For the first time since 1981 the NASTAR National Championships will be held west of the Rocky Mountains. Squaw Valley can expect around 1,000 racers over the course of the 5 day competition scheduled for March 21-25.

The Sierra Sun reports NASTAR hosts more than 100,000 races at over 100 resorts each year that will conclude with the national championships in Olympic Valley. NASTAR established a “National Standard” to enable handicapping individual course allowing skiers and snowboarders to compete against each other regardless of location and time. 

There are 4 ways for skiers and snowboarders to qualify for the championships: By earning a top 10 national ranking, top 5 state ranking, top ranking at an individual resort or by earning top ranking at a regional championship. 

Director of NASTAR Bill Madsen:

“Squaw Valley exhibits a deep passion for skiing and snowboarding that will resonate with the NASTAR community. The resort has seen strong growth in its NASTAR participation over the past few seasons and has been a great partner in supporting the growth and promotion of the program. We’re looking forward to working with Squaw Valley to put on a great event.”

President and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Andy Wirth: 

“Very much like the recent Alpine World Cup, this event will be great for the entire region, attracting thousands of avid skiers and their families who are passionate about ski racing … as we all are.” 

Congratulations to Squaw Valley and best of luck to all you racers. Can’t wait to see you in March!

[images from squawvalleyalpinemeadows FB]

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