The Keiser Cup!

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! 

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. 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!

Race Info:

February 22nd and 23rd, 2020.

GS, SL (two runs each race)

SL- Saturday and GS- Sunday

Boys and girls (non scored event)

Seeding by age classification. Youngest to oldest by class.

Bib handout begins at 8:20am on the 4th floor

Athletes meet coaches outside the lodge at 8:45am

Course inspection begins at 9:15am

The first run starts approximately 10:15am

If the course holds up well and does not need to be reset, the second run will begin at approximately 12:00pm. If the course needs to be reset,  inspection for the second run will be approximately 12:00-12:30pm with the second run starting at 12:45pm, or as otherwise announced.  

It is a good idea for racers to get a snack and drink between runs, or even a light lunch if a reset of the course is needed.  Racers need to stay aware of when they should be back at the course. 

***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 ***

Entry Deadline:

Thursday, February 20th at 7:00pm. Entries must be completed online by the entry deadline.

Entry Fees:

$20.00 per event cash, check, or credit card. Sign up and pay online.

Late Entries:

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. Liability releases and late fees must be turned in before a bib is issued. 


24 hours before race by phone 541-708-1523 or email

Race Headquarters:

Mt. Ashland Lodge on the fourth floor.

Bib Handout:

Opens at 8:20am each morning on the fourth floor of the Lodge. Follow the stairs to the top. Bibs are returned to MARA at the end of the second run on each race day.

Lift Passes:

6 years and under and 70 and over are free. 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 8:00am to 9:00am from Mt. Ashland. (Cash, check, or credit cards).

***Life prices are subject to change and are made by Mt. Ashland.***


If positions are still available, visiting parents are invited to help with the race. A Mt. Ashland ski pass will be provided for race day if you do not have one. If you anticipate being able to help, please email us. 


All participants will receive a MARA sticker. The top 3 of each U8 through Masters classes will receive a medal. Awards ceremony will be held on the fourth floor of the lodge at approximately 2:30pm, unless stated otherwise.