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Cooper Diamond Dual Slalom Recap

This last weekend was the annual Cooper Diamond Dual Slalom. This race has been an event since I was a kid. I still remember riding up the T-Bar at Cooper Spur getting ready to go Head-to-Head against my opponent. It’s a really fun race and all the kids trained hard the week leading up to it. Due to low snow pack we had to move the race to Meadows. While the conditions on Saturday were a little rough for running gates, most groups endured and then were rewarded with some powder skiing in the afternoon.

Race day was amazing. We were treated to blue skies, “very” cold temps and no wind. The race went off without a hitch before the storm came in later in the afternoon. A special thanks to Cooper Spur Race Team for putting on an excellent race as well as treating us to burgers, dogs and refreshments at the finish line. Way to go CSRT!

So many racers had good days today, some had personal bests, others showed that they are using what they’re learning in drills and training and then putting it all together on race day.

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NW Cup #2 - Mt. Spokane Results

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NW Cup #2 - Mt. Spokane Results

The U16’s were in Mt. Spokane last weekend for the second leg of the NW Cup qualifiers. After being blown off the mountain on Saturday due to frigid temps and high winds, the teams re-grouped on Sunday and ran two races. MRT athletes are working very hard this year and it’s really paying off. Below are some notable results.

GS - Stuart Goodbody (1st, cat 3), Abe Barrow (2nd, cat 4), Shea Hasselbach (2nd, cat 3), Shelby Willett (3rd, cat 2)

SL1 - Madison Swanson (2nd, cat 4), Shea Hasselbach (2nd, cat 3)

SL2 - Madison Swanson (2nd, cat 4), Kestrel Sullivan (2nd, cat 2, 3rd place overall), Shelby Willett (3rd cat 2, 4th place overall)

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4-Way Championships Recap

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4-Way Championships Recap

Last weekend was another successful weekend of ski racing at the 4-Way Championships at Ski Bowl. Just look at how much fun these kids are having. MRT athletes competed in Skate Skiing, Jumping, Slalom and GS. We had several athletes in every age category in the top 10 and on the podium. Our most inspirational moment of the weekend was when Kaitlyn Nicholson was called to the podium for winning gold in the Slalom, she brought it to the attention of the awards committee that she actually missed a gate and DQ’d. This incredible act of courage, integrity and honesty is what we hope to teach to all of our athletes. Her actions were greater than any trophy! Oh, she won gold the next day in GS. Go Kaitlyn.

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Meadows Challenge Recap

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Meadows Challenge Recap

What a fantastic weekend for the Meadows Challenge! Sun, Fun and a lot of fast ski racing. There are so many people to thank, but a special shout out goes to all of our dedicated volunteers and parents, as well as our very generous sponsors, Siteworks, Garage Harmony and Gills Point S Tires. We could not have done it without you.

Congratulations to all of the racers, many of which made their first top 10’s and some of which reached the podium for the first time. It’s a great season so far. Keep your edges sharp and Think Snow!!

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Russ Read GS Results

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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

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Ski Tuning Clinic w/ Bob

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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.

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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.') https://theskimonster.com

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. https://youtu.be/SXSiBfm80yM?t=2 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:

https://www.nordica.com/stories/so-how-should-a-ski-boot-fit-anyway/?backstage=1

https://theskimonster.com/blog/posts/ski-boot-fitting-how-are-boots-supposed-to-fit/

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!

 

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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…

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