Nature Valley NASTAR Opens:
Windham Mountain, NY Feb 6-7 »Nature Valley NASTAR Open at Windham Mountain, Review
The Nature Valley NASTAR Open at Windham Mountain, NY, was a huge success! The event, February 6-7, kicked off with a race clinic with AJ Kitt, complete with video analysis from the respected Olympian. The forecast called for clouds but the weather was perfect as all ages raced the Lower Wheelchair trail looking for an Open Title. Windham Mountain did a great job entertaining the participants on and off the hill. Many racers even hit the big jump in front of the lodge that has an airbag in the landing area so that people can learn new tricks.
The competition was tight in every age group and Sunday’s Race of Champion’s (RoC) brought the best together for one more race. In the female division, Cathy Radziemski won the overall ROC and Anna Vyskoubenko posted the fastest raw time. The men’s race saw Horst Langer grab the NASTAR Open title for the second straight year and Szymon Wojciak posted the fastest raw time. In the snowboard discipline, Karolina Zawodnik had the fastest time for the ladies and Chris Berns had the fastest time in the men’s combined division.
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» Nature Valley NASTAR Open at Crystal Mountain, Review
The Nature Valley NASTAR Open at Crystal Mountain, MI, was a great success! The event, January 9-10, kicked off with a race clinic with AJ Kitt, complete with video analysis from the respected Olympian, resulting in each clinic participant medaling the following day. Saturday’s Open race welcomed a bluebird sky for this genuinely all-ages event – the youngest competitor being just 4, and the oldest a spry 99. Crystal Mountain’s race crew did a truly pro job preparing the race venues and coordinating all the pre and post race activities – many thanks to the countless hours from Crystal Mountain’s staff and volunteers.
The competition was fierce and fun in equal measure, and results were tight in every age group. After all, complimentary entry to the National Championships was on the line (not to mention bragging rights for NASTAR Open titles). Sunday’s Race of Champion’s (RoC) vetted each category’s winners from the day prior and competition sparked under yet another beautiful blue sky. In the female division, Stephanie Kibbey won the overall ROC based on discounted time and Kristin Grebe posted the fastest raw time. The men’s race saw Connor Steinhilber grab the NASTAR Open title and Kermit Anderson posted the fastest raw time. In the snowboard discipline, Al Woods won the NASTAR Open title.
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What is NASTAR Open
Nature Valley NASTAR Open events are open to all NASTAR participants. Participants do not need to qualify, but participation is limited to the first 400 entrants. The events will serve as qualifiers for the National Championships with complementary entries to select winners.
Discounted lift tickets, lodging and race clinics are available to registered participants and their guests, and each participant will be given a gift bag and a souvenir race bib upon check-in. Participants will also have the opportunity to race with NASTARùs Traveling Pacesetter and four-time Olympian, AJ Kitt, so be sure to inquire about race clinics.
Competitors 20 years and younger will race Saturday morning and the adults will race in the afternoon. The event is family-oriented but also caters to the most seasoned racers by giving an opportunity to compete against one of the US Ski Teamùs most popular alumni.
The awards reception on Saturday evening will include food and a raffle for great prizes. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age, gender and ability group with live music and bar services following the awards. Participants that win their age and ability group will be invited to compete in the Race of Champions for overall titles on Sunday.
Overall Race of Champions winners and the raw time winners will be given complimentary entries to the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships in Winter Park, CO. In addition, participants that win a medal during the NASTAR Opens will automatically qualify for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.