World and Olympic Champion Ted Ligety is NASTAR's National Pacesetter and he is the standard for all NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) races. NASTAR participants earn a handicap when they race which represent the difference between their time and Ted's time or the Par Time.
The Regional Pacesetting Trials are used to establish pacesetting handicaps for each resort's NASTAR pacesetters. Four-time Olympian AJ Kitt is NASTAR's traveling pacesetter and he sets the pace for Ted at each pacesetting race. Resort Pacesetters earn handicap(s) based on their performance against the Par Time set by AJ. The NASTAR handicap is a score, and like golf a lower score is desired and represents better skills.
There are six Regional Pacesetting Trials across the country. Each NASTAR Resort must sends 2-5 pacesetters to the trials to earn Certified NASTAR Pacesetting Handicaps. Once certified, pacesetters can use their handicap(s) to set Ted's Par Time for NASTAR races on their mountain and in turn give each participant a handicap and award them a NASTAR medals in their age group.
2014-15 Nature Valley NASTAR Regional Pacesetting Trials schedule
(click the links below for event details and lodging information)
There are three races at the Pacesetting Trials and pacesetters earn three different handicaps:
- Coat Handicap
- Race Suit Handicap
- Slalom Handicap
Pacesetters set the par time for their NASTAR course using their apparel handicap or their discipline handicap.
The Regional Pacesetting Trials are not open to the public
All pacesetters must pre-register for the Regional Pacesetting Trials by emailing their Name, NASTAR Registration Number and the Resort they will represent to firstname.lastname@example.org at minimum one week prior to the event.
Pacesetters looking to attend a Regional Pacesetting Trial must be registered with NASTAR, know their NASTAR Registration number and have their Resort Team name listed in their NASTAR record. Pacesetters must verify that they are in the NASTAR Database by entering their last name or registration number in the Search Names field at the top of any nastar.com page. Pacesetters must log in, create a password and update/edit their personal information and include their Resort Team name in their record. For instructions on how to update your Race Record go to the Race Results tab. If a Pacesetter is not in the NASTAR Database, they must Register by selecting the option at the top of any nastar.com page. Once completed pacesetters can register for the Pacesetting Trials.
To ensure the integrity of the NASTAR Handicap System, each Nature Valley NASTAR resort is required to send, at minimum, two (2) pacesetters and not more than (5) pacesetters to a Regional Pacesetting Trial. If you need to send additional pacesetter to the trials your resort must submit a request for additional entries. Your NASTAR Coordinator or Ski School Director as well as your Pacesetters must attend the information session held during the event to learn about new promotional procedures, software upgrades and program changes. Nature Valley NASTAR pacesetters should be consistent racers and at least one pacesetter should have a handicap of 15 or lower. Resorts are encouraged to bring one "ringer" to ensure they have at least one pacesetter with a low handicap. All Nature Valley NASTAR races must have a pacesetter with a certified NASTAR Handicap to set the Par Time.
Pacesetters will earn three handicaps at the Nature Valley NASTAR Regional Pacesetting Trials:
A Coat handicap a Suit handicap and a Slalom handicap. Pacesetters handicaps are recorded to the hundredth of a point.
1. The Coat handicap is earned during the first race. The lowest handicap earned during the first race will serve as the pacesetter’s “Coat” handicap. Pacesetters must wear their jacket or regular work clothes for the first race. When pacesetters set the Par Time at their resort wearing a jacket or regular work clothes, they must use their “Coat” handicap.
2. The Suit handicap is earned during the second race. The lowest handicap earned during the second race will determine each pacesetter’s “Suit” handicap. Pacesetters are allowed to wear racing suits for the second race. When pacesetters set the Par Time at their resort wearing a racing suit, they must use their “Suit” handicap.
3. Slalom handicap. NASTAR Slalom is a new option for NASTAR resorts. Bring your slalom skis and take a few runs through the stubby gates. A new handicap chart has been added to the NASTAR software and separate slalom rankings will rank people at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally.
Each pacesetter attending a Regional Pacesetting Trial receives the following benefits:
Opportunity to race directly against NASTAR's Traveling Pacesetter, AJ Kitt.
Thrilling competition against some of the top ski racers in the region
Racer earn three certified NASTAR Handicaps (coat, suit & slalom)
Complimentary gift from Nature Valley NASTAR
Complimentary food and beverage during the information session
Complimentary lift ticket
Team Awards & Individual Awards
Certified Pacesetter List Pacesetting handicaps from the previous year can be used until pacesetters attend the race in their region to update their handicaps.