The NASTAR National Championships will be sticking close to its original home base, as Aspen/Snowmass will now host the massive final event next year. The public grassroots ski program announced the new partnership with Aspen/Snowmass today. NASTAR’s home headquarters are in Boulder, Colo. but were originally in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now, their championships are heading home. 

2009 NASTAR championships Francisco De La Barra

Francisco De La Barra at the 2009 NASTAR Championships.

“Snowmass was the first resort to host the NASTAR National Championships when the format of the event changed in 1998 to a large scale public event,” Bill Madsen, director of NASTAR operations said. “We are excited to bring the championships back to Snowmass and the Spider Sabich race arena, allowing our participants to enjoy the amazing skiing and amenities that Aspen/Snowmass provides.”

NASTAR has been holding its national championships in Colorado for some time. They have been held in Winter Park for the past few years, and previously in Steamboat.

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A NASTAR skier competes at Winter Park during the NASTAR National Championships. Photo Courtesy of Winter Park Resort.

Aspen/Snowmass can expect about 1,200 racers, ages three to 90, from approximately 45 states and various countries. They’ll compete for national titles in various divisions within NASTAR. They qualify on NASTAR courses around the world. Also, the fastest man and women, based on raw time during the Race of Champions, earns a trip to a U.S. Ski Team training camp in South America.

The NASTAR National Championships are scheduled for March 20-24, 2013.