What Is NASTAR Ski Racing?

NASTAR, or National Standard Race, is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world as of September 2015. Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR has recorded over 6 million skier and snowboarder race days.

Participating in NASTAR races first requires free registration. There are both on-site and online options for registry. Once registered, there is an entry fee for each race. A race first begins with a pacesetter who creates a par time, or handicap. Racers are then ranked based upon the pacesetter's handicap. Depending on the amount of races a skier enters, NASTAR offers each registered skier a rank that is divided into national, state and resort rankings. High ranks qualify skiers for invitations to the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.