Dear NASTAR Racers,
Last week U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) President and CEO Tiger Shaw announced a partnership with Global Reach Sports (GRS). I am pleased to inform NASTAR racers that the USSA and GRS have agreed to join forces to provide NASTAR resorts and participants the level of service we have all come to expect. I've spent the past 26 years promoting and developing the NASTAR program so that alpine racers and resorts across the country could be connected with a common scoring system. The partnership with GRS allows us to continue to encourage participation in our sport and to build a fan base for U.S. Ski Team athletes.
With the partnership, we are providing a software-timing package to our host resorts that is dependable and an online results and rankings experience that is easy to navigate. I have seen young racers like Ted Ligety find success on the NASTAR course. That early recognition helped inspire him to train hard and achieve bigger goals. I am a firm believer in using NASTAR to cast a wider net to identify talent and to encourage participation in local ski clubs, race leagues and the NASTAR National Championships. Our goal is to provide participants with a world-class experience at every ability level; platinum, gold, silver or bronze.
The pieces are in place to support the future of American alpine racing and we are now poised to take NASTAR to the next level. NASTAR results and Race the Gates results recorded this winter are being merged and rankings now appear on the NASTAR.com web site. Historic NASTAR results and rankings are also available online and participants can now login to their accounts to manage their records.
Participants that would like to compete in the National Championships in Steamboat but have not qualified may still race NASTAR to qualify up to an extended date of February 22. Racers that qualify for the NASTAR National Championships will see a National Championships logo in their record after February 22. Anyone who received an invitation last year is automatically invited this year. Racers can also submit a request for a discretionary entry with a link to their results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited about the future of NASTAR racing and look forward to seeing you race at your favorite NASTAR resorts. Thank you for your patience and support of NASTAR.
Director of NASTAR
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association