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. 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. They 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 25-26, 2023

Slalom on Saturday and Giant Slalom on Sunday (two runs each race)

Men and women, boys and girls (non scored event)

Seeding by age classification, youngest to oldest by class

Volunteers meet at 8:00am at the MARA Hub (located outside the old rental lodge) to receive instructions

Bib handout begins at 8:15am at the MARA Hub

Athletes meet coaches at the MARA Hub at 8:45am

Ski off at 9:00am

Course inspection begins at 9:15am

The first run starts approximately 10:00am

Skiers are encouraged to eat lunch and hydrate between their first and second run.Racers are expected to check in with their coach before lunch break as to confirm when they should return for second course inspection. Following a lunch break, racers will meet with coaches at approximately 11:45am at the MARA Hub.

Second course inspection begins at 12:00pm.

The second run will begin at approximately 1:00pm

The awards ceremony will take place at the race hut (located at the race course finish) at approximately 2:00pm or as otherwise announced at the end of the race

Coat return for 9 Week MARA athletes will be from 3:00-3:30pm at the MARA Hub

***All schedules are tentative and subject to snow and/or weather conditions***


Open to all club and sanctioned ski racers U8-Masters (ages 7 and up).

*** Helmets required ***

Entry Deadline:

Thursday, February 23rd at 11:45pm. Entries must be completed online by entry deadline. No late registrations will be accepted. 

Entry Fees:

$20.00 per. Sign up and pay online.

Late Entries:

There will be no late entries accepted. No exceptions.


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

Bib Handout:

Begins at 8:15am each morning at the MARA Hub. Bibs are returned to MARA at the finish of their second run on each race day.

Lift Passes:

Must be purchased from Mt. Ashland, as these are not provided by MARA. Visiting racers can purchase lift tickets at a discounted rate. Contact Mt. Ashland for more info.

***Lift 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 not be provided for race day. If you anticipate being able to help, please email us.


Awards will be held at the race hut at 3:00pm or as otherwise announced at the end of the second run. All participants will receive a MARA sticker. The top 3 of each U8 through Masters classes will receive a medal.