What is NASTAR?
NASTAR is a ski race course set up on a slope with gates and electronic timing which is open to the public. For a fee ($7 for two timed runs, $15 for unlimited daily runs, or $100 for an unlimited season pass) anyone can race against the pacesetter for the day, receive a nationally ranked handicap, and even qualify for and receive a medal for daily participation! Results for daily NASTAR are recorded and racers can qualify for national championships held every spring at a western resort.
NASTAR is the acronym for the NAtional STAndard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. More than 95,000 Nature Valley NASTAR participants compete throughout the season to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals in their age and gender groups. In addition, participants are ranked in their ability group and the top ranked racers qualify to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The NASTAR handicap system is a universal scoring system that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The NASTAR.com web site records each participants stats and ranks each racer at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally. The NASTAR program has a successful partnership with the U.S. Ski Team as its premier youth racing feeder program.
You can find more information on the NASTAR FAQ.
NASTAR at Wintergreen Resort
Every Saturday and Sunday 12-2pm when terrain is available. NASTAR will be available when we feel the density of skier traffic can be spread out enough to justify closing the part of the slope that NASTAR will occupy.
The race course will be on the skiers right side of the upper part of the Eagles Swoop slope.
The Process to Race
Anyone can show up at the top of the race course at any time during operation, register to race, pay their fee and race! Once you are a registered NASTAR racer, you will be given a registration number and have your name added to the database, making your next time much quicker. However, we recommend you register online at NASTAR.com before you arrive. Then when you get to the race course you simply pay your daily fee and jump right in the start gate and start running the course.