Big Mountain Team

competence, confidence and respect for wild mountain terrain.


“Our board identified an incredible opportunity to expand our offerings and decided starting with the 2019-20 season to offer a big mountain program.”


Sign up through November 15th - after the registration is based on availability. We use a 2:14 coaching staff ratio in this program

Our Big Mountain Team allows athletes who want to improve skiing and learn to challenge the mountain a great opportunity without having to race. The MRT Devo (Development) program serves as a building block of skiing skills for both our racing and big mountain programs. All athletes need strong basic skills to become part of the Big Mountain program and once they are ready they can join this team. This entry point is often at the U12 age level, but some strong age 9 year old U10’s might qualify.

We use a variety of terrain, conditions and drill progressions to develop the fundamentals in order to make skiing more efficient and in the end more fun.  Athletes will also learn to jump and handle increasingly more challenging terrain. Mt. Hood Meadows serves as the perfect playground with thousands of little nooks and crannies to practice skills and learn.

Younger Big Mountain Team participants (U12’s) learn to ski all conditions, while being introduced to the fundamentals of skiing; as well as, all mountain terrain through focused drills, terrain adaption and sessions on terrain features. Our goal is to get the athletes proficient and confident on black diamond terrain. Our older and more experienced Big Mountain Team athletes focus on more advanced terrain situations to hone skills and to prepare them for a transition to a life full of mountain challenges.   Athletes are grouped by age and ability and careful consideration is put toward maintaining a safe skiing environment where athletes can explore their abilities without being pushed too quickly into situations which exceed their abilities.

Requirements: Athletes should be able to confidently ski black diamond terrain.


  • Age Classes: U12, U14, U16 & U19 (17 year old and older athletes are required to complete additional safe sport training as required by federal law and the governing body of US Alpine Skiing)

  • Start Date: Dec 14,2019

  • End Date: Mar 15, 2020

  • 20 days on snow

  • Saturdays

  • Holiday Camp Dec. 27-30 is included at no extra cost

  • Season End Fun Race/Team Parent event also supported

  • Safety is our primary concern. We maintain low ratios and have continuous professional development. As an added safety measure, we use two coaches with 14 athletes when in challenging terrain conditions.

  • Fees do not include lift tickets or season pass

  • Requires a club volunteer commitment

Big Mountain has many elements first and foremost being “Big Mountain skiing”, but also includes Backcountry Skiing, Ski Mountaineering, Skier Cross, and Skimo Racing. 


Leadership matters! Ben Mckinley, our Head coach, is an OR native, that seeks to share as many outdoor experiences with others as possible. With 23 years of coaching experience, Ben is excited to provide a place where athletes can explore a broad offering of big mountain and backcountry opportunities. He’s been building this unique approach to big mountain ski coaching the last 4 yrs on Mt. Hood and is excited to bring this opportunity to MRT. His staff shares in this enthusiasm of sharing a broad skillset with young skiers looking to pursue goals and objective off the groomed track.

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We start small and work the athletes up to more challenging terrain

We start small and work the athletes up to more challenging terrain