About the National Pacesetter and the Par Time
Ryan Cochran-Siegle (RCS) is the NASTAR National Pacesetter and he established the zero handicap or Par Time for NASTAR at the NASTAR National Pacesetting Trials.
Resorts and clubs that host NASTAR races have a group of pacesetters with certified pacesetting handicaps that represent their ability. Pacesetters race the course each day to set the Par Time, or the time RCS would have raced the course had he been there that day. By simply dividing the pacesetter's time into their handicap we get the Par Time.
When you race NASTAR you are racing against RCS and his Par Time. The handicap you earn is the percentage your time is behind RCS's time (e.g. 15 handicap = 15 percent behind RCS's time).
The NASTAR Handicap System gives ski and snowboard racers a simplified system to gauge their ability and to monitor their progress throughout the season. NASTAR racers can compare their race results to other competitors and they earn a ranking at the host resort after one race. When three races are completed on three different days participants can compare themselves to other racer in their state of residence and nationally regardless of when and where they race.