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MRT Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

By Coach Katy 01/06/2022, 12:00pm PST

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 in January 2022.

*amounts awarded based on the scholarship fund balance at the date of selection

Click Here to Apply 

MRT Big Mountain Coaches go deep on Mt Hood

By Coach Ted 01/06/2022, 10:00am PST

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.

Jan 1 2022 Skier X Competition

By Coach Katy 01/05/2022, 10:15am PST

MRT Athletes from U8 through U19 age groups competed and podiumed in the USASA Ski Cross Races on January 1st at Meadows. The event occurred under bluebird skies in perfect racing conditions. MHM Race Crew and Grooming staff did an excellent job of prepping the race terrain and event venue on the Banked Slalom run off the Easy Rider Chair. Multiple banks, jumps and rollers were constructed Friday after nearly 20 inches of snow on Thursday that buried the previously developed terrain.  MRT staff participated as Chief of Course, course setting, course maintenance and most importantly coaching to the MRT athletes that competed in the 2 races that were held during the day.

MRT athletes performed outstandingly well against a competitive field that included attendance by 10 athletes form the Palisades (Squaw Valley) Program.  Multiple medals and podiums were taken by MRT athletes! Parents, athletes and staff had an incredible race under amazing conditions. 

The next dual SX race will occur on February 21st for those that are interested in competing. Reach out to Coach Sean Welch for details and information. 

Check out some highlights here