The National Championships Competition Format

  • Racers will compete within the age, gender, division and discipline in which they qualify.

  • Competitors will be seeded by age within their division.

  • Competitors will race in bib order at 20-second intervals.

  • The second run will start as soon as all racers have completed their first run.

  • Competitors will race in the same bib order during the second run.

  • Physically challenged racers will compete with the Bronze Division racers. Physically Challenged racers will start first on their race venue.

  • Telemark racers will compete with the Bronze Division racers within their age and gender group.

  • The snowboard division will compete on its own course with snowboard gate panels.

  • Competitors will compete on one of six race venues depending on their age and division.

  • Each racer will take two race runs on Friday and two race runs on Saturday. Both race runs will be taken on the same course each day and racers will switch courses for the second day of competition.

    For example: if you race on the yellow course on Friday you will race on the blue course on Saturday.
     

  • Only the best handicap earned Friday and the best handicap earned on Saturday are used to determine the final result.

    For example: if you fall or miss a gate on one run and complete the other run you are still in contention.
     

  • One run must be completed each day

  • Friday: adults 21 and older will race in the AM and the Kids, 20 years and younger will race in the PM.

  • Saturday: juniors 20 years and younger will race in the AM, and the adults 21 years and older will race in the PM.
     

The Breakout Rule

National Championship competitors will be bumped up to a new divisions if they break out of their qualifying division during the first day of competition.

  • Gold Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap that is within the top 50% of the platinum medal range will be moved to the Platinum Division.

  • Silver Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap will be moved to the Gold Division.

  • Bronze Division racers that earn a gold medal handicap will be moved to the Silver Division.

Details on the Bump Rule

The best handicap earned each day will be averaged (added together and divided by two) to determine each competitor's final National Championships handicap. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the first, second and third place finishers in each age & gender category in each division during Saturday's awards ceremony.

The winner of each age and gender category within each division and discipline will win a National Championship Title! Each National Champion will then be invited to compete in the Race of Champions for a chance to win the Overall Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championship Title.
 

Sunday Race of Champions

Competitors who win a National Title will be invited to compete in a winner-take-all race in one of four categories:

  • Female Alpine

  • Male Alpine

  • Female Combined (snowboard, telemark & adaptive racers)

  • Male Combined (snowboard, telemark & adaptive racers)

Each qualifying racer will carry their winning National Championships handicap into the race to level the playing field. If a participant’s winning handicap is higher than the handicap maximum for their division, they will be assigned the maximum handicap for their division with 75 being the maximum handicap for the Race of Champions.

Within each race, competitors will be seeded by their National Championships handicap with the highest handicaps racing first. Each racer will get one run.

During each discipline's race, the competitor with the fastest handicapped time will ascend the podium until he/she is bumped off by a faster discounted time.

Immediately following each categories' race, the competitor with the fastest handicapped time will receive a "Race of Champions" trophy and will be crowned the overall NASTAR National Champion! Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the three competitors with the fastest handicapped times. 

In addition, a Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championship trophy will be presented to the racers that record the fastest raw times within each category. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the competitors with the fastest raw times.
 

Resort Team Competition

Competitors will represent the resort from which they qualified in the Resort Team Competition. The resort team can also be selected during the online registration process.

Resort Teams will be scored based on a team point average which is handicapped by age and gender. Team members score points for their Resort Team based on their final National Championships handicap.

  • Only the top six point gainers from each resort team will be used to score points for their resort team. The number of team points earned by these top point gainers are added together and divided by six to get the Team Score.

  • In the event of a tie, a 7th team member's National Championships handicap will be factored in to the Team Score. If the tie persists, National Championships handicaps for additional team members will be factored in to the Team Score until the tie is broken.

The NASTAR Handicap Chart shows the handicap needed in each age & gender category to earn a particular number of team points. The number of team points indicated on the chart is a range. Since team points are interpolated, the exact number of team points you earn will be within this range.

View the NASTAR Handicap Chart

Resort Team awards will be given to the first, second, third, fourth and fifth place resort teams. The resort team with the highest Team Score will be awarded the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championship Resort Team Title!

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