Who Will You Race Against

Racers will compete within the age, gender and discipline in which they qualify. Participants will be placed in their ability division based on their NASTAR handicap

Racers that qualify at a National or Regional Championship event will be placed in their division based on their handicap from the qualifying race. Participants that qualify based on medals earned during the 2017-18 season will be placed in their division based on their qualifying handicap after March 13th. 

Participants have the option to move to a higher division than their qualifying division but they cannot move to an ability division below the division in which they qualified.

 

Click here for instructions on how to view your Race Record or the race records for any registered NASTAR participant.

There are four divisions Alpine racers may compete in at the National Championships: 

  • Platinum Division

  • Gold Division

  • Silver Division

  • Bronze Division

Snowboarders, Telemarkers and Physically Challenged Racers will be placed in their discipline regardless of their handicap - Snowboard Division, Telemark Division or Physically Challenged Division. Snowboarders and telemarkers will compete in their age and gender group. There are sub-divisions within the Physically Challenged Division and Racers are differentiated according to their disability.

There are a total of 46 possible age & gender categories (23 male, 23 female) in each division (i.e. Platinum Division, Gold Division, Silver Division, Bronze Division, Snowboard Division, Telemark Division & Physically Challenged Divisions). Age categories are as follows: 1-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-20, 21-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95+. Racers will compete in the age category in which they qualified for the National Championships as determined by their age as of December 31.

For additional information on NASTAR age categories and divisions or to find out your competitor status go to your Race Record at nastar.com.
 

Bump Rules

National Championship competitors will be bumped up to a new divisions if they break out of their qualifying division during the first day of competition.

  • Gold Division – racers that earn a platinum medal handicap that is within the top 50% of the platinum medal range will be moved to the Platinum Division (see chart below)

  • Silver Division – racers that earn a platinum medal handicap will be moved to the Gold Division

  • Bronze Division – racers that earn a gold medal handicap will be moved to the Silver Division


Examples:

  • Gold Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap that is within the top 50% of the platinum medal range during the first day of competition will be moved to the Platinum Division for the second day of competition, and will earn a final result in the Platinum Division.

  • Silver Division racers earns that earn a platinum medal handicap during the first day of competition will be moved to the gold division for the second day of competition, and will earn a final result in the Gold Division.

  • Bronze Division racers that earn a gold medal handicap during the first day of competition will be moved to the silver division for the second day of competition and will earn a final result in the Silver Division.

Racers that get bumped up will earn their final placing based on the single best handicap earned on Saturday. The result that bumped the racer to their new division on Friday is dropped because the gold, silver & bronze race venues are less challenging respectively.

  • Racers that get bumped up will be placed on the start order in their new division and they must race on their assigned race venue within their new division, age and gender group.

  • Awards will be presented to all "Bumped" competitors Friday afternoon at 4:00pm on the main stage.

  • For additional information on NASTAR Divisions click here

Gold Division racers that earn a handicap in their age group that is lower than the number listed below will be bumped up to the Platinum Division.

Male Age Groups    Bump HCP         Female Age Groups    Bump HCP
Under 6  = 1-5    27.99         Under 6  = 1-5    27.99
U 8              6-7    24.49         U 8              6-7    24.99
U 10            8-9    17.49         U 10            8-9    19.99
U 12          10-11    13.49        U 12          10-11    15.49
U 14          12-13    10.49        U 14          12-13    11.99
U 16          14-15    7.99         U 16          14-15    8.99
U 18          16-17    5.49         U 18          16-17    7.99
U 21          18-20    4.49         U 21          18-20    7.49
                  21-29    4.49                           21-29    7.49
                  30-34    4.99                           30-34    7.99
                  35-39    5.49                           35-39    9.49
                  40-44    6.49                           40-44    10.99
                  45-49    6.99                           45-49    11.49
                  50-54    7.49                           50-54    12.49
                  55-59    7.99                           55-59    13.49
                  60-64    8.99                           60-64    15.49
                  65-69    9.99                           65-69    17.99
                  70-74    11.99                           70-74    20.49
                  75-79    12.99                           75-79    22.99
                  80-84    15.49                           80-84    27.99
                  85-89    17.99                           85-89    32.99
                  90-94    22.99                           90-94    37.99
                  95+    27.99                           95 +    42.99