CMAC Ski Racing
Crystal Mountain Alpine Club (CMAC) has been partnering with Crystal Mountain Resort from its inception in 1963. Since then, thousands of youth have come through the program to become lifelong talented all-mountain skiers, with some going on to race in college, on the US national team and even at the Olympics.
CMAC’s philosophy is to provide programs that are fun and enjoyable for all participants while developing strong skiing skills learned through structured training and directed free skiing using the entire mountain. This creates strong racers and excellent skiers with a deep love of the sport. The CMAC philosophy not only develops successful ski racers, but skiers who will participate in the sport throughout their lives. This philosophy also develops life skills that transcend sports.
In collaboration with Crystal Mountain, CMAC hosts several races each season. As well as being great opportunities for the racers to compete and have fun, parent volunteers get to enjoy the ski racing community and learn more about the sport through these events.
There is a range of programs from the Mighty Mite Prep program for first-time racers through to top level racing for high school athletes and even a master’s program for those who want to continue racing as adults. These programs are:
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Some getting-started resources
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CMAC Parent and Board Member, Barney Cohen, is a Managing Director in the Seattle Office. He and his wife Rachelle have two children, Zoe & Sam, who are both in CMAC's Mitey Mite Race Program.
2017 Season photos
Check out the hundreds of photos submitted for the slideshow! What a great season!!
Slideshow from the 2017 Banquet
FIS Open at Mission RIdge
Strong competition with international competitors in both genders. Tristan Thomson, Connor Budd, Jack Koefoed, Emma Moore, Sierra Smith and Piper O’Kane attended a mix of the extended series while Ty Ellis wrapped up his season doing all 6 races. Tess Baldwin again had excellent performances - getting 4th to score her best yet result in GS. Red the full race report here.
SCHWEITZER U19 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Challenging conditions for racing throughout the series, but the organizers worked hard to only lose one SG per gender. The races were flipped around to accommodate the weather, but the athletes stayed focused and skied great in tough snow conditions. Ty Ellis, Tristan Thomson, Connor Budd and Tess Baldwin represented PNSA. One highlight was Tess Baldwin podium in slalom: 3rd place! The full race report is here.
U12 Championship at Alpental
What a fantastic finish to a fabulous season, and a strong finish at the Cascade Cup 2017 U12 Championships at Alpental. For the team awards the CMAC boys took first place and in the team combined we tied with Team Alpental Snoqualmie for first place. Way to go U12s!
We started things out with the dual slalom competition on Friday with Win Flaggart taking a second place in the event for the boys. Saturday we moved to the slalom event with again some incredible skiing by our CMAC team. For the girls Quinn Dennehy finished third and Ava Schoening in seventh place. Samantha Wright won the move up award for the girls. On the boys side we had Win Flaggart with a fourth place finish, Sawyer Krohn in fifth and big Ben Albrecht finishing eighth. Sunday was the GS. There was a three way tie for third place with Sophie Porter and Quinn Dennehy being two of them and Ava Shoening taking a tenth. The boys were unbelievable. We had five boys finish in the top ten. Tanner Stines lead the way with a fourth place finish followed by Win Flaggart in fifth then Sawyer Krohn in sixth, Ben Albrecht in seventh and Peter Schoening finishing tenth. Again we were not denied on the move up award with Adam Kinney taking those honors. See the full race report here.
Katie Holm 2nd in U16 Nationals SG
Katie had a awesome run at Sugarloaf during the U16 Nationals, nabbing second place from a field of the nation's top U16 racers! Congratulations Katie! See more details in the race report.
Northwest Cup at Mission Ridge
CMAC racers continue to make progress at Mission Ridge! From top of the list down to the up and coming youngsters. The top performance coming from Tess Baldwin winning the GS on Saturday, and coming from Cat 4, Simon Toribio and Billy Wagner both made the podium. We had lots of move ups and great performances from many racers, which shows some excellent progress within the team. Going into the final qualifiers at Sun Cup, CMAC is positioned to have a large group of kids qualify for the Junior Champs! See the full race report here.
Sun Cup - Mt Bachelor 2017
The Sun Cup was again a highlight of the year for many of our CMAC racers. The DH track at Bachelor has lots of speed, jumps, rollers and is a great test of DH skills. This year Tristan LeCuyer led the group with some spectacular DH racing. Tyler Ellis just behind him in 5th. Emma Moore led the girls with a 10th place finish. See the full race report here.
CMAC Athletes' Success
Ty Ellis has been invited to a National training project in Colorado. He will be training and racing SG and GS with the top U19’s in the country in late February.
Katie Holm has been invited to go to Europe for a training camp and a couple races with the top girls in the Western Region.
Race resultsSee the latest race results from our CMAC athletes:
Ski length updates
Great News: the equipment rules have only changed for the better this year! Our FIS men will benefit from the much nicer 30 Meter GS skis, and our U16s will benefit from LOTS of 195/30 Meter skis becoming available as SG skis for super reasonable prices. And the best news of all for U16 is that we have some of the 195/35s available in the Speed Pool for your use! 2nd year U16 and FIS guys should try both 188 and 193 lengths of the 30 Meter skis (if possible) this Summer. The 188s will be softer, while the 193s will offer more sidecut, stiffness, and stability. Check out the full ski length guide here.
U16 Western Champs – Big Sky Montana
CMAC had the largest group of racers from PNSA qualify for the Western U16 Championships. Congrats to a great team of U16 racers.
Anna Gibbons 16th place first run SL as a first year U16 ,and Evie Wright 19th overall SL, are just a glimpse of many great runs from our CMAC racers at Champs.
Buddy Werner Championships 2017
In SG we had 4 Girls in the top 11 and 5 Boys in the top 30 including the top 2 move ups! GS and SL were both great events for most of the team with many top 10s and huge move ups. A special tip of the hat to Graham Barwick on getting 1st in the Men’s SL. It is so great to see our athletes make it to the top of the podium, especially at a championship event. An absolutely fantastic race weekend at Mission Ridge was the perfect exclamation point to an amazing season! See more details in the race report.
Hampton Cup highlights
Read Alan's summary of the race (and find out who is this skilled on a single ski) in the Hampton Cup race report.
Northwest Cup Race #1 @ Mt Spokane
The CMAC U16 and U19 athletes put on quite a performance at Mt Spokane. A summary of the results a collection of photos is in the race report.
Russ ReAd - December 2016
CMAC rocked the Russ Read race series at Mt Bachelor! Check out the highlights in the race report.
Frank Nickels Memorial Masters Race
What a fantastic start to the PNSA master's racing season. Check out the race results and more photos here.
My favorite photo this one: fastest women Robin (Phillips), fastest man John Phillips and their parents Carolyn and Jim!
Sun Peaks Slalom 2016
Congratulations to Tess Baldwin for a podium in slalom at Sun Peaks!
Here's a great video on avalanche safety. With all the recent snow, this is worth another review.
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