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  • October 14, 2014 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Hi MHA & MHRT Families,

    After another very warm and dry early fall, we're into the rain and snow starting to fall up on Mt. Hood. While it’s still too warm for snow at Skibowl the weather is changing and winter is on the way! Here is some early season information and important fall dates to help you prepare for the race season.

    Program Information: Program information for Mt. Hood Race Team and the MHA Ski Team is updated on the team’s website. Registration will be available on-line next week. You will be notified via email. We are using the Active Network this year for all team registrations, payments, race entry, etc., and all team release forms and medical information can also be handled on line.

    Active Network Registration: Parents, please go to Active and create an account with the team. All team communication, registrations and payments will be handled through Active beginning in November. Don’t miss out on upcoming events and information.

    Fusion Pass: The Fusion Pass is now on sale – good for unlimited winter skiing at Timberline and Skibowl! Go to www.mthoodfusionpass.com to purchase your pass before Nov. 2nd at the lowest price. Remember, Timberline and Skibowl are part of the Powder Alliance, and they have just added Silver Star Mountain in Canada to the list of resort. Your Fusion Pass is good for 3 free tickets at each of these other areas!

    USSA Classification for the 2014-15 season:

    U18 – born 1997 or ’98 (juniors)
    U16 – born 1999 or ’2000 (juniors)
    U14 – born 2001 or ’02 (juniors or mitey mites)
    U12 – born 2003 or ’04 (mitey mites)
    U10 – born 2005 or ’06 (mitey mites)
    U8 – born 2007 or later (mitey mites)

    USSA “Competitor” License: All U16 and U18 athletes who intend to compete in USSA scored races (PNSA races) should renew or purchase a Competitor license. Go to www.ussa.org to process on line or to download the application to Fax or mail to USSA. The deadline without paying a late fee is October 15th.

    U14 Athletes: U14 competitors have the opportunity to compete in some USSA scored races. 2nd year U14s (born 2001) may actually compete in several scored races. If you purchased a Competitor license last season you should have received a renewal notification and you should renew for this season. If not, you should purchase a Competitor license.

    U14 competitors who only plan to race the local Mitey Mite races need only renew or purchase the Youth license. Everyone will need a license, one or the other, to compete in the Buddy Werner/U14 Finals. If you have any questions please send a note to bill@mhsef.org.

    USSA “Youth” License: Everyone who had a Youth license last season should have received a renewal notice and hopefully renewed the license. Any Mitey Mite may purchase a Youth license, however, racing on Mt. Hood does not require one. U12 racers are encouraged to purchase a Youth license. There is no deadline to purchase a Youth license so families can consult with the coaches if they have any questions.

    Team Dryland Training: Dryland conditioning continues through this Sunday, October 19th at the Sandy High School track on Bluff Road, just off highway 26. Dryland will start at 12:00 and continue for about 1.5 hours. 


    Team Fall Meeting – Equipment Swap and Potluck: Our team’s Fall Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Oct 26th. See flyer for details. We will cover changes to the sport, team information and answer any questions. This is also a great opportunity for families new to the team or new to the sport to get oriented and up to speed before the season. The coaches and your team friends hope to see you there.

    Dates for your calendar:


    Oct 26th Annual Team Meeting and Potluck

    Nov 14th – 16th Portland Ski Fever Show


    That’s all for now. Please call or email if you have any questions.


  • May 05, 2014 10:58 PM | Anonymous
    Team Awards Party – May 18th

    The annual Awards Party is finally rescheduled for Saturday, May 18th at Blue Lake Park near Troutdale. See the attached flyer and save the date! Registration and RSVP should be available on the team website by Wednesday. Here is a map of the park. The Shahala Shelter #1 is reserved for our team, and is ours for the entire day. Arrive any time and enjoy the park!

    Golden Rose– May 24th and 25th

    The Golden Rose at Timberline is just a few weeks away. This double Slalom event includes 4 SL races in two days, and is open to all U14 and older athletes who have a USSA Competitors License. Any U14 athlete who did not have a License, but plans to have one next year, can purchase their 2014-15 Competitor License now, and be eligible to race in the Golden Rose. Go to www.ussa.org for License details.

    Golden Rose Training and Forerunning

    MHA athletes will train SL the weekend of May 17th and 18th. Training will be on Saturday the 17th; however, if the weather does not cooperate, training will be moved to Sunday the 18th. There will also be an additional day of SL training on Friday the 23rd prior to the race. Look for a training update email later next week.

    U12 athletes are encouraged to forerun the Golden Rose. With 8 race-runs each day there are plenty of forerunning opportunities. Please reply to bill@mhsef.org if you are available to forerun either day at Golden Rose. Also, forerunners are welcome to join the MHA training sessions.

    When registering for the Golden Rose be sure to check out the Summer Sports Raffle. There are several cool prizes, including a personally autographed new pair of skis from professional backcountry skier, Eric Pollard (former MHA alum)!

    Golden Rose Volunteers - we need everyone!

    This year’s event is the 79th Annual Golden Rose, the longest running sanctioned event in the U.S. MHA is proud to host the Golden Rose, and as you can imagine, two races each day is a huge task. Please offer to volunteer one or both days, May 24th and 25th. The races are exciting, with some of the fastest young skiers from around the west competing! Look for another email, and a link on our website, with volunteer information. Thanks!

    2014 Summer Camps

    Hopefully everyone received the team’s summer camp information last month. Camp registration and information is now available on the team’s web site. Please contact bill@mhsef.org if you have any questions, or if you are looking for additional summer training opportunities. Note: 2nd-year U10 athletes (born 2005) are invited to participate in the two 3-day camps. Please register early so we can staff each camp with the appropriate number coaches.
  • February 28, 2014 10:30 PM | Anonymous
    MHRT Team News
    March 2014

    Wow, February was a crazy month! We started the month with the Ski-A-Thon at Timberline, raced 3 out of the last 4 weekends, and ended the month with great skiing and training at Skibowl. This past Sunday wrapped up the Oregon 4-Way Championships with GS racing on Mt. Hood Lane, and this weekend many of our MHRT racers will be competing in the Meadows Challenge!

    February racing was exciting! There were many top-10 finishes, there were some thrilling spills and some disappointments, but every MHRT racer who stood in the starting gate and challenged the race course was a winner! Here are some top-3 highlights from Sunday’s GS:
    Chloe and Bella; 2nd and 3rd U14 Girls
    Colin and Levi; 1st and 2nd U10 Boys
    Colt and Ty; 1st and 2nd U12 Boys
    Luke, Zach and Ian; 1st, 2nd and 3rd U14 Boys
    Congratulations to all our racers!!
    Meadows Challenge: March 1st and 2nd

    The Meadows Challenge is this weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows, with SL on Saturday and GS on Sunday. On-line registration is now open at Meadows Challenge. The entry deadline is this Thursday. All U10/U8 racers are encouraged to attend. U12/U14 racers have the option to race or train, one or both days. Information was sent to those families in an earlier email.

    Remember, it will be busy at Meadows. Plan to arrive at MHM by 7:30am. Pick up bibs in the North Lodge and meet your coaches by 8:00am. Meet in the South Lodge cafeteria by the slope-side windows. Lifts open at 9:00am with the first run for girls scheduled for 10:00am on Stadium. Race information is attached.

    U12 Oregon Championships: March 8th and 9th

    The U12 Oregon Championship will be held at Mt. Hood Meadows, and is open to all racers ages 9, 10 and 11 (yob 2002 – 2004). MHRT athletes are the defending champions, and are excited for a repeat! Race information will be emailed as soon as it is available.

    March is the month for championship racing. It also begins the end of our regular winter season. U8 racers and 1st year U10 racers (yob 2005) end the regular season with this weekend’s Meadows Challenge. U12 racers will end the season with next weekend’s U12 Championships. But the season is not over! MHRT will have training on March 29th and 30th. The team will compete in the season’s final Mitey Mite Council races, the Kandy Kup GS and the Spring Final SG on April 5th and 6th. More information will soon be available.

    Have a great weekend! Good luck to all our racers!
  • September 13, 2013 1:43 PM | Anonymous
    Hi MHA & MHRT Families,

    We trust everyone has returned to school after a fun and eventful summer vacation. The summer weather was amazing, and this September heat wave is unreal! It’s been difficult to think of the pending winter season and imagine snow on the ground in Govy.

    Here is some early season information and some fall dates for your calendar –

    USSA Classification: After a season of nobody moving age groups, all competitors will move a year in classification this year; 1st-years become 2nd years, and 2nd years become 1st years in the next older age group. Here are the 2013-14 age classifications:
    U18 – born 1996 or ’97 (juniors)
    U16 – born 1998 or ’99 (juniors)
    U14 – born 2000 or ’01 (juniors or mitey mites)
    U12 – born 2002 or ’03 (mitey mites)
    U10 – born 2004 or ’05 (mitey mites)
    U8 – born 2006 or later (mitey mites)

    USSA “Competitor” License: All U16 and U18 athletes who intend to compete in USSA scored races (PNSA races) should renew or purchase a Competitor license. Go to www.ussa.org to process on line or to download the application to Fax or mail to USSA. The deadline without paying a late fee is October 15th.


    U14 Athletes: U14 competitors have the opportunity to compete in some USSA scored races. 2nd year U14s (born 2000) may actually compete in several scored races. If you purchased a Competitor license last season you should have received a renewal notification and you should renew for this season. If not, you should purchase a Competitor license. U14 competitors who only plan to race the local Mitey Mite races need only renew or purchase the Youth license. Everyone will need a license, one or the other, to compete in the Buddy Werner/U14 Finals. Remember, there is a Competitor license late fee after October 15th.


    USSA “Youth” License: Everyone who had a Youth license last season should have received a renewal notice and hopefully renewed the license. Any Mitey Mite may purchase a Youth license, however, racing on Mt. Hood does not require one. U12 racers are encouraged to purchase a Youth license. There is no deadline to purchase a Youth license so families can consult with the coaches if they have any questions.

    Team Dryland Training: Our first dryland session will be Sunday, September 22nd at the Sandy High School track on Bluff Rd., just off of Highway 26. Dryland will start at 11:30 and continue for about 1.5 hours. Athletes U10 and older are welcome to attend. The first dryland will include physical assessments for the U14 and older athletes to help determine what you should be working on this fall. We know many of you are playing fall sports. That’s great! Still plan to attend dryland to learn what other conditioning you should be doing. Dryland will continue each Sunday through October 20th.

    Boot Fit Night U12 athletes and older: Currently scheduled for Thursday, September 26th at Hillcrest Ski and Sport in Gresham. This is the time to check your boots for fit and modification, and to resize if you need new boots. This is not the night to buy new boots. Anyone whose feet have grown should have their boots checked. Important: please RSVP to bill@mhsef.org if you plan to attend. Coaches will be on sight from 6:30 to 8:30 to help.

    Equipment Night: Scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd at Hillcrest in Gresham from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Reps from all the major manufacturers will be on hand to discuss their equipment and to place orders at the racer price. Order your equipment early so you have it in time for the start of winter training.

    Program Information and Registration: Program information will be on-line at the team web site next week. An email notification will be sent once the information and the forms are available. Families are encouraged to complete team registration on-line and submit payment through the web site’s PayPal link. However, the registration form may be downloaded and mailed with a check to the team office. Remember: the medical information form and the ski area releases must be signed and returned to the office prior to on-snow training. Please register early so we can better plan and staff for the start of the race season.

    Web Site Account Registration: Please go to Web Site Registration and register a member account on the web site so you will receive all team news and updates via your email. The web-site registration button is located at the bottom of the home page menu. If you are already registered on the web site, please go to your account and check or update your contact information.

    Fusion Pass: The Fusion Pass just got better! Skibowl and Timberline joined with 10 other western ski resorts in the Powder Alliance. Your Fusion Pass is good for 3 free tickets at each of these other areas! Go to www.mthoodfusionpass.com to learn more about the Powder Alliance and to purchase your Fusion Pass.

    Dates for your Calendar:

    Oct 6th PNSA Officials Clinic in Portland (please go to www.pnsa.org for information)
    Oct 20th Annual Team Meeting and Potluck (more info to follow)
    Nov 15 – 17 Portland Ski Fever Show
    Nov 16 – 17 MHA Ski Team first weekend of training (tentative)
    Nov 22 – 27 Fall training camp, Canada, U14 athletes and older (more info to follow)
    Nov 29 – Dec 1 Thanksgiving Camp, U12 athletes and older
    Dec 7th First day MHRT winter training for all groups

    That’s all for now. We wish everyone a great time back in school, and good success in your fall sports. Please call or email if you have any questions.

    The Coaches
  • May 20, 2013 8:03 PM | Anonymous
    Shirts, hoodies, hats, and shorts with MHSEF and MHA logos are now available any time on line. Go to http://www.hometownsportsnw.com to order. Our group is Mt. Hood Ski and the password is "downhill". See examples of our logo wear here. Orders are filled within 2 weeks.
  • May 07, 2013 9:14 PM | Anonymous
    The 2013 Golden Rose Summer Action Sports Raffle will be held on Saturday, May 25th at Timberline’s Wy’East day lodge following the first day of Golden Rose racing. This year’s raffle prizes include the popular Timberline Summer Pass, a Deschutes river rafting trip, a golf and dining package at the Resort at the Mountain, and a $500 action sports shopping spree!

    Also this year, one lucky person is guaranteed to win the new camping and hiking package, a 4-person tent and two backpacks from Columbia! Click Summer Sports Raffle to see the full description of summer action prizes. Tickets are currently selling at www.mthoodacademy.com for just $15, or 2 for $25.

    Mt. Hood Academy and Mt. Hood Race Team host two annual fund-raising events: the Ski-A-Thon Challenge in the early winter and the Golden Rose Summer Action Sports Raffle in May. Both of these events are important to our team, helping provide the funds necessary to purchase SL gates, drills, cameras, timing gear and other equipment.

    All MHA and MHRT families are asked to sell 8 Golden Rose raffle tickets ($100) to friends, family members, neighbors, etc. Or, you can purchase all 8 tickets for your own great chance to win a super summer prize! There are two ways to participate:

    1) On-line sales: Family and friends can purchase Golden Rose Raffle tickets on-line here. Your raffle ticket stubs will be printed and placed in the drawing drum on May 25th. Be sure to have buyers enter your name where it says “Referred by (MHSEF family name)” so we know who sold the tickets.

    2) Paper ticket sales: 8 Golden Rose Raffle tickets will be mailed this week to families for purchase and/or sale. Ticket stubs and checks need to be mailed back to the team office by Wednesday, May 22nd to be included in the drawing on May 25th. Ticket stubs and checks may also be turned in at the Team Awards Party, Monday evening May 13th.

    Important: If you prefer to promote on-line raffle ticket sales, and do not want to sell paper raffle tickets, please reply to this email with a short note: “Do not mail raffle tickets.” Do this by the end of the day Monday May 6th. Tickets will be mailed on Tuesday.

    Thank you for your support of the best training and racing opportunities possible for our young skiers. Good luck in the Golden Rose Summer Action Sports Raffle!
  • January 07, 2013 9:00 PM | Anonymous
    We are excited to host the 4th Annual MHSEF Ski-A-Thon Challenge, January 13th 2013. This fundraising activity is performed entirely by the athletes of the Foundation’s programs to raise funds to support the programs they all are a part of. This is our primary fundraising event that includes all our families. The event is fun for all ages to participate, with lots of prizes and awards.

    The Ski-A-Thon Challenge will start at 9:00am Sunday, January 13th with athletes loading the Cascade Chair (green chair) and making laps on designated runs and courses. They will receive two and half hours (until 11:30am) to make as many laps as possible. In addition to free ski laps, athletes will be required to ski several challenge laps and courses to successfully complete the Ski-A-Thon. The venue will be controlled and supported by the MHRT and MHA coaching staffs.

    Each athlete will use a pledge sheet to gain as many pledges as possible. Pledges can be made on a per lap basis or a one-time donation. While athletes can make as many laps as possible, pledges will be capped at 20 laps. Pledge sheets will be turned in Sunday morning, January 13th, at the Multorpor Lodge by 8:30am.

    Ski-A-Thon Challenge funds raised by this event will be used to obtain equipment and other items necessary to support athlete training. Every year the Foundation spends thousands of dollars to purchase gates, drills, radios and other training hill equipment. Athletes will also have the opportunity to raise money to help support their own ski racing expenses. For MHRT Mitey Mites, any money raised over $500 may go toward next year’s training fees. For MHA athletes, any money raised over $500 may go toward this year’s travel expenses.

    We have some really cool prizes this year! Prizes will be awarded to the athlete making the most laps and the athlete raising the most money, from within each age-class U8 to U18/21. The Grand Prize will go to the single athlete raising the most money! (FIS athletes will be treated as one age class.)

    Last year's event was a huge success and we hope to raise more funds this year! We sincerely ask your help to make this a successful event for our young ski racers.


    Travis Hall 
    Event Chair

    Bill Gunesch
    Program Director 

    Mary Gunesch
    Academy Director
  • December 21, 2012 4:16 PM | Anonymous
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    Great news… winter has finally arrived in Government Camp and at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Over two feet of snow has fallen since Sunday and more is expected this week. Skiing and training should be fantastic for the holidays!

    Mt. Hood Race Team concluded the first month of winter training with a day of skiing at Skibowl on Sunday! Now, it is time for a training break, and time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Mt. Hood Academy Juniors were away at races before the holidays. Many racers competed in the Russ Read Memorial GS at Mt. Bachelor, and our FIS athletes are racing in NW Cup Slalom races at Mission Ridge. This Saturday, Dec 22nd, will be the final day of JR training before the holidays.

    The up-coming Holiday Camp is a very busy time with training and preparation before the busy racing season. There are also several activities and meetings planned for the holiday. Please see below for information.

    MHRT Training Camp: Mt. Hood Race Team Mitey Mites will begin their 4-day Holiday Camp on Thursday, December 27th. Training will begin each day at 9:00am, scheduled for Multorpor. Look for another update with more specific training details and any change to the schedule or location.

    MHA Training Camp: Mt. Hood Academy Juniors will begin their 5-day Holiday Camp on Thursday, December 27th, with training scheduled for Multorpor beginning at 9:00am each day. Training details and any change in the schedule or location will follow.

    Release & Medical Forms: Several families have yet to return their paperwork to the team office. The following forms must be on file in order to continue training during holiday camp: team registration form, team medical form, team release form and the Skibowl release form. Families from the December Learn to Race session who wish to continue with the team must submit these forms. Please mail the forms ahead of time TO THE OFFICE. Do not bring them to the mountain the first day of camp.

    Learn to Race Holiday Camp: The 3-Day LTR Holiday Camp begins on Friday, December 28th and continues for three consecutive days. On-line registration will remain open through Sunday, Dec 23rd. Spread the word to any young skier who may enjoy ski racing!

    MHRT Parents Meeting / U14 Meeting: After training on Saturday the 29th, parents, coaches and board members will meet in the Multorpor Lodge for our annual Holiday Camp MHRT parents meeting. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences with other racing families and learn more about the team and upcoming events. Plan to meet at 2:45 on the 2nd floor of the lodge.

    After the parents meeting, coaches will meet with U14 families to discuss the option of competing in the Winterstart SL at Mt. Hood Meadows. This is a PNSA scored event, and an optional racing opportunity for our U14 athletes.

    MHSEF Team Race: The annual MHSEF Team Race is scheduled for Monday, December 31st. Racers will be grouped in teams of 5, mixing ages and gender. MHA racers will act as team captains and help coach younger teammates during inspection. Costumes are permitted! The event will be a 2-run Giant Slalom on Mt. Hood Lane. Registration / team selection will be at 8:00am in the Multorpor Lodge. Inspection will start at 9:00am, and the race will begin around 10:00am. The entire event should end by lunch time with team awards.

    New Race Building: Work on the new race building has gone very well. The roof went on this past weekend and the building was enclosed just in time for the big storm! There will be more projects during the holiday camp, including siding and interior walls. Parents who can spend a few hours any day should check in at the race building once morning training begins.

    Many team parents have donated a lot of time and materials to help with the project. We are still looking for wall insulation if anyone has a contact or would like to make a donation. We need 200 sq ft or R15 on 16" center, 1500 sq ft or R21 on 16" center, and 540 sq ft of R38 on 24" center. Also, we need signage for the building. Engraved wooden signs and/or weather proof painted signs; anyone who enjoys making signs or has connections for signs should contact Mike or Bill.

    Rooms for Rent: Two to three rooms are available at MHA for monthly or seasonal rent. Families will be able to keep their ski equipment and clothing in their own room and have access to the facility any time they want to ski or need to spend the night. The living room, dining room, kitchen and other common areas are shared with all skiers residing at the house. Please email Bill at bill@mhsef.org for more details.

    MHRT Waxing/Tuning Clinic: The coaches will present a ski tuning and waxing clinic for Mitey Mite parents and racers on Saturday, January 5th in preparation for the Kids Kandahar. The clinic is geared toward families new to the sport; however, experienced parents are welcome. Bring your race skis to the Academy House at 3:00pm to receive help prepping for Sunday’s GS.

    Meadows Winterstart Slalom – Jan 5th & 6th: The Winterstart Slalom is open to all U14 athletes and older. Information can be found on the Calendar page of the PNSA website – www.pnsa.org. MHA JRs need to register at www.alpinereg.com by December 24th. A late fee will be charged after that date. The entry deadline is December 31st.

    MHRT U14 athletes will be entered by the coaches as a team entry for the January 5th race only. You do not need to individually register for the race. We will discuss this event and who should compete at the MHRT parents meeting on the 29th.

    Regardless, all athletes and parents need to sign (4 pages) the Meadows liability forms and submit at race registration the morning of the first SL. The liability forms can be found on our team website on the Documents page.

    Kids Kandahar GS: The first Mt. Hood Mitey Mite race of the year is the Kids Kandahar GS, hosted by our team on Sunday, January 6th. Registration will soon be available on-line on our team website. Race information will be discussed at the MHRT Parents Meeting on the 29th.

    MHSEF Ski-A-Thon: MHSEF’s 4th Annual Ski-A-Thon is coming in January! The event will be held at Multorpor on Saturday, January 12th, from 9:00am to 11:30am. The Ski-A-Thon is an important fund-raising event for our team and we hope everyone can participate. It is also a lot of fun! More information to follow.



    The falling snow brings a feeling of magic, and the holiday season is a magical time. We wish all our team families a very safe and enjoyable holiday season!

  • December 10, 2012 9:18 PM | Anonymous
    Hello Ski Racing Families,

    All of our programs just had another fun and successful weekend of skiing and training at Timberline. For the most part the weather and snow conditions were great for skiing, even though it did start to drizzle the last few hours on Sunday. With one more snow storm this week, Skibowl should be able to open this coming weekend! Keep up the snow dance!

    Event Planning Meeting: This is a reminder that the coaches and board will conduct an event planning meeting with parents on Tuesday night. Parents of all racer age groups are asked to attend to discuss the season’s upcoming races and other events we host. The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 11th, at 6:30pm at the Power Station Pub in the Edgefield Manor in Troutdale. This meeting is a huge help for everyone as we move into the busy schedule of the race season. If you’re an experienced parent we need your input, and if you’re new to the team we will explain how you can play a helpful role at our events. Please, at least one parent from each family should attend the meeting.

    Here is a list of events we will discuss. More specific information will be presented Tuesday night. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

    Dec 31st MHSEF Team Race – Multorpor
    Jan 6th Kid’s Kandahar GS – Mitey Mite Race at Multorpor
    Jan 12th MHSEF Ski-A-Thon – Multorpor
    Jan 26th-27th Superbowl SL – Junior Race at Multorpor
    Feb 8th-10th Oregon 4-Way Championship – Mitey Mite event at Skibowl
    Feb 16th-18th PNSA U16 Championship Qualifier – U16 event at Skibowl
    Mar 22nd-24th PNSA Buddy Werner/U14 Finals – U14 event at Skibowl (dates may change!!)
    Apr 7th MHSEF Team Awards Party – Skibowl
  • November 22, 2012 12:08 AM | Anonymous
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving weekend starts our regular season training on Mt. Hood, and winter is arriving just in time. This week has been wet and windy on the mountain. The freezing level has finally come down and it’s snowing hard at Timberline! Plan on winter weather and some great skiing this weekend!

    Thanksgiving Training Camp: 
    MHA Alpine Team athletes will have a 3-day camp over Thanksgiving weekend. Meet the coaches in the WyEast Day Lodge by the fireplace, ready to ski by 9:00am each morning. Plan on Slalom skis for Friday and then check with the coaches for the remaining days. You will not need SL protection the first day.

    Mt. Hood Race Team U14 and U12 racers will also have a 3-day camp over Thanksgiving weekend. U10 racers are also invited to participate, however, the camp is recommended for experienced racers. Young skiers who are new to the sport should start training with the team on December 1st. MHRT racers meet the coaches by the fireplace in the WyEast Day Lodge by 9:00am, ready to ski.

    Everyone should check the Timberline snow phone (503-222-2211) and website, www.timberlinelodge.com for weather and snow conditions, and dress appropriately. Also, the snow pack could still be thin; do not bring new skis the first day.

    U16 Planning Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 24th, after skiing at the Academy House. The coaches will go over this year’s race calendar and travel schedule with families, discuss athlete goals for the season, explain race registration procedures, and answer any other questions families may have. The meeting is very helpful for everyone, so please plan to attend.

    December 1st and 2nd is the first official training weekend for all MHRT racers, and the start of the MHRT Learn to Race session 1. We hope to be training at Mt. Hood Skibowl, but be sure to look for the training update email and check the website to confirm. If the team is training at Timberline meet the coaches by 9:00am by the fireplace in the WyEast Day Lodge. When training at Skibowl the team will meet outside the Multorpor Lodge, slope side, by 9:00am. If you still need to pick up your season pass be sure to arrive extra early.

    Athletes in the MHA High School 2-1-2 program will also begin training with the Alpine Team on December 1st and 2nd. Meet at 9:00am in the Day Lodge if training at Timberline, or meet at 8:30am in the Multorpor Lodge if training at Skibowl.

    Event Planning Meeting: The coaches and board will conduct an event planning meeting with parents of all racer age groups to discuss the season’s upcoming races and other events we host. The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 11th, at 6:30pm at the Power Station Pub in the Edgefield Manor in Troutdale. This meeting is a huge help for everyone as we move into the busy schedule of the race season. If you’re an experienced parent we need your input, and if you’re new to the team we will explain how you can play a helpful role at our events. Please, at least one parent from each family should attend the meeting. (More info to follow.)

    The first PNSA Junior Race of the season, the Russ Read Memorial GS at Mt. Bachelor, is scheduled for December 15th and 16th. All U18 athletes are encouraged to attend. U16 athletes will discuss this event at their Planning Meeting on the 24th. The event now includes an on-line registration. Go to http://www.mbsef.org and click on the “Register On-Line” button to the right of the home page. The deadline for the early registration fee is November 30th. The final entry deadline is December 12th. You can also link to the race information and on-line registration from our team’s web site at Russ Read GS.

    NWC FIS Slalom - Mission Ridge: The first Northwest Cup FIS Slalom is set for December 20-21 at Mission Ridge. Information is now available on the team web site at NW Cup #1 FIS SL. This is a FIS race and requires a team entry. The entry will be submitted on Monday, December 10th, so please let your coach know, or notify the office if you will or will not attend.

    Happy holidays and be safe!

    Dates for your Calendar:

    Nov 23 – 25 U14/U12 Thanksgiving Camp
    MHA Alpine Team Thanksgiving Camp
    Dec 1st First day 2-1-2 High School Program
    First day MHRT winter training for all groups
    First day for MHRT Learn to Race session #1
    Dec 11th Event planning meeting for parents
    Dec 15 – 16 Russ Read Memorial GS – MHA athletes
    Dec 27 – 30 MHRT Holiday Camp
    Dec 27 – 31 MHA Holiday Camp
    Dec 28 – 30 MHRT Learn to Race Session #2
    Dec 29 MHRT Parents’ Meeting (right after training in the Multorpor Lodge)
    Dec 31 Holiday Team Race (more info to follow)
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