Ted Ligety and the U.S. Ski Team will be setting the pace for NASTAR during the Putnam Investments NASTAR National Pacesetting Trials at Copper Mountain, November 17th.


Would you like to see the National Team race NASTAR? This is your chance! The public is welcome to watch the event and there will be an opportunity to meet the athletes. Spectators can only watch the event from the bottom of Copperopolis. No foot traffic will be allowed on the Eagle or Excelerator lifts.


U.S. Ski Team Alumni will also be competing to earn their pacesetting handicaps. Daron Rahlves, Casey Puckett and Marco Sullivan will be hosting Regional Pacesetting Trials across the country for the 100+ resorts and clubs that host NASTAR races.


In addition, the overall winners from the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships at Steamboat last spring are invited to race with the National Team. The U.S. Paralympic Team will also be on hand to set the handicap discounts for adaptive athletes and the country's top telemarkers and snowboarders will set the handicap discount for their disciplines.


The Putnam Investments NASTAR National Pacesetting Trials are used to set the National Standard for the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR program and to handicap pacesetters. Every NASTAR race has a pacesetter with a certified handicap that is used to set the National Standard. NASTAR participants earn a handicap each time they race which represents the difference between their race time and the National Standard time expressed as a percentage. If a participant earns a 25 handicap, they are 25% behind the National Standard or the time Ted Ligety would have raced the course had he been there that day.


The event is by invitation only, and we are inviting each NASTAR resort and club to send two pacesetters to Copper to earn their certified pacesetting handicaps. The event provides NASTAR resorts and clubs with an opportunity to see how their pacesetters match up against World and Olympic Champion, Ted Ligety and other members of the U.S. Ski Team. Resort pacesetters will need to be approved by their host resort.



9:00am - 11:00am – NASTAR National Pacesetting Trials GS

  • 9-10am National Team
  • 10-11am Pacesetters and invited guests

11:30am - 1:30pm – NASTAR National Pacesetting Trials SL

  • 11:30-12:30pm National Team
  • 12:30-1:30 Pacesetters and invited guests

5:00pm - JJ's Rocky Mountain Tavern

  • Meet NASTAR Pacesetters: Daron Rahlves, Casey Puckett, Marco Sullivan, Kristina Koznick, Claire Abbe and National Team athletes.


Resort Pacesetters that cannot make it to the National Pacesetting Trials must register for the Regional Pacesetting Trials.