NASTAR = NAtional STAndard Race


The goal of NASTAR is to provide resorts with a turn-key alpine racing solution that animates the resort experience and encourages repeat visits. The NASTAR program is 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 participants to compare themselves to family and friends every time they race.


NASTAR races can be dual head-to-head races or they can be traditional single-course races. Historically NASTAR races have been giant slalom but slalom is now an option within NASTAR.


NASTAR Resort Benefits:

  • NASTAR banners, gates panels and signs are designed to present a professional race venue with safe, functional and durable materials
  • NASTAR timing and scoring software is a user friendly event management system
  • The NASTAR.com web site is the complete resource for recreational racing
  • All NASTAR resorts are listed online under the RACE tab at nastar.com
  • A link to the host resort’s website is listed online (72,192 average monthly page views)
  • All participants earn a ranking in their age and ability group at the host resort
  • Participants earn handicaps based on their ability and they can win Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals embossed with the host resort’s name.
  • Each racer is given their own web page to monitor their results, rankings, participation badges and the ability to follow their buddies.
  • Participants can qualify for the NASTAR National Championships
  • All resorts set a Par Time for each racecourse they set and participants compete against National Standard during each races.
  • Resort Pacesetters earn a handicap that allows them to set the Par Time and to establish the National Standard.

NASTAR e-Newsletter:

  • The NASTAR newsletter is sent to 100,000+ 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

  • SKI magazine, founder and media partner of the NASTAR program, promotes NASTAR through a season-long brand and advertising campaign. SKI Magazine generates significant awareness for the NASTAR program and the host resorts by running five (5) program-specific full-color, full-page ads throughout the season, distributed to more than 300,000 subscribers.
  • SKI also provides NASTAR promotional eblasts to inform recipients about events, resorts and program information.
  • SKI also provides video content and highlights of events.

Social Media

  • NASTAR maintains a strong presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We work with resorts to share their posts and promote their programs throughout the season.
  • Ski Magazine also produces NASTAR specific digital content throughout the season that is distributed via digital and social networks



NASTAR supplies 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 and guest information is shared with resorts where guests participate

Entry Fess

  • 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
  • Many resorts offer NASTAR racing for free as a resort amenity

The franchise fee does not include the cost of medals. NASTAR medals must be ordered through NASTAR's licensed medal provider. Contact NASTAR for details.

Live race results are recorded online during the race

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

Race staff must attend a Regional Pacesetting Trial to establish Pacesetting Handicaps

  • 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 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.
  • Courses 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 recreational race venue.

NASTAR resorts can select vertical self-standing wind wing banners or 12' x 3' horizontal banners for Start, Finish and Race Today.

Below is a list of materials you will 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                                                                        

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Execute and return the signed contract to bmadsen@pocketoutdoormedia.com


NASTAR Resort Franchise Fee:  $2,300

  • The contract must be received by November 1st via Email or US Mail
  • If payment is not included with the contract an invoice can be supplied for payment
  • Payment can be made with a check or credit card
  • Resorts must provide NASTAR with their certificate of insurance and NASTAR must be named as an additional insured


Make Checks Payable to: NASTAR

Mail to:

Attn: Bill Madsen

5720 Flatirons Parkway

Boulder, CO 80301


Contact Bill Madsen with questions:



To join NASTAR for the 2020-21 season Resorts Must:

  • Send NASTAR an executed contract
  • Pay the Franchise Fee
  • Select the NASTAR Race venue materials that will work best on their racecourse (see exhibit B of the contract)


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