NASTAR stands for NAtional STAndard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world. Founded in 1968, NASTAR gives recreational racers an opportunity to compete and compare their scores to friends and family regardless of when and where they race using the NASTAR handicap system.

NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 and now boasts more than 100,000 races at over 100 resorts around the country.  Racers are scored with a handicap system that provides participants with a tangible number, or handicap, that represents their ability against U.S. Ski Team athletes and pacesetters. 

NASTAR at Mad River Mountain is designed for all ages and we run it on Sunday afternoons for anyone who wishes to put their skills to the test!  


  • Regulator


  • Sundays, noon - 2 pm
  • Begins January 20th, 2018
  • Weather- and course-permitting
  • Note:  Pretty in Pink Race will take place on 2/11 in place of NASTAR. $10 Donation required to race.


  • $6 for two runs (adults)
  • $4 for two runs (kids)
  • $10 for daily unlimited runs.
  • Season long NASTAR pass $50


  • Register in the administration office on race days up until ½ hour before the scheduled start of the race.


For additional information regarding NASTAR see below or visit NASTAR.COM

The Program:

Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. Since the program’s inception, more than 6 million NASTAR racer days have been recorded at North American resorts.

Our Mission

To provide a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program that, through the development of a handicap system, allows racers of all ages and abilities a means to compare their race results to other competitors across the country, regardless of when and where they race.

The Race Experience:

Skiers and snowboarders can register to race Liberty Mutual NASTAR at participating resorts or online at Competitors can choose a racer discipline (Alpine Skier, Snowboarder or Telemarker) when registering to race. There are also separate race categories for physically challenged racers. In addition, Nature Valley NASTAR offers participants the opportunity to organize teams and compete against other teams across the country. Participants compete in their age & gender category in their division as determined by their handicap. After each race, participants earn a handicap which represents the difference between their race time and the time of the NASTAR National Pacesetter expressed as a percentage. The National Pacesetter establishes the National Standard or the “0” handicap which every racer competes against when they race Nature Valley NASTAR. Participants may win a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal in their age group, depending on the handicap earned each time they race. Depending on the number of times an individual races, they will also receive a national, state and/or resort ranking in their age & gender category in their division.

National Championships:

The culminating event of the Nature Valley NASTAR season is the National Championships, which brings together participants of all ages and abilities from across the country to compete for National Titles and enjoy three days of spirited competition, partying and fun. For more information visit: NASTAR.COM