NASTAR Party This Weekend In Winter Park

The Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships brings racers of all levels and motivations together. There will also be some partying after the races are done with celebrity athletes and free concerts. By Brigid Mander

Since 1968, ski racing in the US has been inseparable from NASTAR. The NASTAR racing program keeps the speedy stoke high, develops new talent for the US Ski Team, and provides a standardized scoring system for recreational race leagues across the country.

Over the next ten days, the culmination of another year of racing challenges will be held at Winter Park Resort in Colorado.  True to ski culture, there’s also going to be some partying after the day’s work is done. On Thursday, celebrated New Orleans funk and bayou soul artists, the Soul Rebels Brass Band will kick off the party for the first après ski session – followed by a screening of Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest film, . . . Like There’s No Tomorrow.

Marc Broussard will play another concert on Friday during après ski, and the Green River Vibe plays on Saturday. There will also be autograph opportunities with World Cup stars – including Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Stacey Cook, Picabo Street, Heidi Voelker, Doug Lewis and AJ Kitt – throughout the event.

Many US Ski Team and World Cup athletes draw upon their early days of racing NASTAR as part of what helped them get to where they are today. NASTAR also provides participants a passionate, fun, and widespread community of ski racers and competitive opportunities for all ages and abilities.

This year, the first of the four race categories is the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championship event, for qualified NASTAR racers. The US Alpine Championships and The Return of the Champions Family Challenge follow the NASTAR National Championships. And the last event is the Pro-Am, allowing recreational teams to compete against – and with – US Ski Team athletes.

As in years past, the NASTAR season finale brings racers of all levels and motivations together to compete, push limits, have a good time, and make new friends. But overall, it promotes ski racing, making the sport accessible to all of us who are passionate about skiing.

CLICK HERE for a detailed schedule of events.