Crystal to host Midwest Regional Championships
10.10.2018 | Bill Madsen
Join U.S. Ski Team alum, Marco Sullivan, for a weekend of racing, fun and camaraderie.
Crystal Mountain, MI will host the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR Midwest Championships February 9 & 10. The event will include GS races on Saturday plus the Race of Champions and Team Races on Sunday. Participants will compete within their age and ability groups and racers that make the podium on Saturday will qualify for the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships at Squaw Valley, CA, April 3-7.
Friday, February 8 – Registration
2:00pm - 8:00pm – Competitor Check-In (CRYSTAL CENTER)
Pickup race bibs, start orders and gift bags
An optional Race Clinic will be held for participants that would like to work on their skills with Marco Sullivan and the Pros from Crystal Mountain.
Saturday, February 9
Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR Midwest Championships GS
8:00am - 11:00am – Competitor Check-In (CRYSTAL CENTER)
Pickup race bibs, start orders and gift bags
10:00am – Adult Racers Start (21 and older)
The oldest racers will start first-ADULT START LIST
1:00pm –Junior Racers Start (20 and younger)
The youngest racers will start first-JR. START LIST
4:00pm - 5:30pm – Race Reception-CRYSTAL CENTER
* All participants will take two race runs, but only the best race run handicap will count for awards.
Participants will win awards based on results within their age, gender and ability division. Each age group will be broken into two ability groups; Platinum/Gold and Silver/Bronze. Participants will race their way into their ability group based on the best handicap earned during the race on Saturday:
Division I – Platinum/Gold medal handicaps
Division II – Silver/Bronze medal handicaps
Sunday, February 10
8:00am - 9:30am – Racer Check-In (CRYSTAL CENTER)
Pickup start orders
10:00am – Female Race of Champions
10:30am – Male Race of Champions
1:00pm – Family Team Race
2:00pm – Friends Team Race
Racers that win their age and ability group on Saturday will be invited to compete for the overall win in the Race of Champions on Sunday. The Race of Champions is handicapped so that different age and ability groups have an opportunity to compete for the win on a level playing field.
Men and women compete separately but all racers carry their handicap into the final race where their time is discounted using their handicap. The first racer down the course will have the highest handicap and that racer will stand on top of the podium until a racer with a faster handicapped time bumps them off the top step of the podium with a faster discounted time. The racers with the lowest handicaps start last and the person standing on top of the podium at the end of the race is the overall winner.
Awards are also presented to the racers with the fastest raw times.
The Team Races on Sunday are designed for families to compete together as a team or for groups of friends to compete together as a team. We encourage participants to meet new friends during the event and form Friends Teams. There will be separate races for family teams and teams of friends.
Family teams and Friends teams will be divided into two ability groups. Teams that score Platinum/Gold NASTAR Team Points will compete and teams that score Silver/Bronze NASTAR Team Points will be grouped together. Teams will race their way into a division based on the numbers of team points scored by the team.
Family teams require a minimum of three team members that have a direct family connection. Friends teams can have up to six people but only four racers will be used to score points for the team. NASTAR Team Points are used to score teams so that age and gender can be used to handicap racers.
Awards will be presented immediately following the race.
More Than a Race
All racing will take place on the Cheers to Lou trail. There will be a sponsor village, an awards party, live music, gift bags, an autograph session and Pacesetting by Olympian and U.S. Ski Team veteran, Marco Sullivan.
There are great lodging deals at Crystal Mountain for participants and their guests.
Entry fee includes racing on Saturday & Sunday
Adults: $65 for adults (21 and older)
Juniors: $55 (20 and under)
Entry to GS races on Saturday
Entry to the Family or Friends Team races on Sunday
Entry into the Race of Champions-if you win on Saturday
Gift bag-Regional Championship gift
Entry into a huge raffle for merchandise from sponsors & U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Celebrity pacesetter – Olympian Marco Sullivan
Discounted lift tickets
* Discounted lift tickets are available to participants and paid guests
Who has registered to race-click here-coming soon
Team Race Only: $10
Guests that would like to join a team and complete only on a family team or a friends team can enter Sunday morning in the registration room.
Guest Credentials: $15
Entry to the awards reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and live music and the opportunity to purchase discounted lift tickets.
Special Event Tickets:
Adults: 2 day lift ticket - $100, additional day tickets $50 for adults (21 and older)
Juniors: 2 day lift tickets - $80, additional day tickets $40 (20 and under)