NASTAR Resort Franchise Information
07.02.2019 | Bill Madsen
NASTAR RESORT INFORMATION
NASTAR = NATIONAL STANDARD RACE
Our goal is to provide you with a turn-key alpine racing solution that entertains your guests and encourages repeat visits to your resort. The NASTAR program is a powerful system that reduces the amount of staff needed to host races. Partner with your ski club and use NASTAR to time and score all youth and adult ski club races.
The heart of NASTAR is the handicapped scoring system that allows people to compare themselves to the U.S. Ski Team each time the race. In addition, NASTAR accommodates most forms of racing including dual and single-course racing, modified giant slalom, slalom, giant slalom, and a new head-to-head handicapped bracketed racing system.
With the inclusion of dual-panel giant slalom racing in the FIS Ski World Cup, World Alpine Championships and Olympic Winter Games - as both a team and individual events - introducing fans and athletes to this exciting head-to-head format of ski racing is a top goal for NASTAR and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
The NASTAR program is operated by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and it is the premier youth feeder program for the U.S. Ski Team.
- The U.S. Ski Team sets the pace or the Par Time for all NASTAR races.
- Racers can qualify for the NASTAR National Championships by racing NASTAR and winning medals at their favorite resorts or at Regional Championship events.
- Each host resort has certified Pacesetters that set the Par Time for each race.
- NASTAR handicap and Ranking system
Participants earn handicaps based on their ability and they can win Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals embossed with the host resort’s name.
Franchise fee does not include the cost of medals. NASTAR medals must be ordered through Lasting Impressions: Cheryl 800-767-9577, email@example.com
NASTAR Resorts are listed online:
- All NASTAR resorts are listed online under the RACE tab at nastar.com.
- A link to the host resort’s website, contact information and race schedule is listed online. 72,192 average monthly page views.
- We encourage host resorts to create a NASTAR page on their website and link to their NASTAR results.
- The NASTAR newsletter is sent to 30,000+ participants bimonthly and weekly around major events.
- Features include: special events, participant news, NASTAR resort events, U.S. Ski Team updates and more
Ski Racing Magazine
- NASTAR has partnered with Ski Racing Magazine to provide NASTAR content and promotion for the brand.
- Ski Racing Magazine also provides video content and highlights of events.
- SKI magazine, founder and media partner of the NASTAR program, promotes NASTAR through a season-long brand campaign and advertising schedule. SKI Magazine generates significant awareness for the NASTAR program and the host resorts by running five (5) program-specific 4C full-page ads throughout the season. 300,000 subscribers.
- NASTAR promotional eblast
- NASTAR maintains a strong presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We work with resorts to share their posts and promote their programs.
- Broadcast and Digital Content. U.S. Ski & Snowboard produces NASTAR specific content to be included in the broadcasts of Alpine World Cup on NBC and NBC Sports Network. U.S. Ski & Snowboard, in partnership with Ski Racing 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, Pacesetter bib, coroplast signs and supplemental promotional information.
- Host resort provides hardware
- Gates and timing equipment.
- NASTAR has developed an optional, low cost, RFID system to improve efficiency
The host resort collects and keeps all entry fees
- There are recommended guidelines for pricing but the resorts’ revenue is not shared with NASTAR.
- Many resorts will sell a season pass to race their NASTAR course.
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, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, 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 10-12 meters of space between gates vertically and 2-6 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 put turns in the course.
Due to a number of variables at each resort, the look and feel of each race venue will vary according to the resort.
RACE VENUE MATERIALS
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
- Directional Sign
- imprinted with your race trail name and includes a self-standing banner frame
- Dry erase scoreboard
- Handicap chart
- Pacesetter bib
Execute and return the signed contract to firstname.lastname@example.org to join NASTAR
Click the link above to download the NASTAR Resort Contract.
NASTAR Resort Franchise Fee: $2,100
- The contract must be received by October 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 credit card
- Resort must name NASTAR as an additional insured on their certificate of insurance
Make Checks Payable to: U.S. Ski Team
U.S. Ski Team
Attn: Bill Madsen
1 Victory Lane
Park City, UT 84060
-To register by Oct. 1, 2019. U.S. Ski & Snowboard must receive an executed contract.
Race venue materials can be ordered upon receipt of the contract.
The NASTAR Resort Franchise Fee after October 1st is $2,500