A Racing Program for Athletes 16-20 Years Old
The Mission Ridge Ski Teams FIS Program is the best in the Northwest, one of the elite programs in the United States, and provides the best training in the West. The program has produced multiple World Cup, NCAA, and USCSA skiers in the past 9 years including 2 members of the 2013 and 2015 NCAA National Champions the University of Colorado Buffaloes.
Our success is attributed to our unrivaled relationship with the Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, our surface, our dedicated and knowledgeable coaches, and our unique training situation.
Racing is a priority at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. Which allows us priority grooming, and the abillity to close our race run Skookum for full length SG, or GS any day of the season. Mission Ridge is truly a ski racers mountain. The Ridge recieves an average of 150″ of snow a year which is the least of any of the Western Regions other elite FIS programs. Enough for some great powder days through out the season with our cold dry snow, but not so much that we are battling soft training surfaces like the rest of the West. Mission Ridge receives an average of 300 days of sun a year. Hard snow and sun make for ideal training conditions.
At MRST our FIS staff includes some of the best coaches in the nation. Our 2 full time FIS coaches are Ryan Shorter and Roger Taggart, between them they have had 2 World Cup skiers and they have both been named PNSA coach of the year.
Mission Ridge is closed on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays through out the season. Which is great for MRST. This allows us to use our snowmobiles to tow athletes up the hill. We can get an entire training group from the finish to the start with our 3 custom Ski Doo Expeditions with 1200 cc 4 stroke engines in half the time of a high speed quad. This allows us quick lap times, and more time for recovery, and schoolwork. While most teams are lucky to have 1 regular training run we have access to any terrain on the mountain and we regularly train on different runs to take advantage a variety of terrain. The snowmobiles also allow us to train early season at Mission Ridge on our top to bottom snowmaking.
FIS Full Time and Post Graduate Program
The Full Time FIS and Post Graduate program is for serious fully committed athletes that want to reach their highest potential. Full Time athletes are managed year round and have access to conditioning programs and support. Athletes have ideal training schedules with up to 5 days of training per week that allow for proper rest and recovery.
Price: $4,000.00. A team uniform package is included in the price of tuition.
FIS Part Time
This program is for athletes that are looking for more time on snow without missing as much school for training. Athletes train Thursday night, Friday afternoon, and all day Saturday, and Sunday.
Price: $3,225.00. A team uniform package is included in the price of tuition.
MRST will not hold training at Mission Ridge during U19/U21 qualifiers, Northwest Cup, and Evergreen Cup races that are on the FIS Team calendar.