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Newbie to NASTAR (first year) and heading to Nationals @ Snowmass

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Can any of the veteran's give me some tips or advice for the upcoming trip?  Won't be staying onsite (using some timeshare availability in Avon,CO. 

 

Travelling solo (family can't make it this year since we already have our spring break booked ("booking dot yeah!"). 

 

I'm a Bronze level skier (how I qualified I still don't understand), so I'm looking for any info folk are willing to share.  I understand I'll be skiing Blue Grouse both days.

 

Patrick

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Go fast, take chances. Then get as far as possible from the whole thing and find some snow and terrain you DON'T have at home. (Always seems like a total waste to me to spend a day at a big western area on a race course. To me racing is something you do to make the best of the rock hard snow on local eastern hills. Then again, I suppose my results reflect that attitude, so never mind. Doh!)
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Patrick:

 

Not sure if you are aware, but Avon is a 1.5 - 2 hour drive to Snowmass.

 

Silver/Bronze divisions are on Blue Grouse, which is the regular Snowmass Nastar hill. Probably a typical Nastar hill, not very steep overall and not much terrain, but not flat and fair for everyone. My guess is that the course will be 15 - 16 gates with 2 or 3 gates, probably near the top of the course, having more offset and the remainder set relatively straight. The start is fairly flat so it is important to get a good push. There may not be much room to skate to the first gate and while better skiers may skate to and around the first few gates I am not sure if it's a good idea in the Silver/bronze divisions. Do not miss the bigger turns, there is nowhere to make up for it. Be sure inspect each course. 

 

 NASTAR Nationals should be a great time and since you only need to race morning one day and afternoon the other day there is plenty of time to explore all 4 Aspen mountains.

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Save your timeshare for later.  Nastar will have some decent rates in Snowmass.

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I'm a Bronze level skier (how I qualified I still don't understand), so I'm looking for any info folk are willing to share.  I understand I'll be skiing Blue Grouse both days.

 

Patrick

Congrats!  NASTAR is as much about participation and enthusiasm as it is about competitiveness.  They invite people that show solid interest, not just all gold and platinum skiers.  I'd love to be able to go to a national NASTAR someday.  Perhaps we'll be able to afford the trip when my son (or daughter) gets good enough to qualify.

 

Have fun and post a trip report thread.  Keep an eye out for folks like @patmoore  that are regulars here and usually go to NASTAR every season.  They'll take good care of you.

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You will enjoy it!  My first trip to the Nationals was at Park City ten years ago.  The only year I've missed since was 2007 when some broken ribs necessitated canceling the trip.   I always "double my pleasure" by entering both as a skier and as a boarder.

 

The organizers have fine-tuned the whole event so that you maximize your enjoyment of the experience.  As others have mentioned, you'll be racing Blue Grouse which is the normal daily NASTAR course.  It's comparable to typical venues around the country.  Give it your best shot but don't get too focused on your results.  If you make the podium consider it a bonus.

 

You'll get the chance to rub elbows with the likes of Ted Ligety, AJ Kitt among others.  You'll find them genuinely nice folks and more than accommodating when it comes to signing autographs.

 

My guess is that this won't be your last trip to Nationals.

 

When you get out there look for an elderly snowboarder in a bright lime green jacket!

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