NASTAR, which stands for the NAtional STAndard Race, was developed back in 1968 by SKI Magazine and now boasts 100,000 racer days annually at 85+ resorts around the country. Our goal is to provide winter resorts with a turn-key alpine racing solution that animates the resort experience and encourages repeat visits. Better yet, we provide a powerful event management system that reduces the amount of staff needed to host races. 


The heart of NASTAR is the handicapped scoring system that allows racers to compare themselves to family and friends every time they race one of our courses. The races can be dual head-to-head racing or traditional single-course racing. Historically NASTAR courses have been the modified giant slalom format but slalom racing is also an option.


How It Works

  • All NASTAR resorts have pacesetters that set the National Standard or the Par Time for each racecourse
  • Participants compete against the national standard during each race and earn a handicap based on their ability
  • The handicap is the percentage the racer is behind the national standard (20 handicap = 20% behind the par time)
  • Resort pacesetters must earn a certified pacesetting handicap which allows them to set the par time
  • Participants can earn platinum, gold, silver and bronze NASTAR medals depending on the handicap they earn in their age and gender group
  • The NASTAR website is the complete resource for results and recreational racing information
  • When racers join Outside+ they are provided with their own web page to monitor their results, rankings, participation badges, the ability to follow their buddies and much more 
  • All participants earn a ranking in their age and ability group at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally
  • Participants can qualify for the NASTAR National Championships at the end of every season


Resort Benefits For Hosting NASTAR 


NASTAR Branded Race Material

  • NASTAR banners, gate panels and signs, all designed to present a professional race venue with safe, functional and durable materials
  • NASTAR timing and scoring software that is a user friendly event management system
  • NASTAR Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals embossed with the host resort’s name or logo for race participants (must be ordered through the NASTAR licensed medal provider) 


NASTAR Website Presence

  • All participating resorts are listed online under the RACE tab at nastar.com
  • The host resort's race schedule, contact phone number, average par time and the race trail name is listed with the resort name
  • A link to the host resort’s website listed included on the resort's results page (72,192 average monthly page views) 


Marketing and PR Presence

  • The NASTAR e-newsletter is sent to all participants that opt in
  • The newsletter is sent to 70,000+ participants bi-monthly, and weekly around major events
  • Features include: special events, participant news, NASTAR resort events, U.S. Ski Team updates and more 
  • SKI Magazine is the founder and media partner of NASTAR
  • SKI Magazine generates significant awareness for the NASTAR program and host resorts through season-long coverage
  • One (1) program-specific full color, full-page print ad, promotional eblasts and social media inclusions across 500k digital subscribers.


Social Media

  • NASTAR maintains a strong presence on Facebook and Instagram. We work with resorts to share their posts and promote their programs throughout the season



Resort Participation 

We supply resorts with all of the tools necessary to host NASTAR races: 

  • Timing software, website, registration forms, bib numbers, gate panels, start, finish and race today banners, coroplast signs and supplemental promotional information.
  • Host resorts provide hardware (gates, timers, computers, display boards, etc)
  • NASTAR has developed an optional, low cost, RFID system to improve efficiency
  • NASTAR provides online registration allowing participants to sign the waiver online and go directly to the start.
  • Participant information is shared with the resort for communication and marketing.


Entry Fees:

  • There are guidelines for pricing but the entry fee revenue is not shared with NASTAR
  • It is recommended that resorts sell a season pass to race their NASTAR course
  • Some resorts are offering NASTAR racing for free as a resort amenity


Live race results are recorded online during the race:

  • Official results are posted immediately following the race.
  • National, State, Resort and Overall Rankings are updated nightly.
  • Race leagues and team scores are easily managed and accumulated results for race series are tracked online


Race staff must earn certified pacesetting handicaps by racing against a pacesetter with an established handicap

  • Each resort must have a minimum of two (2) Pacesetters with certified NASTAR Pacesetting Handicaps
  • A Pacesetter’s Handicap is used to set the National Standard or Par Time for each NASTAR race
  • The Pacesetter’s Handicap is divided by his/her time to establish the time that the National Pacesetter would have skied the course had he/she been there that day



  • Each resort is ultimately responsible for the location and set up of their NASTAR race venue.
  • NASTAR encourages resorts to place their race venue on a trail in a high-profile location (i.e. visible from a high-traffic lift or lodge).
  • Resorts have the option to set single or dual courses. Race courses should be approx. 350 meters in length.
  • NASTAR Giant Slalom (GS) courses must be set with 18-22 meters of space between gates vertically and 4-8 meters of offset.
  • NASTAR Slalom (SL) courses must be set with 10-14 meters of space between gates vertically and 1-6 meters of offset.
  • There are separate rankings for GS & SL races.
  • The Par Time of any NASTAR course must not be within 5% of the Cap Time. The Cap Time is defined as the time it takes a Pacesetter to tuck from the start to the finish of the course without going around gates and is the fastest possible time the venue will allow. This rule forces the course setter to set turns in the racecourse to test the participants skill level.


Due to a number of variables at each resort, the look and feel of each race venue will vary according to the resort.



Participating NASTAR resorts are supplied with all of the promotional materials needed to set-up a public race venue.

Below is a list of materials that new resorts receive as a member of NASTAR.


  • Timing & Scoring software
  • Registration Forms
  • Participant bibs
  • Gate panels
  • Start, Finish & Race Today banners: 12' x 3' banners or Wind Wing self-standing banners
  • Register Here sign
  • Information sign
  • Start panels: coroplast-horizontal and vertical options
  • Dry erase scoreboard
  • Handicap chart   
  • Directional Sign (imprinted with the name of your race trail)    


Returning NASTAR resorts can select optional materials if their gate panels, signs and banners are in excellent condition. Materials include SPM Brush Gates, Start Gates, Photo Cells, Timers, Fencing and photo cell pads:



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