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Frequently asked Questions

Q1. Where do we stay when we travel to other resorts for SARA races?

A. It's really up to you where you want to stay, but we are in the process of putting together some traveling packages for each race, which would include things like where to stay and where to eat.

Q2. Where do we meet before the race?

A. We are in the process of figuring this out, however you should meet with you coach in a pre-determined location previous to the race.

Q3. What time should we meet before the race begins?

A. We are in the process of figuring this out, however you should roughly meet with your coach at least 15 minutes before course inspection.

Q4. What happens if I miss course inspection?

A. Try to avoid this at all costs, however if this does happen, please get together with your coach as soon as possible.

Q5. What coaches are representing Bryce at the races?

A. This will be dependent on how many racers are racing that day.

Q6. How do I get a cool Bryce Ski Team jacket?

A. The Bryce Ski Jackets are available for rental to the Bryce Ski Team, Masters, and Coaches who are members of the "Friends of Bryce Ski Team" and are actively in good standing with their yearly membership dues paid. Jackets are available to registered racers ONLY.

Q7. Can the Bryce Junior Superstars race in SARA races?

A. Anyone who is a registered member of USSA and SARA and is current on their yearly dues may race in any USSA sanctioned race.

Q8. Are the Bryce Junior Superstars part of the Bryce Ski Team?

A. The Bryce Rising Stars are part of the Bryce Resort Racing Club, which includes the Bryce Ski Team and Master Team. The Junior Superstars do NOT race.

Q9. What days are the Ski clinics scheduled for?

A. The Ski Clinics usually begin in late December and run through the end of February. There are two clinics on Saturday's and two clinics on Sunday's, Holidays, and during the week of Christmas.

Q10. What time do the clinics begin and how long do they last?

A. The Bryce Ski Team clinic runs from 8:30am-11:30am and the Junior Rising Stars clinic runs from 10:00am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 3:00.

Q11. How often should I wax my ski's?

A. In this region of the country, the snow is wet and heavy and can really wear on your skis. You may want to wax them at least weekly.

Q12. Should I wax my ski's before a race?

A. You should always make sure your ski's are well maintained, including waxing and tuning.

Q13. How often should my ski's be tuned?

A. This really depends on how often you ski and the type of snow you ski on. Tuning once a month may be sufficient for most skiers

Q14. What should I wear on race day?

A. Be prepared. Where an effective under-layer and lightweight clothing that will break the wind when racing. Dress in layers. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under layers. Avoid wearing cotton next to your skin because it will absorb sweat and snow and make you cold. Wool or acrylic socks are better than cotton athletic socks, but make sure the socks are long so they will extend up above your ski boot. Wear one thin pair of socks. Ski and snowboard boots are designed to be warm so thick socks will just be in the way. For pants, you will want a pair of waterproof shell pants over long underwear. You may not need as many layers of clothing as you think. On a sunny day, you may need only two layers – the waterproof outer layer and the turtleneck/long underwear first layer. But bring a middle layer (fleece or wool sweater) just in case. Where your Ski Jacket and then take it off before the beginning of the race.

Q15. Are shin guards required for SARA or NASTAR races?

A. Shin guards are usually used by the older and more aggressive skiers and are not required.

Q16. Are helmets required for SARA or NASTAR races?

A. Helmets ARE required for all SARA races, however they are not required for NASTAR races. They are HIGHLY recommended.

Q17. Are chin guards required for SARA or NASTAR races?

A. Chin guards are usually used by the older and more aggressive skiers and are not required. Chin guards MUST be removed for GS races.

Q18. Should I wear a race suit on race day?

A. That is up to you. They are not required and some racers find them uncomfortable. Try a non-padded suit if you decide to wear one.

Q19. Should I wear my Bryce Ski jacket on race day?

A. You should wear your Jacket to all events in which you are representing Bryce Resort. The Jacket provides a sense of unity and allows the Bryce Ski Team to be easily noticeable to others who may be looking for the group on race day. The Jacket can be taken off before the race and will usually be brought down with others by your Ski coach.

Q20. How do I qualify to be invited to the SARA championships?

A. The list of requirements can be found on the SARA web site.

Q21. I registered for a SARA race, but now I cannot go. What should I do?

A. You should notify the Ski Director and you Ski coaches as soon as you learn you can not compete in a registered race. Ski coaches are assigned to races based on a list of registered Ski Team members they receive from SARA. It's only courteous to notify the Ski Director when you cancel.

Q22. What type of ski's should I be using at my level?

A. This should be discussed between you and your coaches. You may want to include Mom or Dad if they are footing the bill.

Q23. When should I renew my USSA and SARA memberships?

A. I believe the rules are changing for the 2006/2007 ski season. I recommend registering by the end of August.

Q24. What is the cost for new memberships or renewal?

A. For all fees associated with USSA and SARA, please visit their web site for the current fee schedule.

Q25. What does NASTAR National recommend about the number of gates set vs the course length?

Each course is essentially a modified GS course with anywhere from 12 - 20 gates that racers must maneuver around. Gates are set with 18-20 meters of space between gates vertically and 4-8 meters of offset. NASTAR encourages resorts across the country to standardize their course(s) to have a par time of 23 seconds and set courses so that no course is within 5% of the cap time. The "cap time" is defined as the time it takes a pacesetter to tuck from the start to the finish of their course without going around gates and is the fastest possible time the venue will allow. It's important to remember that due to a number of variables at each resort (terrain, pitch, overall conditions, etc.), the look and feel of each race venue will vary according to the resort.

Q26. Where can I find the results for NASTAR at Bryce Resort?

A. You can find that information on the Resorts Results Page at

Q27. How do you calculate your NASTAR handicap?

A. Okay, first let's deal with the Pacesetter's par time.

You take their time divided by their handicap. The formula is Time/1.11=Par time (this example the Pacesetter is a 11 HC)

Once you have the par time, it is time to calculate your HC off of the Par Time.

Simply take your time and divide it by the Par Time. You will get a number like 1.135558. That would be a 13.56 HC

Your Time / Par time = HC


You can subtract the Par Time from your Time, then divide the difference by the Par Time.

(I believe you get the same number or very close to it, just no 1. in front of the result)

Your Time - Par Time = result / Par time = HC.

Take your Handicap and locate your age group listed in the NASTAR Handicap Chart to find your medal.





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