Meet the Coaches


Program Director

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Brad Saxe

MRT Program Director/Head Coach

  • Hometown: Hood River, OR
  • Years with MRT: This is my first!
  • Where did you start skiing?: Sunday River in Bethel, ME
  • What was your first pair of skis?: A pair of red wooden skis with segmented, screw on edges and front throw cable bindings. I think they were from Sears. All of my brothers used them before me. Leather lace up boots to go with. Sadly, my dad "needed the screws" one day and they are gone forever.
  • Who are your skiing idols?: There are so many- Marc Giradelli, Phil Mahre, Michael Von Gruenigen, Ingemar Stenmark, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Alexi Pinterault, Angel Collinson.
  • Where is your favorite place to ski?: Les Trios Vallees, Val D'Isere, Jackson, Alta, or anywhere my wife and son are shredding.

 

 

 

Head Coach 

Erik Gilbert 

Erik  will be joining  MRT for the 2017-18 season from Steamboat Springs Colorado.  Stay tuned for more information about Erik and what he has to offer the MRT program.  


U16 Coaches


 

Mike Hay

  • Hometown: Hood River, OR
  • Years with MRT:  
  • Where did you start skiing? Mt Hood
  • What was your first pair of skis? Rossignol Stratos
  • Who are your skiing idols? Alberto Tomba, Hans Knaus
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? 

U14 Coaches

Scott Stern

  • Hometown: Happy Valley, OR
  • Years with MRT: 3
  • Where did you start skiing? Sunburst Ski Hill, West Bend, WI
  • What was your first pair of skis? 125cm Rossi Equipe Suisse with Besser Bindings
  • Who are your skiing idols? Ingemar Stenmark, AJ Kitt, Hannes Reichelt, Andrew Weibrecht, Mikaela Shiffren
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Sundance, UT
 

jerry moore

  • Hometown: Hood River, OR
  • Years with MRT: 5
  • Where did you start skiing? My Hood on Mt. Hood
  • What was your first pair of skis? Olins
  • Who are your skiing idols? Bill Johnson and my firend AJ Kitt- I have hours of vhs videos of his races which I studied over and over.
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Anywhere with a high speed quad and at least waist deep fresh powder on  a bluebird day.  There's always a special place in my heart for Brundage.
 

STeve Lisac

  • Hometown: Oregon City, OR or Parkdale, OR depending on the day of the week
  • Years with MRT: 20 plus
  • Where did you start skiing? Mt Bachelor, OR
  • What was your first pair of skis? Head knock-offs with cable bindings and lace up boots
  • Who are your skiing idols? Ingemar Stenmark, Pirmin Zurbriggin, Phil and Steve Mahre, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Mt Bachelor, Telluride, Jackson.

U12 Coaches

AJ Kitt

  • Hometown: Hood River, OR
  • Years with MRT: 2
  • Where did you start skiing? Swain Ski Center, Rochester, NY
  • What was your first pair of skis? Wooden skis from 1970 that I eventually broken in the moguls
  • Who are your skiing idols? Franz Klammer for his reckless search for speed, Pirmin Zurbriggen for his precision and finesse- and he's such a classy guy, Joel Gaspoz for his GS technique in the 1980s, Warren Miller for making me hungry to ski.
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Anywhere with good snow and good company on the chairlift.
 

Aaron Zarosinski

  • Hometown: Oregon City, OR
  •  Years with MRT: 5
  • Where did you start skiing? In front of my parents' house, later at Mt Hood Meadows
  • What was your first pair of skis? wooden skis, they were blue and white, with screw on edges.  All three of us learned on those skis and the bindings were so terrible they fell off every two or three turns
  • Who are your skiing idols? Alberto Tomba, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Phil and Steve Mahre, Maria Walliser, Mikaela Shiffrin, Marcel Hirscher, Ted Ligety but really the best guy in ski racing is AJ Kitt.
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Zermatt, SUI
 

Sam Humphreys

  • Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
  • Years with MRT: 13
  • Where did you start skiing? Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • What was your first pair of skis? something wood with lace boots; later K2 J-4s Red, White and Blue!
  • Who are your skiing idols? Ingemar Stenmark, Spider Sabich, Phil and Steve Mahre, Ted Ligety
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Anwhere the heli lands
 

Sean Welch

 

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Kirsten Klug

 

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Jeff Jones

 

  • Hometown:  Portland, OR
  • Years with MRT: 4
  • Where did you start skiing? Squilchuck Ski Area, WA
  • What was your first pair of skis? The first pair of skis I can remember were a pair of Hexcels.  My cousin was a rep for Hexcel and a rep for Scott- luckily he never provided me with boots.
  • Who are your skiing idols? Mikaela Shiffrin, Ingemar Stenmark, Dick "Mad DOg" Buek, Billy Dorris and Dave Chappellet
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Wherever the lifts are running...

U10 Coaches

 

FrANCIOS PELLETIER

  • Hometown: Hood River, OR
  • Years with MRT: Off and on since 1989
  • Where did you start skiing? Aspen, CO at the age of 18 months.
  • What was your first pair of skis? Sears and Roebuck's wood skis (....I had to ask my mom that one).
  • Who are your skiing idols? Great skiers of all shapes and sizes including.....Ingemar Stenmark, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller, Jean-Claude Killy, Stein Eriksen, Scot Schmidt, Franz Klammer, Sylvain Sauden, Seth MorrisonMarc Ghirardelli, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Hermann Maier, JP Auclair,Candide Thovex, Ted Ligety, Aksel Lund Svindal, Lindsey Vonn…and on and on
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? I'm pretty happy as long as it's white and slides but here's a couple of highlights...Whistler Backcomb Diamond Bowls, Mt. Adam’s South Chutes, Gods Wall,  Alf’s High Rustler, Alta, Ridge of Bell Aspen, Squaw Valley, Snow Basin, Snowbird, Big Burn Snowmass, S1 Aspen, Fanny Hiil & Ego Hill in Aspen ( I must made a million runs on those as a kid )
 

geoff barrow

  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Years with MRT: 5
  • Where did you start skiing?  Big Sky and Red Lodge, MT
  • What was your first pair of skis?  Blue Kneissl with Barracrafter bindings.
  • Who are your skiing idols?  Doug Coombs, Ted Ligety
  • Where is your favorite place to ski?  Big Sky, MT
 

Jeanne Welch

  • Hometown: Hood River, OR
  • Years with MRT: 4
  • Where did you start skiing? Schweitzer Basin Ski Area, ID
  • What was your first pair of skis? Orange plastic ones.
  • Who are your skiing idols? My first coach- Vance Lemely, Tamara McKinney, the girls who I raced against, Jeremy Jones (editors note: hey he doesn't ski!!)
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, ID
 

Jeff Herman

  • Hometown: Estacada, OR
  • Years with MRT: 5
  • Where did you start skiing? Summit Hill, Government Camp, OR 
  • What was your first pair of skis? They were red!
  • Who are your skiing idols? AJ Kitt
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Sunny powder days with my kids.
 

jean-pierre veillet

 
 
  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Years with MRT: Might might racer to present day with 20 years off in between
  • Where did you start skiing? Mt. Hood Meadows
  • What was your first pair of skis? 225 red sleds
  • Who are your skiing idols? U10's on Jean's squad
  • What is your favorite place to ski? Mt. Hood Meadows. Soon to be Kitzbuhel

U8 coaches

caan zarosinski

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Claire CODY

  • Hometown: Parkdale, OR
  • Years with MRT: 3
  • Where did you start skiing? Marquette Mountain, MI
  • What was your first pair of skis? Rossignol
  • Who are your skiing idols? My Dad who was in the 10th Mountain Division.  Glen Plake is pretty cool too.
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Anywhere with good snow.
 

BOB STAWIcki

  • Hometown: White Salmon, WA
  • Years with MRT: 1
  • Where did you start skiing? Majestic Ski Area, Fontana, WI
  • What was your first pair of skis? Hart- they lasted two weeks; I've been on Fischer ever since.
  • Who are your skiing idols? Bill Johnson
  • Where is your favorite place to ski? Mammoth Mountain, CA

 

 

 

Jeremy inman

  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Years with MRT: 1, 3 as a parent
  • Where did you start skiing? Multipor/Ski Bowl
  • What was your first pair of skis? Rossignol skis and bindings with safety straps
  • Who are you skiing idols? Franz Klammer, Pirmin Zurbriggen and Bill Johnson.  I love watching Ted Ligety race.
  • What is your favorite place to ski? Sun Valley, ID