NASTAR announced today that Steamboat has been selected as the site of the 2016 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. The popular season-ending event will return to Steamboat from March 24 to 27, 2016, as part of a planned two-year program. Steamboat previously played host to the championships from 2006 to 2009. While at Steamboat, NASTAR experienced the highest participation it has seen at the championships to date.

Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer at Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., is looking forward to the return of the championships. We are excited to host the 2016 and 2017 NASTAR National Championships and showcase Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®, where the spirit of fast-paced ski and snowboard racing along with team camaraderie is an integral part of the community,” Perlman said. “NASTAR racers will no doubt be delighted with the on-mountain improvements since their last visit, including the Four Point Lodge, night skiing, snowmaking and grooming, as well as expanded nonstop air access from 11 U.S. cities and numerous dining enhancements throughout town.”

Bill Madsen, director of NASTAR, attributed the increase in participation while at Steamboat to the allure of the destination as a spring getaway as well as Steamboat’s commitment to creating an affordable, accessible event. “People were excited to go someplace new,” Madsen said. “Steamboat provides a lot of affordable accommodation, and they do an incredible job of offering great value for the event with discounted lift tickets and lodging. So it becomes a really accessible, fun, family vacation at the same time.”

Beyond offering participants a great getaway destination and great value, Steamboat offers great spring conditions. “We want to provide the best race experience possible and the best snow conditions,” Madsen said. It’s not easy to find a resort partner that can offer this and manage an event for a thousand people and accommodate them, and Steamboat can.”

NASTAR participants qualify for the championships by earning a top ten national ranking or a top five state ranking within their age, gender and ability group by Feb. 15. Racers can also qualify by earning a top ranking at their favorite resort or at the Regional Championships.

The 2015-16 season will officially kick off in November with the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials, which will coincide with the U.S. Ski Team’s annual Nature Valley First Tracks celebration. The integration with NASTAR is designed to capitalize on the global success of U.S. Ski Team athletes, bringing greater awareness to the sport and value to the industry, while motivating participants of all ages to get involved in ski racing.

Highlights:

  • Steamboat has been selected as the site of the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships from March 24 to 27, 2016, the first year of a planned two-year program.
  • Previously, Steamboat hosted championships from 2006 to 2009 and experienced the highest participation NASTAR has seen at championships to date.
  • Since NASTAR last visited Steamboat, numerous on-mountain improvements have been made, including Four Point Lodge, night skiing, snowmaking and grooming.
  • The 2015-16 season will officially kick off in November with the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials.

About NASTAR:
NASTAR is an acronym for the National Standard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. More than 165,000 Nature Valley NASTAR racer days are recorded throughout the season at 115 resorts. Participants compete within their age and gender groups to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals. In addition, participants are ranked in their medal group, and the top-ranked racers qualify to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.

About Steamboat:
With some of the highest guest service scores in the ski industry, Steamboat is famous worldwide for its authentic western atmosphere, genuine friendliness, Olympian tradition and Champagne Powder® snow. North America’s Top Family Resort, Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® encompasses 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet and nearly 3,000 skiable acres with six peaks filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, meadows, legendary trees, four terrain parks and the Steamboat Grand Hotel. Steamboat’s winter season is expected to run from Nov. 25, 2015, through April 10, 2016. Visit www.steamboat.com for more information.