11.04.2019 | Bill Madsen
NASTAR stands for the NATional STAndard Race and Pacesetting is the glue that holds the NASTAR program together. Each NASTAR resort or club must have certified Pacesetters set the Par Time, or the National Standard for each race. Once the Par Time is set, every racer earns a handicap based on their performance. The system allows NASTAR racers to compete on different mountains and compare their skills.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle (RCS) is the National Pacesetter and the zero handicap. NASTAR's Regional Pacesetters earn their pacesetting handicaps racing against Ryan so they can set the Par Time for Ryan at Regional Pacesetting Trials across the country. Resort and Club Pacesetters earn certified pacesetting handicaps at the trials and their handicap represents the difference between their time and Ryan's time expressed as a percentage (e.g. 15 handicap = 15% behind RCS's time).
The Pacesetting Trials are not open to the public.
Regional Pacesetting Trials
|Dec. 12||Snowbasin, UT||Claire Brown|
|Dec. 14||Squaw Valley, CA||Marco Sullivan|
|Dec. 15||Sugar Mountain, NC||Andrew Weibrecht Details|
|Dec. 17||Pine Knob, MI||Daron Rahlves Details|
|Dec. 17||Aspen Mountain, CO||Casey Puckett Details|
|Dec. 19||Welch Village, MN||Daron Rahlves Details|
|Jan. 8||Waterville Valley, NH||Andrew Weibrecht|
|Jan. 9||Cochran’s Ski Area, VT||Andrew Weibrecht|
|Jan. 10||Hunter Mountain, NY||Andrew Weibrecht|
To Enter: Send an email with your Registration Number, Resort Name and the race you'll be attending.
The regional pacesetting trials crew is fired up to race with you. Claire Brown will host the opening race at Snowbasin and Marco will be kick off the NASTAR season in the West on his home hill. Our goal is to have regional pacesetters that live in each region so we can provide more opportunities for you to earn certified pacesetting handicaps. The "Warhorse", Andrew Weibrecht, will cover the East and Casey Puckett will set the pace for the Rocky Mountain region. Daron is not from the midwest, but he loves racing in the heartland.
(check the hyperlink under the resort name above for race details)
8:30am - 9:30am – Check-In, Registration and Race Bib Pick-Up.
The host resort provides complimentary lift tickets and race entry.
10:30am - 11:30pm – Race 1 (wearing warm-ups or work clothes)
11:30pm - 1:00pm – Race 2 (wearing race suits or without a coat)
1:00pm - 2:30pm – Lunch Break
2:30pm - 3:30pm – NASTAR Slalom (stubby gate slalom)
All pacesetters must pre-register for the Regional Pacesetting Trials by emailing their Name, NASTAR Registration Number, Resort Name and the event they will be attending to NASTAR one week prior to the race.
Pacesetters looking to attend a Regional Pacesetting Trial must be registered with NASTAR and know their NASTAR Registration number. Pacesetters must verify that they are in the NASTAR Database by searching for their last name at NASTAR.com and logging in to their NASTAR record. Pacesetters must have a password and they must update/edit their personal information. If a Pacesetter is not in the NASTAR Database, they must create a NASTAR record by Registering on the NASTAR web site.
Pacesetters will earn three handicaps at the Pacesetting Trials. Pacesetters' handicaps will be recorded to the hundredth of a point. The lowest handicap earned during the first race will serve as the pacesetter’s “Coat” handicap. Pacesetters must wear their warm-ups or regular work clothes for the first race. When pacesetters set the Par Time at their resort wearing their warm-ups or regular work clothes, they must use their “Coat” handicap.
The second race provides pacesetter with an opportunity to earn a handicap wearing a race suit. The "Suit" handicap must be used when a pacesetter sets the par time wearing a race suit. The lowest handicap earned during the second race will determine each pacesetter’s “Suit” handicap. Pacesetters without a suit will continue to race to lower their coat handicap.
NASTAR Slalom handicaps are earned during the SL Pacesetting Race. SPM Hero gates or stubbies are used for NASTAR Slalom to encourage public participation, however, full gate NASTAR slalom races are also encouraged for advanced racers.
To ensure the integrity of the NASTAR Handicap System, each NASTAR resort is required to send, at minimum, two (2) pacesetters and not more than five (5) pacesetters to a Regional Pacesetting Trial. If a resort or club needs to send additional pacesetter to the trials the resort's NASTAR Coordinator must submit a request for additional entries. NASTAR pacesetters do not need to be the fastest racers, but they must be consistent. It is highly recommended that each resort and club have at least one pacesetter with a handicap of 15 or lower. A pacesetter with a certified handicap of 15 or lower can host local pacesetting races to establish pacesetting handicaps for additional resort pacesetters. Local pacesetting races must be certified by NASTAR.
All NASTAR races must have a pacesetter with a certified NASTAR Handicap so that he/she can set the Par Time.
Setting up pacesetters in the NASTAR timing software is easy once pacesetters earn certified pacesetting handicaps. The Pacesetter Database is updated each time a resort connects to NASTAR with the timing software via an internet connection.