Winter Park Resort hosts NASTAR Championships
March 24, 2010
Winter Park Resort will host the 2010 NASTAR National Championships from March 24-28.
Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. NASTAR’s mission is to provide a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program that -through the development of a handicap system similar to golf’s handicap system- allows racers of all ages and abilities a means to compare their race results to other competitors across the country regardless of when and where they race.
Nature Valley NASTAR race venues were set up at more than 120 resorts across the country this season. Young, old, expert and beginners alike raced in the program. Participants received a Resort Ranking at each resort where they raced. As of Feb. 15, the top three racers in each division, age group and gender category from every NASTAR resort, qualify for the NASTAR National Championships.
Winter Park has partnered with NASTAR to host the championship event for the next two years. This year, the resort is expecting up to 1,200 qualifiers and their families from across the country for three days of competition and events.
The opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at West Portal Station, followed by a screening of Warren Miller’s “Dynasty,” live music by the Greyboy Allstars at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 26 and continues all day Saturday with races on Hughes Meadows, Lower and Middle Cranmer and Lower Hughes. Races will be broken down by age and ability. Saturday afternoon, U.S. Ski Team and Olympic stars will present medals to the first, second and third place winners in each age and gender category in each division. The first place finisher in each age and gender category in each division will receive an invitation to race on Sunday.
Nature Valley NASTAR Race of Champions will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday on Lower Hughes. During each discipline’s race, the competitor with the fastest handicapped time will ascend the podium until he or she is bumped off by a faster time. Immediately following each discipline’s race, the competitor with the fastest handicapped time will receive a “Race of Champions” trophy and be crowned the overall “Nature Valley NASTAR National Champion.”