Have you ever seen a race at the mountain, and wondered what it’s like to ski race? For over 30 years, PACRAT Racing has provided an easy way for skiers and snowboarders on Mt. Hood to find out for themselves. After trying racing for the first time, many racers tell us that they wished they’d discovered it sooner. People race PACRAT (Pacific Northwest Area Clubs Recreational Alpine Teams) for many reasons: The thrill of competing, a love of racing, or perhaps just the opportunity to meet new mountain friends. PACRAT races are fun, safe, and offer a challenge to all skill levels.

The “Tasmanian Ski Devils” team from Bergfruende

Our top-shelf Phoenix-Microgate timing system is one of the best on the mountain, allowing our races to start on time and stay on schedule. Our course crew works hard to keep the course safe so everyone can concentrate on having a fun time and bringing their A-game. And our racers are eligible for discounted lift tickets on the day of each race. PACRAT races are held at Mt. Hood Skibowl, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Timberline. For a current race schedule, check out pacrats.org.

PACRAT racing is a team-oriented league, with racers on each 10-member team trying to accumulate the most points over our 5-race series. We have team awards, with some additional recognition
for individual racers. As the points system rewards individual improvement, first-time racers are often high scorers, which makes them popular among their teammates. Post-race parties (included with your racing dues) are the perfect time to brag about a fast run, lament an off-day, socialize with friends, enjoy a beverage and food, and win door prizes.

PACRAT’s NASTAR affiliation is another perk that our racers enjoy. NASTAR is a national recreational ski racing group featuring national handicaps. All of our series races count towards NASTAR points, and we host two NASTAR open races, weather permitting, that are open to the public. National competition provides many with an opportunity to medal, based upon age, gender, and ability. NASTAR does have national finals which you may qualify for through PACRAT. The 2017 championships will be held March 23-26, 2017 at Steamboat Resort.  For more information or race results go to nastar.com.

Pam Loehner -– PACRAT ski racer

Pam Loehner -– PACRAT ski racer

The season’s grand finale is the Rat Attack, PACRAT’s end-of-season award banquet. This event (also included with your racing dues) is when team results are announced and trophies are awarded.  The man and woman racer who have shown the most consistent improvement during the season are crowned as King and Queen Rat. In addition to food, drinks, and awards, there are door prize giveaways and entertainment.

An elected volunteer board oversees the season of racing, parties, awards, finances and administrative matters. The only requirement for participation is to be a member of a NWSCC club. For more information about joining us for the upcoming season, including joining an NWSCC club, check out our website or e-mail membership@pacrats.org.