The final week before the holidays has come to an end, and our athletes and coaches have been very busy with training, travel and racing. The first month of winter kicked off a very exciting and successful start to the racing season, and the great snow conditions promise many good skiing and racing weeks ahead! It's cold on the mountain and more snow is in the forecast for the holidays!
Mt. Hood Race Team's training began with the J4/J5 Thanksgiving camp. We were fortunate to have great snow and already skiing at Mt. Hood Skibowl. We have had great participation during the early weeks, and there are many young racers in our Learn to Race program that should be joining the team. Even though some wet weather came to the mountain in mid-December, the kids have been enthusiastic and the training has been very good.
The J4/J5 early season camp in Canada was canceled due to a late opening at the Apex Mountain Resort. However, Rich, Bill and the athletes conducted a mini camp on Mt. Hood and enjoyed all the new snow and winter weather at Timberline. The camp was a great jump-start to the season!
Mt. Hood Academy / HEAT athletes and coaches have had a great start to the season. Fifteen athletes joined Roger and Jim for a successful early season training camp at Panorama, BC. After the camp, two athletes, Kirsten and Mac, stayed in Canada to compete at Lake Louise in NorAm speed events. It was rough, wild and fast, and they did a great job!
Many other MHA/HEAT athletes have also been competing. Austin, Danny and Max raced at Jackson Hole in 4 days of FIS racing. And Keree, Kirsten, Ali and Haley, along with Austin and Mac have returned to Canada for FIS SL and GS races. Many more MHA/HEAT athletes competed this weekend in the first PNSA event of the season, racing GS at Mt. Bachelor. There were many great results and several podiums, including Kyla Miller's win both days! Congratulations to all our Junior athletes and good luck at upcoming events!!
Finally, it is very exciting to report that Mt. Hood Academy successfully hosted a re- accreditation visit from the Northwest Accreditation Commission. The visiting team of school administrators was "very impressed with the quality of education" and the "creative balance of academics and athletics". Last week, the NWAC granted Mt. Hood Academy "full" academic accreditation! The re-accreditation process involved a year of self-study and evaluation. Congratulations to Mary and her teachers for a fantastic job!
The early season success of our students, athletes and our programs is very exciting.
Here is an update of the events and activities coming up during the holiday season.
Dec 20 – 26: No training - holiday break
The weather remains cold and snowy on the mountain. Have a great time skiing with family and friends during the holidays.
Dec 27 – 30: J4/5 MHRT Camp Holiday Camp
The Mitey Mites will train four days beginning Monday the 27th. The camp will focus on GS fundamentals and gate training. Training will begin each day at 9:00am, meeting outside the Multorpor Lodge. Be sure to check this website for any updates, or call the message phone after 6:00pm on Sunday; 503-272-0109.
MHRT J6 holiday camp
will run for three days, Monday the 27th through the 29th. Meet the coaches each day at 9:00am outside the Multorpor Lodge.
Dec 27 – 29: The Learn to Race Holiday Camp
The Holiday camp will run Monday the 27th through the 29th. On Monday, please meet the coaches inside the Multorpor Lodge at 9:30am for a brief meeting. Be sure to have your lift ticket, be dressed to ski and ready to go out on the slopes. The following two days participants will meet their groups outside the lodge at 9:30am.
Dec 27 – 31: MHA/HEAT Holiday Camp
All Juniors will be training Monday through Friday after Christmas. The camp meeting
time is different than weekend training. Meet coaches at the Multorpor Lodge at 8:45am each morning, ready to ski. Look for additional updates via email, on the web site, or call the message phone for training plans.
Dec 28: MHRT Tuning Clinic
On Tuesday the 28th, MHRT will host a tuning clinic for Mt. Hood Race Team parents.
Meet at the Academy House at 3:00pm after training. The clinic should last about one hour. Experienced parents are encouraged to attend and share their expertise!
Dec 29: MHRT Annual Parents Meeting
After skiing on Wednesday (2:30pm), all Mt. Hood Race Team parents are encouraged to
gather upstairs in the Multorpor Lodge for a question and answer session with the coaches. This is a great time for new racing families to learn more about the sport and our team’s philosophy, and to ask questions of coaches and experienced parents.
Dec 30: Holiday Team Dinner
Everyone is invited to our Holiday Team Dinner, Thursday evening beginning at 5:00pm.
Dasa and Slava will again treat us to their Eastern European buffet of Schnitzel and Gulash. And the kids will enjoy a buffet of pizza and burgers. The food is excellent and the evening is a great time to meet other race team families and socialize with friends old and new. Our holiday hostess, Peggy O’Leary, has again offered to collect RSVPs and to coordinate with Dasa. Please email Peggy
by the 28th to let her know your family will attend. The adult buffet is $15.00 and the child buffet is $7.50, including appropriate drinks.
Dec 31: MHSEF Holiday Team Race
Teams comprised of racers from across all the age groups will be competing on Friday
the 31st in our annual Holiday Team Race. This is a practice race and a fun race for all. Every team will be made up of Junior racers and Mitey Mite racers, with the Junior racers acting as team captains. Registration is at 8:30am in the Multorpor Lodge. The race will be a Giant Slalom on Mt. Hood Lane.
Jan 1 & 2:
Happy New Year!
There will be no official training for MHRT on the weekend of New Year. MHA athletes
may train on Sunday, the 2nd, depending on conditions. The coaches will notify you during camp. Enjoy a fun and safe New Year celebration!
NWC FIS GS/SG at Schweitzer; Jan 2 - 4
Winterstart SL at Meadows; Jan 8 & 9
Be sure to check the team's website and the PNSA website, www.pnsa.org, for event
information. The coaches will be providing travel and registration information during camp.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful start to the season! The MHSEF coaches and staff wish all a safe and joyous holiday season. Enjoy time with family and friends.