World and Olympic champion Ted Ligety is NASTAR's National Pacesetter and he is the standard for NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race). NASTAR participants earn a handicap when they race which represent the difference between their time and Ted's national standard or 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. The NASTAR handicap is a score, and like golf a lower score is desired and represents better skills.
AJ sets Ted's par time at seven 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 the Par Time or Ted's time for NASTAR races on their mountain and in turn give each participant that races at their resort a handicap and a medal in their age group.
2013-14 Nature Valley NASTAR Regional Pacesetting Trials schedule
(click the links below for lodging information and race schedules)
There are three races at the Pacesetting Trials and pacesetters earn three different handicaps:
- Race Suit Handicap
- Coat Handicap
- Slalom Handicap
Pacesetters set the par time for their NASTAR course using their discipline handicap or apparel 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 are representing, at minimum one week prior to the event, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Race 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 the fastest racers at their resort and at least one pacesetter should have a handicap of 15 or lower. Resorts are encouraged to bring one "ringer" to ensure each resort has 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 this year: A Coat handicap a Suit handicap and a new 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 warm-ups or regular work clothes for the first race. When pacesetters set the Par Time at their resort wearing their warm-ups 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. New Slalom handicap. We have added a new discipline. You will have the option to offer slalom racing to your guests. Bring your slalom skis and take a few runs through the stubby gates. We have added a new slalom rankings program so results and rankings will be separate from the standard GS rankings.
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