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How Ski Challenge Pacesetting Works

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).  Racers who in past years have been consistently fast, under a 12 handicap, and who have shown up at the majority of their scheduled races can be invited to participate in trials and earn a number.

The Ski Challenge software program picks the pacesetter in the first course by selecting the racer whose calculated par time is closest to the average par (determined by averaging the par times of each qualifying pacesetter on that course). The par time in the second course will be determined by taking the average differential in times between the first course  and the second course of the top 20 racers.  The program will then select the pacesetter on that course whose par time best reflects the average course differential of course one and course two .  Sometimes the pars are very similar (which means everyone raced close to their pacesetting handicap).  When this happens, the par chosen may be the lowest or highest par for that race.

The objective is to be as consistent as possible with handicaps.  In most cases the system will not choose the lowest par (making handicaps the highest they could be) nor choose the highest par (making handicaps the lowest they could be). The system DOES NOT try and match par times in each course either.  The racer whose number is used for pacesetting will score points as 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 useable time is achieved on each course. Click on the links above to see pacesetter handicaps and points earned which can be used toward Ski Challenge fees.