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: $375
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: $775with Cooper Camp, or $585 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: $1125
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: $1475
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: $2075
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 FR Junior Development teams are designed for children 9-14 yrs of age and offer three program options based on age, ability, and time commitment. Skier’s younger than 9 yrs may join the program with the approval of the coaching staff. Ages referenced are determined by skiers age on Dec. 31, 2013 All training is dependent on snow and lift-operating conditions. All training session occur at Meadows Ski Area.
FR Development Team
Our ‘Devo Team’ program is our entry level program for ages 9-14 which starts with the FR Cooper Camp and skis every Saturday, January through mid March. This program is designed for the child who ski the park and pipe, but wants further instruction on the basic skills and techniques that will enable them to become a more technically sound skier. In the Devo program, focus is on fun and learning a progression of basic tricks that create confident and responsible riders. Development team members can participate in the Meadows’s Saturday night Rail Jams if they are interested, coaching will be provided
Program Dates: Jan 2 – March 15th
Program Fees: $750 Saturday
FR Training Team
Our Training Team requires more commitment and is designed for the 9-14yrs old athlete who want to take their skills to the next level and compete. The training team skis on both Saturdays and Sundays, starting in mid December.
On-snow training focuses on all aspects of freeriding including slopestyle, halfpipe, and all-mountain freeriding skills. Riders are taught contest run design, competition strategies, and sportsmanship. Riders are encouraged to compete. Coaching will be provided at competitions. Riders are grouped with others of similar age and ability.
Program Dates: December 21st- March 31st
Program Fees: $975 Two Day; Saturday & Sunday
FR Competition Team
The FR Competition Team is our highest level team in the FR Development program and is a goal-oriented program for motivated riders who want to train for local competitions, and also at the regional and national level.
The Competition FR Ski Team riders train with professional coaches to improve their freestyle riding while learning the fundamentals of freeride competition and all mountain skiing. On-snow training focuses on all aspects of freeriding including slopestyle, halfpipe, and all-mountain freeriding skills. Riders are taught contest run design, competition strategies, and sportsmanship. Coaching will be provided at competitions, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday evening, and on days Hood River schools are not in session (non-contract days, MLK day, President’s Day, etc). Riders are grouped with others of similar age and ability.
Program Dates: December 21st – March 31st
Program Fees: $1295 Three Days; Saturday, Sunday, Thursday
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 21st-March 15th, Sunday’s only, if no Mitey Mite Council Race
Program Fees: $275 in addition to race team fees.
FR FALL DRYLAND TRAINING – AGES 9 -14
Freeride Competition Dryland Conditioning - Freestyle skiing requires exceptional core strength, agility and muscle tone throughout the body. Better physical tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular condition means greater resistance to injury while being able to ride harder and longer.
Dryland Conditioning is strongly encouraged for Freeride Training Competition Team members age 9 and up who will be attempting inverted aerials this winter. Fall Dryland Conditioning will consists of 3 Saturday Windell Sessions, and 2 hour agility/core strength training every Tuesday afternoon starting November 1st.
Windell Dryland Sessions
The Windell all day dryland sessions will involve a warm up/ stretch session, trampoline training, and video analysis. The goal of these sessions, is for athletes to improve their air awareness, learn new tricks, as well as getting a good cardio-core workout. Windells provides a safe and very fun infrastructure for our athletes to excel in pre-season training. In freeskiing (free-ride as well as park skiing) trampoline time is one of the best tools for learning new tricks as well as perfecting old ones. Tricks athletes may be working on include: back-flip, front-flip, lincoln loops, rodeo flips, misty flips, 360, 540, 720, cork spins, grabs, and improved air awareness. These sessions are highly beneficial for athletes. Additionally, the sessions are required for athletes who intend to perform inverts in practice for the 2013/2014 CSRT season.
Weekday Dryland Sessions
The weekly Tuesday afternoon dryland sessions will involve a quick warm-up and stretch followed by dry slope training. A dry slope is essentially a ski ramp without snow. We will work on jibs (rails, maybe a box), shoot video and some kind of video review/ analysis as well. We will end each session with a core workout. Athletes are strongly encouraged to attend dry slope dry-land training, as it is a great way for athletes to get a jump on the season, ride rails prior to the ski area opening and it is really fun!
Dryland Fee: $165
- Three (3) Windell’s aerial and inverted aerial training sessions 8AM-2PM. Includes transportation, coaching, and video analysis, starting mid October.
- Weekly dryland, 4pm-6pm. Includes dry rail practice, agility/core training, trampoline aerial practice, and video analysis one day a week, starting November 1st.
Program dates: October 15th – December 9th