- Racers will compete within the age, gender, division and discipline in which they qualified.
- Competitors will be seeded by gender & age within their division.
- Competitors will race in bib order at 20-second intervals.
- The second run will start as soon as all racers have completed their first run.
- Competitors will race in the same bib order during the second run.
- Physically challenged racers will compete with the Bronze Division racers of their age group. Physically Challenged racers will start first on their race venue.
- Telemark racers will compete with the Bronze Division racers within their age and gender group.
- The snowboard division will compete on its own course with snowboard gate panels.
- Competitors will compete on one of six race venues depending on their age and division.
- Each racer will take two race runs on Thusday and two race runs on Friday. Both race runs will be taken on the same course each day and racers will switch courses for the second day of competition.
- For example: if you race on the yellow course on Thursday you will race on the green course on Friday.
- Only the best handicap earned Thursday and the best handicap earned on Friday are used to determine the final result.
- For example: if you fall or miss a gate on one run and complete the other run you are still in contention.
- One run must be completed each day
- Thursday’s races, adults 21 and older will race in the AM and the Kids, 20 years and younger will race in the PM.
- Friday’s races, the kids 20 years and younger will race in the AM, and the adults 21 years and older will race in the PM.
A new breakout rule
National Championship competitors will be bumped up to a new divisions if they break out of their qualifying division during the first day of competition.
- Gold Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap that is within the top 50% of the platinum medal range will be moved to the Platinum Division (click the breakout rule link above for details).
- Silver Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap will be moved to the Gold Division.
- Bronze Division racers that earn a gold medal handicap will be moved to the Silver Division.
The best handicap earned each day will be averaged (added together and divided by two) to determine each competitor's final National Championships handicap. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the first, second and third place finishers in each age & gender category in each division during Friday's awards ceremony.
- The winner of each age and gender category within each division and discipline will win a National Championship Title!
- Each National Champion will be invited to compete in the Race of Champions
Saturday Race of Champions
- Competitors who win a National Title will be invited to compete in Saturday's "Nature Valley NASTAR Race of Champions" in a winner-take-all race in one of four disciplines
- Female Alpine
- Male Alpine
- Female Combined (snowboard, telemark & physically challenged
- Male Combined (snowboard, telemark & physically challenged
- Each qualifying racer will carry their winning National Championships handicap into the race to level the playing field. If a participant’s winning handicap is higher than the handicap maximum for their division, they will be assigned the maximum handicap for their division.
- 75 is the maximum handicap for the Combined Division.
- Within each discipline, competitors will be seeded by their National Championships handicap with the highest handicaps racing first.
- Each racer will get one run.
- During each discipline's race, the competitor with the fastest handicapped time will ascend the podium until he/she is bumped off by a faster discounted time.
- Immediately following each discipline's race, the competitor with the fastest handicapped time will receive a "Race of Champions" trophy and will be crowned the overall "Nature Valley NASTAR National Champion"!
- Within each discipline, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the three competitors with the fastest handicapped times.
- In addition, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the competitors with the fastest raw times.
Resort Team Competition
- Unless selected otherwise during the online registration process for the National Championships, competitors will represent the resort from which they qualified in the Resort Team Competition.
- Resort teams will be scored based on a team point average. Team members score points for their team based on their final National Championships handicap.
- Only the top six point gainers from each resort team will be used to score points for their resort team. The number of team points earned by these top point gainers are added together and divided by six to get the Team Score.
- In the event of a tie, a 7th team member's National Championships handicap will be factored in to the Team Score. If the tie persists, National Championships handicaps for additional team members will be factored in to the Team Score until the tie is broken.
- The NASTAR Handicap Chart shows the handicap needed in each age & gender category to earn a particular number of team points. Click the link to view the NASTAR Handicap Chart for Male & Female. The number of team points indicated on the chart is a range. Since team points are interpolated, the exact number of team points you earn will be within this range.
- Resort Team awards will be given to the first, second, third, fourth and fifth place resort teams. The resort team with the highest Team Score will be awarded the National Resort Team Title!