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Alpine Programs

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 built on solid fundamental skills in both free-skiing and race technique, with small groups and maximum ski time.  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.

Cooper Camp – Dec 27th – 30th


Cooper Camp is a four 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 finishes with the annual Cooper Cup Giant Slalom Ski Race on the last day. Children that can ski green runs and load the chair are eligible for this 4-day program. A child can decide to join the team afterwards, by upgrading to one of our Junior Development Teams.

Requirements: Ski gear*, racing helmet, lift tickets or season pass at Meadows.

Ages Program Dates Program Fees  
6-13 Dec 27th-30th
9am – 3pm
Early Bird Pricing $385

After December 15th $400

Register Online

Fees do not include:  Passes at Cooper Spur (or Meadows as an alternative)


Development Team – Ages 6-13 (U8-U14)

Our ‘Devo Team’ program is our entry level program for ages 6-13 (U8-U14) which starts with the Cooper Camp and skis every Saturday January through 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. Skier’s will 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! The Devo Team will participate in local Mt. Hood races if desired. The program starts with Cooper Camp at the end of December.

Requirements: Ski gear*, racing helmet, lift tickets or season pass at Meadows. Mt.Hood Youth League Race Schedule

Ages Program Dates Program Fees  
6-13 Dec 27th- 30th (Cooper Camp)
Every Saturday January through March 17.
9am – 3pm18 Days
Early Bird Pricing $815

After November 15th


Register Online

Fees Include: Team sweatshirtCooper Holiday Camp, skiing each Saturday from 9am – 3pm January – mid March.  All Sunday Mt. Hood Youth Ski League races are supported: Kid’s Kandahar, Cooper Dual, Candy Cup and OR 4-Way (U10s and older)  and Meadows Challenge. 

Mt.Hood Race Schedules and Rules


Training Team – Ages 8-13 (U10-U14)

Our Training Team requires more commitment and is designed for the U8-U14 athletes (8-13yrs). The training team skis on both Saturdays and Sundays, starting in early December. 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. The Training team will be able to race in all the local Mt. Hood races including the ‘Mt. Hood Mitey Mite Series Races’ as well as the 4-Way Championship Race, Meadows Challenge Race, and Mt. Bachelor May Day Race.

Ski gear*, race helmet, season pass to Cooper Spur & Mt. Hood Meadows, USSA Youth Competitor License for U-14. Register online at

Ages Program Dates Program Fees  
8-13 Dec. 1st – Mar. 31st
Sat at Cooper Spur
Sundays at Meadows
9am – 3pm38 Days
Early Bird Pricing $1,265
After October 15th $1,365
Register Online

Fees Include: Dryland starting in mid-October, Cooper Holiday Camp, training every Saturday and Sunday December through March, team sweatshirt and entries for all Mt. Hood YSL Council Races.  Additional race entry fees for non Mt. Hood Council YSL races.

Mt. Hood Race Schedule and Rules


Junior Competition Team – Ages 9-13 (U10-U14)

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 on Saturday, Sunday, plus an additional afternoon training session during the mid-week.  This program is for the motivated athlete and skier who wishes to prepare for a more competitive environment.

Training days: Weekends 9-3pm, plus one training night midweek. Saturdays at Cooper Spur,  Sundays & Wednesday nights at Mt. Hood Meadows, some Monday training will also be available.  Night training will start in December through mid March.

Requirements:  Ski gear, race helmet, U14-U12 athletes: SL protective gear and back protectors for speed events (U-14s only), and season passes for Cooper Spur and Mt. Hood Meadows, USSA License for U14 racers.

Ages Program Dates Program Fees  
9-13 Dec. 1st – Mar. 31st
Sat, Sun
9am – 3pm
+ 1 afternoon midweek63 Days
Early Bird Pricing $1,754

After October 15th $1,875

Register Online

Fees include: Dryland training starting in mid-October, Cooper Camp, weekend & night training at Meadows,  Hood River non-contract Mondays, and coaching at all races, USSA or Mt.Hood YSL series.  

Mt. Hood Youth Ski Races and Rules

USSA Race Calendar

 U19/U16/U14 USSA Competition Team

The U16/U14 USSA Competition (COMP) Team is for the very motivated 13-18 year old athlete who wishes to train 4 days a week or more. 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 COMP team will attend select USSA scored NWC and Evergreen Cups on and off Mt.Hood as a team. U16 and U19  racers will have the option of competing in the NWC JO Qualifier races at Mt Spokane, Skibowl, and Mt.Bachelor, and NWC Finals. . U14 COMP Team racers will have the option to compete in Evergreen USSA races  to qualify for U14 Western Region Junior Olympic Championships (Russ Read Memorial, Super Bowl SL, NWC Finals).  Athletes will also have the option to race in the two spring races: May Day Super G’s at Mt. Bachelor and/or the Golden Rose at Timberline.

Training days: Weekends plus mid-week training options: Training includes Wednesdays and Thursday nights at Meadows 4:30-7:30pm, Hood River Schools Non School Professional Education Mondays, Saturdays at Cooper Spur in January and February, Sundays at Mt. Hood Meadows.

U19/U16/U14 COMP Team athlete requirements: Skis: GS, SL, SG, FIS race helmet, all slalom protective gear, Back protector for all GS, SG, DH training and races.  Season passes for Mt Hood Meadows and Fusion Pass. USSA Competitor License required.

Ages Program Dates Program Fees  
13-16 Nov. 15th through Apr. 7th
Weekends plus mid-week
training options
Early Bird Pricing $2,400

After October 1st $2500

Register Online

U19/U16/U14 COMP Team fees include: Dryland training: September – November. Training and Coaching November through early April. Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday Night, Thursday Night, Non-contract Hood River Mondays. 

USSA Race Calendar


Alpine Events

Jan. 14, 2018Kandahar GS, Ski Bowl, MMC RaceDevo Team, Training Team, Jr. CompIntent to Compete

Race Registration
Feb 4, 2018Cooper Duel, Duel SL, Cooper Spur, MMC RaceDevo Team, Training Team, Competition TeamIntent to Compete
Feb 13,14, 15 20174-Way, Jumping, XC, GS, SL, Ski BowlU14, U12, U10sIntent to Compete

Race Registration
Feb 23-24, 2017Meadows Challenge, GS & SL, MeadowsDevo Team, Training Team, Competition TeamIntent to Compete
March 18-19, 2017U12 Finals, MeadowsU12s & U10sIntent to Compete
March 29-April 2, 2017Buddy Werner Championships/U14 Finals, Schweitzer IDU14sIntent to Compete
March 19Kandy Kup, GS/SG - MeadowsDevo, Team, Training Team, Competition TeamIntent to Compete
December 30Cooper CupEveryone!Intent to Compete

USSA Race Events



Alpine Results

1/11/2015Kandahar GSU8 Girls Results
U8 Boys Results
U10/12/14 Girls Results
U10/12/14 Boys Results
2/22015Cooper DuelU8/10 Boys & Girls Results
U12/14 Boys & Girls Results

Alpine Camps

Alpine Summer Camps – 2017

CSAT summer camps provide athletes ages 9 yrs  and older summer training opportunities in GS, and Slalom.  Our emphasis is on the continuation of skill development for all disciplines. Including gate drill progressions, competitive training environments.  With our experienced coaching staff we are able to offer a high level training environment for our athletes. Download the below brochure for details and cost.

2017 GS Camp: June 26-29


2017 GS camp registration packet

2017 Summer Camps info



Sun Peaks Fall Training Camp 2017

November 16-21.

The camp provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable time on skis in excellent training conditions that rarely exist in the Pacific NW. i.e.  3800 vertical feet per run, world class grooming  and sunny skies in Canada.  

Space is limited, contact Program Director to reserve a spot.  $300 deposit due no later than October 10th. Must be a U12 or older.

Cost will be determined by number of athletes attending, between $800-$900. Final costs will be know by October 10th.

Costs Include:
  •  5 days of meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  •  5 Nights lodging in
  • 5 days of Lift Tickets
  • 5 days of Lane Fees
  • Coaching Fees
  • Van transport to and from 

Winter – Cooper Camp – 2017


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


Alpine Summer Camps

CSAT summer camps provide athletes ages 9 yrs  and older 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. Download the below brochure for details and cost.

2018 GS & SL Fundamentals Camp: June 16-19



Alpine Calendar

Coaching Staff

Shana Sweitzer

CSAT Program Director 

Shana pic. xtreme Coaching


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 130 some kids she Mt.bikes, gardens and windsurfs.


Ryan Boroughs

Head U14/U16/U19 USSA Coach

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.


 Ben Webster

Head YSL Competition Coach

webster-1Ben 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 last year and this year will take over as head Junior coach.  

Chelsea Laswell

Assistant Compeition Coach


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


Coby Howell

Training Team Coach

Coby w Annika

Coby grew up ski racing in Steamboat, CO, and ended his career as captain of the Middlebury College ski team (where he met and raced with his wife Mia). He has coached at all levels, from “magic carpet” to FIS, and has worked for a number of different clubs, including Middlebury College, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Snowy Range Ski Club, and Meadows Race Team. In 2013, Coby began coaching for CSAT and now spends a considerable amount of time figuring out how to trick kids into enjoying drills. He loves being up on mountain (even in the rain) and tries to keep up with his two kids, Annika and Tyler, who are both in the program. When he isn’t coaching or dealing with kid ski gear, he is an attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Justice.


Kirsten Rowley

Development Team and Assistant Training Team Coach

Kirsten grew up skiing on Mt Hood chasing her brothers around the mountain jumping off rocks and wiggling through tree lines. She raced for seven years throughout Western Region and Canada competing at USSA and FIS levels. After her racing career, she began coaching part time at Mt Hood while attending school at OSU and running the Freeride Club- allowing her the opportunity to continue to ski as much as possible. Kirsten is now back in the gorge, completed with her degree and is stoked to work with CSAT this winter. When the snow is not flying, she enjoys spending time in the woods blasting downhill on a bike or strolling around with the horses.

Sonja Fritz

Development Team Coach

sonja-baldfaceSonja 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.

Jaimie Didier

Development Team Coach

jamie in 1peice


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 1.  When not on the snow you can find Jaimie racing mountain bikes, out on the river, or polishing up some smiles ;-).





Raquel Stenberg

Development Team Coach

fullsizerRaquel grew up skiing on Mt. Hood and racing for Cooper Spur Race Team. Skiing has always been a way of  life for Raquel. She credits her father with instilling her love of the sport and teaching her work ethic, responsibility, and independence, through the sport of skiing.  Raquel has been coaching kids for the last 6+ years. In 2013 Raquel started Bearing Fruit Gymnastics, whose mission is to help students develop a healthy active lifestyle through gymnastics. Raquel also studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition is a certified health coach. She is excited for another beautiful winter season and will see you on the mountain!



Garth Elison

Development Team Coach

birds-of-prey-beaver-creekGarth 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.


Mattew Hoppe

Development Team Coach

img_0647Matthew grew up in Southern Oregon, where he spent his winters, since the age of two

skiing Mt. Ashland. With the encouragement of his parents and the competition with his two older siblings he quickly developed a love of the slopes. During high school he trained and raced for the South Medford High School Ski Team.  Matthew went on to major in Elementary Education at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and furthered his passion for the outdoors by teaching classes through the college’s Adventure Leadership Institute. In the off season, you’ll find Matthew kayaking and whitewater rafting on Oregon’s rivers, or backpacking and camping in the wilderness.



Jeri Moore

Development Team Coach

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 patrol certification.

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. 







Reese Carroll

Reese was raised in Hood River and began skiing on Mt. Hood at a very young age. As a youngling, he gained his fundamentals and love for skiing from racing at Cooper Spur. Since then, he has competed in USASA freestyle competitions, progressing to nationals for slopestyle in 2012. He loves working with kids and is excited to become a coach. When he’s not on the mountain, he can be found playing soccer, skateboarding, taking pictures, or eating a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Holly Tencer

Development Team Coach

Holly originally hails from Montreal, Quebec but grew up skiing in the Seattle area at Snoqualamie Pass at Alpental and Ski Acres. This is Holly’s fourth season coaching with CSRT but she  has been teaching skiing for over 20 years and is Level III Alpine PSIA instructor, Children’s specialist 1 & 2 (PSIA),and a  Freestyle accreditation PSIA, instructor. When she is not skiing she is out on the water kiting, windsurfing, or making sure the Gorges’s female water-sport enthusiasts are looking fashionable in all their active pursuits.



Alpine – New Parents

New to the sport? New to the team? The CSAT Handbook 2014-2015 will help with some of your basic questions.

Coming soon New Parent handbook…

What Equipment to Buy – Basic Guidelines

Download printable Equipment Recommendations

SL Race Skis
GS Race Skis
Super G Skis
Slalom Race or Shaped Jr Skis under chin height
Soft flexing front buckle Boots
Helmet (no soft ear flaps)
Helmet Chin guard for SL
Shin Guards
Back Protector
Pole Guards
(if hitting gates)
Mouth Guard
Race Suit
Rain Gear
Warm layered Clothing



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 versus 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.


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.

Night Skiing

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 & can not only hinder your child’s training but even make it dangerous when skiing gates if they cannot see properly.

Night training is often colder, so remember to wear extra layers at night. All of these things will make for a more enjoyable skiing experience.


USSA approved Ski Helmets are mandatory for all training and racing. It is required that racers wear their helmets at all training and races. No exceptions.






Register Online

All registration and payment is done on-line. All releases, excluding the Meadows release, can be submitted through CSRT’s online Registration. Once you have completed the online registration, please print and fill out Meadows’ Event and Medical Release, see link below. Send the signed Meadows’ Event and Medical Release to Cooper Spur Alpine Team at the following address:

PO Box 1246

Hood River Oregon, 97031

MHM Liability Release 


Sibling Discounts

Siblings receive a $100 discount. Sign one sibling up for this program at full price and receive a $100 discount on the next sibling. Sibling discount does not apply to Cooper Camp or the Devo FreeRide Team



USSA Membership

USSA Competitors License is mandatory for U19/U16/U14 competing in USSA scored races. USSA Youth Licences is required for all U14s competing in the Buddy Werner Championships.

USSA New Member Information

Schedules, Handbooks, Rules and Info

2016/17 Mitey Mite Council Race Schedul

Date Event Host Club Ski Area
1/16/2017 Kids Kandahar GS Mt. Hood Race Team Mt. Hood Skibowl
2/5/2017 Cooper Dual SL Cooper Spur Race Team Cooper Spur
2/10/2017 Oregon 4-Way Championship XC Mt. Hood Race Team Mt. Hood Skibowl
2/11/2017 Oregon 4-Way Championship Jump Mt. Hood Race Team Mt. Hood Skibowl
2/12/2017 Oregon 4-Way Championship GS Mt. Hood Race Team Mt. Hood Skibowl
2/25/2017 Meadows Challenge SL Meadows Race Team Mt. Hood Meadows
2/26/2017 Meadows Challenge GS Meadows Race Team Mt. Hood Meadows
3/11/2017 Oregon U12 Championships GS MBSEF Mt. Bachelor
3/12/2017 Oregon U12 Championships SL MBSEF Mt. Bachelor
3/31-4/2/2017 Buddy Werner Championships SG,GS,SL MRST Mission Ridge
3/19/2017 Kandy Kup SG  MAC Meadows