History: 46 years of ski racing for all
The National Standard Race, known by its acronym NASTAR, was the brainchild of John Fry, who believed the teaching of skiing had fled from the initial sport of skiing as competition. He envisioned a national standard of comparing recreational skiers around the nation and reintroducing the fun of skiing gates in a competitive way that took into account abilities and age (although that came in later as they realized a 70-year-old did not compare to a 35-year-old or a 5-year-old). While only eight ski areas joined in the first season in 1968, it soon took off and now can be found at almost every larger ski area in the nation. Now if you have competed and won a certain number of medals, you can participate in the National Championships, held this year in Snowmass Village from March 25 through 30. NASTAR is a 46-year tradition of skiing gates that has even the youngest racers participating in history. The photo shows a NASTAR racecourse in 1974.
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