MRT Mitey Mite Program

The MRT Mitey Mite(MM) program is for skiers ages 6-13 years of age. (ages 6-13 as of December 31, 2015)

MRT's philosophy is, "It takes great skiers to become great racers." We strive to put the FUN in FUNdamentals as we develop well-rounded athletes who gain a life-long love for the sport of alpine skiing. In the process, our athletes develop important values and life skills including teamwork, dedication, goal-orientation, hard work, honesty, persistence, punctuality, and time-management.

Beginning at age 6, MRT's Mitey Mite program focuses on fun, skill development, safety, and good 'ole ripping' it up! We introduce our Mitey Mites to ski racing by developing strong free-skiing skills first. We use a variety of terrain and conditions to develop the fundamentals to make skiing more efficient overall.  Younger Mitey Mites (U8's and U10's) learn to ski all conditions while being introduced to "running gates". Our older and more experienced Mitey Mites focus on more advanced ski racing techniques as they work to master the art of ski racing.

The Mitey Mite program starts in mid-December at Mt Hood Meadows before the busy Holiday season begins. Our regular season comes to a close in mid-March with age dependent Finals that vary slightly on dates from year to year.

 

To participate in our Mitey Mite program, athletes must be able to ride all lifts at Mt Hood Meadows in a safe manner without parental assistance. Skiers entering the Mitey Mite program should be able to ski with confidence and control on much of the terrain accessed from the Cascade and Shooting Star lifts at Mt Hood Meadows. U12's and U14's have limited, optional travel with parents.        


 

The Rippers Program - MM Introduction 1-day program (Saturdays)

     This program is meant to be an entry level Alpine Racing program. It provides a shorter season and it supports less races on the alpine calendar. The Ripper program runs 13 weeks and starts December 19th continuing most Saturdays thru March 19th, 2016.

 

RATE:  $900

*Includes coaching fees and race support for the days/races listed on the calendar below.  Season Passes/lift tickets are separate.

 


The Ripper Calendar:

          December          19, 27-30 (Holiday Camp)

 

          January              2,9,16,23,30

                                     * Two 1-day Mt. Hood Mitey Mite Council races are supported: (no race entry fees)

                                              1/17(Sun)     Kandahar GS at SkiBowl

                                              1/31(Sun)     The Cooper Dual SL at Cooper Spur/Meadows

 

           February           6,13,20

                                    * An independent 2-day race is supported: (race entry fee is applicable separate from the program)

                                             2/27-28       The Meadows Challenge GS/SL races at Mt Hood Meadows

 

          March                5,13,19

                                    3/12-13     U12 Finals: at Mt Hood Meadows (race entry fee is applicable separate from the program)

                                    3/19          An end of the season Fun Race is offered and supported. (no race entry fees)

 

 

*Note:  all races are conditional on weather permitting and subject to cancellation or change as needed....

** A volunteer commitment applies when registered in this program.

*** "supported" means that MRT coaches are working that event.

 

 

EXTEND THE SEASON !!

*** Rippers have the option to extend their season through the month of April if interested and able. Our MM Spring Block training options offer additional training and racing opportunities.  Every season, there are athletes who are excited and motivated to continue their progress in the sport of alpine ski racing.  The springtime can be the best time of the year due to more snow, better weather, and more space available around the hill.  Click on the Spring Training tab for more details.


The Carver Program:MM Full-time (2-day) Program

     This program is more time intensive and generally for more experienced racers.  It is a longer season and supports more races on the alpine calendar.  The Carver program runs 16 weeks starting on December 12th.  Carvers train or race most weekends until the end of March 2016.

 

RATE: $1250  

*Includes coaching fees and race support for the days/races listed on the calendar below.  Season Passes/lift tickets are separate.

 

The Carver Calendar:

          December          12,13,19, 27-30 (Holiday Camp)

 

          January              2,3,9,10,16,23,24,30

                                     * Two 1-day Mt. Hood Mitey Mite Council races are supported:  (no race entry fees)

                                              1/17(Sun)     Kandahar GS at SkiBowl

                                              1/31(Sun)     The Cooper Dual SL at Cooper Spur/Meadows

 

           February           6,13,14,20,21

                                    * Two independent 2-day races are supported: (race entry fee is applicable separate from the program)

                                             2/5-7         The Oregon 4-Way Championships at SkiBowl.

                                             2/27-28       The Meadows Challenge GS/SL races at Mt Hood Meadows

 

          March               5,6,19,20

                                   * A variety of races supported:

                                             3/12-13     U12 Finals: at Mt Hood Meadows (race entry fee is applicable separate from the program).

                                             3/26         The Candy Cup race hosted by the MAC club at Meadows

                                             3/27          Mt Hood MMC Spring Finals, co-hosted and held at Meadows (*Easter Sunday)

 

 

*Note:  all races are conditional on weather permitting and subject to cancellation or change as needed..

** A volunteer commitment applies when registered in this program.

*** "supported" means that MRT coaches are working that event.

 

 

EXTEND THE SEASON !!

*** Carvers have the option to extend their season through the month of April if interested and able. Our MM Spring Block training options offer additional training and racing opportunities.  Every season, there are athletes who are excited and motivated to continue their progress in the sport of alpine ski racing.  The springtime can be the best time of the year due to more snow, better weather, and more space available around the hill.  Click on the Spring Training tab for more details.

 

 


Generalized information/Recommendations by Age Groups:

 

U8's :  Most 6 and 7 year olds should consider our Ripper program.  They should have very strong lift riding skills for their age.  Lift independence and attention to safety on and around the lifts are priorities in determining whether or not a little skier is ready to join our ski racing team.  Sometimes shorter days are in order for this age group when the weather is harsh.  There can be a really big difference in energy levels in kids in this group. Less time in gates and more time spent with fun free-skiing challenges around the mountain is in order for this age group.

 

U10/U12's :  Simply because of being taller and a bit stronger,  the lift riding independence, safety and coordination is generally better for this age group.  This group should consider either the Ripper or the Carver program depending on interest and time availability.  These athletes should be able to show some responsibility and independence with moving around the mountain.  At the very least, finding their way into the lodge to get lunch and finding their way back out to meet the group after lunch would be a reasonable expectation for most in this age group. Gate training time increases and longer days in inclement weather happens.  This age group can consider pre-season, post season, and summer camps if the interest and motivation is present.  

 

U14's :  This is the "hybrid" age group.  Some athletes may choose to race and train within the MM programs. While some of the more experienced and motivated in this group will choose to race "up" as a Junior to begin traveling and developing their USSA point profile within the PNSA division.  As a general rule of thumb,  most "first year" U14's should race the MM schedule, while experienced "second year" U14's would choose to race the Junior schedule.  This can be a hard decision, and it takes good goal setting and good conversations with the athlete, parents, and coaches to find the right path to success.

 

 

 

 
Feel free to contact MRT with any questions at: director@meadowsraceteam.org