In March of 2022 Meadows Race Team was awarded the Silver Certification by US Ski & Snowbaord - Ranking us in the top 8% of all USSS clubs in the country!
Club certification is a process of self-assessment, peer-evaluation, certification committee review and organizational improvement in partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, to assist its clubs through assessing club leadership, operations, and athletic programming and performance.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard offers three tiers of certification: bronze, silver, and gold. All certifications involve a comprehensive organizational assessment that places clubs on the path of continual improvement with ongoing club development resources and opportunities provided by the NGB.
We started the certification process in 2019 and achieved Bronze level. We then set our sights on Silver! Club Certification is a rigorous process designed for the clubs that want to verify and demonstrate their understanding of the best principles and implementation of best practices of their club. Through the countless hours of work from our staff and board members, in conjunction with USSS staff members, we have continued to develop and refine our club goals, documentation and strategic plan moving forward.
Thank you to everyone involved in this process and to all of our club athletes and families for continuing to support our growth!
Onward and Upward,
The 2021/22 MRT Foundation Scholarship Fund is awarded to current athletes based on merit and/or financial circumstances. This can range from support for upcoming race travel, camps or tuition fees.
Please complete this application to be considered for a 21/22 scholarship. Amounts range from $100-$600 per athlete based on specific need. Scholarship funding can only be applied to MRT program fees (as a reimbursement or applied toward next season) or can be applied to specific fees for upcoming race travel or camps.
Scholarships will be awarded after February 10th, 2022.
*amounts awarded based on the scholarship fund balance at the date of selection
If the phrase, “build it and they will come” holds any analogies to the ski world, it might be “plan it and the snow will come”. In mid-December, four lucky MRT coaches had an opportunity to test this mantra while gaining valuable knowledge in avalanche science.
Planning months in advance, a date of December 11-13 seemed reasonable to conduct an American Avalanche Association Level 2 course with enough snow to dig pits and gather practical information. As the days drew close, the outlook was questionable at best. The ground on the east and northeast side of Mt Hood was covered mostly by fallen leaves and dirt. But coaches were committed and made the plan.
Two days before the mission was to start, winter arrived. Pulling into the Tilly Jane trailhead on Monday morning, two feet had fallen over the weekend. More would be up higher. At an undisclosed rustic cabin, coaches Rust, Mckinley, Wardlaw, and Isakson spent the next 2 ½ days going through notebooks and immersing ourselves in avalanche vernacular and putting it in practice right out our door. Taking advantage of the new snow and shifting winds, we skied through knee deep snow in trees, dug pits to 100cm or more on different aspects, and returned to discuss our findings and how to apply them to forecasting avalanches. It was truly an unequaled way to learn this kind of material. And, it sure was a fantastic way to usher in a winter storm that basically hasn’t stopped rewarding our snow dreams for the past month! Thank you, Ullr!
We are super grateful to Heiko Stopsack for being such a fantastic instructor and guide during our time exploring the Cooper Spur side of the mountain. We’re looking forward to many more adventures with you this winter and beyond!
This advanced Avvy Level 2 training reflects MRT’s commitment to educating both coaches and athletes in best safety practices in the backcountry. As we strive to create more robust touring opportunities for our athletes, this significant investment will help us stay safe both in our daily adventures in Heather Canyon and Private Reserve, and on the Wallowas Tours in March. MRT will continue to seek opportunities for coaches, athletes, and families to gain backcountry safety education as our Big Mountain program continues to grow.