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  • July 07, 2009 11:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Mt. Hood HEAT brings together alpine athletes from Mt. Hood and other PNSA clubs who are competing at the F.I.S. level of alpine competition and who desire a full-time training program, tailored academic assistance, year-around racer management and conditioning, and access to the best equipment and technology applicable to F.I.S. ski racing. HEAT delivers it all!

    In order to provide the best possible service and support to local elite competitors, HEAT will utilize the many natural resources that Mt. Hood offers: winter training at Mt. Hood Skibowl and Mt. Hood Meadows, early season and speed training at Timberline, and summer training on the Palmer Snowfield. HEAT will operate out of Government Camp providing the closest access to training venues 12 months of the year.

    HEAT will also pool together the area's top people: the best coaches for this athletic level, the most experienced administration and racer management, the most experienced academic professionals who understand the needs of alpine athletes, and area experts in equipment and technology.

    See the HEAT web site for details www.hoodelite.com.

  • April 27, 2009 11:25 PM | Anonymous

    To register by mail use the MHA summer camp registration form or the MHRT summer camp registration form. To register on line go to Ski Camps.

    Both the MHSEF Release and the Timberline Indemnification Release must be mailed in whether you register on line or by mail.

    Camp descriptions, what to bring, schedules, and registration information follow.

    MHA Speed Camp – June 10th to June 14th, 2009

    What:              Basic speed training with terrain and jumps

    When:              Arrival on Wednesday, June 10th
                           
    Departure after skiing on Sunday, June 14th

    Where:             Mt. Hood Academy and Palmer Snowfield

    Who:                All first-year J3 athletes (born 1996) and older

    Cost:                $665.00

     

    MHA Technical Camp – June 15th to June 24th, 2009

     

    What:              GS and Slalom fundamentals training camp

    When:              Arrival on Monday, June 15th

                            Departure after skiing on Wednesday, June 24th

    Where:             Mt. Hood Academy and Palmer Snowfield

    Who:                All first-year J3 athletes (born 1996) and older

    Cost:                $1,445.00

     

     MHRT Technical CampJune 26th to June 30th, 2009

     

    What:               GS and SL fundamentals training camp

    When:              Arrival on Friday, June 26th

                            Departure after skiing on Tuesday, June 30th

    Where:             Mt. Hood Academy and Palmer Snowfield

    Who:                All 2nd-year J5 and J4 athletes (born 1999) and older

    Cost:                $650.00


    Mt. Hood Race Team Day Camp – July 16th to July 19th, 2009

     

    What:             SL and GS fundamentals training camp (SL the 1st day)

    When:              Thursday, July 16th through Sunday, July 19th

    Where:             Palmer Snowfield

    Who:                All J4 and J5 athletes (born 2000) or older

    Cost:                $420.00

     

    This is a day camp. Racers will meet the coaches at the flagpole in front of Timberline's WyEast Day Lodge by 7:00am each morning.  Bring the proper ski equipment, proper clothing, sun protection, sunglasses and dark-lens goggles, a sack lunch and a water bottle.  The camp will review video each day after training either at Timberline or the Academy House.  Racers will be ready to depart for home around 12:30pm.  Be prepared for SL training the first day of camp.

     

    MHA Gate Camp – August 10th to August 15th, 2009

     

    What:              SL and GS gate training

    When:              Arrival on Monday, August 10th

                            Departure after skiing on Saturday, August 15th

    Where:             M. Hood Academy and Palmer Snowfield

    Who:                All J3 and older athletes (born 1996) and older

    Cost:                estimated $800.00

     

    Emphasis on Slalom and GS gate training for racers with prior summer training.  This camp will also be used for any final equipment testing and physical fitness assessment heading into the fall.  A final camp schedule will sent out after the June camps.

     

     

    MHA/MHRT Camps - Emphasis and Activities:

        Training to improve skiing and racing through specific individual skill development.

        Ability levels ranging from novice racing experience to top FIS level competitors.

        Comprehensive technical and tactical progressions for Slalom, Giant Slalom.

        Small athlete to coach ratios of 6:1 to ensure individualized attention and enhance learning.

        Clinics on dryland techniques, sport motivation, equipment preparation and more.

         Activities including swimming, biking, hiking, soccer and field sports, tennis, volleyball, in-line skating, camp barbecues and more.

     

    What to Bring:

         All ski clothing and equipment for Giant Slalom and Slalom, including GS helmets and suits.  Be prepared for all weather conditions!

         Sunscreen, sunglasses, and dark lens goggles  (Goggles are required for gate training.)

         Daypack and water bottle to take on ski hill

         Ski tuning equipment

         Casual summer clothes, sweats and workout clothes, swimsuit and running shoes

         Sleeping bag, pillow and bathroom kit

         In-line skates, skateboards and mountain bikes are optional.  Be sure to bring a bike lock

         Spending money for snacks, souvenirs, and rentals

     

    Normal Daily Schedule:

    6:00am       Wake up, light jog and stretch

    6:15am       Breakfast

    6:30am          Depart for Timberline

    7:00am        Ski training

    12:30pm        Lunch

    1:30pm        Free-time, rest, ski tuning, etc.

    3:30pm          Activity, dryland

    6:00pm          Dinner

    7:00pm          Video, discussions, lectures

    10:00pm        Lights out

     

    Camp Check-In and Lodging:

    All camp participants need to arrive at the Academy House between 3:00 and 5:00pm on the first day of the camp. To find the Mt. Hood Academy House turn north at the Government Camp Post Office.  Go 1 block, crossing a small creek, and turn immediately left.  You're there!  The first camp dinner and orientation meeting will be at 6:00pm.  Racers will checkout after 1:00pm on the last day of the camp.

     

    Camp Costs and Attendance:

    The total camp cost includes coaching, lodging and meals, lift tickets, hill expenses, transportation to Timberline, T-shirt and activities.  If racers do not need tickets, meals or lodging these expenses can be deducted from the camp cost.  At this time we expect the camps to be full.  Racers who can not attend the full camp will be put on a waiting list.

     

    Registration and Deposit Deadline:

    June camp participation is limited to 30 athletes.  Please register early to reserve space.  Registration form, medical release and indemnification form are required from all participants.  Please return all forms with your camp deposit by the May 18th MHA deadline, or the June 1st MHRT deadline.

     

    On-line registration and payment are available at Ski Camps  The MHSEF Release and the Timberline Indemnification Release are still required.  Please mail these forms to:

     

    MHSEF Summer Camp
    P.O. Box 189
    Government Camp  OR  97028.  

     

     

    Call 503/272-3503 or email Bill Gunesch for more info.

     

  • April 09, 2009 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    It is time to order our MHRT uniforms for next year.  The style that we currently have has been discontinued so we have a little change.  We will have the same coloring as the prior coats and our pants will be all black.  The insulator will be red as it has been in the past.  I have included the order form with this email and it is also available on the web site.

    2009 MHRT uniform order form.xls

    To find out about sizing and to see the style of the coat you can visit the spyder progear site at www.spyder.com/progear

    We have a quick turnaround to meet the first deadline of April 20th, so please get your order back to no later then the 19th so I can prepared the order and turn it in on time.  Please fill out the order form and email to me.  Make sure to include you name on the order form.

    Because we have to switch to a different style of coat there is a MINIMUM order of 10 coats on our first order, so if you are interested please order during the initial round.

    If you have any question please call me at 503-663-2895 or email michele. 

  • April 01, 2009 10:26 PM | Anonymous

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    Stevens Pass, WA

     

    (March 29, 2009)  The Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) wrapped up the season for J3 competitors this weekend at Stevens Pass, WA.  The J3 Finale was the final 3-day weekend of racing for PNSA's J3 athletes (ages 13 & 14), and Mt. Hood Academy's racers continued to surpass the other teams in the Northwest.

     

    At the Finale, the Academy boys were impressive, with Austin Dean (1st in Super-G, 2nd in Giant Slalom and 2nd in Slalom), Stephan Splitstoser (2nd in Super-G, 8th in Giant Slalom and 4th in Slalom), Andrew Burton (7th in Slalom), and Marc Lodmell (12 in Slalom).

     

    MHA girls were just as impressive in the top 15.  In Friday's Super-G race Ali Gunesch finished 2nd, Haley Hanseler finished 3rd, and Kendra Ash finished 11th.  And in the Giant Slalom and Slalom races Haley and Ali continued to score points among the top 15 (1st and 7th for Haley, and 3rd and 4th for Ali).

     

    When PNSA's J3 chairman, Tom Pulver, announced the overall athlete and team standings for the entire season, Mt. Hood Academy finished on top!  And the whole team climbed to the top of the podium!  MHA athletes Erin Murphy, Izzie Raitt, Eloise Loen, Nick Lanker and Davis Keeney joined Ali, Haley, Kendra, Austin, Stephan, Andrew and Marc for the team title.  Here are PNSA's J3 winners for the 2009 competition season from Mt. Hood Academy:

     

    1st Place – Men           Austin Dean

    3rd Place – Women      Ali Gunesch

    4th Place – Women      Haley Hanseler

    5th Place – Men           Stephan Splitstoser

     

    1st Place – Men's Team                        MHA

    1st Place – Women's Team                   MHA

    1st Place – Overall PNSA J3 Team      MHA

     

    These honors came just one week after the Western Region J3 Olympics in McCall, ID., where Ali, Haley, Austin, Andrew and Stephan all earned top 15 results.

     

    MHA - Best in the West

  • March 25, 2009 10:26 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to MHA athletes Andrew Burton, Stephan Splitstoser, Austin Dean, Haley Hanseler, Ali Gunesch, and MHRT racer Luke Winters for their outstanding performances at the Western Region J3 Olympics and J4 Festival.  MHA and MHRT athletes earned the top results for the Pacific Northwest (PNSA).  Special congratulations go to Austin for his two podium finishes - 2nd in Super-G and 3rd in Slalom!

  • March 18, 2009 9:06 PM | Anonymous
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    Mt. Spokane, Washington
    The 14-member squad from Mt. Hood Race Team braved harsh weather and difficult snow conditions on Sunday to win the 2009 Pacific Northwest Ski Association’s Buddy Werner Championship trophy, bringing it back to Mt. Hood and Mt. Hood Skibowl.  Blowing snow, hail, and poor visibility due to thick fog, presented the 270+ young ski racers from throughout the Northwest with challenging racing conditions, but at the end of the two-day competition, Mt. Hood Race Team’s young competitors earned the spot at the top of the podium.

    “Our kids proved to be the toughest in the Northwest as they hung tough in some very brutal and stormy weather on Sunday”, said Ryan ‘Barney’ Barnes, head coach of Mt. Hood Race Team.  Going into the 2nd day of racing Mt. Hood Race Team was ranked 4th overall.  “Some of our competition broke down in the difficult conditions”, said Barney.  “Mt. Hood Race Team kids scored their best results in the worst conditions.”
    On Saturday, the first day of competition, all seven Mt. Hood Race Team girls successfully completed the 2-run Slalom race, and all seven Mt. Hood Race Team boys successfully completed the 2-run Giant Slalom race.  On Sunday, only one girl and one boy from the team did not finish their Giant Slalom and Slalom races, respectively.  “This was truly a team effort,” said an emotional Bill Gunesch, Program Director of the race team.  “Every kid contributed to the victory, with his or her effort.  This championship win is very special.”

    Individual honors go to Luke Winters, age 11, from Gresham, Oregon.  Luke finished 2nd in the Giant Slalom, and 3rd in the Slalom – winning the Men’s Overall Champion trophy.  This victory qualified him to compete next week at the USSA Western Region Junior Olympics in McCall, Idaho, where he will compete against the top 11 and 12 year old racers from the Western United States.

    Joining Luke on the 2009 Buddy Werner Championship Team were 13 young ski racers from Mt. Hood.  Grant Hamlin, Kevan Gahan, Jack Knutson, Isaac Grebisz, Nate Gunesch, and Luke’s brother Cody Winters joined him on the boy’s team.  Shannen Burton, Ashley Lodmell, Orianna Galasso, Kayla Lanker, Meera Champawat, Madison Lawhead and Katherine Dean represented the girls.

    The Buddy Werner Championships is the Pacific Northwest’s premier event for young ski racers ages nine to twelve.  This year 23 teams competed, representing ski areas and ski clubs from Oregon, Washington and northern Idaho. 
  • March 13, 2009 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    Calling all MM parents with kids racing in the Spring Festival March 28 & 29!

    Spring Festival: volunteer form worker assignments 

    What a fabulous effort by parents this season to fill the race worker positions for the all of the races we have hosted so far this season.  It is rewarding to continue to hear how enjoyable our races are from those that compete in them.

    So...we have one more mitey mite race to go!!  The Mitey Mite Council Spring Festival is March 28 & 29 on MT Hood Lane.  Unfortunately, that is the same weekend as the J3 Finals at Stevens Pass.  Bill and Malcolm will both be gone.  As a result, we will be shorthanded and need as many volunteers as possible to fill in for those that we have begun to rely on.  During the season, we have had a number of families with both parents volunteering for all of our races.

    It takes about 40 people to run a race.  We will need all families (may need both parents) with kids racing this weekend to help out. Older sibings, friends and grandparents are welcome to help as well.

    Please show your child that you support him or her by volunteering to work on their race by going to the volunteer form and let me know what spot you can fill.  

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

    Patty Lodmell

    Spring Festival Volunteer Coordinator

  • February 23, 2009 6:32 PM | Anonymous
    After 2 months of exciting racing it is time to announce MHRT's 2009 Buddy Werner Championship Team.  While some of our older, more experienced racers continued to ski to the podium each race, there was some exciting competition by younger competitors vying for final picks on the championship team.  Sunday's Giant Slalom race at Mt. Hood Meadows was the deciding event!

    Here are the 14 members of our 2009 Buddy Werner Championship Team:

    Girls Team: Shannen Burton, Meera Champawat, Katherine Dean, Oriana Galasso, Kayla Lanker, Madison Lawhead and Ashley Lodmell.

    Boys Team: Kevan Gahan, Isaac Grebisz, Nathan Gunesch, Grant Hamlin, Jack Knutson, Cody Winters and Luke Winters.

    Good luck at Mt. Spokane, and go fast!!

    Congratulations,
    Ryan, Bill and the coaches

  • February 09, 2009 11:34 PM | Anonymous
    Much thanks to all the team family members from Mitey Mite and Junior families that helped make the 4 way a great success. Check out some of the news coverage of this event at MHSEF in the News. Next weekend (Saturday - Monday) we will be hosting another 3 day Junior race. All the Junior families will be working hard to run this race but we will need help from many Mitey Mite families to make this J3 Junior Olympic Qualifier event a success. Most of you will be at the mountain this weekend so please sign up to help.
  • January 29, 2009 3:57 PM | Anonymous
    As many of you know Oscar Logeias broke his leg skiing over the weekend. His dad reports that Oscar had surgery and had two rods and pins in the bone. He is recovering and starts physical therapy next week. He won't be able to bear weight for 4 weeks but should be walking without crutches in 12 weeks. Oscar would love to hear from his teammates, his phone number can be found in the team directory.
 
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