Aspen/Snowmass skiers score at NASTAR Nationals

Staff report

Aspen and Snowmass skiers stepped onto the podium with regularity at the recent NASTAR National Championships, held at Snowmass Ski Area.

The annual national championships in NASTAR attracted nearly 800 skiers from 40 states for the competition at the Spider Sabich Race Arena.

Skiers had to qualify at local NASTAR races across the country, earning the right to compete at the nationals of the recreational standard racing finals.

Racing is handicap-based and age-group based.

Local overall national champions included Vinio Zanier of Snowmass, who collected gold in the men’s 80-84 division. He’s a former longtime Aspen ski instructor. His results qualified him for the NASCAR Race of Champions.

His daughter, Jeannette Saylor was a winner in women’s 55-59 at NASTAR Nationals.

Aspen’s Lauren Jackson was a female 21-29 platinum leader in the snowboard/telemark/disabled division.

She went on to the race of champions, finishing second overall in the combined female division of the NASTAR Nationals.

She won bronze in fastest raw time scoring.

Jackson was second overall to Emily Mires, a telemark racer (14-15) from Ski Cooper near Leadville.

A host of other Aspen-area competitors participated in the various divisions at Snowmass.

For the champions race, local qualifying participants included:

Annie Black, Aspen Mountain, female 60-64

Elizabeth Rountree, Aspen Mountain, female 45-49

Kat Pitner, Aspen Mountain, female 70-74

Lily Reitter, Aspen Mountain, female 1-5

Julia Keswin, Aspen Mounain, female 10-11

Ethan Miller, Aspen Mountain, male 18-20

Alexandru Spiride, Snowmass, male 14-15

Matt Johnson, Aspen Mountain, male 35-39

Alex Moraru, Snowmass, male 16-17

Dylan Mika, Snowmass, Male 6-7

Cameron Blatz, Aspen Mountain, male 1-5

Bruce Bowen, Snowmass, male 60-64

Alexander Freidheim, Aspen Mountain, Male 1-5

Peter Pfeifer, Snowmass, male 65-69

Vinio Zanier, Snowmass, male 80-84

Henry Henley, Aspen Mountain, male 12-13

Lauren Jackson, Aspen Mountain, snowboard/telemark/disabled

Numerous additional participants from the area also posted finishes at NASTAR Nationals. For more results, visit

Aspen Mountain won the NASTAR national title in resort team competition for the second consecutive year.