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NASTAR, (National Standard Race), offers recreational racing with a giant slalom format. The course is open to the public and is designed for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Participants who score within an appropriate percent of the pacesetter time will win a platinum, gold, silver or bronze medal, right at the finish! It's a great way to test and improve your skills, and wage some friendly competition on the slopes. Compare your scores and national ranking, for your age group, with those of other racers throughout the country, by going online to www.nastar.com. Family and friends, ski shops and ski clubs can also compete as teams by registering in those categories.
The Waterville course is located on the Lower Utter Abandon trail and operates on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12 pm. Register to race at our desk on the first floor of the base lodge each race day between 10am and 12pm. We can also sign you up right at the starting gate once the race is underway.
On Tuesdays, Team Waterville league racing is held as a 9 week series of "locals" competition that kicks off in early January. The course location and format changes each week. Teams consist of 7 racers and a Nastar style handicap system ranks all the days racers and awards scores to the teams via teams best 5 racers of the day. Individual times are also kept and posted. Races are between 11:30 and 2:30. There is a Tuesday race day lift ticket offered to registered Team Waterville participants for $20, valid only on Team Waterville race days and is not transferable.
At 4:00 on race day Tuesdays there is an Après race party at local establishments sponsored by Coors Light. Specials and light fare are offered. Team race results and individual race results are posted during the Après race parties. Prizes and raffles are also offered by Coors Light and local establishments.
Cost for a team of 7 is $250
Cost for an individual is $40
(Individuals will be placed on a team if needed)
A group of race minded individuals have organized on snow race training. Waterville Valley Gatecrashers is back to training on Mondays only. The practice will run from 9:30 AM to Noon and as in the past will be on a variety of trails. These sessions are appropriate for any skier who can ride the White Peaks Quad and descend via Upper Bobby’s or Tippy. Dave Britton the organizer and coach is very familiar with contemporary race technique. Though these sessions are aimed at intermediate racers, experienced racers can also profit and are welcome. We make sure to keep you posted via email on what trail the practice will be on as well as any schedule information. As in the past, Gatecrasher participants can run the Wednesday NASTAR course with no additional charge. The price for the season with Gatecrashers is $90 and the daily rate is $20 (lift ticket extra). Training should get under way in January so don't hesitate. For more information contact Dave Britton at email@example.com.
Waterville Valley has a background rich in the history of racing. Tom Corcoran, the founder of Waterville Valley Ski Area, brought his experience as a collegiate racer and Olympian to the area in several ways. Not only did he bring World Cup races to Waterville, he was also a huge part of helping NASTAR get its start back in the late 60's.
John Frey, with the support of Ski Magazine, came up with the concept of a National Standard Race he named "NASTAR."
NASTAR really began to take shape in the fall of 1968 when eight ski areas signed on to take part in the inaugural season. They represented a geographical cross-section of American ski country: Alpental, Washington; Boyne County, Michigan; Heavenly, California; Mt. Snow, Vermont; Mt. Telemark, Wisconsin; Song Mountain, New York; Vail, Colorado; and of course, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Jimmie Heuga, an American hero since winning a medal in the 1964 Olympics, signed on as the first national pacesetter.
Tom Corcoran showed his enthusiasm for the newly formed program and organized and hosted the first Pacesetter Trials, which were held here at Waterville Valley in early December, 1968. The eight areas sent their top pros to earn a pacesetter rating.
Having held the first pacesetter trials, it is rumored that Waterville Valley also held the first official NASTAR race back in 1968, the day after the trials. We hope to continue the tradition of fun and excitement that NASTAR provides for generations of future skiers and riders.