About the National Pacesetter and the Par Time
Olympic Silver Medalist in Super G at the 2022 Olympics, Ryan Cochran-Siegle (RCS) is NASTAR's National Pacesetter. RCS sets the Par Time for NASTAR which is the National Standard or Zero Handicap that all participants compete against.
NASTAR resorts and clubs have a group of pacesetters that earn certified pacesetting handicaps so they can set RCS's time on their NASTAR course. The handicap represent the ability of the pacesetter and is the percentage the racer is behind RCS. A pacesetter races the course each day to set the Par Time and when their time is divided by their handicap the result is the calculated Par Time or RCS's time.
When you race NASTAR you are racing against the National Pacesetter's time. The handicap you earn is the percentage your time is behind the National Pacesetter (e.g. 15 handicap = 15 percent behind the National Pacesetter's Par Time, National Standard or Zero Handicap)
The NASTAR Handicap System gives ski and snowboard racers a simplified system to gauge their ability and to monitor their progress throughout the season. NASTAR racers can compare their race results to other competitors by earning a ranking at the host resort. When three races are completed on three different days participants can compare themselves to other racers nationally and within their state of residence regardless of when and where they race.