Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships Return To Steamboat in March 2007

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After a record-breaking first season at the Steamboat Ski Area, Colorado, the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships returns to Steamboat from Thursday, March 22 - Sunday, March 25. The event will bring together over 1,300 Nature Valley NASTAR racers of all ages and abilities from across the country.

The National Championships is the ultimate reward for anyone who races Nature Valley NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race). After a record-breaking first season in 2006 at the Steamboat Springs Ski Area, Colorado, the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships returns to Steamboat from Thursday, March 22 - Sunday, March 25, 2007. The event will bring together over 1,300 Nature Valley NASTAR racers of all ages and abilities from across the country for three days of spirited competition, first-class hospitality, world-class skiing and the chance to race alongside some of skiing's all-time greats!

Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968, NASTAR is the largest recreational ski and snowboard race program in the world. Since the program's inception, more than 6 million skiers and snowboarders have raced NASTAR. NASTAR's mission is simple - to provide a fun, competitive and easily accessible racing program that, through the development of a handicap system, allows racers of all ages and abilities a means to compare their race results to other competitors across the country regardless of when and where they race.

This is accomplished by establishing a National Standard for all races. The National Standard is the Par Time or the "0" handicap which every racer competes against when they race Nature Valley NASTAR. The "0" handicap is set at the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships and is the fastest time possible on a Nature Valley NASTAR course. World Champion Daron Rahlves is the National Pacesetter for the 2006-07 season.

Each time a participant races Nature Valley NASTAR, they earn a handicap which represents the difference between their race time and Daron Rahlves' time expressed as a percentage. It's easier than it sounds - if a participant earns a 15 handicap, they are 15% slower than Daron Rahlves. Don't like percentages? As you just learned, prior to each race, resort pacesetters set the course's Par Time which is the time Daron Rahlves would have raced the course had he been there that day. So if the Par Time is 23.32 seconds and your time is 27.24 seconds, you are 3.92 seconds slower than Daron Rahlves. course had he been there that day.

You do not have to be Daron Rahvles or Bode Miller to race Nature Valley NASTAR. Whether you are young, old, an expert racer or just a beginner, Nature Valley NASTAR is for everyone! Nature Valley NASTAR is a great way for families, friends and co-workers to ski and compete against one another. In fact, with the Nature Valley NASTAR handicap system you don't even have to race at the same time or location to compete. You can also Teams can also register to compete against other teams across the country and every time an individual races their results are be recorded for their team.

At the 2006 NASTAR National Championships in Steamboat, a record-breaking 1,338 racers, ages 3 - 86, from 44 states, Canada, and Australia spent three days competing and enjoying world class skiing. The 2007 National Championships promises to be better than ever as NASTAR and The Steamboat Ski Area have planned an exciting weekend of on- and off-hill activities for you and your guests including a free concert by Big Head Todd & The Monsters, a Warren Miller movie screening, autograph signings by a few of skiing's all-time greats, competitor raffles and giveaways, a rail jam exhibition, Saturday's awards reception and more. For more information about the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships in Steamboat, Colorado, visit their website at Nastar.com

Steamboat ski resort was recently named the #1 Family Resort in the West by SKI Magazine. This winter, the Sunshine Express High-Speed Quad, which will operate on a combination of solar and wind power, will replace a triple chairlift in the Sunshine Bowl area, which will also see new trails and snowmaking enhancements. The Thunderhead and Rendezvous Saddle lodge food courts are getting first-class facelifts. Steamboat is also investing more than half a million into grooming upgrades including the state-of-the-art Zaugg Superpipe cutter, which means even smoother sailing on the slopes. Experience all of the exciting changes at Steamboat this season.

ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals is offering exclusive NASTAR lodging packages, in conjunction with the Steamboat Ski Area's discounted lift tickets for competitors and their guests ($37 per day) and discounted ski and snowboard rentals. ResortQuest books complete ski vacations, including Steamboat Springs accommodations, flights, lift tickets, ski rentals, shuttle transfers and all the après ski activities with one toll-free call to (866) 634-9616.

In Steamboat, ResortQuest's luxury vacation rentals are accompanied with premier guest services including Steamboat's only on-call, door-to-door shuttle service, 24-hour front desk service, daily housekeeping and Wine and Cheese Welcome receptions. ResortQuest offers an experienced concierge to attend to our guests' every need. From coordinating pre-arrival grocery delivery, to arranging premium holiday decorating services, to booking extraordinary activities and distinctive Steamboat restaurants - they take pride in delivering exceptional guest services.

About ResortQuest

ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rental hospitality and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations, ResortQuest.com. ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and vacation rentals in the U.S. and Canada, based on a portfolio of nearly 17,000 properties, from Outer Banks vacation rentals to Destin condos, with a combined real estate value estimated at approximately $7 billion. ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations. ResortQuest employs more than 4,000 people and is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE: GET), one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industries, based in Nashville, Tenn., that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit ResortQuest.com or GaylordEntertainment.com.

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