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.