Snowmass to Host 2024 National Championships
10.09.2023 |Bill Madsen
NASTAR, a part of Outside Inc., will host its NASTAR National Championships at Aspen Snowmass from Monday, April 8 through Saturday, April 13, 2024. Racers and spectators will gather in the Spider Sabich Race Arena at Snowmass for the forth consecutive year to compete for national titles and prize money within each division. The event will also serve as the national pacesetting trials for the 2024-25 winter season.
NASTAR competitors who qualify will be notified online so participants should log in to their NASTAR account ahead of time and ensure their contact information is up-to-date. Online registration will open on February 1, 2024 and run through April 7. Registration includes entry into the race, national championship swag & gift bag, race bib, live entertainment, awards and prize money for top three adult and junior finishers in the finals. An Outside+ subscription will be required to register for the National Championships. Only one subscription is needed per household.
Racing will kick off with the NASTAR Slalom Championships Monday, April 8 where all participating skiers will compete in a two-run, stubby-gate, slalom race. This warmup race will be scored using the competitors best of two race runs. Participants will be placed in a division based on the best handicap they earn within their age and gender group for awards.
The national championship giant slalom races will begin April 9 with the bronze division nationals. Racers will compete within the age, gender, division and discipline in which they qualify, and the top racers will earn a place in the dual, head-to-head finals. Racing will continue throughout the week with the bronze division finals on April 10 and the silver division national championships races. The silver division finals will take place April 11 as well as the national championship races for gold division. On April 12 the gold division finals will take place and the platinum division races will start. The platinum division finals will take place April 13 for the largest cash purse. Prospective student-athletes may accept prize money based on their place/finish at a competition, provided the money does not exceed their expenses in those events during a calendar year or sport season. Here is the compete schedule of events.
Each participant will take a minimum of two runs to record their lowest handicap during the championship races, but competitors should be prepared to take additional race runs as time and conditions allow. Lunch will be served at the Spider Sabich Picnic Palace and awards will be presented in the finish area to the top three racers in each age, gender, discipline, and division. Within each divisional race, the competitors that score the most NASTAR Points within their age and gender will qualify for the finals. NASTAR Points are used to level the qualifying opportunity for males and females young and old. The top 32 adults and the top 32 junior racers in each divisional race will be invited to compete in the Finals. Qualifying racers will carry their winning handicap into the race to level the playing field, providing males and females, young and veteran racers an equal opportunity to win. The Race of Champions Finals are head-to-head single elimination, handicapped races, with prize money awarded to the top three finishers in the junior races and the adult races within each division.
In addition, the National Championships will also serve as the National Pacesetting Trials for the 2024-25 season. Resorts that host NASTAR should send their pacesetters and top racers to the Nationals to earn certified pacesetting handicaps. Any NASTAR participant with a certified handicap of 30 or lower from the National Championships can be used as a pacesetter for NASTAR races.
NASTAR is a part of the Outside network, the world’s leading creator of active lifestyle content and experiences. Eligible racers must log in to Outside+ to register for the National Championships. Only one subscription per household is necessary. Members may link child(ren) and spouse to their account. By joining Outside+, racers will become eligible to compete at the nationals, and receive premium access to results & rankings on nastar.com. In addition to the NASTAR benefits, an Outside+ membership includes premium content from the Outside network including SKI magazine, streaming access to World Cup coverage, the Warren Miller film archive, and hundreds of adventure films, series, online courses and more. To subscribe and learn more about Outside+.