With the end of summer in sight the coaches and staff of Mt. Hood Academy and Mt. Hood Race Team are working hard to put the programs and people in place to bring another great year of racing to our young athletes.
Mt. Hood Race Team to be Lead by Veteran Head Coach
Last winter was fantastic with lots of great skiing and racing, ending with very young group of Buddy Werner team athletes finishing 4th overall. This year most of our athletes are back and we should again have an exciting Mitey Mite year. To build on the success MHSEF is pleased to announce Ryan Barnes “Barney” as the new head Mt. Hood Race Team coach.
Ryan Barnes “Barney” to lead Mt. Hood Race Team
Ryan Barnes, better known as “Barney”, returns to our team after taking a few years off from direct athlete coaching, although never far from a race course. Barney, a native of Portland and a graduate of Mt. Hood Academy and University of Oregon, was a very successful Junior and collegiate racer. He returned to coach at Mt. Hood Academy in 1999 and over the next 5 years coached the team to two or its eight Northwest Cup team titles, as well as numerous individual Northwest Cup and Junior Olympic titles. More recently, Barney has been respected as a hard working, conscientious racing rep for Salomon, taking good care of athletes from the Mitey Mite levels to the World Cup. Barney brings a championship attitude, a wealth of equipment knowledge, and the right stuff to take our Mitey Mite racers even further this year. We are excited to have Barney on the staff.
Mt. Hood Academy Junior Racing Program Adds Experienced Academy FIS Coach
MHA Juniors surfaced as top competitors in the Northwest last winter. No other team qualified more athletes (six) to the Junior Olympics, and four MHA athletes were invited to USSA National Development summer camps. Our FIS athletes (15-19) moved impressively up the rankings and got noticed by divisional and regional staff. To provide the best dedicated resources and coaching to this strong group of athletes, and those coming up behind them, we are pleased to introduce a new Mt. Hood Academy full-time coach to our team, Kristi Revello.
Announcing Kristi Revello as Full-time MHA Coach
"Kristi is one of the most passionate, motivated and hard working coaches I have ever worked with", say Aaron Atkins, Alpine Director at Sugar Bowl Ski Team. A native of McCall, Idaho, Kristi was an elite athlete in PNSA and a member of the Western Region Elite Ski Team for several years, competing throughout North America and Europe. She then competed four years as an NCAA skiing athlete at the University of Nevada. Since 2005, Kristi has coached at Sugar Bowl in California where she worked with a very successful team of FIS athletes. Kristi is very excited to return to the Northwest and coach at Mt. Hood Academy, and we are very excited to have such a passionate, energetic coach working with our athletes.
2008-2009 Programs and Camps
Mt. Hood Academy athletes will begin the regular season with a November training camp at Timberline, and two different training camps in Canada. FIS-age athletes will train at Banff, Alberta, and J3 athletes will train at Apex, B.C. MHA will continue to provide its full-service programs with full-time and weekend training. The Academy's school will offer two terms during the winter to assist athletes training and competing full-time. The winter term will begin in early December and continue through mid-March. An extended term for FIS-age athletes will begin in November and continue into April. The race calendar is posted at www.pnsa.org and on this web page and will be finalized and adopted in mid-September. Final dates for MHA camps and equipment nights will be emailed in September and published on this web site
Mt. Hood Race Team’s time tested and successful programs are in place for this season. J4 / J5 racers will begin training with the Thanksgiving camp on November 28th. J6 / J7 racers will begin regular training the following Saturday, December 6th. Additionally, J4 racers are invited to attend our training camp at Apex, B.C. in November. The 2008-09 race calendar is not yet set, but will be announced in mid-September. Exact dates for camps, meetings, and equipment nights will be sent out via email and posted on the website as soon as they are finalized.
We are looking forward to another great year!
Bill, Mary, Judy, Barney, Kristi, all the coaches and the MHSEF Board