Cooper Spur Race Team offers programs for athletes age 5-15, with each program providing different levels of commitment based on their 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: INTRODUCTION TO SKI RACING – AGES 5-12 yrs
All CSRT 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.
Program Fees: $365
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 sweatshirt
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.
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TEAMS
Our Junior Development teams are designed for children 6-13 yrs of age. We have three program options based on age, ability, and time commitment. Skier’s younger than 6 yrs may join the program with the approval of the coaching staff. Ages referenced are determined by racer’s age on Dec. 31, 2012. All training is dependent on snow and lift-operating conditions. All fees include a CSRT sweatshirt.
DEVELOPMENT TEAM – AGES 6-13yrs (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. We also offer the Development Team program without Cooper Camp for a reduced rate. The program starts the first weekend of January.
Program dates: December 27th (Cooper Camp) and every Saturday through March 18th or Development Team starting after Cooper Camp on January 5th through March 16th.
Program fees: $750with Cooper Camp, or $580 without Cooper Camp
Fees include: Cooper Camp plus skiing each Saturday at Cooper Spur from 9am – 3pm, and coaching & entries to Mt. Hood Mitey Mite Council races.
Requirements: Ski gear, race helmet, lift tickets or season pass to Cooper Spur.
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 freeskiing 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.
Program dates: December 1st through March 31st
Training days: Weekends: Saturdays at Cooper Spur & Sundays at Meadows 9-3pm
Program fees: $1075
Fees include: Cooper Camp plus weekend training at Cooper Spur & Meadows, dryland training, XC Clinic, and coaching & entries for all Mt. Hood Council Races. Additional coaching and race entry fees for non Mt. Hood Council races are required.
Requirements: Ski gear, race helmet, season pass to Cooper Spur & Mt. Hood Meadows, USSA Youth Competitor License for U14s recommended, register online at www.ussa.org.
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 evening training session during the mid-week. This program is for the motivated athlete and skier who wishes to prepare for a more competitive environment.
Program dates: December 1st through March 31st
Training days: Weekends 9-3pm, plus one training night midweek. Saturdays at Cooper Spur, Sundays & Wednesday nights at Mt. Hood Meadows, some Thursday or Friday nights will also be available depending on training and race schedule. Night training will start in December through mid March.
Program fees: $1425
Fees include: Dryland training starting in October, Cooper Camp, weekend & night training at Cooper Spur & Meadows, XC Clinic, and coaching & entry fees for all Mt. Hood Mitey Mite Council races. Additional coaching and race entry fees for non Mt. Hood Council races (4-Way, Meadows Challenge, Buddy Werner Finals, May Day and USSA races) required.
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.
U16/U14 COMPETION TEAM
The U16/U14 Competition (COMP) Team is for the very motivated 13-15 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, leadership and most importantly having fun! The COMP team will attend select USSA scored NWC and Evergreen Cups on and off Mt.Hood as a team. U16 racers will have the option of competing in the U16 JO Qualifier races at Mt Spokane, Skibowl, and Mt.Bachelor, U16 Finals, and U16 Junior Olympics if qualified. U14 COMP Team racers will have the option to compete in limited and select USSA races (Russ Read Memorial, Super Bowl SL, U16 Finals) however the U-14 race priority will be on performance and improvement in local non-scored USSA (Mighty Might Council Races, 4-way, Buddy Werner Finals, May Day). All U16/14 COMP Team member will have the opportunity to participate in Cooper Spur home races ‘Cooper Cup GS’ & forerunning the Diamond Dual SL. 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.
Program dates: November 15th through April 7th
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 9am-3pm , Saturdays at Cooper Spur in January and February, Sundays at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Program fees: $2025
U16/U14 COMP Team fees include: Dryland training: June – mid March. Ski training: November through early April.
U16/U14 COMP Team athlete requirements: Skis: GS, SL, SG, race helmet, all slalom protective gear, Back protector for all GS, SG, DH training and races. Season passes for Mt Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur. USSA Competitor License required.
The FreeStyle/FreeRide programs provide a safe and supervised environment to ride Mt.Hood’s many parks and off-piste obstacles for riders age 9-14. Small groups of riders will work with knowledgably staff through an individually tailored progression of skills to develop each athlete’s freeriding, freestyle, and carving abilities. Training focuses on terrain park, halfpipe, rails, freeriding skills, and most importantly fun! Skiers are grouped with others of similar age and ability. Using knowledgably staff CSRT’s FreeStyle/FreeRide programs are designed to produce well-rounded all mountain skiers.
Our FreeStyle/FreeRide (FSFR) Development Team is for riders age 9-14 who want improve their park, pipe and all-mountain skills. Athletes must be able to make parallel turns on blue runs and be familiar with freestyle riding including jumps, rails and/or box and pipe. The Devo Team will participate in local Mt. Hood Park/Pipe competitions if desired.
Program Dates: December 22nd- March 31st
Program Fees: $875 Two Day; Saturday & Sunday, $475 One Day; Saturday or Sunday.
Ride & Race Training Group
Athletes who wish to pursue fun and improvement in the park and in the gates can have the opportunity to learn freestyle skills through CSRT’s “Ride and Race” Team. One day or afternoon, every Sunday, Jan-March, racers will join the FSFR Development Team to learn park and pipe skills in a safe and supervised environment. The goal of this program is to teach the essential ski racing skill set of body awareness, balance, and edge control through the fun of park and all-mountain skiing.
SEASON: December 22nd-March 31st
Program Dates: December 22nd- March 31st, Sunday’s only.
Program Fees: $275 in addition to race team fees.