The National Championships Competition Format

  • Racers will compete within the age, gender, division and discipline in which they qualify.

  • Race courses are modified GS. Gates are set with 18-22 meters of space vertically between gates and 4-8 meters of offset.

  • Competitors will be seeded by age within their division.

  • Competitors will race in bib order at 20-second intervals.

  • The second run will start as soon as all racers have completed their first run.

  • Competitors will race in the same bib order during the second run.

  • Physically challenged racers will compete with the Bronze Division racers. Physically Challenged racers will start first on their race venue.

  • Telemark racers will compete with the Bronze Division racers within their age and gender group.

  • The snowboard division will compete on its own course with snowboard gate panels.

  • Competitors will compete on one of five race venues depending on their age and division.

  • Each racer will take two race runs on Thursday and two race runs on Friday. Both race runs will be taken on the same course each day and racers will switch courses for the second day of competition.

    For example: if you race on the yellow course on Thursday you will race on the blue course on Friday.

  • Only the best handicap earned Thursday and the best handicap earned on Friday are used to determine the final result.

    For example: if you fall or miss a gate on one run and complete the other run you are still in contention.

  • One run must be completed each day

  • Thursday: adults 21 and older will race in the AM and the Kids, 20 years and younger will race in the PM.

  • Friday: juniors 20 years and younger will race in the AM, and the adults 21 years and older will race in the PM.

The Breakout Rule

National Championship competitors will be bumped up to a new divisions if they break out of their qualifying division during the first day of competition.

  • Gold Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap that is within the top 50% of the platinum medal range will be moved to the Platinum Division.

  • Silver Division racers that earn a platinum medal handicap will be moved to the Gold Division.

  • Bronze Division racers that earn a gold medal handicap will be moved to the Silver Division.

Details on the Bump Rule

The best handicap earned each day will be averaged (added together and divided by two) to determine each competitor's final National Championships handicap. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the first, second and third place finishers in each age & gender category in each division during Friday's awards ceremony.

The winner of each age and gender category within each division and discipline will win a National Championship Title!

Race of Champions-Finals

We have changed the format of the final event at the NASTAR National Championship to a dual, head-to-head, elimination race that will award prize money to the final four women and the final four men.


The 32 male and 32 female racers that score the most NASTAR Team Points during the Championship races will qualify for the final, Race of Champions. Team points are scored within each racer’s age and gender group so younger and older racers have an opportunity to qualify for the finals and compete for the overall win using their handicap.


RoC competitors will be seeded by their Team Points and put into elimination brackets. Each racer’s handicap is carried into the race and the NASTAR timing software drives the Pro Race style start gates. The doors of the start gates open independently based on the differential between the two racers. For example; if racer (A) has a 20 handicap and competes against racer (B) with a 5 handicap, racer (A) would get a 15% head start before the start gate for racer (B) opens. The two competitors race to the finish line and the first racer to cross the finish line wins. The differential between the two racers finish is announced and displayed and the winner moves to the next level of the bracket. The four male and female racers that make it to the finals will compete for the prize purse.


With the inclusion of dual-panel racing in the FIS Ski World Cup, World Alpine Championships and Olympic Winter Games - introducing fans and athletes to this exciting head-to-head format of ski racing is a top goal for NASTAR and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Resort Team Competition

Competitors will represent the resort from which they qualified in the Resort Team Competition. The resort team can also be selected during the online registration process.

Resort Teams will be scored based on a team point average which is handicapped by age and gender. Team members score points for their Resort Team based on their final National Championships handicap.

  • Only the top six point gainers from each resort team will be used to score points for their resort team. The number of team points earned by these top point gainers are added together and divided by six to get the Team Score.

  • In the event of a tie, a 7th team member's National Championships handicap will be factored in to the Team Score. If the tie persists, National Championships handicaps for additional team members will be factored in to the Team Score until the tie is broken.

The NASTAR Handicap Chart shows the handicap needed in each age & gender category to earn a particular number of team points. The number of team points indicated on the chart is a range. Since team points are interpolated, the exact number of team points you earn will be within this range.

View the NASTAR Handicap Chart

Resort Team awards will be given to the first, second, third, fourth and fifth place resort teams. The resort team with the highest Team Score will be awarded the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championship Resort Team Title!

Additional Races:

Participants and guests can enter the following races. The entry fee is $20 per person.