Today's Oregonian stated: "Government Camp gets an average of 45 inches of snow in December. It is likely to see nearly that much snow between now and Christmas...."! We've received over a foot of snow since Sunday night, and it's snowing lightly, today. Look's like we could have some great skiing and training during the holidays, and the kids can finally use their new skis!
Here's an update for the holiday break.
The Mitey Mites have two training camps. The first camp is Friday - Sunday, December 28th - 30th. The second camp is the following Friday and Saturday, Jan 4th and 5th, prior to the Kid's Kandahar race at Mt. Hood Meadows. Until otherwise instructed by the coaches, Mitey Mites should be prepared to train SL during the camps.
MHA juniors also have two training camps this holiday season. The first 2-day
session will be SL training on December 27th & 28th in preparation for the
Winterstart SL at Meadows. The second 4-day camp will is scheduled for
January 3rd thru 6th. J3 athletes will train SL & GS. J2 athletes will
train GS and Super-G (conditions permitting).
Winterstart SL - December 29th & 30th:
Mt. Hood Academy athletes will be participating in the Winterstart Slaloms
at Mt. Hood Meadows. Entries must be postmarked by this Friday, December 21st. Use the generic USSA Entry Card. Also, Meadows requires a Competition/Event release Form. Please send this form with your race entry. The coaches will provide more race-day information during the holiday camp.
Registration will open in the Meadows lodge at 7:30am (not sure at which location). Everyone should plan to arrive as close to 7:30 as possible. Meet the team in the main lodge cafeteria on the mountain side of the room. Lifts open at 8:30 and the ladies' first run is at 10:00. Rumor has it (and ONLY a rumor at this time) the race will be moved to Apollo on the Shooting Star chairlift.
MHRT Parents' Meeting
Saturday, December 29th at 2:00 PM
The parents of our Mitey Mite racers will have their annual planning meeting on the 29th in the Multorpor Lodge at 2 PM. This is an important meeting to begin planning and preparation for the Oregon 4-Way Championships which MHRT hosts in mid-February. The meeting is also a good time for Q & A between the parents and the coaches. All MHRT parents are encouraged to attend, present any ideas and ask any questions. The meeting usually lasts about 1 hour.
MHSEF Team Race
All Mitey Mite and Junior racers are invited to a practice GS race on Monday the 31st at Multorpor. This is a 2-run team race with each team comprising JR and MM racers or all ages. The JR athlete on each team will be team captain and will organize their teams for course inspection and competition.
A registration sign-up will be at the Multorpor lodge Saturday and Sunday prior to the race. The race will be held on Mt. Hood Lane. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams!
Tuning and Waxing Clinics
Mitey Mites AND their parents are invited to a ski tuning and waxing clinic on Sunday December 30th at 3 PM at the Academy House. MHA coach, Mark Archer, with over 25 years experience preparing skis for world class athletes, will conduct the session on tuning skis, keeping skis in good shape, and preparing skis for racing. Mark will also be able to sell or take orders for the best tuning equipment and wax, at wholesale prices!
Mark Archer will conduct a tuning/wax clinic for junior racers on Thursday night December 27th at the Academy House. Mark has over 25 years experience preparing skis for world class athletesand has prepared a waxing system for our athletes so everyone has a clearunderstanding of race-day prep.
If you are not able to attend the clinic, but wish to add to your tuning/waxing kit, ask for order forms during the holiday camps.
Kid's Kandahar Kombi
Sunday, January 6th at Mt. Hood Meadows
This year's first Mitey Mite race is the Kid's Kandahar "Kombi" on Sunday, January 6th at Mt. Hood Meadows. The Kombi format, a single race course including both Slalom and GS sections, will be raced by competitors 9 years and older (J5s and older). This is a 2-run event. Our MHRT coaches will provide training in this format during the Holiday Camps. For racers 8 years and younger there will be the normal 1-run GS competition conducted at the same time.
Registration for the Kid's Kandahar should be made on-line at www.mthoodmiteymites.org. This on-line service will be available after Wednesday, December 19th. If you previously mailed or faxed a registration, please go to the website and register again. The fax number provided earlier by the racer organization was incorrect and those entries were not received. The new fax number is 484-307-2355.
Along with the registration, every racer must submit a Mt. Hood Meadows Competition/Event Release Form. Michele Grebisz (MHRT's Race Administrator) will collect and file these forms for the team. Only one form each year is necessary for any race held at Meadows or Cooper Spur. Please mail your release forms to Michele at:
MHRT Race Secretary
2229 NE Burnside St. #234
Gresham, OR 97030
Announcements at training and additional emails will provide more information as it becomes available.
The coaches, teachers and staff of Mt. Hood Race Team and Mt. Hood Academy wish all our families happy holidays and a very happy New Year!