NASTAR at Big Sky Resort

2016 NASTAR LogoThe NASTAR dual GS course is located on Ambush and is accessed via the Ramcharger lift. This fun course is designed for intermediate to expert skiers and riders of all ages.

NASTAR is the acronym for the NAtional STAndard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. More than 100,000 NASTAR racer days are recorded throughout the season at 110 resorts. Participants compete within their age and gender groups to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals. In addition, participants are ranked in their medal group, and the top-ranked racers qualify to compete in the NASTAR National Championships.

NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The NASTAR handicap system is a standardized scoring program that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The website records each participant’s stats and ranks each racer at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally. The NASTAR program is operated U.S. Ski and Snowboard (USSA).

Big Sky NASTAR Team Challenge

2016 NASTAR Pacesetting Trials in Copper, Colorado.
Photo © Tripp Fay

Organize your teams and get ready to race in Big Sky’s third annual NASTAR Team Challenge series. Each team consists of a minimum of six and a maximum of eight members. The six fastest racers are counted (based on their NASTAR handicap) at each race. At least one woman must race.

Races will be held on the Ambush NASTAR course every Friday starting in January. Runs may be taken anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

We’ll post updated information regarding dates, registration, and cost for the 2018-19 season as soon as it’s made available by Big Sky Resort.