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 Last Updated:  January 11, 2024


You're Invited!


Recreational Racing


Register here:


• Snowboarders and skiers welcome

• Join a 10-person team

• Discounted lift tickets on (race days)

• Run some gates

• 5 Races – 5 Parties
• NASTAR Races (2), open to public

• Door prizes

• See yourself improve

• Great camaraderie    • IT’S FUN!

 Our races are held at:


• Mt. Hood Meadows

• Mt. Hood Skibowl

• Timberline 


Come Join The Fun With PACRAT!

Pacific NW Area Clubs Recreational Alpine Teams

Since 1985, the PACRAT league has provided an exciting and fun opportunity to participate in recreational alpine racing on Mt. Hood. Never raced before? No problem, you will be grouped with other racers at your skill level.


Need someone to ski with? We'll give you 9 companions for the season. Just sign up and you will be on a 10-person team. Any intermediate skier or boarder qualifies. Beginner racers contribute to the overall team score as much as advanced racers and maybe more.


The PACRAT League is separate from our club. In fact, it is the result of cooperation between several clubs. Our club has participated from the very beginning, with at least 4 to 6 teams each year. IFor several years before COVID, we had 12 - 13 teams (120 - 130 racers). Lately, our numbers are down to about 80 or 90 racers.


Contact: Racing@mthigh.org





Online registration for the 2024 PACRAT race season is now open and will continue through January 15th. Every racer must select either the Friday Division or the Sunday Division and compete in that division throughout the season. It is probably best if half of your team races ion Fridays and the other half on Sundays.

For further instructions and a link to PACRAT registration site, please visit the REGISTER page on the PACRAT website at: https://pacrats.org/main_pages/register.htm 

PACRAT will verify your membership in the NWSCC club that you indicated during registration. If you have not already, please pay your membership dues to your club. You will not be permitted to participate in PACRAT races until we have been able to confirm your membership in the club you indicated during registration.

See the full schedule of races at:

Ever since the COVID-19 virus hit us, our schedule has changed.  Instead of the usual 5 Sunday races, some of our racers will have 5 Friday races while others will have 5 Sunday races.  Each team should split into two halves, not necessarily equal in size. Each racer needs to decide if they should participate in only the Friday races or only the Sunday races.


PACRAT races are open to everyone, but you need to pre-register and join a 10-person team, and commit to a full season of racing.  If you wish to race, contact any of our team captains or our Racing Director.

General Description of PACRAT Racing  - Find out how we race.


PACRAT flyer - print it, and post it somewhere, or send it to a friend!

Watch a complete run down the race course through Bruce Kuper's helmet-cam: 
PACRAT Race 4 Stadium.


Slide show presented at the Rat Attack Party:  2013 End Of Season Show.


Racer Registration                                                                   TOP


Please sign up digitally, online.

To register for PACRAT Racing go to https://pacrats.org/main_pages/register.htm


Note that NASTAR races are open to the public. But PACRAT racing requires pre-registration.

Each PACRAT race now also counts as a NASTAR race, and you can qualify for the NASTAR National Finals.

Each racer will receive a NASTAR medal (either Gold, Silver, or Bronze) at the end of the season.

To receive the benefits of both PACRAT and NASTAR, please register for both.







PACRAT photos

Gary & Karen. Some serious competition! Click to enlarge.


 2014 Photos

Race 1

Race 2 & 3

Race 4

Race 5


2013 photos

2012 photos

2011 photos

2010 photos

2009 photos

2008 photos

2007 photos




Bruce's videos: Black Diamond Thunder

Click here to see the Black Diamond Thunder collection of videos from Bruce Kuper's helmet cam.



  2013 PACRAT Awards Slide Show, summarizing the whole season.


  2010 Race 4 at Meadows



  2012 Race 4 from top of Stadium




Even if you have never dreamed of being a racer, give it a try.  It's well worth it. It will enhance your social life, and improve your carving skills! Teams are usually formed by mid-November, so apply early! See instructions below.

Contact:  Racing@mthigh.org



GS Training:  Contact: Greg Dilger - gdilger2@yahoo.com


              Each Friday during the winter season, there will be a GS Training clinic, mostly at Mt. Hood Skibowl and/or Timberline. Meet in the lodge by 8:30. Cost is only $35 (plus a lift ticket). 
Please RSVP to Coach Greg Dilger with of the Mount Hood Adult Ski Racing Association. The location might change due to weather and snow conditions. It will be at Ski Bowl when conditions permit.  There is a third coach available this year to assist.


NOTE 1:  
All racers should contact a team captain, and sign up for a specific team. Each team consists of 10 racers.


NOTE 2: 

                  Discounted lift tickets for PACRAT racers can be purchased by showing your racing bib.
8:45 am  -  Brief team captains' meeting in the day lodge.
9:00 am  -  Start skiing--Warm up and inspect the course.
10:00 am - Race begins for the first group of racers.
                    See the starting order that is emailed to all the team captains,
                    or ask to see a copy at the team captains' meeting in the lodge on race day.
3:00 pm   -  Apres ski party. Locations will be announced for each race.
                    Open to non-racers for a small fee to cover the food and drinks.


PACRAT Owned Timing Equipment


The PACRAT racing league has their own timing equipment.

Less waiting for unreliable systems that they had no control over.

Below is the wireless timing system PACRATs uses: Phoenix Microgate.



Click on image on right to enlarge it.


How to find out more & join a team

1.  Click here to read more about PACRAT racing. General Description.

2.  PACRAT flyer - Print it, and post it somewhere, or send it to a friend!

3.  PACRAT Racing video - See how it's done, both the races and the après-ski parties.

4.  Contact our Racing director, Racing@mthigh.org or any Team captain to get your name on a team:
Remember, each team can have a maximum of 10 people, preferably of varying abilities, so even if you are a beginner racer, or have never raced, please don't hesitate to call us. We need you!




NOTE: This is an older list. Some team names or  some contacts may have changed since then.


Team Name

Team Captain


Avalanche Express

Gary Gunderson


Awesome  tAles

Alan Bean


Chilled Brewskis

Brenda Becerra


Frosted Flakes

Bruce Kuper


Mixed Nuts

Samy Fouts 


Moose On The Loose Paul Lyshaug shaugs@netzero.net

Mt. Hoodlums

Phil Mant



Chris Wiley


Schussing Shysters

McCoy Smith


The Ocho Plus Mike Peck MikePeck@TCMcorp.com

Vertigo Madness

Tom Cansler




Rules and Guidelines



PACRAT  Operations Manual PDF

All about: Eligibility, Teams, Classification, Scoring, Points chart, Handicap system, and Categories.


Class Revision Explanation PDF

Explanation of how the 7 categories (or classes) are determined, based on a person's handicap.

Pacrat Scoring System
Summary Definition of terms PDF

Explanation of terms used in the Race Results (such as Bonus points, Upstrike, Downstrike, DNS, DNF, etc.)


PACRAT Timing and Rules:  PDF

Dale Parshall explains various racing rules and procedures, such as what happens if you forget your racing bib, if your ski falls off, if you miss a gate, or if there is interference on the course.


Pacesetter Explanation:  PDF

Dale Parshall explains how the zero par times (ZPT) for our race courses are calculated.



Race Tips

Slipping the course:  PDF

Diagram showing how to correctly slip the course.


How to pick the best line through the race course.  Web page  |  PDF

Diagram showing what it means to "start your turn early" and pick a faster line.


Race Results

Find the latest race results on the PACRATS website: https://www.pacrats.org/main_pages/race_results.htm


How to Read the Race Results



POINTS: Everyone earns one point just for successfully running the course at least once. You earn 10 points for a first place in your category. 9 points for second place. 8 points for third place. The scale is adjusted depending on how many are in a class.

BONUS POINTS:  You get 3 bonus points every time you improve on your own best previous result, that is when you improve your best previous handicap.

CATEGORIES:  There are 7 categories for men, and 7 for women.  The result of your first race determines which category you will be in.  After that, when you improve to the point that your result lands in a higher category, you will be moved up into the higher category for the following race.  But it takes 2 below par results before you would be moved back down into a lower category.

UP-STRIKE:  A letter "U" next to your name indicates that you have exceeded the results typical for your own category. Receiving even a single up-strike means you will be moved up to the next category.

DOWN-STRIKE: A letter "D" next to your name indicates a down-strike.  Your result fell short of what is typical for your category.  If you receive 2 down-strikes (in 2 consecutive races), you will be moved to a lower category for the following race.

HANDICAP:  This number shows how you compare to the fastest theoretically possible time (the time a top World Cup racer would get) on any particular race course. If your handicap for a race is 10, then your time is 10 percent slower than the theoretical fastest possible time. Pace-setters with known handicaps are used to determine the theoretically fastest possible time.

DNS:  "Did Not Start" - if you do not start in a race.  No points are earned.

DNF:  "Did Not Finish"  - like if you fall and do not go through all the gates. A single point is still earned if you record a DNF and no time on a second run.


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  issues or questions.

Contact our Racing Director,





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