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  • March 02, 2010 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    Mt. Hood Race Team’s

    2010 Buddy Werner Championship Team

    Sunday’s Slalom competition at the Meadows Challenge ended the selection races for this year’s Buddy Werner team.  After five qualifying races this season, the results are in and MHRT has named its Buddy team for 2010.

    Congratulations to the following 14 young women and men whose results have qualified them for MHRT’s Buddy Werner Championship Team:

    Girls Team – Shannen Burton, Katherine Dean, Teagan Estell, Graeson Fish, Oriana Galasso, Kayla Lanker and Ashley Lodmell

    Boys Team – Sam Flecker, Isaac Grebisz, Nathan Gunesch, Hunter Kern, Luke Musgrave, Cody Winters and Luke Winters.

    Good Luck at Buddys!

  • February 10, 2010 11:22 PM | Anonymous

    All volunteers this weekend will be treated with a warm heart (and chocolate) in celebration of Valentines Day.

    RACE VOLUNTEER FORM

    RACE WORKER ASSIGNMENTS  

    It’s that time of year again. The time of year when I send emails weekly begging people to help us out on the weekend. Back to back race weekends are tough and tiring on us all. But those that do step up and put forth the extra effort do make a difference for our team and for all of those organizing our events each year.

    Thanks to all those parents who made the 4-way a huge success, and especially those with Junior athletes who helped all weekend. No one thought it would be possible to hold all four events at SkiBowl a couple of weeks ago, but we showed them that MHSEF can pull together and overcome anything to put on a high quality race! It’s what we are known for throughout PNSA.

    This weekend we have a special challenge. We are hosting a 3-day FIS level race for the top Junior athletes in PNSA (J1 and J2 class) The first two days will be similar to last weekend – SL on Mt. Hood Lane – Just a little faster. Faster racers and smaller field sizes that is. The third day, Monday the 15th will be a GS at Meadows. We have accepted Meadow’s gracious invitation to run GS on the same venue being used for the J3 Qualifier Super-G on Saturday and Sunday. This will save us tons and tons of work since everyone is working together this week to setup B-net and get the venue ready.

    So here is your chance to volunteer on Monday at Meadows. Get a free ticket voucher for the next weekend at the Meadows Challenge. Help out your team and watch some of the best ski racers in PNSA! We need everyone we can muster!

    Please click the link below and RSVP for this weekend. If you can only work one of the three days that’s great, just please let me know. If you already told me which day(s) you can work, please fill out the form anyway so I don’t miss anything.

     If we can pull enough from all of our team we can avoid paying for help, which just takes money right out of our budget that could be better spent on equipment, coaches, and other things directly impacting the quality of our athletes experience.

    Thanks as always for your generous donations of time. It really makes my life better when lots of people jump at the chance to help.

    Malcolm

    RACE VOLUNTEER FORM         

    See you on the hill!
    Course crew please arrive by 7:30
  • December 29, 2009 11:10 PM | Anonymous
    The recently formed Mt. Hood Elite Alpine Team (HEAT), with the goal of
    providing aspiring ski racers with the foundation, support, and tools to
    reach their full potential in the sport of competitive alpine ski racing at
    the FIS level, recently returned from a four day international competition
    in Panorama BC, Canada. The HEAT Girls competed against top racers form
    Canada, USA, plus a few competitors from around Europe.  HEAT girls did very
    well at this race, with a field size of over 100 for the four day event, and
    3 of the four HEAT competitors entering their first FIS level event. Ali
    Gunesch lead her team with four solid finishes in the 30's and 40's, with
    her best a 33rd in GS. Ali, Mackenzie Burns, and Kendra Ash all finished all
    four races, Haley Hanseler finished with three solid performances. Haley's
    bets finish was a 42 in Slalom and a 43 in GS. All the girls had
    improvements in their FIS points as a result of this series and look forward
    to the next FIS races at Schweitzer on January 3-5.

    Hood Elite Alpine Team is a cooperative program of ski racing clubs at Mt.
    Hood. HEAT operates as a DBA of MHSEF an Oregon 501c 3 non-profit
    corporation
  • December 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Anonymous

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    Hello Ski Racing Families,


    (If you are getting this a second time our apologies, the server had a hiccup and we couldn't tell who got it and who didn't)


    Snow began falling late Monday and now six to eight inches of new snow cover the ground in Govy and at the base of Skibowl.  Mother Nature dropped a fresh blanket over the mountain just in time for the holidays!  The team is currently taking a break from training.  Here is information about upcoming team activities and events.

     

     

    Holiday Training Camps

     

    Mt. Hood Race Team Mitey Mites begin holiday training on Sunday, December 27th.  All groups will start camp with Slalom practice.  Plan on training at Mt. Hood Skibowl; meeting the coaches by 9:00am each morning outside the Multorpor Lodge.  MHRT J4/J5 racers will train four days, finishing on Wednesday the 30th.  MHRT J6 racers will train three days, skiing through Tuesday the 29th.

     

    Mt. Hood Academy and HEAT athletes will begin holiday training on Sunday, December 27th.  Both groups will start camp training Slalom.  The juniors will ski for five days, through Thursday the 31st.  Throughout the holiday period all junior training will begin at 9:00am.  Camp will begin at Multorpor, but may move to Timberline if conditions require.

     

    MHRT Learn to Race Camp begins on Monday, December 28th, and continues for three days through December 30th.  Training begins each morning at 9:30am.  Meet the coaches at the Multorpor Lodge by 9:15am for a brief orientation meeting each morning.

     

     

    MHSEF Team Race

     

    Our annual Team Race is Thursday, December 31st, scheduled for Mt. Hood Lane at Multorpor.  The event is a fun, easy Giant Slalom for all team athletes, from J6 to J1!  Racers will be grouped in teams of 5 to 6 racers from all age groups.  Older racers are team captains and will lead their team with inspection.  Registration will begin in the Multorpor Lodge at 8:30am.  Inspection will begin around 9:15am with the competition beginning at 10:00am.  The race and ceremonies should wrap up by mid-day.

     

     

    Team Holiday Dinner

     

    This year's Team Holiday Dinner is scheduled for Monday, December 28th.  The team dinner is always a festive occasion for athletes, parents and coaches to mingle and share time together off the slopes, and the food is great!  The event will begin at 5:00pm at the Multorpor Lodge Restaurant (upper floor).

     

    Peggy O'Leary has again organized the holiday dinner for our team.  Thanks Peggy!  Please RSVP to Peggy peggy.oleary@comcast.net by Wednesday, the 23rd, so she can give Dasha a count.  The adult's buffet is $17.00 and the kid's menu is $7.50.  Please be prepared to pay Peggy upon arrival, and please, no credit cards.

     

     

    MHRT Parent Clinic

     

    All parents are invited to participate in a skiing clinic on the first morning of the Holiday Camp, Sunday the 27th.  Parents will be exposed to some of the basic skills and skiing that the coaches work on with our racers.  The clinic's goal is to help broaden parent's understanding of the sport, and maybe provide a few skiing pointer, too!  If you are interested, please join Bill at 9:30am outside the Multorpor Lodge.

     

     

    MHRT Annual Parent Meeting

     

    Our annual meeting for Mitey Mite parents is scheduled for Saturday, January 2nd.  We will meet at 2:30pm on the upper floor of the Multorpor Lodge.  This is a great time to ask questions and for new racing families to learn from our experienced families.  Coaches will present information about the season, including races and events on our schedule.

     

     

    Mitey Mite Racing

     

    This year's first Mt. Hood Mitey Mite race, the Kid's Kandahar Kombi, will be held at Mt. Hood Meadows on Sunday, January 10th.  As with all local mountain competitions, our racers are encouraged to compete, however attendance is not required.  Although remember, MHRT will generally not have organized practice on race days, as all coaches will be helping our young athletes at the race.

     

    The Kandahar is hosted by the MAC Ski Team.  Registration is free, and is available on-line at http://www.macskiteam.com/.  You can also find a registration link and other race info on our team website's race Calendar link at www.mthoodacademy.com.  The race announcement is attached.  Kandahar Race.pdf

     

    The race entry deadline is Monday, January 4th.  If you have any questions be sure to inquire with our coaches during the holiday camp.

     

     

    Junior Racing

     

    Most of our Junior racers have already started racing this season.  A group of J3's and J2's just competed in GS races at Mt. Bachelor, while some of the J2 girls went to Canada for early F.I.S. races.  Bachelor was challenging with soft snow and poor visibility, but our racers did well.  We had many top 15 finishes from the experienced racers; and there were many top 3o finishes from the new J3's, starting at the back of the pack!  In Canada, our new F.I.S. racers got some really good move-ups, from start positions around 100 to finishes in the 30's. 

     

    Next up for our J3 racers is the Winterstart Slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows, January 2nd and 3rd.  The early race entry deadline is Wednesday, December 23rd.  If you have not yet entered please send an email note to Tracy Lisac, race administrator, at meadows_race@hotmail.com or get your entry in the mail by Wednesday (tomorrow).  If you e-mail, be sure to also mail the entry and the entry fee.  Race information is attached and can be found on our team website under the Calendar link.  WinterstartRaceInfo.pdf

     

     

    Information from USSA

     

    The United States Ski Association, under charter with the U.S. Olympic Committee, is responsible for athlete development in our sport.  USSA is continuously reviewing its philosophy toward athlete development, and whenever appropriate, providing educational materials to coaches, parents and athletes.  Attached is a recent "best practices" paper from USSA, and a chart reflecting USSA's training philosophy for young athletes. 

    USSA Best Practices.pdf

    USSA Training System.pdf

     

     

    Finally, Mt. Hood has not yet seen the abundance of snow we enjoyed the past few years.  Please, everyone make sure that a lot more snow-fall is included in your New Year wishes!

     

    Happy Holidays!

     

    Bill

     

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  • December 19, 2009 6:27 PM | Anonymous

    It’s time for our fourth annual Holiday Camp Dinner at Multorpor Lodge Restaurant (and bar).

    Time:  Monday, December 28th, 5:00 p.m.

    Food:  A hearty grown-up buffet for the adults (Czech fare) with seating inside the restaurant and kid-friendly food for racers outside the restaurant in the main lodge area.  Depending on numbers, the kids can sit up in the balcony section or the main lodge area.

    Cost:  $17.00 for adults
    $7.50 for kid meal (choice of hamburger, chicken or pizza meal with drink)

    Payment in Advance:  Please bring your check book and pay me BEFORE the dinner.

    RSVP:  In order for the restaurant to plan, you MUST let me know whether you plan to attend by lunch time, this Wednesday, December 23rd.  I will need to know how many adult buffets and how many kid meals your family requires.  Sorry for the short notice.

    There will be name tags, so be prepared to wear one and meet some new friends.

    Safe driving and hope to hear from many, many of you soon,

    Peggy

    email Peggy

    503-292-2278 (Portland)

    502-272-3688 (Government Camp)

  • November 13, 2009 11:10 PM | Anonymous

    Snow continues to fall on Mt. Hood, Timberline is open for skiing, MHA students have moved into the Academy house, and the winter training season has begun!  Conditions in Canada look great for the Apex and Panorama camps!  We are on schedule for the start of another exciting season.  The next several weeks look like great opportunities for our athletes.

    JR Training changed to Skibowl

    All J1/J2/J3 athletes will be training and skiing at Skibowl this weekend!  Meet the coaches at the Multorpor Lodge (Eastside) by 9:00am.  Today’s storm is predicted to clear out by tonight and the temps should stay in the 20s, so Saturday should be great skiing.  Coverage on the main runs is good.  Bring old skis if you have them; otherwise, be sure to stay on the main runs.

    Families still needing to pick up Fusion Passes will need to stop at the Westside ticket office.  The Eastside ticket window in the parking lot will be open for daily tickets and Elite pass tickets.

    The coaches hope to see all of you on the slopes this weekend, taking advantage of this great early season training!

    Weekend training; Nov 21 & 22:

    On Saturday the 21st MHA JRs will again ski with coaches.  However, no JR coaches will be available on Sunday the 22nd, as they will be headed to the Canada camps.  All MHA athletes who are not training in Canada are encouraged to still ski on Sunday.  The more miles of skiing you have, the better prepared you will be for the race season.

    Thanksgiving training; Nov 27 – 29:

    All MHA JRs home for Thanksgiving will have training on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If Skibowl has opened we will meet at the Multorpor Lodge, otherwise training will still be at Timberline.  Regardless of location, training will begin at 9:00am through November.  Look for another update prior to Thanksgiving.

    Weekly updates and team news;

    Remember, your regular source for weekly training updates will be the team website.  Information on the website will be updated each week by Thursday.  Also, you can call the racer message phone after 6:00pm the prior evening to hear any last minute changes.

    Information regarding special projects, camps and racing will be sent via email.  Please make sure your email information on the team website is up-to-date.

    That’s all for now.  Athletes training in Canada this month need to get on snow prior to the camps.  The coaches hope to see you at Timberline.

    Racer message phone: 503-272-0109


  • October 17, 2009 11:25 PM | Anonymous
    The team potluck on Sunday October 18 has been moved to the Cascade Club in Government camp map. 3-5 PM equipment swap, season passes, team meeting, 5PM Potluck and meet with the coaches. Families with last names beginning A-F please bring a salad/dessert to serve eight. Families with last names beginning G-Z please bring a main dish to serve eight.
  • October 03, 2009 5:45 PM | Anonymous
    This is a great opportunity for any racer needing to purchase new equipment.  Manufacturer representatives from most of the racing equipment companies will be on hand to explain their equipment and answer questions.  Racers can purchase equipment directly from the companies at the racer price, 50% of retail price.  MHRT and MHA coaches will also be available to help answer questions and give recommendations.
  • September 15, 2009 8:52 PM | Anonymous

    Hi Mt. Hood Race Team families,

     

    Welcome back to another exciting year of ski racing.  The kids are back in school, the nights are colder on the mountain, and winter is approaching.  It’s time to start planning for the ski seasonProgram information will be arriving soon in the mail, and will also be available on-line.  Be sure to keep checking the web site, www.mthoodacademy.com for current information.  In the meantime, here are some reminders and dates of upcoming events.

     

    Fusion Pass

     

    The Fusion Pass provides unlimited winter skiing at both Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl, and is good from October 2nd through Memorial Day.  Passes can be purchased on the weekends at any REI store, at the Ski Fever and Snowboard Show (November 6th to 8th), at the Skibowl East lodge, or on-line at www.mthoodfusionpass.com.  Remember, the pass price goes up after October 31st.

     

    Team Dryland

     

    MHRT dryland begins this Sunday, September 20th, at Mt. Hood Community College.  All J4 and J5 racers are encouraged to attend.  This is a great time to meet up with teammates for some fun activity and get ready for the race season.  We will meet at 11:00am at the MHCC football stadium.  Be sure to bring running shoes and a water bottle, and watch the weather - you may need sweats or a rain parka.  Dryland will continue on Sunday’s through October 18th.  Sessions usually last about 90 minutes.

     

    Racer Equipment

     

    Our first equipment night is scheduled for Thursday, October 1st, at Hillcrest Ski and Sport in Gresham, beginning at 5:00pm.  This first night is primarily a boot fit and modification night.  If you are in the market for new boots, or just need to have your current boots checked, please swing by Hillcrest on the 1st.  The coaches will be there to assist you.

    Important note: Ski boots are the most important piece of equipment for a young skier.  A proper fitting boot with the proper flex is essential for developing sound skiing skills and future success.  If you are uncertain about your racer’s boot, please attend the boot fit night.

     

    The second equipment night is Thursday, October 8th, also at Hillcrest.  Representatives from most of the equipment companies will be on hand to discuss equipment needs with you.  Equipment can be purchased or ordered directly from the reps at the racer price.  MHRT coaches will also be available to answer questions and help with decisions.

     

    Fall Team Meeting and Equipment Swap

     

    Our fall team meeting is currently scheduled for Sunday, October 18th.  Please mark your calendar.  We will discuss program information and race-day schedules, and meet with the coaches.  This is also a great time to bring good used equipment to sell or trade to other team members.  More information and details will follow soon.

     

    Dates for your calendar

    Sept 20            Dryland begins – Mt. Hood Community College

    Oct 1               Boot fit night – Hillcrest in Gresham

    Oct 8               Equipment night – Hillcrest

    Oct 18             Fall team meeting, potluck and equipment swap

    Nov 6 – 8        Ski Fever and Snowboard Show

    Nov 27 – 29    J4/J5 training camp

    Dec 5              1st regular season weekend of training

    Hope to see you at dryland or an upcoming event.  Enjoy the fall weather.

    Bill

     

  • August 31, 2009 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    There will be two fall/early winter camps at Panorama, BC. Panorama is just outside of Invemere BC and is an excellent venue for early season training. Lodging is right at the hill and lift access is a high speed Quad. Accommodations are condos with full kitchens and are quite comfortable.

     

    The first camp open to J3 athletes and older will be Nov 22 thru 28. The 22nd will be a travel day and we will ski the next 6 days returning late on the 28th. We will have a GS/SL focus with some free skiing on SG skis. The cost will be about $800 - $1000 based on numbers. This does not include food or fuel costs.

     

    Actual fuel costs will be divided up between all the athletes and bills will be sent out upon our return! Your athletes will be on their own for meals. There is a great grocery store in Invemere and also a few eating establishments at Panorama. We will do some sort of a team Thanksgiving dinner so no one feels homesick :) Hopefully the kids will "team up" and share dinner duties. They will be supervised as best we can to be sure they eat well and drink plenty of water.

     

    The second camp for FIS age athletes will be Dec 6-10. The 6th will be a travel day and we will ski the next 4 days. This camp have a tech and speed focus. The cost will be about $600 - $750. This does not include food or fuel. (If there is interest we could go a day or two earlier)

     

    Exact camp costs will be determined when I have a better idea of numbers attending. I have trained at Panorama the last 8 pre-seasons and it has almost always been the best training we have had all season! The snow is man made, hard, and the terrain is excellent for early season development! During this time frame Pano is only open for race training so we have access to great venues. Often we train side by side or even with world cup level athletes. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these camps.

     

    It would be great to get an idea of the interest level sooner than later so please let me know your thoughts!

     

    Please remember it is easiest to travel in and out of Canada with a valid passport. Check your athlete's passport out to be sure they are good to go.

     

    We will also be doing some work in Oct. and early Nov. weather permitting, up at T-Line. Dates and details will be forthcoming in the next week.

     

    The regional physical assessment test will most likely be at the end of September on Sunday the 27th. Firm dates will be out soon. Hopefully all of you are diligently, working out or are involved in a fall sport with school. Fitness is a huge part of what we do and now is a critical time to be working on it! Let me know if you need help developing a training plan or need some help in the gym. I will be happy to do what I can.

     

    I understand in the past there has been team dryland every other weekend (Sun) thru the fall. Is there any interest to make it a weekly event? Let me know and I will put a schedule together!  The first dryland would be on Sept. 13th.

     

    Tentative race schedules for the FIS athletes will be coming out soon as well.

     

    I am very excited to be part of this group and am looking forward to getting to know you all and skiing with every one soon!

     

    Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns and I will do my best to help you out!

     

    Thanks and all the best,

     

    Roger Taggart

    HEAT

    509-990-1359

    email

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