We at the USSA want to thank you again for your patience with the challenges we have encountered with the NASTAR scoring systems this season. We have been working diligently to provide a system for NASTAR that supports the participants and all of you. I’m happy to announce that we have now formed a partnership with Global Reach Sports (GRS), the longtime supplier of NASTAR and ski racing scoring technology, to ensure that NASTAR resorts have an excellent, proven and stable platform and that NASTAR participants can easily follow their results and rankings.
Our joint objective with the partnership is to not only provide a stable platform, but to also grow and further improve the overall NASTAR experience including live results and mobile functionality. Our partnership with GRS will provide these things and more as we evolve into the future.
We anticipate quick changes as we merge into the GRS NASTAR system, with scoring systems for resorts and race leagues and full integration of all past and present results into a single ranking system. At the same time, GRS will merge its Race The Gates product and re-scored results into the NASTAR solution and brand. All U.S. Race The Gates participants will be eligible to qualify for the NASTAR Nationals.
GRS has already begun integrating systems, we will jointly keep NASTAR resort administrators informed of our progress. Current systems can continue to be used as we complete the transition - estimating about 10 days. The NASTAR team with GRS will be sending its first technical update this coming Wednesday, February 10 detailing next steps with the software and results system rollout.
NASTAR racers just enjoyed a very successful Eastern Regional Championships at Okemo. The Midwestern Regional Championships are coming up in a few weeks at Welch Village. And we are about to issue our invitations to NASTAR racers to attend this year’s National Championships at Steamboat Springs March 24-27.
We expect a large group of NASTAR participants at the popular Colorado resort, including both current and past stars of the U.S. Ski Team. Because of the scoring challenges, we will be inviting all of last year’s qualifiers, as well as those from this season.
Thank you again for your patience as we work through this quick transition. We are excited to be partnering with GRS and moving NASTAR forward together with great solutions and innovations for our resorts and participants.
Tiger Shaw President and CEO U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
I think the nastar guys did a good job, considering the task they were given. The current nastar program has been working fine for us for quite a while now, bugs and all. Not bad for such a compressed development schedule.
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