MARA athletes are not required to race, however it is encouraged. It’s a great time and the camaraderie is amazing!
As always, the success of our hosted races is largely dependent on the volunteers who staff it. None of the jobs are complicated or require previous experience. This is a youth race. It’s not an Olympic qualifier. It’s not life and death. Every effort is made to give deference to the athlete in all fault situations that are not absolutely clear cut. The bottom line for volunteers is that it’s low pressure, fun, and we can’t do it without you! To sign up to volunteer click here.
Background: Mark Keiser had a joy for life and the outdoors that was unbounded. When it came to skiing, he wasn’t about “the stuff,” but about the freedom and the rush, the out of body zone right up next to flying that we occasionally get when we are skiing as if in a dream.
Mark and his brother Eric, under the wing of their Dad, Dave, pioneered ski racing in Southern Oregon, traveling every weekend to Mt. Bachelor before Mt. Ashland even existed. The both had very fruitful racing careers. We owe everything to their original vision.
In the late 90’s, Mark’s life was tragically cut short in a work related accident. This weekend we race in his memory.
Don’t worry about your wax, or if you have the latest skis, or the coolest suit, do what Mark did and see if you can fly.
See you there!
February 23rd and 24th, 2019.
Slalom on Saturday and Giant Slalom on Sunday (two runs each race)
Boys and girls (non scored event)
Start times 10:00 am
Course will be open for inspection at 9:30 am
Seeding by age classification. Youngest to oldest by class.
***All schedules are tentative and subject to snow and/or weather conditions.***
Open to all club and sanctioned racers U8-Masters (ages 6 and up).
*** Helmets required ***
Thursday February 21st, 2019 at 5 p.m. Entries must be completed online by the entry deadline.
$20.00 per event cash, check, or credit card. Sign up and pay online.
Entries submitted after the posted deadline will be subject to a $10.00 late fee per race. Late fees must be paid at registration in order to participate.
24 hours before race by phone 541-708-1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Ashland Lodge on the fourth floor.
Opens at 8:30 am each morning on the fourth floor of the Lodge. Follow the stairs to the top. Liability releases and late fees must be turned in before a bib is issued.
6 years and under and 70 and over are free. All other racers tickets are $30. Head coaches of visiting teams shall receive one complimentary ticket. Registered racers can purchase discounted racer tickets at the ticket counter on the first floor from 8 am to 9 am from Mt. Ashland. (Cash, Check or Credit Cards). ***Prices may change … these prices are a guide.***
Visiting parents are invited to help with the race. A Mt. Ashland ski pass will be provided for race day. If you anticipate being able to help, please email us. To sign up to volunteer click here.
ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE AN AWARD. Medals for the top 3 of each U8 through Masters classes following the completion of the race. Awards ceremony will be held on the fourth floor of the lodge.
MARA began in the late 1960’s when the mountain manager, Dave Keiser, and a handful of other families were traveling to Mt. Bachelor every weekend with their athletes to train. They grew tired of not sleeping in their own beds and knew our mountain was the perfect venue to produce high caliber skiers. They left a legacy that has had a vibrant presence on Mt. Ashland ever since, believe it or not, even through the snow drought, producing top notch technical skiers year after year after year.
This is our MISSION: Mt. Ashland Racing Association (MARA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental skills of skiers of all ages, and developing well rounded individuals with a life long love for the sport of skiing and competition.
In a nutshell we aim to produce technically proficient, life long skiers who will pass the love of the sport down through their families.
Although we are a competition based organization, there are a lot of misconceptions about how we achieve our mission. The foundation of a great race club is solid all mountain fundamentals. MARA athletes learn, stunningly quickly, to ski the entire mountain, every named run, every chair line, every chute in the bowl and then some. The bulk of “training” at most ages is facilitated free skiing. That means they ski all over the mountain, in small groups, but working on specific skills directed by their coaches.
Training in gates does serve a purpose though. It forces direction changes, sometimes pretty darned quickly. A good analogy is pulling out the driver on the range versus using it to carry a hazard on a tight hole. One requires MUCH more skill than the other to succeed. Gates and their brethren, stubbies and brushies, serve an important function in training stylistically solid skiers. Nearly every top level skier, whether they race alpine, big mountain, or freeride, have a race club pedigree.