NASTAR is the acronym for the National Standard Race and is the largest public recreational grassroots ski racing program in the world.

Developed in 1968, NASTAR provides a fun, competitive and easily accessible recreational ski racing program that, through the development of a handicap system, allows skiers of all ages and abilities to compare themselves against their friends, family members and the U.S. Ski Team regardless of when and where they race.

Public NASTAR courses in Aspen Snowmass are available seven days a week on either Snowmass or Aspen Mountain (or both). The Race Department will take racers’ best times against the pacesetter's time and handicap to determine medals according to age groups.

Snowmass NASTAR


Aspen Mountain NASTAR

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Private Race Scheduling

Group Services: 970-923-0469


  • Adults: $14 for three runs
  • Children (12 and under): $12 for three runs
  • 10-Punch Pass (adults and kids): $31
  • Season NASTAR Pass: $139

NASTAR for Groups

For all group activities listed below, please call Group Services at 970-923-0469 for more information.

Race Registration

Groups desiring private NASTAR events are strongly encouraged to schedule race registration through Group Services. This service is complimentary. If your group is having an opening reception or party, the Race Department can send a representative to discuss race formats and organize pre-race paperwork. This eliminates congestion on race day.

Spider Sabich Race Arena

The Spider Sabich Race Arena at Snowmass, located adjacent to the Coney Glade lift, provides a high-visibility venue for private group races. Access the race arena via the Village Express lift mid-station; the race arena is located on Blue Grouse. The race arena is located on Cabin Run to the skier's left.

Alternative Race Formats (Snowmass only)

Slalom, giant slalom, super G and FIS standard races are available upon request. Courses can be tailored to match your group's skill and competition levels. Alternative race formats are available upon request only. Pricing will vary accordingly.

Fun Races (Snowmass only)

Non-competitive team races can be set up for your group by the Snowmass Race Department. These obstacle-course relay races are run on beginner terrain and include non-skiing sections such as tray races.

Treasure Hunts (Snowmass only)

This is a great way for a group to tour the mountain. Rhymed clues will take teams to seven different check points on the mountain where they will find a word or group of words. These words will be put together to form a sentence which leads them to the treasure. Treasure to be determined by the group.