Crystal to host Midwest Regional Championships
10.10.2018 | Bill Madsen
Join two time Olympic Super G medalist and U.S. Ski Team alum, Andrew Weibrecht, for a weekend of racing, fun and camaraderie.
Crystal Mountain, MI will host the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR Midwest Championships February 29 & March 1. The event will include GS races on Saturday plus the New Head-to-Head Finals on Sunday. In addition, there will be team races on Sunday afternoon for Friends and Families.
Participants will compete within their age and ability groups and racers that score the most Team Points will qualify for the Race of Champions Finals on Sunday. The 32 males and 32 females that earn the most Team Points will qualify for the finals and an opportunity to win prize money. The dual head-to-head race will be a single elimination event with the final four racers in the men's and women’s races splitting a share of the $5000* cash purse.
*prize money is dependent on number of entries. Must have over 130 entries for the full prize purse.
Friday, February 28 – Registration
Competitor Check-In 2:00pm-8:00pm – CRYSTAL CENTER
Pickup race bibs, start orders and gift bags
Race Clinic 12:00pm-3:00pm
- Optional Race Clinic: participants that would like to work on their skills with Andrew Weinbrecht and the Pros from Crystal Mountain.
- Race Clinic Fee: $40 Adults & $30 Juniors & Seniors
- Meet Andrew at the bottom of the Loki lift at the Ski School meeting place by Totem Park.
Saturday, February 29
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
1:00pm –Junior Racers Start (20 and younger)
The youngest racers will start first
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; 1) Platinum/Gold and 2) 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
** Participants will qualify for the NASTAR National Championships at Snowmass, CO March 24-28, 2020.
Sunday, March 1
Finals-Race of Champions & Team Racing
8:00am - 9:30am – Racer Check-In (CRYSTAL CENTER)
Pickup start orders
10:00am – Female Race of Champions (Round of 32)
10:30am – Male Race of Champions (Round of 32)
1:00pm – Family Team Race
2:00pm – Friends Team Race
The Race of Champions
We have changed the format of the final event at the Regional Championship. The Race of Champions (RoC) will be a dual, head-to-head, elimination race that will award prize money to the final four women and the final four men.
The top 32 male and 32 female racers that score the most NASTAR Team Points during the Championship Races will qualify for the final, Race of Champions. Team points are scored within each racer’s age and gender group. This provides younger and older racers with an opportunity to win the event using their handicap.
Competitors are put into elimination brackets and they are seeded by their Team Points. Each racer’s handicap is carried into the race and the doors of the Pro Race style start gates open independently based on the racers’ handicaps. For example, the differential between a racer (A) with a 20 handicap and a racer (B) with a 5 handicap would be 15%. Racer (A’s) start gate would open 15% before the start gate for racer (B) opens. The two competitors race to the finish line and the first competitor to cross the finish line wins and moves on to the next level of the bracket. All races are single elimination and the competitor that scored the most Team Points during qualifying gets priority to select their course. The final four competitors are awarded prize money.
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 custom merchandise, an awards party, live music, gift bags, an autograph session and Pacesetting by two time Olympic medalist and U.S. Ski Team veteran, Andrew Weibrecht.
There are great lodging deals at Crystal Mountain for participants and their guests. Call and mention, NASTAR Midwest Championships
Entry fee includes all racing on Saturday & Sunday
The entry fee for Adults and Juniors is: $125
Entry to GS races on Saturday
Entry to the Family or Friends Team races on Sunday
Entry into the Race of Champions on Sunday-if you qualify
Gift bag-Regional Championship gift
Entry into a huge raffle for merchandise from sponsors & U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Celebrity pacesetter – Olympian Andrew Weibrecht
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.
Purchase lift tickets at Crystal Mountain