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Squaw Valley Ski Resort lands ski and snowboard championships

Some of the top skiers and snowboarders from around the country will look to capture national championships at Squaw Valley Ski Resort next year with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announcing the resort will play host to the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance National Standard Race (NASTAR) National Championships.

According to NASTAR's website, the organization hosts more than 100,000 races at over 100 resorts each year. The season then concludes with the national championships in March.

By establishing a "National Standard" for races held across the country, NASTAR is able to handicap individual courses, allowing skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities the opportunity to compete against each other regardless of when and where the events are held.

According to a statement from United States Ski and Snowboard Association, the event will mark the first time since 1981 that the national championships will be held west of the Rocky Mountains.

"Squaw Valley exhibits a deep passion for skiing and snowboarding that will resonate with the NASTAR community," Director of NASTAR Bill Madsen said in a statement. "The resort has seen strong growth in its NASTAR participation over the past few seasons and has been a great partner in supporting the growth and promotion of the program. We're looking forward to working with Squaw Valley to put on a great event."

NASTAR competitors can qualify for the championships by earning a top-10 national ranking, a top-five state ranking, by earning a top ranking at an individual resort or by earning a top ranking at a regional championship.

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According to an email from Madsen, NASTAR typically targets three to five resorts per year to host the event. The organization then sends out a request for proposal to begin the bid process to host the championships.

With Squaw Valley landing the annual event, Madsen said the resort can expect around 1,000 racers along with their guests and families over the five days of competition.,

"Very much like the recent Alpine World Cup, this event will be great for the entire region, attracting thousands of avid skiers and their families who are passionate about ski racing … as we all are," said President and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Andy Wirth in a statement from the resort.

The NASTAR National Championships are scheduled for March 21-25.

For more information or to register to compete visit NASTAR.com.