NASTAR, the largest recreational ski race program in the world, held its Nature Valley sponsored National Championships March 25th – 30th at Aspen/Snowmass. Avid skiers and snowboarders from approximately 45 states, ranging in age from three to 90, converged on the legendary resort to compete for national titles in various divisions. Racers qualified from public NASTAR courses around the country, gaining a handicap compared to national pace-setters and peers.
This year competitors shared the highlight of comparing their alpine abilities to NASTAR Ambassador and Olympic champion Ted Ligety (pictured above), who pace-set race courses, awarded medals, and hung out with skiers and boarders.
In addition to competition, the entire event served as a celebration of alpine racing and culture. NASTAR and Aspen/Snowmass hosted an exciting week of activities that included race clinics, free concerts, Warren Miller movie screenings, autograph signings by NASTAR Pace-setters, competitor raffles/giveaways, a Family Challenge team competition, and a sponsor village. In addition to GS racing, NASTAR also debuted its slalom class this year.
“Snowmass was the first resort to host the NASTAR National Championship when the format of the event changed in 1998 to a large-scale public event,” said Bill Madsen, Director of NASTAR operations. “It was great to bring the championships back to Snowmass and the Spider Sabich Race Area, allowing our participants to enjoy all that Aspen/Snowmass provides.”
Division winners competed in the Race of Champions for a chance to become NASTAR’s female and male national champions. This year Ellie Peine of Minnesota took the women’s overall title, while Adam Adkins of Missouri won the men’s trophy.
Check out footage from this years event below.
Video by NASTAR HQ.
All photos by Camara Photography
Written by Jake Bright