What a NASTAR Course Looks Like
Participating resorts are provided with a race package that includes all the materials necessary for the successful execution of NASTAR (start/finish banners, directional signage, gate panels, race bibs, state-of-the-art scoring/registration software, etc.).
Resorts are ultimately responsible for the location and set up of their NASTAR race venue, but typically it is visible from a high traffic lift or lodge. Resorts have the option to set single or dual courses and courses can be either Giant Slalom (GS) or Slalom (SL).
GS race courses should be about 350 meters in length. Each course is essentially a modified GS course with gates that are set with 18-22 meters of space between gates vertically and 4-8 meters of offset. Courses will have 17 - 20 gates depending on the terrain. NASTAR encourages resorts across the country to standardize their course(s) to have a par time of 23 seconds and to set courses so that no course is 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 their course without going around gates and is the fastest possible time the venue will allow. It's important to remember that due to a number of variables at each resort (terrain, pitch, overall conditions, etc.), the look and feel of each race venue will vary according to the resort. However, these standards should enable participants to compare race times as best as possible regardless of when and where they race.
NASTAR Slalom courses should be set using soft rubber SPM Hero gates or stubby gates to encourage participation. Turning gates should be set with 8-12 meters of space between gates vertically and two to four meters of offset. Setting combination gates is not recommended so that confusion is minimized. Club races or events with skilled participants can be set using standard slalom gates with hairpin and flush combination gates. NASTAR Slalom courses are generally set from the same start as the GS course and there are approximately 30 turning gates.
NASTAR venues that are setup to provide dual racing may offer two courses with GS on one side and SL on the other.