SNAPHOTS FROM THE 2012 NASTAR
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS By Jake Bright
Late last month, I traded New York City asphalt for Colorado snow, escaping for some last-minute training to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. For an
avid NASTAR racer, participating in Nationals is like competing in the Olympic Winter Games
— only with less pressure and more fun. After training at Copper Mountain, I headed to Winter
Park for two days and four runs of racing. I also took in the festivities on and off the hill and met
some of the NASTAR unique competitors along the way.
The connection with Copper is my grandpa, Frank
Walter, a former assistant ski coach and Copper
Ambassador who still skis more than 100 days a year. I
talked him into running NASTAR with me. It was really
inspiring to see him fly through the gates at 89 years old.
This year I qualified for the most competitive class in NASTAR Nationals,
platinum. With the Eastern snow drought, I had not been on skis for more than
three weeks. It was time to click the start wand and get in the gates on Copper’s