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NASTAR finals hit home

More than 1,000 of the best recreational ski racers in North America are expected to give Steamboat Springs’ resort economy a boost in March 2006 and 2007.

Steamboat Ski Area marketing executive Andy Wirth said executives with Mountain Sports Media, who held a strategic planning meeting in Steamboat this week, announced they would bring the NASTAR finals to Mount Werner during the last week in March for two consecutive seasons.

NASTAR, which stands for National Standard Race, is a program of SKI Magazine.

NASTAR establishes a time penalty system that puts skiers of all ages and experience levels on relatively equal footing and allows them to compare their performances to those of some of the very best ski racers in the nation.

During the 2004-05 ski season, more than 94,000 skiers and snowboarders logged 515,000 starts at 119 ski areas.

In March 2005, the Jeep King of the Mountain NASTAR National Championships at–tracted 1,071 competitors from all over the United States and Canada to Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. They competed alongside elite skiers, including Daron Rahlves, Casey Puckett and Doug Lewis.

Lyndsay Young, representing Steamboat, placed eighth in the women’s competition.