Regional Pacesetting Trials
09.18.2018 | Bill Madsen
Each NASTAR resort or club must have certified pacesetters set the par time for all NASTAR races. The NASTAR handicap system depends on pacesetters to set an accurate Par Time to standardize all race courses.
Regional Trials Info
*The Regional Pacesetting Trials are not open to the public.
8:30am - 9:30am – Check-In, Registration and Race Bib Pick-Up
9:00am – Course Setting Clinic with Pacesetter
10:00am - 11:00pm – Race starts (two race runs wearing warm-ups or work clothes)
11:30pm - 1:00pm – Race starts (two race runs wearing race suits or without a coat)
1:00pm - 1:30pm – Lunch Break
2:00pm - 3:00pm – NASTAR Slalom (two runs stubby gate slalom)
3:00pm - 5:00pm – NASTAR instructional seminar, video, awards, & wrap up
All pacesetters must pre-register for the Regional Pacesetting Trials by emailing their Name, NASTAR Registration Number, Resort Name and the event they will be attending to NASTAR one week prior to the race.
Pacesetters looking to attend a Regional Pacesetting Trial must be registered with NASTAR and know their NASTAR Registration number. Pacesetters must verify that they are in the NASTAR Database by searching for their last name at www.nastar.com and logging in to their NASTAR record. Pacesetters must have a password and they must update/edit their personal information. If a Pacesetter is not in the NASTAR Database, they must create a NASTAR record by clicking Register on the NASTAR.com web site.
Pacesetters will earn three handicaps at the Pacesetting Trials. Pacesetters handicaps will be recorded to the hundredth of a point. The lowest handicap earned during the first race will serve as the pacesetter’s “Coat” handicap. Pacesetters must wear their warm-ups or regular work clothes for the first race. When pacesetters set the Par Time at their resort wearing their warm-ups or regular work clothes, they must use their “Coat” handicap.
The second race provides pacesetter with an opportunity to earn a handicap wearing a race suit. The "Suit" handicap must be used when a pacesetter sets the par time wearing a race suit. The lowest handicap earned during the second race will determine each pacesetter’s “Suit” handicap. Pacesetters without a suit will continue to race to lower their coat handicap.
NASTAR Slalom handicaps are earned during the SL Pacesetting Race. SPM Hero gates or stubbies are used for NASTAR Slalom to encourage public participation, however, full gate slalom can also be scored as a NASTAR Slalom race.
The host resort provides complimentary lift tickets and race entry.
To ensure the integrity of the NASTAR Handicap System, each NASTAR resort is required to send, at minimum, two (2) pacesetters and not more than (4) pacesetters to a Regional Pacesetting Trial. If a resort or club needs to send additional pacesetter to the trials the resort's NASTAR Coordinator must submit a request for additional entries. NASTAR pacesetters do not need to be the fastest racers, but they must be consistent. It is highly recommended that each resort and club have at least one pacesetter with a handicap of 15 or lower. A pacesetter with a certified handicap of 15 or lower can host local pacesetting races to establish pacesetting handicaps for additional resort pacesetters. Local pacesetting races must be certified by NASTAR.
All NASTAR races must have a pacesetter with a certified NASTAR Handicap so that he/she can set the Par Time.