MOUNTAIN BIKE

CSAT’s Mountain Bike Program helps young athletes develop the skills and confidence to ride the variety of trails found amongst Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge. We emphasize positive interactions, a growth mindset, and trail stewardship.

Each session will consists of a small team of riders with similar skill levels and top level coaching on all aspects of mountain biking. We coach basic MTB skills such as body position, balance, braking, and pedal cadence and build to more advanced skills such jumps, drops, tech, and high speed cornering

For Hood River mountain bike programs, Post Canyon is our primary stomping ground. We also offer after school programs in White Salmon, exploring Hospital Hill, and surrounding areas.

Our goal for is each rider to develop strong mountain bike skills, confidence, and cultivate passion for outdoor recreation.

In the event of program cancellation due to COVID-19, 100% of tuition will be refunded. CSAT will carefully monitor and follow current and evolving guidance from local, state and federal health officials regarding small group activities and will take appropriate actions with regards to the cancellation of CSAT programs. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic participants in CSAT’s summer MTB programs must be a OR or WA resident. Click for more details on our COVID-19 Refund Policy.

  • Spring Programs
  • SUMMER PROGRAMS
  • FAMILY MTB CAMPOUTS
  • Fall Programs
  • Coaching Staff
  • Equipment Guide
  • Our Trails

Spring After School MTB Programs: 2020

CSAT’s After School MTB Programs in Hood River and White Salmon focus on skill development, exploration, and creating a positive team atmosphere. Utilizing a small rider to coach ratio (7:1), our PMBI certified coaching staff focuses on developing a team environment while growing each rider’s MTB skills and confidence.

We emphasize camaraderie, goal setting, and a growth-mindset to help each individual athlete become not only a better mountain biker, but a better person.  All programs include a MTB jersey, Healthy snacks, and pickup directly after school. Teams are organized by rider’s age and ability.

She Rides and She Shreds

Girls will develop confidence and increased abilities to ride mountain bikes over a variety of terrain. A girls only rider cohort group led by an all girls coaching staff will create a supportive and fun environment that encourages girls to take risks, increase confidence and mountain biking skills.

CSAT’s all girl programs are designed for MTB riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun. Athletes will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, and climbing.

Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program. Includes school pickup, snack, jersey, and SRAM sponsored bike maintenance clinic.

• School Pickup: May Street 2:10pm: Westside 2:20pm
• Parent Pickup Post Canyon Road – Where pavement turns to dirt Pickup 5pm

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
Coach: Steph Hoppe
1st - 5th

Thursday
April 30 - June 4 (6 sessions)
Pick-up after school at May Street and Westside Schools
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Shana Sweitzer
1st - 5th
Mondays
April 27 - June 1 (6 sessions)
Pick-up after school at May Street and Westside Elementary
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online

CO-ED DEVO MTB TEAM

Elementary and Middle School mountain bikers will gain experience and confidence both in mountain bike riding and preparedness. Designed for intermediate riders who are looking to improve their MTB skills, and push themselves while having fun.

We will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, climbing, and jumping. Basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette will also be taught and emphasized throughout the program. Includes school pickup and and a healthy snack.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Development - Oregon
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Joe Johnson
1st - 5thWednesdays
April 29 - June 3 (6 sessions)
Pick-up after school at May Street and Westside Elementary
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online
Middle School Development
(Intermediate)
Coach: Matt Rutledge
6th - 8thTuesdays
April 28 - June 2 (6 sessions)
Pick-up after school at Hood River Middle School
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online
Elementary Development - White Salmon
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Shana Sweitzer
1st - 3rdWednesdays
April 29 - June 3 (6 sessions)
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online
Intermediate School Development - White Salmon
(Beginner - Intermediate)
Coach: Ryan Boroughs
4th - 5thWednesdays
April 29 - June 3 (6 sessions)
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online

CO-ED TEAM ENDURO

Once a week riders will meet to learn and practice enduro style skills. Riders will become faster, have smoother descents and develop the fitness and strength to climb and cover miles of trail.

Skills taught will emphasize cornering technique, riding over and down obstacles, jumping, drops, speed, and climbing. Riders will also gain experience with bike maintenance, leadership, and trail stewardship. This group will look to practice line and tactics in race settings and will challenge riders to become better, stronger, faster mountain bikers. Included school pickup and a healthy snack.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Sue Butler
1st - 5th
Mondays
April 27 - June 1 (6 sessions)
Pick-up after school at May Street and Westside Elementary
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online
Middle School Enduro
(Intermediate - Advanced)
Coach: Sue Butler
6th - 8th
Tuesdays
April 28 - June 2 (6 sessions)
Pick-up after school at Hood River Middle School
$255 Early Bird

$265 After 4/1/20
Register Online

SUMMER MTB CAMPS AND ENDURO TEAM

Come Ride with CSAT this Summer! Our Post Canyon based Mountain Bike Camps consist of Half-Day camps for Elementary aged riders and Middle Schoolers.

Sign-up for two or more Summer MTB Sessions and receive 10% off

Half-Day Elementary MTB Camp

Half-Day Camps for incoming 1st – 5th Grade Students include 6 hours of fun each day led by professional coaches with small Coach to Rider ratios. We have camps designed for Devo Level kids just getting into Mountain Biking and honing in basic skills to more advanced Enduro level riders who are already comfortable with trails such as Bad Moto Scooter and Grand Prix.

Each day starts with Drop-Off at 9 am in Post Canyon. After a safety check on bikes diagnosing any issues that may be present, we head out onto the trails where kids spend several hours exploring, developing skills, building confidence and making friends.

After a skill a development session, riders will head out to explore and learn Post Canyon’s trail network. Parent Pick-up will be at 12pm each day at the bottom of Post Canyon, east of where the pavement turns to dirt. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic summer MTB camps are only open to Oregon and Washington residents.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th

June 16 - June 18$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th

June 16 - June 18$165Register Online
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
June 23 - June 25$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
June 23 - June 25$165Register Online
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
July 7 - July 9$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
July 7 - July 9$165Register Online
Elementary Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
July 14 - July 16$165Register Online
Elementary Enduro
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5thJuly 14 - July 16$165Register Online
Elementary Devo Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
Elementary Enduro Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16

All Girls Half-Day MTB Camps

These Half-Day Girls MTB Camps are for incoming 1st – 5th graders looking to develop confidence and increase abilities to ride mountain bikes over a variety of terrain. A girls only rider cohort group led by an all girls coaching staff will create a supportive and fun environment that encourages girls to take risks, increase confidence and mountain biking skills.

The Camps consist of 3 hours of fun each day led by professional coaches with small Coach to Rider ratios. She Rides camps are designed for Devo Level girls just getting into Mountain Biking and honing in basic skills. She Shreds camps are designed for more advanced Enduro level riders who are already comfortable with trails such as Bad Moto Scooter and Grand Prix.

Each day starts with Drop-Off at 9 am in Post Canon. After a safety check on bikes diagnosing any issues that may be present, we head to Post Canyon where kids spend several hours exploring, developing skills, building confidence and making friends.

After a skill a development session riders will head out to explore and learn Post Canyon’s trail network. Parent Pick-up will be at 12pm each day at the bottom of Post Canyon, east of where the pavement turns to dirt. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic summer MTB camps are only open to Oregon and Washington residents.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th

June 22 - June 24$165Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th

June 22 - June 24$165Register Online
She Rides
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
July 20 - July 22$165Register Online
She Shreds
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
July 20 - July 22$165Register Online
She Rides Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
She Shreds Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16

Middle School Devo Camps

CSAT Middle School Devo Camps are Half-Day Camps designed to help young mountain bikers develop stronger skills. We will practice balance, cornering, switchbacks, riding over obstacles, drops, climbing, jumping, basic bike maintenance and trail etiquette.

Each Day Riders will meet at 1pm in Post Canyon. After 3 hours of riding local trails, the session will end at the bottom of Post Canyon Road where the gravel meets the pavement at 4pm. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic summer MTB camps are only open to Oregon and Washington residents.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8th

June 16 - June 18$165Register Online
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8th
June 23 - June 25$165Register Online
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thJuly 7 - July 9$165Register Online
Middle School Devo
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thJuly 14 - July 16$165Register Online
Middle School Devo Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thAugust 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16

Timberline MTB Park All-Day Camps

When Post Canyon is dry and dusty in August – We are taking our camps up to beautiful Mt. Hood for three days of lift access mountain biking at Timberline’s new MTB Park.

Camps include transportation to and from Timberline Lodge, Daily Lift Tickets, Professional Coaching with small Coach to Rider ratios, and afternoon activities in Mt. Hood National Forest.

Coaches will meet riders at 8:30 am each day at the lot North of Kickstand Coffee to load into vans. Vans will return to the same location at 4 pm. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic summer MTB camps are only open to Oregon and Washington residents.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Elementary Devo Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
Elementary Enduro Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
She Rides Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
She Shreds Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
1st - 5th
August 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
Middle School Devo Timberline Camp
(Beginner-Intermediate)
6th - 8thAugust 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16
Middle School Enduro Timberline Camp
(Intermediate-Advanced)
6th - 8thAugust 11 - August 13TBARegistration Opens March 16

CO-ED Middle School Enduro Team

Twice a week riders will learn and practice enduro style riding to become faster, smoother descender but also develop the fitness and strength to climb and cover miles of trail. Skills taught will emphasize cornering technique, riding over and down obstacles, jumping, drops, speed, and climbing. Riders will also gain experience with leadership and trail stewardship. This group will look to practice line and tactics in race settings and will challenge riders to become better, stronger, faster mountain bikers. Cost includes transport to Post Canyon and CSAT MTB Team jersey. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic summer MTB camps are only open to Oregon and Washington residents.

Rider Ability: Intermediate/Advanced (Must be able to ride Bad Motor Scooter, 8 track, and Mitchell’s Ridge.

CSAT will pick up rider’s in town at parking lot north of Kick Stand Coffee.
Athletes will finish at the bottom of Post Canyon, where pavement turns to dirt.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Middle School Enduro Team
(Intermediate - Advanced)
6th - 8th
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
• June 16, 18, 23, 25
• July 7, 9, 14, 16
$425 Early Bird

$445 After 4/15/20
Register Online
Middle School Enduro Team
(Intermediate - Advanced)
6th - 8th
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
• July 28, 30
• August 4, 5
$200 Early Bird
$215 After 4/15/20
Register Online

FAMILY MTB CAMPOUTS

Like riding bikes? Camping? Spending quality time outdoors with friends and family?

We have planned two fun Family MTB Campouts this Summer that include 6 hours of coaching for kids, shuttle service, and an afternoon MTB clinic for adults.

44 Trails Family MTB Campout

July 18th – 19th

The 44 Trails Family Campout is an opportunity for families to gather and enjoy some amazing trails in our own backyard. Kids will receive 6 hours of professional coaching over 2 days and explore trails such as Knebal Springs, 8 Mile, and Surveyor’s Ridge. Parents will get access to shuttle service and a Saturday afternoon MTB clinic.

8 Mile Campground will be utilized as basecamp. The campground operates on a first come first served bases. Camping fees are not included, so families may consider coordinating to grab sites mid-week.

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
44 Trails Family Camp
(Beginner-Advanced)
1st - 8th
July 18 - July 19$115Register Online

Oakridge Family MTB Campout

August 14th – 16th

Oakridge has some of the best mountain biking Oregon has to offer. This area has several hundred miles of trail to ride through lush forests and and big terrain.

Packard Creek Campground will serve as basecamp for CSAT families from Friday evening to Sunday. We have reserved the group camp to circle our wagons.

The Oakridge Family Campout includes 6 hours of coaching for kids, a Saturday afternoon Clinic for adults, Shuttle service, and camping!

ProgramGradesDatesCostRegistration
Oakridge Family Camp
(Beginner-Advanced)
1st - 8th
August 15 - August 16$165Register Online

Fall After School MTB Programs: 2020

CSAT’s After School MTB Programs in Hood River and White Salmon focus on skill development, exploration, and creating a positive team atmosphere. Utilizing a small rider to coach ratio (7:1), our PMBI certified coaching staff focuses on developing a team environment while growing each rider’s MTB skills and confidence.

We emphasize camaraderie, goal setting, and a growth-mindset to help each individual athlete become not only a better mountain biker, but a better person.  All programs include a MTB jersey, Healthy snacks, and pickup directly after school. Teams are organized by rider’s age and ability.

Coaching Staff

Shana Sweitzer

Excecutive Director/Professional Ski and Mountain Bike Coach

Shana has been coaching and leading CSAT for the last 10 years. Shana as an extensive background in professional sports and youth education. 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 from skiing, she competed professionally as a Karpiel Team rider on the IMBA DH MTB circuit. More recently Shana competed in the Oregon Enduro Series placing top 3 in the Professional Class and winning the 2014 Oregon Enduro Series. Shana is a PMBI Certified MTB Coach. When not keeping track of CSAT’s athletes and coaches you can find her chasing her two young daughters, coaching CSAT U14s, mountain biking, gardening and windsurfing.

Ryan Boroughs

MTB Program Director/Professional Ski and Mountain Bike Coach

Ryan started coaching on Mt. Hood shortly after finishing his racing career in 2000. In 2006, Ryan moved to the Southwest and took on the position of Head USSA/FIS Coach for Flagstaff Alpine Ski Team. Ryan has been coaching CSAT’s U16s ski racers and MTB Development Team athletes since 2018. When not on snow, Ryan loves mountain biking and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two kids, Harry and Hannah.

Sue Butler

Sue Butler

MTB Enduro Team Coach/Professional MTB Coach

Sue was born in Red Wing, MN and has lived in Oregon since 1996. She started racing bikes in her mid-30’s, late for an elite rider, but that did not stop her from reaching the highest level in three disciplines. Starting in 2006, Sue has been a Masters National Champion in mountain bike, road and cyclocross. As an Elite level rider, she has competed three times as a member of the U.S. National Team at Elite Cyclocross World Championships. She is also a Masters Cyclocross World Champion.  Sue is BICP Level 2 Certified Skills Instructor and holds a masters degree in Education/Counseling. Her formal training and her competitive experience help her relate to riders of all ages and skills.

Sue brings communication skills, gained from her time as a high school counselor, and a passion for cycling to her coaching and focuses on solutions and opportunities, working with strengths of individuals knowing that every rider is different. She has taught numerous skills clinics for both mountain bike and cyclocross and made guest appearances across the country teaching cyclocross skills to beginners and experts alike.

When Sue is not coaching, she is playing in the snow, riding her bike, SUP-ing, taking her dog on adventures or hanging out with her husband at their house in Parkdale or adventuring elsewhere, experiencing #vanlife.

Steph Hoppe

Stephanie Hoppe

She Rides/She Shreds Team Coach/ Professional Ski Coach and Educator

.Originally from Corbett, Steph now resides with her family on their ranch in Hood River where they raise sheep and grow vegetables and flowers.

Steph is a professional educator sporting a Doctorate of Education from Oregon State University. Her her primary occupation is being the Foundation Executive Director at Columbia Gorge Community College. She also spends Winter months coaching ski racing with Mt. Hood Academy and Race Team.

On her free time, Steph loves mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking with friends and family.

Joe Pump Track

Joe Johnson

MTB Development Coach / Head CSAT Freeride Ski Coach

Matt Rutledge

Professional Mountain Bike Coach / Elementary Educator

Matt has been mountain biking in Post Canyon and The Gorge for nearly 17 years, chasing the incredible riding opportunities we enjoy here with students, friends, family, and by himself. As an outdoor/classroom educator and parent, he recognizes the profound impact outdoor and team activities can have on the social and personal development of youth, and loves connecting with his  students on local trails.  Matt’s family is deeply committed to CSAT with his wife, Justine, coaching during the ski season as well as sons Fin and Ivar participating in both the MTB and Alpine Ski programs.  Over the years, Matt has been a professional ski patroller, river guide, naturalist, and kayak instructor bringing years of personal and professional outdoor experience to the CSAT MTB program.  When not in the classroom or coaching, he spends quality time camping and traveling the west with his family.

Equipment Guide

The Bike

Fit

A proper fitting bicycle can make a huge difference in the success of a novice mountain bikers ability to learn the skills necessary to grow in the sport.

Wheel SizeAge Range
12″2 – 4
14″3 – 5
16″4 – 6
20″5 – 8
24″8 – 12
26″/27.5″12 +

Weight

Weight is an important consideration when choosing a kids bike. Lighter bikes are easier to maneuver and will help kids be more successful as they develop climbing skills.

Suspension

For development team riders new to mountain biking, front and rear suspension is not necessary. Many kids bike are built with inadequate suspension. As kids develop and ride more technical trails, having a bike with suspension becomes more important.

Brakes

One of the singe most important components to the bicycle. Kids bikes come with one of three different types of brake systems – coaster brakes, rim brakes, or disk brakes.

Coaster brakes are a braking system that utilized a hub that engages when pedaling forward, allows the pedals to not turn when not pedaling, and brakes the rear wheel when pedaling in reverse. We do not allow bikes with coaster brakes in CSAT’s programs. They present a huge safety concern because brake failure from a chain break or derailment can be catastrophic.

Rim brakes, and disk brakes are both acceptable in our youth MTB programs. Rim brakes stop the bike by squeezing the rim of the wheel. Disk brakes, which utilize a caliper squeezing a disc near the hub offers superior stopping power especially in the mucky conditions we find here at Post Canyon.

Brake levers often need to be adjusted for kids to improve their grip. The lever often be adjust easily bring the lever towards the bars by turning a screw. This allows for small hands to maintain control of the bike while operating brakes. This is especially important when descending.

Pre-ride Safety Check

Frequent safety checks are extremely important and are one of the first skills we teach our rider. At the beginning of the season, don’t be afraid to take that bike into one of our amazing Hood River bike shops to have it looked over.

Before every ride it’s important to check air pressure in the tires, the brake system, and the drivetrain to make sure the chain is shifting properly through the system. Lastly, we always check out the quick release skewer that secures the wheels to the bicycle.

Safety Equipment

Helmet

The most important thing to consider in a kids helmet is that it fits and is comfortable. Many helmets offer a ratcheting fit system to make a perfect fit and adjust with growth.

Full Face Helmets are required for our Enduro Team Riders. Look for a light weight helmet that fits well. Several models feature a removable chin guard that allow a little more versatility. Stay away from heavy motocross helmets.

Gloves

Protect those fingers from dirt, rocks, branches, and the elements. There are many brands that offer comfortable kids gloves that fit will.

Pads

Comfortable knee and/or elbow pads offer protection from falls.

Footwear

Post Canyon often gets slick with pebbles on packed soil. Closed-toed, flat soled shoes with adequate traction for trails should be worn. If you are looking for mountain bike specific shoes for kids, check out the
Five Ten Freerider shoe.

Hydration/gear Pack

A small kids specific pack is needed for Post Canyon adventures. Should be large enough to hold water, snacks, an extra layer, tools, spare tube, pads, and more snacks.

Our Trails

Post Canyon

Post Canyon is the Primary stomping grounds for our Hood River Spring and Fall After School Programs, our All-Day MTB Summer Camps, and the Enduro Team.

Post Canyon offers world class singletrack for all levels of riders and is the ideal location for teaching skills. Kids and adults just getting into mountain biking will find a large network of cross country style trails throughout the network. More advanced riders can find trails that will challenge the best of them.

Post Canyon on Trailforks.com


Hood River Pump Track

The Hood River Velosolutions Pumptrack is an asphalt track and was completed in the summer of 2018 as a community effort with Hood River Parks & Rec, HRATS, and dedicated members of the community. It’s located at the Golden Eagle Park, just South of the Hood River High School.

This pump track is a great place for CSAT riders to learn skills when trail conditions at Post Canyon are less than ideal.

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