U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced that Squaw Valley will host the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships on March 21-25. This is the first time the event will be held west of the Rocky Mountains since 1981.
In addition to the Alpine Ski division, the NASTAR National Championships will also host snowboard, telemark, and physically challenged disciplines.
NASTAR, which stands for NAtional STAndard Race, is the world’s largest public grassroots ski racing program. NASTAR uses a handicap system to give recreational racers an opportunity to compete and compare their scores to friends and family regardless of when and where they race.
Marco Sullivan with 2017 Nationals participants [photograph by Dave Camara/Camara Photography]
Participants can qualify for Nationals by earning a Top 10 national ranking or a Top 5 state ranking within their age, gender, and ability group by February 19. Racers can also qualify by earning a top ranking at their favorite resort or at the Regional Championships. For more information, visit https://www.nastar.com/national-championships.
After the success of the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup, numerous U.S. Alpine Championships, and the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley has proven to be a world-class venue. “As a mountain community with a heritage that’s truly embedded within alpine racing, including the Olympic Games and World Cup racing, we look forward to sharing our legendary mountains with NASTAR participants from across the country,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “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! Our entire community is excited to provide all participants and their families and friends with a warm reception – we are all genuinely honored to be working with NASTAR and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.”
“Squaw Valley exhibits a deep passion for skiing and snowboarding that will resonate with the NASTAR community,” said Bill Madsen, director of NASTAR. “The resort has seen strong growth in its NASTAR participants 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.”
“These mountains have been the training ground for so many incredible winter-sport athletes,” said Marco Sullivan, former U.S. Ski Team member, Squaw Valley Ski Team alumnus, and NASTAR pacesetter. “So much of my success as an athlete is due to my development as a kid on the slopes of Squaw Valley. I am excited to share the mountains I grew up on with the great competitors at the NASTAR National Championships.”