For the third consecutive year, Steamboat Ski Resort will host the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, the world’s largest recreational ski and snowboard race program, March 13-16, 2008. The previous two national championship events brought nearly 3,000 racers to Steamboat, becoming the most popular events in the NASTAR program’s 39-year history.
"We are thrilled to welcome NASTAR back to Steamboat, where the spirit of fast-paced ski and snowboard racing along with team camaraderie is an integral part of our community,” said Andy Wirth, executive vice president of sales and marketing & chief marketing officer for Intrawest. "NASTAR racers will no doubt be delighted with Steamboat’s record $16 million in on-mountain improvements for 2007/2008, including the new high-speed, six-passenger Christie Peak Express, swiftly transporting race participants to their courses at the top of Christie Peak in less than five minutes.”
The 2008 Championships are expected to attract more than 1,300 racers for the multi-day event, bringing together top recreational ski and snowboard racers of all ages and abilities from across the country to compete for National Titles and enjoy three days of spirited competition, first-class skiing and hospitality, live music and fun. Racers qualify by earning a top-three ranking in their age division at any of the 120 Nature Valley NASTAR ski resorts throughout North America. Racers will have the chance to hang with a few of ski racing’s all-time greats including four-time Olympian AJ Kitt, Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd, Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong and more.
"Steamboat has played a terrific host to the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships for the past two years, transforming the event into a resort wide festival, looked forward to by many in the ski racing community,” said Bill Madsen, director of operations for NASTAR. "With 42 states and 109 resorts expected to be represented at Steamboat in 2008, the NASTAR National Championships have proven to be a celebration of ski racing that should not be missed.”
Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) is the largest recreational ski & snowboard race program in the world. More than six million skiers & snowboarders have raced in NASTAR since its inception.
Steamboat offers Finals Tune-Up clinics for race participants wishing to turn in a top performance at the National Championships. Sessions are offered for three days prior to the championships and will include top level coaching by Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School instructors, under the direction of Alpine Technical Director and Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong. Clinics are offered to National Championship competitors only and will focus on video analysis and timing equipment, with emphasis on technical skills and how to effectively begin turns at the start of every race. Visit steamboat.com/skischool or call 1-800-299-5017 today to reserve your space.
For 2007/2008, Steamboat will unveil a record $16 million in on-mountain improvements. Leading the pack is the new high-speed, six-passenger Christie Peak Express, followed by a completely re-graded Headwall slope, significant terrain upgrades, realigned beginner-exclusive chairlift and substantial snowmaking enhancements. This winter, Steamboat offers unprecedented access via nonstop air service from 10 major U.S. airports. This is the highest number of destinations ever provided by the resort, with service directly into the Steamboat/HDN airport. Upon arrival, passengers will set foot in the new, ultra-spacious $18 million terminal facility.
With a racing history spanning more than 70 years, Steamboat, Ski Town, U.S.A. ® encompasses 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet, and nearly 3,000 acres with six peaks filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, legendary trees, Mavericks Superpipe, two terrain parks and the AAA Four Diamond Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.