The Nature Valley NASTAR Open will take place Saturday, January 7th and is open to all age and ability groups at Wachusett, MA. The event provides NASTAR Racers with an early season qualifying opportunity for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
The Family Challenge will take place Sunday, January 8th with teams of (3) or more competing for team titles in two divisions: Family Teams and Friends Teams. The team race will determine which family team and which league team or team of friends or will reign supreme in the New England region.
Nature Valley NASTAR Pacesetter and four time Olympian AJ Kitt will set the Par Time for all of the races, sign autograph and provide racing tips throughout the weekend. Discounted lift tickets, lodging and race clinics are available to registered participants and their guests, and each participant will be given a gift bag upon check-in.
Wachusett Mountain will host race clinics on Friday for participants that would like to warm up and practice on the race hill. Contact Wachusett to sign up for a race clinic.
The entry fee is $59 and includes:
- NASTAR Open Entry
- Family Challenge Team Race Entry
- Gift bag
- Awards Reception
- Warren Miller film screenings
- AJ Kitt
- Sponsor Village at Wachusett base area – to include: Sampling, product display and experiential activities
- Live music
- Retro Après Race Reception
Special lift ticket available for participants and guests:
$59 -- Regular Race Registration Fee (for Gold Century Pass/Weekender Pass)
$10 – Daily Lift Ticket Price for Racers (*)
$20 -- Daily Lift Ticket Rate for Racer guests (*)
(*) Lift Ticket required each day.
Kids 5 years and younger ski free!(entry fee does not include lift ticket)
Nature Valley NASTAR Open
On Saturday, competitors 20 years and younger will take two race runs starting at 10am and adults 21 years of age and older will take two race runs beginning at 1pm. The lowest handicap earned will be used to place participants in their their divison: Either Platinum/Gold or Silver/Bronze. The event is family-oriented and participation based but the region's best racers will have an opportunity to compete against one of the US Ski Team’s most popular alumni, AJ Kitt.
The awards reception will include food, raffle prizes and an autograph signing opportunity with AJ. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age, gender and ability group. First, second and third place racers in the Platinum/Gold and the Silver/Bronze divisions will automatically qualify for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
The male and female racers that score the lowest overall handicaps during the race will be given complimentary entries to the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships in Winter Park, CO March 22-25.
Warren Miller Screenings
Warren Miller will bring the annual film and vintage film(s) to Wachusett for an evening of entertainment. An après vintage film screening will lead up to the awards ceremony and a screening of the current film, Warren Miller’s . . . Like There’s No Tomorrow will follow the awards presentations. The Saturday evening festivities will have a retro theme to accompany the Warren Miller vintage film screenings so bring your outdated ski gear.
Family Challenge & Team Race
On Sunday the Team Race will start at 10am. The lowest handicap earned by each team member will be used to score Team Points for their team. Team Points are handicapped by age and gender to level the playing field. The three team members that score the most team points will be used to tally their team's score. Team points are added together and divided by three to establish the final team score. The fastest Family Team will earn complimentary entry to compete in the Return of The Champions Family Challenge at Winter Park, March 26th. The fastest Friends Team will win complimentary entry to the U.S. Ski Team Pro-Am at Winter Park, March 27.