see where I stand. The pacesetters are high-class racers and it's like if I am this far off from them now, where will I be in a few years.” In the years to come Murer dreams on making the U.S. Ski Team and not only making the 2018 Olympic team but also bring home a gold medal.
This past weekend Murer was recognized by her hometown in their Labor Day Parade. “I was nervous, I have never been recognized like that before. I just took it all in. It was cool because I was up there for my accomplishments and hard work, it makes me want to get better.” The attention Murer received for her skiing accomplishments was not the only highlight to being in the parade. "Bringing awareness to the Hidden Valley Resort and NASATAR were a huge draw as well. Ultimately getting Hidden Valley out there and teaching kids to ski is amazing and getting to share the NASTAR experience with everyone is great.” With Murer’s hard work, dedication and positive attitude we can’t see her going anywhere but up.
Murer will be taking her second trip to Chile at the end of the month to once again train with the U.S. Ski team. She will be bringing her dad and grandfather with her. “My grandpa was my coach back home before I started going to Vail in the winters to train. It will be fun to ski with him and my dad again and relive the old days.” With the talent she already possesses and the tips she will get from the U.S. Ski team while down in Chile, Abigail Murer will be even stronger and more determined to make her mark, not only NASTAR but also the world of skiing.