Russ Read GS Results

Several Athletes were at Mt. Bachelor in December for the first race of the season, The Russ Read Giant Slalom. Below are how our athletes performed in their categories:

Shelby Willet - 2nd Place

Bergen Rust - 5th Place

Stuart Goodbody - 5th Place

Porter Sullivan - Move Up Award (way to go Porter!!)

Gongrats to all of our athletes on a very successful race

Ski Tuning Clinic w/ Bob

Some MRT athletes, and parents, were fortunate to spend a couple hours with Bob at the Mt. Hood Alpine Race Center learning from a true professional what it takes to keep your skis tuned for optimum performance. Keep those edges sharp and structure and wax in your bases and you’ll have a ski that will last all season long. Some key tips, keep your wax and scrapers separate from your files and sharpening tools. And keep your files and stones clean. If you need any supplies or have questions on what tuning equipment you need, go see Bob.

Keep Your Tips Up - Equipment and Boot Tips Fall 2018

Keep Your Tips Up – Visit MRT’s Parent Information  page for additional information:


Boots:  Summer and Fall are the best time to dial in your equipment!!  In the equipment domain/department a proper boot fit is #1.  Normally, this work is done during the summer by testing boots.  If not done in the summer, you need to get a proper boot fit with help from your coach(es) to ensure you can perform properly during the season.

Fitting notes:  Shell fitting is done to make sure that a boot is not too big or too small.  To shell fit, take the liners out of the ski boots.  Put your feet in the boots with a ski sock on, and put your toes all the way to the front so they are just touching.  What we want to measure is the space behind your heel and the shell.  If you have more than 2cm (a little less than an inch) behind your heel your ski boots are too big.  If you have 1.0 - 1.5 cm of space behind your heel it's the right size.  (Everyone’s fingers are different sizes, never been a fan of the '1 finger/2 finger fit rule.')

During the fall picnic we will have a club swap and also have an equipment day on that same day scheduled with Bob Olsen at Mt. Hood Alpine Race Center, which is located in Government Camp.  For kids, new boots are not that expensive and sometimes it makes more sense to just purchase the ones that are the best fit for your child.  Fit is only one important factor for a proper boot fit.  Flex (not too soft of stiff), boot cuff height, forward lean in relation to length of the athletes shin, and more!  Please ask for help. Some brands work better for some body shapes. Coaches know the brands and will help get your athlete in the right boot.

Here is a link to a video showing the fitting side of the process. This is from the FIS site! Bob Olsen in Parkdale can do this work for your racers.

Besides fitting, we also have to be sure the canting, fore/aft alignment and ramp angles are the best fit for your size and shape of feet, legs and body. Ask so we can help you get set up properly!

Web links to boot fitting:

Skis:  We are recommending ages U10 and under a single pair of Slalom skis as their primary ski.  The ski they use will be sized to allow some growth, but not too much.  The following year 2nd year U10 or as a U12 (if they are technically ready) that will become their Slalom ski (which will save buying two pairs of skis that year) and they will purchase and start to learn how to ski on a Giant Slalom ski, which is straighter in side cut and longer.  GS skis for U14's will also serve as Super Giant Slalom skis.  To save money we purchase the next length up in GS skis and used it for SG and the following year this becomes your new GS ski and the next size GS ski up the new SG ski.  A cost saving and measure that actually allows the athlete to switch to longer skis for races and then to summer camps seamlessly.  We also like to use the same brand as the flex and feel of the skis will be similar.  For a learning athlete having the same set up allows a quicker transition between the lengths of skis. You narrow down the potential variables, which increases new learning.

This is the time of year to engage in planning and purchasing the equipment you need.  Let's get everything dialed in!


MRT Picnic Sunday October 21st, 2018

We are looking forward to seeing our MRT families back for the 2018/19 season.  Sunday Oct. 21st - is the fall picnic and club ski swap at Mt Hood Meadows  12 - 3 PM MRT will provide hamburgers, condiments and bottled water. Last names starting with A-J, please bring a side dish. Last names starting with K-Z please bring a dessert. The equipment swap is during the event, bring tape so you have list your name and the price. In addition to our general welcome, we will have break out sessions for each of our levels, U8, U10, etc…

Golden Rose

Thank you Coaches and Athletes for putting on a great final race of the year.  The Golden Rose was a great way to wrap up the season.  Our coaches worked hard to keep the snow in great shape over the weekend and our Athletes did a great job.  

Looking Forward to seeing you at Summer Camps.  Sign up under the Programs/ Summer Training tab. 


Program Director Search

MRT club

Lets get the word out!  

Program Director Search.                                                                

Are you seeking a full time Leadership Role on the Mountain with Benefits?

If so, The Board of Directors for the Meadows Race Team (MRT) invites applications for the position of Program Director

The Meadows Race team is seeking a forward-thinking leader to guide the Meadows Race Team through its next phase of its storied Evolution. As The Program Director you will provide clear leadership to the entire organization, reflecting the mission, vison and values of the MRT club.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

     Overseeing all daily operational aspects of the MRT Club, with assistance from the Board of Directors.

·       Deliver strong and effective communication with all stakeholders including athletes, parents, staff members and alumni.

·       Deliver, introduces, and promotes program mission, vision, values.

·       Facilitate Annual Calendar, anticipating key annual races, planning and other MRT events.

·       Plan, manage, and host or actively attend all required MRT races and events, engaging with families and athletes.

·       Maintain, prepare and oversee finances, budgets, and payroll with the assistance of the Board Treasurer.

·       Proactively seek sponsorship development and stewardship partners.

·       Attend board meetings and presents monthly updates.

·       Assist with marketing and website content.

·       Develop and maintain USSA network relationships and PNSA network relationships and work to achieve USSA bronze level status.

·       Lead, manage and coach MRT staff and volunteers; including recruiting, performance management, training, and scheduling of team members.

·       Coordinate and ensure maintenance of MRT equipment, tools, and devices.


·       Experience as a Program Director or similar role.

·       Ability to lead manage and develop a team.

·       Proven experience developing sponsorship and stewardship partners.

·       Must possess strong communication and engagement skills.

About Meadows Race Team:

MRT is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to enhance lives through the sport of alpine ski racing. MRT is dedicated to creating a FUN environment that promotes a life-long love of skiing and racing for the athletes from 6 years old to 19 years old.

Benefits to working for MRT:

•         Exciting Outdoors+ Ski racing + Community environment

•         Individual medical insurance available

•         Flexible off-season Schedule

•         Educational opportunities

•         Salary based on experience

•         Summer  program bonus structure

Please send applications to:


Hello MRT Families,



With almost 1000 starts on 5 courses over 2 days and an army of volunteers contributing to what, in my opinion, was the best run race series I have witnessed since arriving here, the Meadows Challenge was a tremendous success.  It was a great weekend of racing for kids around the area but this was a special weekend for our Club. The strength of our community really shined.  At the risk of leaving some people out a special thanks must be extended to some key volunteers that allowed us to execute on time for all but the second run of GS (which was only due to the sheer volume of athletes).  Mark and Caroline McCorkle on the timing, James Oellrich on race admin, James Green, Jay Poletiek, Scott Shauermann, Glenn White, Shrine Pont and Everett Carson for their key roles at the start and the finish, Andrew Ping and Maynard Falconer for their leadership as head gate judges as well as the many parents who acted as gate keepers and course crew throughout the weekend and Jennifer Lewis for keeping it all together.  The quality of our community was on display and our ability to host excellent races was as well.  Finally, a special thank you to ALL of our coaches who put in extra-long days through the set up and tear down processes but also played their roles as mentors to these young athletes so tirelessly and seamlessly.  As is usually the case with competition, the potential for disappointment was high but our coaches did what they know well to do in turning those bumps in the road into positive learning experiences.



We have often talked about character building this season but often in the face of adverse weather conditions.  This past weekend many of us were faced with adversity on the playing field in ways we had yet to experience this season. While nobody wants to see a lot of participants having a tough go of it either by crashing or missing a gate and being disqualified, we should all take a moment to recognize that it is how we react to such “failure” that can really define us as people. How we handle failure is what most people will remember about us and when we encourage our youth to be gracious and good sports-people (in part by leading by example) our whole society wins.  In an environment where loosing is a regular part of the process save for ONE person, we should all find delight in the opportunity to all be winners by simply behaving with respect and grace in the face of defeat.  There is no doubt that the SL courses on Sunday were a test of skill and brain power.  They were also safe and legal and in no way an unfair test of the skills our staff has been instilling in MRT athletes. We all need to take the long view and remember that there is very little room on that podium and what this really is all about how we carry ourselves in victory AND defeat.  Rather than being quick with excuses which are easy to conjure we should do the hard work and look within to find opportunities for growth.


On that note I would like to celebrate the story of one athlete who approached me right before awards to say that she had in fact straddled a gate and although the gate keeper must have missed it she would like to “turn herself in.”  This individual was on the podium so this likely a difficult choice to come forward.  It was a choice that also affected the results and who walked away with a medal that day.  This is the kind of personal growth I wish to be a part of and I congratulate this athlete on the tremendous step they took down that road on Sunday.



To clear up some possible confusion here is what you need to know:

·      The race announcement is posted on Team snap. Please refer to it for some basic details

·      The Kid’s Kandahar GS (a part of the MHYSL series) is one and the same as the OR 4 Way GS this year.

·      All events are at Ski Bowl (Multipor is part of Ski Bowl)

·      MRT will not have coaches on hand for the XC and the Jump but will for the SL and the GS

·      U8s are only eligible for the GS (No entry fee)

·      All others must pay entries for all events

·      There are 2 paper waivers you will need to sign to pick up your bib at the event.




·      Candy Cup March 18, Mt Hood Meadows- Race Announcement Posted

·      U12 Champs March 17 & 18- Race Announcement Posted

·      MRT Fun Race and BBQ March 24.



Brad Saxe

Program Director

Meadows Race Team

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