US Ski Team will manage NASTAR program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The U.S. Ski Team says it will take over operational control of NASTAR, a recreational racing program that's in place at more than 100 resorts around the nation.

The agreement was announced Monday at the National Ski Areas Association convention. USSA President Tiger Shaw says that by bringing in NASTAR, the ski team is hoping to ''not only engage a new generation of ski racers, but also to have significant impact by extending our brand to new fans.''

Through the NASTAR handicap system, skiers can compare times against top skiers such as Olympic champions Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso. Ligety says he was introduced ''to the thrill of going fast and competing on skis'' through NASTAR.

NASTAR began in 1968.

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