Ski racing is recognized as an individual sport but NASTAR also supports team racing at many resorts across the country. Team races are also known as league races, town series, adult race leagues and in some regions team races are simply called beer leagues. Team racing is an opportunity to get together with your friends, socialize and enjoy the camaraderie associated with the a team sport. There is a different vibe associated with team racing, and when races are handicapped using NASTAR team points, every member of the team has an opportunity to contribute to the team's success. Team members can be any age, in fact fast female racers, seniors and young kids can score the most points for their teams.
The National Championship Family Team race brought together families from across the country to compete for top honors but it also provided an opportunity for families to connect as a unit. Most teams were made of kids racing with their parents but we also saw teams with three generations competing. Win or lose there is nothing more exciting than competing with family members and cheering for your brother, sister, mother, father, child or grandparent. Let's face it, there are not many sports where we can participate as a family team, and that is the beauty of NASTAR.
Family teams came from the south, like the Paris family from Tennessee, and families came from the North like the Campbell family from Idaho. The Cunnington family represented the west hailing from San Rafael, CA and the Scerbin's from Massachusetts were one of the families that traveled from the East. However, it was the Everson Family from Minnesota that took the victory ahead of the Sheppard family from Park City, UT. Less than one tenth of a NASTAR Team Point separated first and second place. The Macuga family, also from Park City, took home the third place trophy.
The competition for the Friends Team title heated up as the snow began to fly again and the temperature dropped further. Franz "Fuxi" Fuchsberg recruited a strong Colorado based team but the guys from Welch Village were confident in their ability to recruit racers to their team and a friendly back room wager was placed on the final team tally. The Ski Bums from Hidden Valley, MO were quietly thinking they had the ace in the hole with NASTAR National Champion, Abigail Murer anchoring their team. The Lathram and the Matthews Fast Friends team planned to steal the show as they recruited Heidi Voelker to their team with some last minute contract negotiations.
The wind started to blow and the temperature sank again as racers reluctantly peeled off their jackets to race. In the end Fuxi's team of Schwimmer Schleichers stole the victory just ahead of the Welch Village Rippers. The Ski Bums took third place, followed by Fast Friends in forth and Nutten To It in fifth.