NASTAR stands for NAtional STAndard Race and is the largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world. Founded in 1968, NASTAR gives recreational racers an opportunity to compete and compare their scores to friends and family regardless of when and where they race using the NASTAR handicap system. More than 50,000 racers complete at over 100 resorts around the country. Racers are scored with a handicap that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability compared to U.S. Ski Team athletes and pacesetters. NASTAR is operated by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the U.S. Ski Team sets the pace for each race.