Cooper Spur Alpine Team offers programs for athletes age 6-18, with each program providing different levels of commitment based on goals and interests. Our programs are designed to provide training, competition, growth opportunities for young skiers and racers in a fun learning environment. All of our ski programs are structured to provide high quality instruction utilizing small group size, professional coaching staff, commitment to more time on snow, and building solid fundamental skills through free-skiing and race technique. We believe learning is based on repetition, but fun is what provides the motivation. Once the basic skiing skills are mastered, coaching emphasis shifts to refining technique and developing the physical, mental, and emotional skills to be a competitive athlete and good teammate.
All of CSAT ski programs are held at Meadows Ski Area. Cooper Spur Ski Area is an important part of CSAT’s history and team culture but Meadows is our day to day home.
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Cooper Camp is a three day introduction to ski racing and ski team fun! The camp integrates basic skiing and racing fundamentals through fun drills, gate training, and free skiing for optimal skill acquisition. The camp’s final day includes a fun Intra-Team Cooper Cup Dual GS. Children that can ski green runs and load the chair by themselves are eligible for this 3-day program. A child can decide to join the team afterwards, by upgrading to one of CSAT’s Junior Development Teams.
Requirements: Ski gear*, racing helmet, All Access Meadows Season Pass
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9am – 3pm
|Early Bird Pricing: $380
After Dec 1st: $400
Camp is held at Meadows. Price includes coaching, lane fees, and sweatshirt. Does not include tickets. Due to Covid-19 CSAT has made changes to its winter operating programing to mitigate risks and ensure adequate contract tracing policies. Click here to understand Covid-19 safeguards, participant’s expectations and refund policies.
Our ‘Devo Team’ program is our entry level program for ages 6-13 (U8-U12) which starts with the Cooper Camp and skis every Sunday January through mid-March. This program is designed for the child who has already learned how to ski, but needs further instruction on the basic skills and techniques that will enable them to go anywhere on the mountain. Our Devo program utilizes small athletes to coach ratios, 7:1, and professional coaching staff to build a base of solid skiing skills and basic fundamentals through directed free skiing, gate training, and friendly competition. The program emphasizes improving free-skiing, basic race fundamentals, skiing etiquette/safety and fun! Click here to understand participant’s expectations and refund policies.
Devo Team members must be comfortable on blue runs and load the chair by themselves. The Devo Team will participate in local Mt. Hood races if desired. The program starts with Cooper Camp at the end of December and runs every Sunday through mid-March. 9am-3pm.
Requirements: Ski gear*, racing helmet, All Access Meadows Season Pass
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|6-13||Dec 21st- 23rd (Cooper Camp)
Every Sunday January through March 14.
9am – 3pm
|Early Bird Pricing: $910
After November 15th: $1010
Fees include coaching, lane fees, team sweatshirt, and Cooper Camp. Due to Covid 19 CSAT has made changes to its winter operating programing to mitigate risks and ensure adequate contract tracing. Click here to understand Covid-19 safeguards, participant’s expectations and refund policies.
Our Training Team requires more commitment and is designed for the U10-U14 athletes (8-13yrs). The training team skis on both Saturdays and Sundays, starting in early December. Training runs from 9am-3pm. Training Team athletes will emphasize the development of basic skiing fundamentals through focused free skiing and gate training, with an introduction to race tactics in GS & SL. All Training Team coaching staff are professional ski coaches with extensive backgrounds in racing and ski team culture.
Training Team includes Fall Dryland that runs on Sunday, 9AM-10:30pm at local Hood River fields October 11h-November 15th. The Training Team will race in all the local Mt. Hood races including the ‘Mt. Hood Mitey Mite Youth Ski League Series Races’ as well as the 4-Way Championship Race, and Meadows Challenge. Click here to understand Covid-19 safeguards, participant’s expectations and refund policies.
Ski gear*, race helmet, All Access Meadows Season Pass, USSS (United States Ski and Snowboard) Youth Competitor License for U14. Register online at www.usskiandsnowboard.org.
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|8-13||Dec. 12th – Mar. 28th
Saturdays at Cooper Spur
9am – 3pm
|Early Bird Pricing: $1,400
After October 7th: $1,500
Fees include weekend coaching, lane fees, Cooper Camp, team sweatshirt, fall dryland, and fall tuning clinic.
The Competition Team is our highest level team in the Jr. Development Program and is offered to skier’s age 9-13yrs (U10s – U14s). The Competition Team focuses on improving all mountain skiing, race technique, race tactics and establishing strong ski fundamentals in and out of the gates. The Competition team trains two and half days a week plus MLK, Presidents day and mid-week training during Christmas Holiday. Competition team members are eligible to participate in November’s fall training trip held at Sun Valley.
This program is for the motivated athlete and skier who wishes to prepare for a more competitive environment in a high quality training environment. Professional coaches work with athletes on and off the hill to identify and pursue personal ski goals.
Training Team starts with fall dryland that runs on Sunday, 9am – 10:30am at local Hood River fields, October 11th – November 15th. Click here to understand Covid-19 safeguards, participant’s expectations and refund policies.
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|9-13||Dec 12th – Mar. 28th
9am – 3pm
+ 1 afternoon midweek
Dryland Starts Oct 11th
|Early Bird Pricing: $1,950
After October 11th: $2050
Fees include five 2-3hr coaching sessions a week, coaching at races, lane fees, Cooper Camp, team sweatshirt, fall dryland, and fall tuning clinic.
The USSS Training Group is for the very motivated U14/U16/U19 athlete who wishes to train 4 days a week or more and want to race at the US Ski and Snowboard scored level. Besides racing, these athletes will focus on all-mountain free-skiing, technical drills, gate training (including speed elements of super-G & downhill), goal setting, mental visualization, teamwork, and leadership. The USSS Training Group will attend select USSS scored NWC and Evergreen Cups on and off Mt.Hood. Training will start in September with dryland 2 to 3 times a week. On hill training will start at the end of November with a 10 day fall training camp.
USSS skiers will train six 2 – 3hrs training sessions a week. A minimum of 4 sessions will be held mid-week: Monday – Thursday during the light hours. If possible all training will be held mid-week.
Team athlete requirements: Skis: GS, SL, SG, FIS race helmet, all slalom protective gear, Back protector for all GS, SG, DH training and races. All-Access Meadows Season Pass and a USSS Competitor License required.
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|12-18||Sep 2nd – Nov: Fall Dryland (2X a Week)
Fall Pre-season camp
Sat, Sunday, Wed, Thur, Holidays, HR Schools Non-Contract days
|Early Bird Pricing: $3,300
After October 1st: $3,500
Fees include lane fees, training and racing coaching fees on and off Mt.Hood, coaching fees for fall training camp, team sweatshirt, and fall dryland. Click here to understand Covid-19 safeguards, participant’s expectations and refund policies.
|Jan. 25,26, 2020||Meadows Challenge, GS & SL, Meadows||Devo Team, Training Team, Jr. Comp||Intent to Compete|
|Feb 9, 2020||Cooper Duel, Duel SL, Cooper Spur, MMC Race||Devo Team, Training Team, Competition Team||Intent to Compete|
|Feb 28, 29 March 1 2020||4-Way, Jumping, XC, GS, SL, Ski Bowl||U14, U12, U10s||Intent to Compete|
|March 15, 2020||Candy Cup GS, Meadows, MMC Race||U12s,U10s, U8s||Intent to Compete|
|March 27-29, 2020||Buddy Werner Championships/U14 Finals, Schweitzer ID||U12s - OR, WA, ID||Intent to Compete|
|December 30||Cooper Cup||Everyone!||Intent to Compete|
|12/30/19||Cooper Cup||U8 Results
|2/10/19||Cooper Duel||U10 Results
CSAT summer camps provide U12-U19 athletes summer training opportunities in GS and Slalom. Our emphasis is on the continuation of skill development for all disciplines, including gate drill progressions and competitive training environments. With our experienced coaching staff we are able to offer a high level training environment for our athletes.
2020 Fundamentals Camp: June 14-17
Overnight Cost: $975
Includes: Transportation, lodging at Huckleberries in Government Camp, meals, coaching, lift tickets, afternoon activities, T-Shirt, salt and lane fees.
COOPER CAMP: INTRODUCTION TO SKI RACING – AGES 5-12 yrs
All CSAT skiers are eligible to participate in Cooper Camp during the Christmas holiday ski week. Cooper Camp integrates basic skiing and racing fundamentals through fun drills, gate training, and free skiing for optimal skill acquisition. Children that meet our basic requirements are eligible for this 4-day program. You can decide to continue afterwards, by upgrading to one of our Junior Development Teams.
Program dates: December 27-30.
Fees include: Supervised fundamental skill development training and free-skiing, to be completed with our annual Cooper Cup Giant Slalom Ski Race on the final day, and Cooper Camp T-shirt.
Requirements: Ski gear, helmet, lift tickets to Cooper Spur. Skier must be able to ride chair lift and make turns on easy terrain (green runs).
Location: Cooper Spur, conditions permitting. Mt. Hood Meadows is our alternate site.
Program Fees: $380
Shana was hired as the Program Director in the Spring of 2012. Shana raced on the US Ski Team from 1993-1998 and competed at the World Cup and Europa Cup level in DH and SG. After retiring she attended college and was named first Team All-American while skiing for Whitman College. After college she coached throughout the Pacific Northwest and Inter Mountain Ski Divisions, with coaching positions at Mt.Bachelor Ski Education Foundation, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Bluewood and Rocky Mt.College. When not keeping track of 200+ kids she mountain bikes, gardens and windsurfs.
Ryan started coaching on Mt. Hood shortly after finishing his racing career in 2000. He coached YSL freeride and racing in Park City for several years. In 2006, Ryan moved to the Southwest and took on the position of Head USSA/FIS Coach for Flagstaff Alpine Ski Team. In 2009, he and his wife Karen headed back to Mt. Hood Meadows where he had been the Head U19/U16 Coach for Meadows Race Team. Ryan is very excited to now be a part of the CSAT family and share his passion for helping athletes develop strong skiing skills while having fun. When not on snow, Ryan loves mountain biking and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two kids, Harry and Hannah.
Tanner comes to Hood River from Mt.Bachelor Ski Education Foundation (MBSEF) were he raced at the NorAm level in SG and DH and is a one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier GS and SL racers, taking numerous NWC SL and GS titles over the last 4 years. Tanner has been coaching for CSAT the last two summers. Skiing is one of Tanner’s greatest passions, and he believes it is an excellent way to develop a positive relationship with yourself and your community. He is very excited to make Hood River his new home and be with a team that values community and passion for sport.
Chelsea started working with CSAT in 2010 as an assistant coach. In the spring of 2012 she was hired to bring her modern technique and endless enthusiasm to CSAT’s Junior Competition Team. Chelsea grew up racing for the Park City Ski Team, where she competed at the national and international level. In 2006, Chelsea was recruited to race for the University of Utah and she spent 4 years racing NCAA Division I. After graduating from college, Chelsea moved to Hood River Oregon where she now spends time doing her favorite things, like riding her bike, running, painting, cooking and of course, SKIING! Chelsea also likes to spend her time thinking of ways to torture her athletes with endless drills, bottle caps and destroyers. What will she come up with next? The possibilities are endless
Ben grew up skiing outside Syracuse, New York, where a vertical drop of 500 feet provided all the thrills a kid could hope for. Dreams of ski racing and being a mountain man led to 5 years attending Burke Mountain Academy, followed by successfully competing as a Division One All American Skier at Middlebury College. Following graduation, a love of the sport led to a career as a ski coach at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Ski Club Vail. Ben was named the USSA Rocky/Central coach for the Topolino and Whistler Cup Events and was later charged as the USSA Regional lead for the Women’s Nor-Am Circuit. Ski racing brought Ben around the world, ultimately to land in Hood River with his wife and two children. Ben has been coaching for CSAT for the three years.
Jerry is a Native of Mt Hood where his passion for skiing led him to racing and competing as a USSA racer for 6 years. His need for speed and love for competition resulted in a professional Motorsports career. After two action packed decades, too many injuries and a remarkable career, he settled down in the Columbia Gorge. Jerry has been coaching ski racing for the last 6 years, is a USSA Level 200 certified coach and holds a National Ski patrolcertification.
Jeri is very excited to join CSAT’s coaching staff and share his passion for racing and extensive knowledge of Meadows hidden powder trails with his young charges. His romance with the outdoors and ski racing is never exhausted and accompanied by his son, he can be found fly fishing, biking, boating and hiking in just about every remote outpost in the Pacific Northwest.
Garth grew up in Seattle, skiing Crystal Mtn, and Snoqualmie pass with his family. His father was a ski instructor and soon, he followed in his footsteps through High School, teaching skiing. While attending College in Bellingham, Wa, he made the US Freestyle ski team for mogul skiing. He spent 9 years on the team as an athlete before coaching for the team for 11 years. He is a ussa level 3 mogul, and level 3 aerial certified coach. He loves to share his passion for spending time on skis. He lives in Hood River with his wife and two daughters.
Jessica grew up skiing on Mt. Hood. She went to Mt. Hood Academy then raced for Rocky Mt. College. After college she moved to Mammoth, CA and coached for Mammoth Mountain Ski Team for a couple of years. After that she moved to Hood River and was head coach for Hood River High School Ski Team for 6 years. After getting married she moved back to Welches to start a family and become part owner of Cherryville Construction. Now she is looking forward to getting back to coaching. She enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking with her husband, Allen, and daughters Emelia, Adin, and Nomi.
Sonja started skiing at the age of two and raced both in Austria and New Zealand. Years of ski instructing in Austria ignited a love for skiing with kids. Since moving to the US in 2007, she explored mostly backcountry and big mountain riding in Alaska and the PNW. In her second year with CSAT, she looks forward to help the kids become well rounded skiers who will have a life long love for the sport! Austrian ski instructor certified, USSA level I, and WFA Certification. When not skiing, Sonja is enjoying the Gorge with her husband and baby boy.
Carter grew up on Mt. Hood, racing competitively for CSAT, bringing home the coveted wooden ski for two years. He took his competitive edge with him to HRVHS, where the team won the 2017 Alpine High School Championships. Carter was named male ski-miester for his results competing in both alpine and freestyle competitions. Carter has coached for CSAT X-Mas camps for the last 3 years and a PSIA instructor for Mt. Hood Meadows Ski School. Last ski season, Carter was studying in Austria for the year where he was able to ski the alps. When Carter is not on the slopes, he is in the water kiteboarding, surfing on the coast or mountain biking. He is looking forward to a great ski season and helping his kids become “little rippers” on the mountain
Justine grew up skiing in New Hampshire and raced high school in Massachusetts. After attending college in Boulder, Colorado, she ski bummed in Telluride, got a job as a lift operator and became enamored with mogul skiing. She made the U.S. Ski team and had the privilege to ski all of over the world in her 7 years World Cup career. In summers Justin trained on Mt.Hood’s Palmier Glacier and fell in love with the Columbia Rive Gorge. After retiring from competitive skiing in 2003, she worked in restaurants and become an RN. She now lives in Hood River with her husband and her 2 children, who ski as much as possible! She also enjoys mountain biking, windsurfing, and costume parties!
Craig grew up in Bend, OR skiing at Mt. Bachelor. He raced for MBSEF then for Mt. View High School. He attended Oregon State University, while attending, he Coached the Corvallis High School Ski Team for 4 years before moving to Hood River, where he was the assistant coach for the Hood River Valley High School Ski Team for two years. Craig is excited to be back coaching as he encourages his son to learn how to race. You will often find Craig, his wife Sarah, and two kids enjoying the many outdoor opportunities around the Gorge.
Originally from the flatland’s of North Dakota, after college Emily soon discovered a love for skiing and mountains that derailed her med school plans and directed her career path towards experiencing life in several great mountain towns. She has recently returned to the Northwest after spending the last few years coaching hockey and teaching skiing in Aspen, CO and Jackson, WY.
Besides skiing and working…Emily loves to hike, bike, cook, sweat, read, shoot her bow and play with her nephews and niece, and she has high hopes of becoming a proficient Nordic skier this winter!
Jaimie grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She found love in the outdoors and skiing at a young age. After finishing college she moved to Hood River where she took advantage of all the PNW had to offer. She has coached for CSRT the past 3 years and is a Level II Alpine instructor, working on her level III. She also holds her Children’s Specialist season and will see you on the mountain!
Garth joins the 2016 CSAT staff as a USSA Level-3 certified alpine coach and PSIA Level-3 certified instructor with over 35 years of experience. He has served in full-time positions at Timberline Lodge and Timberline Summer Training Center, Skyliners Ski Team, (now Mt. Bachelor Snow Sports Education Foundation), and most recently as a staff trainer for the Timberline Snow Sports School. Garth also served 5 years as Head Coach for the Corvallis High Ski Team and 1 year as President of the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association during which time he completed graduate school in Electrical Engineering at Oregon State University. Garth’s ski racing began in the mid-70’s as an off-season activity between competitive distance running in cross-country and track at Clackamas Community College. Garth’s love of skiing and working with skiers continues to be his inspiration towards returning to skiing full-time in the years to come. “It is an incredibly great privilege to be working with such a talented group of coaches and athletes at CSAT and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program.” When Garth is not spending time on the ski hill he serves as Director of Technology at Phoseon Technology in Portland.
Becka grew up skiing in the Tahoe area and found a deep love for the snow early on! Originally learning to snowboard she became a snowboard instructor at Alpine meadows in 2003 and moved two Mt. Hood Meadows in 2005 as a PSIA certified ski and snowboard instructor. She has a level 3 AASI certification in snowboarding and a Level 1 PSIA for skiing, with a child specialist certification. Before moving away from Mt hood she was a Ski School Training Director for Meadows. Shortly after massage school she moved to Alaska to explore the big mountains and backcountry skiing of the far north. Eventually Becka moved back to the Mount Hood area with her family and two little girls in 2013. Beka has a passion for skiing that she is excited to share with CSAT’s little rippers!
Mark grew up in Michigan with a family that loved to ski so much that by the age of two every child was expected to lace up their boots and get out on the hill. At the age of nineteen Mark moved west to Aspen Colorado, and Park City Utah to follow his skiing passion. He spent the next 11 years working as a ski instructor, race coach, and traveling to every Town Series, FIS, Coors & Peugeot Pro Tour race throughout Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and California, that his trusty Datsun 210 rust bucket could manage. In 1985 he moved to Hood River to enjoy windsurfing and skiing, and worked for 28 years as a partner and manager of Hood River Windsurfing, which you may now know as Doug’s. Currently Mark is working as a Real Estate Broker with Windermere Real Estate, and enjoys, skiing, kite boarding, golfing, and working on his house in his free time.
Jr. Race Team Parent Info Meeting November 14, 2019
Download printable CSAT Equipment Guidelines
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|Helmet chin guard for SL||If hitting gates*||x|
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All Ski companies make good products and the coaches will be able to advise parents on which would be suitable for their athlete. Shaped or side cut skis are when the tip and the tail are wider to help the athletes to carve by creating an arc in the snow.
Slalom skis tend to have more side cut than do giant slalom skis (short, quick turns vs. longer turns). It is beneficial to go shorter rather than longer when choosing length for children. A shorter ski will facilitate turning, allowing quicker progression of basic skills and increase your child’s enjoyment of skiing. Their skis should be between the chin and the top of the forehead with slalom skis more at chin level and GS skis at forehead level. Check with your coaches before you purchase your child’s equipment.
Boots are the most important ski gear with regard to skill acquisition and improvement. Too stiff or too large of boots will significantly hinder improvement of young skiers. A softer flexing boot will be more effective than a stiffer boot due to strength limitations and skill level. To determine if a boot is soft enough for your child you should be able to see the forward boot flexion happening in the upper cuff simultaneously with the lower leg. If the upper boot cuff does not
move or moves very little the boot is too stiff and will hinder your child in their skill progression.
Boots should fit properly, tight but not uncomfortable. Remember the boots might feel too tight at first but will break in within a couple of ski days. Buying boots oversized is counter productive for both performance and fit.
Buy boots that fit properly and check with your coaches if you have any questions about your child’s equipment. Bindings, good fitting boots and appropriate clothing are the most important pieces of equipment. Bindings must be currently approved, and DIN rated for your racer’s ability. At the start of each season, always have boots and binding’s release tested at your local ski shop. Boots need to allow enough room in the toes for warmth, but still need to be a tight fit. ALL racers should be able to “flex” their boots.
NIGHT TRAINING EQUIPMENT:
It is very important if you are training at night that you wear goggles with a clear lens. Dark lenses or goggles meant for daytime skiing are not effective at night and can not only hinder your child’s training but can even make it dangerous when skiing gates if they cannot see properly.
FREQUENTLY ASKED EQUIPMENT QUESTIONS
Q: Where do we buy ski equipment? Are there any equipment deals for my child? Are hand-me-downs OK?
A: Alpine Race Center is a great supporter of CSAT racers, but you can find new gear in all kinds of places. Look for Alpine Center’s yearly racer discount day advertised on the web site and through blast mails. CSAT and the Hood River High School also have a gear swap prior to the season so look for announcements on the website and monthly newsletter.
Equipment is forever changing hands at CSAT. Checkout CSAT’s Intra Team Google doc for high quality youth ski gear. Also CMAC Buy and Sell Facebook page, Leavenworth Ski Club Buy and Sell Face Book Page, and Mission Ridge Ski Team have buy and sell forums on Facebook. There is also a forum at SidelineSwap which might also be helpful. Finally there are many fine outlets for gear on the web, including ARTech, Race Place, RaceWerks, SVST.
Q: How should I tuning my racer’s skis (edge bevel, base bevel, etc.)
A: This is a big topic. There are many resources on the internet. Here is a great pdf from CMAC’s ski guru, John Ellis.
Q: How do you know when a kid needs new skis?
A: When the bases and edges are beyond tuning or when the child outgrows the pair they have. If you are not sure ask your child’s coach for their opinion. Look to see what other kids are skiing on, or ask your tuning shop.
Q: How many times can you move bindings?
A: The more you move bindings the weaker the ski becomes, certainly not more than twice. You can always try it but the ski is likely to break. If the skis have riser-plates on them, bindings can be moved indefinitely, if you are careful to preserve the holes.
Q: Can you tune skis yourself? Are there any classes? Where do you buy wax etc.?
A: Yes you can tune your kid’s skis yourself. CSAT offers a tuning clinic in early December. There are also many resources on the internet, however the best rule of thumb for tuning skis for younger skiers is to keep it simple and keep skis waxed on a weekly basis.
Q: How long should poles be?
A: In the past it was recommended that your elbow be at 90° when your pole is in the snow. Now a little longer is regarded as better.
Q: Does my child need special poles, pole guards, GS poles, etc.?
A: They don’t need guards unless they are hitting the gates and they will let you know when they start hitting the gates. They don’t need GS poles but it is nice to have a bent GS pole for U12 & U10 athletes to help kids grab and learn good tuck body position.
Q: Where do you buy the CSAT team jackets and uniforms?
A: Orders for new jackets, rain ponchos, and zip off pants are taken once a year in the spring. This will be announced in our email communications beforehand in February. A team jacket is not but recommended as it helps coaches locate kids, creates a great sense of team and the kids love it.
Q: Are there any extra items we should have on hand?
A: Absolutely you should have extra gloves, a neck gator to protect your child from frostbite on very cold days and a set of dry clothing for wet days and accidents.