Welcome to MARA!

Southern Oregon's Premier Ski Club.    

Masters Registration Is Open For Ages 18+

Donate to MARA

As a 501(3)(C)  non-profit organization Tax ID: # 93-1143101, MARA relies on the generosity of our community in order to keep our program running. Donations to MARA aid athletes in financial need, participate in local training camps, participate in regional camps, join regional teams, help with travel costs, and help in providing new race and athlete gear.  We thank you for your support and consideration in donating!

 

Become A Partner!

We love our sponsors!

$100 Donations

Social media & website advertisement

$250 Donations

Large banner featuring business logo & info hung at our seasonal races, and social media recognition

$500 Donations

Large banner featuring business logo & info hung at our MARA hub each training day, race days, and social media recognition.

 

For larger donations to get your company on our next set of race bibs, please reach out to us! admin@mtashlandracing.com

About Us

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.
As a non-profit organization, MARA relies on the generosity of our community in order to serve the region and keep our program running. Donations to MARA help athletes in financial need with supplementing program fees, attending MARA training camps, costs associated with travel for races, and helps athletes participate in Regional Camps or join Regional Teams. We thank you for your support and consideration in donating!

Thank You To Our Partners!