About the National Pacesetter and the Par Time
The NASTAR National Pacesetter sets the National Standard, Zero Handicap and Par Time for NASTAR.
NASTAR resorts and clubs must have a group of pacesetters that earn certified pacesetting handicaps. The handicap represent the ability of the pacesetter. A pacesetter races the course each day to set the Par Time. Dividing the pacesetter's time into their handicap results in the calculated Par Time.
When you race NASTAR you are racing against the National Pacesetter's time. The handicap you earn is the percentage your time is behind the National Pacesetter (e.g. 15 handicap = 15 percent behind the National Pacesetter's Par Time, National Standard or Zero Handicap)
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 by earning a ranking at the host resort. 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.