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About CSAT

Since 1978, Cooper Spur Alpine Team has provided our community with programs designed to develop youth skiing. CSAT offers ski and mountain bike programs for children of all ages who want to become expert, all-mountain, and life long skier and riders, while having fun and learning to compete. In 2012 CSAT added Freeride and mountain bike programs, broadening CSAT’s mission to include a variety of mountain sports.

CSAT’s coaching staff is dedicated to helping racers and riders at all levels achieve their goals. However, excellence in skiing and competition is only part of our mission. Our programs help youth develop important life skills and values such as cooperation, teamwork, positive attitude, honesty, and dedication. We also pride ourselves in producing some of the top racers and riders in the Pacific Northwest.

CSAT is not owned or operated by Cooper Spur Ski Area. We are an independent entity who conducts its programs at both ski resorts, Cooper Spur and Meadows, and is supported by the ski area with grooming services, storage facilities, and trail closures for racing. CSAT is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) volunteer organization comprised of athletes, their parents, coaches, and alumni. Program fees pay for approximately 60% of our expenditures. The remainder of our budget depends entirely upon fund raising activities, donations and local business sponsorship.

CSAT has an average of 160 participants per season in our race and freeride ski programs. In spring and fall we provide after school mountain biking programs for ages 6-18 for over 80+ Gorge youth in Hood River, The Dalles and White Salmon. In the summer we offer ski and mountain bike camp and a summer MTB team program to an additional 100 athletes.

CSAT hosts 3 major ski events each year at Cooper Spur Ski Area or Mt Hood Meadows, drawing over 500 competitors and their families from all over the Pacific Northwest region. These events are the annual Cooper Camp in December, the Cooper Duel SL Race and the Cooper Cup GS race. CSAT also holds 2 fundraisers annually including the Ski a thon and the Fall Fundraiser Drive Inn and Golden Ticket Raffle.

Fundraising Events

Fall Fundraiser


Saturday October 15th: Drive-In Movie @ Sunshine  Inn Mill

Get your ski stoke ON! CSAT will be showing Miller’s Winter Starts Now at the Sunshine Mill Drive-In Movie Theater on Saturday, October 15th. Pack the van full of kids, grab lawn chairs, blankets, gas firepits and head east for a one of kind drive-in movie experience. Popcorn and taco truck on site. Gates open at 5:30PM, movies starts at 6PM. Only 50 Drive-In spots available, so get your tickets soon!

Along with the movie, The Golden Ticket and 6 remaining raffle winners will be drawn at intermission, but winner need not be present to win. Below are the Raffle prizes.  

Reserve Your Spot



The Golden Ticket winner will have their pick of of one the below awesome packages. After Goldnet Ticket is chosen the remaining six (6) packages will be raffled off to remaining raffle ticket holders.

Raffle Drawing will take place Oct.15th at Sunshine Mills. Need not be present to win. Winner drawn at intermission on October 15th. Prizes include:

2022 Raffle Packages – More Coming Soon!


See what the hype is all about and spend your spring break exploring the largest ski resort in North America! You and crew will spend a 7 day/6 night stay in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo at Embarc Whistler, just steps from the slopes of Blackcomb mountain over Oregon’s spring break! Pro tip: do not miss the Belgian waffles at Crystal Hut!

Enjoy a two night stay in Portland in a comfy downtown West End loft on SW 12th and Alder. Included in the package are 2 passes to soak your cares away at Knot Springs. Book your package early in order to line up your perfect city weekend and relax at Knot Springs! 

Spend a long weekend at Cannon Beach, relaxing and taking in all the Oregon Coast has to offer! The Wee Mist cabin is just steps from the beach and a few quick minutes walk to downtown and the best clam chowder around. 3 nights at this 3 bed/1 bath cabin make this the perfect couples or small family getaway to the coast! (available Sept – May)

Courtesy of our friends at Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation, welcome to Whitefish, MT! We are still awaiting details for this package and will update as soon as available. 

Season skis need no introduction. Local legend Eric Pollard is setting the gold standard for design simplicity with the goal of life long mountain exploration. evo believes in making the outdoors accessible to all youth! In order to help boost CSAT’s Dave Howe scholarship fund, evo has generously donated a pair of Season skis! With evo’s support, a portion of tonight’s raffle proceeds will be allocated to provide funding for CSAT athletes that demonstrate financial need and compete at the USSS level. 

Downhill fun for everyone! You get the use of the CSAT shuttle vehicle (driver included!) for you and your crew (12 bike max) to send it for a half day (4 hrs) at Post Canyon – as many laps from your chosen dropzone as your legs can handle. Quench your thirst with apres beverages from Pfriem and swap sendy photos over dinner for 4 at Pfriem’s brewhouse on the Hood River Waterfront. 

Grab your 5 best snow buddies and head down for a private night at evo this winter to learn how the pros tune your skis or board, all while sipping on Kickstand’s infamous cocktail creations. This unique experience will get you and your friends fired up about the upcoming season and give you a special evening of discounted shopping while you get your favorite skis or snowboard tuned up and ready to go.


Tickets Coming Soon


Winter Fundraiser



This event is a fundraiser done by the athletes to help raise funds to support the programs they are a part of.  The CSAT Ski-A-Thon is an exciting event for all the athletes with lots of fun prizes and awards and ends with a CSAT BBQ.

The Ski-A-Thon event raises funds to help obtain equipment, training lane space, coaches education and other items necessary to support quality athlete training.  This year athletes will also have the opportunity to raise money to help support their own ski racing expenses.  Any money raised over $700 may go toward next year’s program fees.

Prizes will be awarded for the most laps, the most money raised,  for each age-class U8 through U14, an additional prize will be awarded to the overall best costume!

In our continuing effort to keep program costs down your involvement in our fundraisers are greatly appreciated.  We ask for everyone’s participation to make this a successful event for our young ski racers.



CSAT Endowment

To ensure a more sustainable financial future for the Cooper Spur Alpine Team, the CSAT Endowment was created in 2012.  The long-term goals is to raise $300,000 over the next ten years to eliminate one of three annual fundraising events, consequently lessening our reliance on fundraising and keeping program fees affordable.

Over the last four years CSAT’s endowment has grown to $45,000 by the end of the 2020/21 season. The goals is to grown the fund to $80,000 by 2023. The CSAT endowment is set up so after the fund reaches $10,000, 5% can be pulled out annually.  To incentivize growing the fund and reaching the $80,000 goal,  the Board has dedicated the interest,  5%  of the first $60,000, to the Dave Howe Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is for CSAT athletes who have strong financial need and have shown commitment and love to the sport of skiing and ski racing.

What is an endowment?

An endowment is a fund that is restricted. Only the interest from the fund can be spent, not the principal that anchors the endowment. Usually, only a portion of the interest or earnings from the endowment (typically 5%) are spent on an annual basis in order to assure that the original funds will grow over time. Professional money managers oversee the endowment funds, investing the money in stocks, bonds, and other instruments. CSAT’s endowment is managed by the Columbia Community Foundation.

Are Endowment Gifts Tax Deductible?

Yes.  The Internal Revenue Service has declared the Community Gorge Foundation and Cooper Spur Alpine Team exempt from income tax for both state and federal income tax purposes. Your check will act as your receipt and for contributions of $100 or more a receipt will be mailed to you at the end of the year.

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Cooper Spur Alpine Team is a non-profit(c)(3) organization. CSAT provides our community with a program designed to develop youth ski racing.  Excellence in skiing and competition is only part of our mission, our programs also help youth develop important life skills and values such as cooperation, teamwork, and dedication.

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Email for information on sponsorship opportunities.

Donations payable to CSAT can also be sent to:

PO Box 1246
Hood River, OR 97031

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