History: Back where it began | AspenTimes.com

History: Back where it began

A gold Snowmass NASTAR pin from the Aspen Historical Society Collection given by Bob Throm.
Aspen Historical Society/Courtesy photo |

The National Standard Race program, given the acronym NASTAR, was introduced in 1968 as a means to compare the performance of recreational ski racers at resorts across the United States. NASTAR courses are generally open-gated giant slaloms on intermediate terrain so skiers of all abilities and ages can experience racing. Like golfing, skiers are given handicaps based on age and gender and compared to the “par” time set by Ted Ligety’s “0” handicap time and a medal is given to score against that time. So if a parent races their child they can compare who wins by the medal each received….the child’s silver medal beats a parents bronze based on the handicap. Snowmass was the first resort to host the NASTAR National Championship when the format of the event changed to a large scale public event in 1998 and has been the host for the past three years. Pictured here is a gold Snowmass NASTAR pin from the Aspen Historical Society Collection given by Bob Throm.


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