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Ski Challenge Scoring System

scoring-chargtA handicap system is used to determine medals.  A new handicap is achieved for each race run and is strictly the percentage slower than the par time (zero handicap).  The par time is determined by picking a pacesetter for each run and determining a par time based on their established pace handicap and their time.  Each racer’s best handicap of the two runs is used to determine medal and team points. Medals are awarded at each race at an awards ceremony. Refer to the official Ski Challenge Scoring Chart for details on the scoring system. The top six scores from each team count for team points. These accumulate weekly through Race 7 to determine team placement in league standings. Racer points for  #7, #8, #9 racers (and bonus points, how many points a medal is achieved by) will be accumulated each week to determine any tiebreakers at the last race.

Team Points

Points are assigned by the medal earned. The top six scores from each team count for team points. The team points accumulate each week to determine race series event standings and placement in the State Championships.

Platinum – 5 points
Gold – 4 points
Silver – 3 points
Bronze – 2 points
I Did It – 1 point

If a tie should occur then the 7th racer’s score is used then the 8th, then the 9th. If there is still a tie after the 9th racer, then bonus points are used. Bonus points are determined by the amount the racer gets his or her medals by. The top nine racers’ bonus points will be used (the best nine medals). In the event that the team has 10 of the same medals, the best nine bonus points will be used dropping the lowest bonus point medal.


Please Notify the Ski Challenge Office if you fall under any of these categories – the change will be made in our database so that it shows up at each race you are pre-registered for. If you are not pre-registered for a specific race and are entered in the computer at the hill, you need to remind the staff there about your discount)

Able Bodied disciplines——–Handicap

  • Alpine skier——————-0
  • Snowboard——————-20
  • Telemark———————13
  • Snowbike———————50

Physically Challenged disciplines include the following:

Adaptive Alpine:

  • Sitting————————30
  • Standing———————-30
  • Visual Impairment———–45
  • Cognitive Disability——-35
  • Deaf—————————15

Adaptive Snowboard:

  • Upper Limb Disability——-30
  • Lower Limb Disability——-40
  • Cognitive Disability——-75
  • Deaf—————————-25

Scoring Example

At the Pacesetting Trials, Jim Smith earned a 6 handicap (he raced 6 percent slower than the NASTAR National Pacesetter or “0”).  At Wild Mountain, Smith records a time of 19.99 seconds on the Blue course on Wednesday night. The program divides his time (19.99) by his handicap (1.06) to establish a par time of 18.86 seconds.  Based on the other pacesetters in the race, it is determined that the average par (or “0” time) on the blue course is 18.90.  Jim is selected as the pacesetter for the blue course because his par time is determined to be closest to that number. Your time in the blue course is 22.73 seconds. We divide your time (22.73) by the par time (18.86) to get your handicap of 20.52. You skied 20.52% slower than the calculated par time on that run. We check the handicap in the scoring chart for your age (e.g., 33) and gender (e.g., Male) and discover you earned a gold medal, you need a 20.99 or better for gold.  You scored 4 points for your team and recorded .47 bonus points because that is how much you got your gold by.  If you ski a time closer to the selected par on the red course, you would then score on the red course.  You would need to ski a 8.99 or better handicap to get to platinum to score 5 points for your team.


Fastest: Always the female and male, girl and boy with the lowest handicap in that race. This award will be given out all seven weeks.

Fast: This is the next fastest female and male, girl and boy who have not received a fast or fastest award yet. This award will be given out all seven weeks.

Most Improved: Always the female and male, boy and girl with the most improvement from the previous week. This award can be given to someone who has earned it before. This award is given out at weeks two through seven.

Each winner will receive an award certificate. The top five in each category are announced each week. Winners are posted in the newsletter each week.


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The Pacesetter for each run will simply be someone participating in the race that has achieved a pacesetting number at one of the pre-season pacesetting trials put on either by NASTAR or Ski Challenge. We will make an effort to have four or five racers in each race that carry a pacesetting number to help to determine the average par (zero handicap).  The racer whose number is used for pacesetting will score points as a reward for having his or her time and handicap used for races throughout the season. Those points can be used for purchasing Ski Challenge gear or getting a discounted rate on the next season’s race fees or end-of-season races. This system will not affect the scoring system or the reporting of the scores to NASTAR, it will simply make someone in the race the pacesetter and eliminate the need for one person to make multiple runs until a usable time is achieved on each course.


We will submit scores into NASTAR as long as we are affiliated with them.