Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Former mhssc staffer
Jay Panther has made the U.S.
Freestyle Ski Team!
In Jay's words:
I am writing today
filled with elation as I have accomplished my life long
dream...earning a spot on the U.S. Ski Team!!! I competed this
past week at the U.S. Ski Team Selections event in Steamboat
Springs, CO and finished second overall. This result also means
I get my first two World Cup starts in Lake Placid, NY January
21 and 22. I have attached a video from my second place run and
some pictures of the new suit. I have dedicated the last seven
years of my life to this moment and all the hard work has
finally paid off. The last couple of days have been a complete
whirlwind and it still has not all sunk in. I am doing my best
to embrace this time but am aware that this is just another step
(be it the best step I have ever taken). My goals are still set
on winning World Cups and ultimately the Olympics. Thank you
for all your love and support.
In God's Love
U.S. Ski Team Member (It feels good just typing it)
Jay Panther's 2nd
place video run -->
(you might have to right click that link and choose "save as".
Save it on your computer,
THEN you can play it. It's a ".mov"
More excellent news:
Suierveld (mhssc ski race coach from way back when) is
getting married! Jack met his
fiancé Corrin about a year ago, and they are getting married
sometime this coming spring. Congrats Jack!
And here's a little video flashback to 2001.....five
hours after the lifts closed...
Latest mhssc testimonial video
**(this is the long version that includes the
silly "mthood.com's" at the end)
ended up coming in in 4th place in the Canyon's Ski Resort
ultimate dream job opportunity that you saw in the last mhssc
update. 4th place out of over 400 people that applied!
That's pretty impressive
Emily! Emily was actually informed that she was in the
top 3 before they ultimately bumped her behind former US ski
team racer Kaylin Richardson (booooo!)
"Mt Hood Summer Ski Camps" is mentioned on Wikipedia -->
HERE! You have to scroll down about 2/3 the page
and look at the paragraph titled "Summer Camps". MHSSC is
also mentioned under "references" at the very bottom of the
webpage. You are big time if you are on Wikipedia!
Some sad news to report:
Timberline Mountain Manager
Steve Kruse's wife
Syd lost her
battle with breast cancer on January 7, 2011.
Long-time MHSSC adult session camper,
Kelly Babeon, was
injured when he was struck by a car alongside the highway.
Kelly suffered several injuries, but last I heard he was on the
road to full recovery. News story-->
Mark Stegall 1963-2011
(March 19 update)
It is with great sadness to let you guys know
that Mark Stegall was found dead in his room today in
Lake Tahoe. At this point of time, I don’t know any
other details. Mike Annett is trying to find contact
information for Mark’s family. If any of you guys have
contact info for his family, let me know, or let Mike
Mike at home 541-354-2454
Mike’s cell 503-781-5841
Robin at home 503-760-0133
I’m sure this news is hitting some of
you guys really hard right now, as it has me. At the
very least, I will set up a memorial website for him.
If you have any memories or stories/photos to share
about Mark Stegall please reply back. And again, if
any of you have contact info for his family, let me or
Mike know ASAP.
Mark Stegall March 21 update: Hey all, Some info to pass on....if it’s not
100% accurate, I apologize.
From Mike Annett:
Freda called and said that Mark had a massive crash last
Monday and following that started missing activities
that he otherwise would have participated in. She said
he was pretty broken and in some pain from that fall in
the boarder cross course. Mike
From Brandy Powell:
i talked with Rick Millet last night. He is meeting
with Mark's family today to help them get to his
belongings. I think he said the autopsy is today also.
From Lisa Stegall (one of Mark’s sisters):
am flying up tomorrow, but probably won't be in Tahoe
until Tuesday. Will be at the Sheriff, etc. in Auburn
tomorrow and then picking up my sister in Sacramento in
the evening, as she is flying from Connecticut. Our
parents are in their 80's - this is just too hard a trip
for them to make.
I’ll update this page as I get more
stuff coming in from Mark’s friends and family. Feel
free to contribute to this with your
memories/stories/photos of Mark. Thanks for all the
phone calls and email messages the last day and a half.
I will be at MHSSC today (monday) and tomorrow too. So
if you were to call me at home and I don’t answer,
you’ll know why.
April 9 update Hey all, Bad news tends to travel fast,
so many of you have probably heard about this
already. Scott Veenis was involved in a head on
automobile accident on highway 35 near Mt Hood
Meadows ski area late afternoon today (Saturday).
Scotty and one other athlete in his vehicle were
life-flighted to 2 different hospitals in Portland.
From what I know, Scotty is going to be ok. I just
left the hospital (OHSU) and we were able to speak
with one of the hospital staff in the intensive care
unit. We couldn’t go in and see him, as he was
already in surgery tonight for multiple leg
fractures. The ICU guy also said Scotty was able to
wiggle his toes and that was a good sign. There was
also some small brain hemorrhaging (sp?) that they
weren’t overly concerned with, and they will do
another CT-scan on him tomorrow to keep an eye on
From what I was told, Scotty was
driving 5 or 6 of his Rowmark ski team athletes on
highway 35 near Mt Hood Meadows, when a Jeep going
in the opposite direction passed another vehicle on
a blind corner and struck Scotty’s vehicle. I saw
post crash photos on somebody’s iphone and it was
pretty extensive damage, especially to the drivers
seat area, where Scotty was sitting. And Mike
Annett saw the post wreck aftermath on his drive
home from mhssc and had a hard time believing
someone could have survived sitting in that driver’s
Scotty’s going to have to endure a
challenging rehab to get back to being “Scotty” and
I’m sure he’d love to get some well wishes from you
guys. Scotty’s email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Or facebook message him.
For those of you in the Portland
area, we’ll probably try to go visit Scotty tomorrow
if they allow visitors and if he’s up for it. Let
me know if you want to join myself, J-Hey, & Sean
Mailey for a Scotty visit. Scotty’s parents are
flying into portland tomorrow at some point. Robin
Mark Stegall update
There was a "Farewell to our Friend"
Mark Stegall memorial celebration at Schweitzer
ski area yesterday, organized by Pat Holland.
Attention Sandpoint Friends!
Farewell to our Friend. Sunday April 10 at 3pm at the top of the Schweitzer Quad to celebrate - honor Mark Stegall.. Marks family thought that Mark would want some of his ashes released on Schweitzer, a place where he loved so much. This will be gathering for Mark's friends to get
together to share stories and pay tribute to a great friend. Please join us if you can. If your not riding that day, walkers will be allowed up the Quad to be present. Please meet with Pat Holland at the clocktower in the village at 2:45 and we will head up from there. We hope to see many old friends gather to celebrate a truly loving man.
*photo courtesy of Nancy Kuster
I believe there will be a
Mark Stegall celebration of life event this
summer at Mt Hood. When I know more, I'll
pass that information along to you guys.
The Mark Stegall
page is getting bigger by the day.
Many more tributes and photos have been added in
recent days. Here's a photo his sister
posted on FB: And there's a ton more
content on Mark's facebook memorial page too.
this was the first BMW Mark had.
Bought and completely rebuilt just
after the 240Z. Also in photo is
~Susan Stegall Eve
Robert Johnson, mhssc year-round staffer, is
in the process of painting a
Mark Stegall mural on the wall in the dining
room at MHSSC. Here is the mural after
"phase 1". I look forward to seeing the
And finally, something "fun" to mention.....it
has probably snowed another 4-5 feet at
Timberline since I took this photo back on April
& Mark Stegall April 11 update
Message from Scotty's dad Jay that he posted on
Scotty's facebook page: Cindy
& I are with Scotty @ OHSU. He is really banged up
with multiple injuries. He is in stable condition
(not getting worse) He is on lots of pain
medication, so he sleeps all the time. The ICU does
not want any visitors other than family. I read your
Facebook comments to him, which brought a smile to
I know a lot of people want to go visit him right
now, but you should probably call the hospital first
before heading over there: 503-494-0400 (ICU
unit at OHSU hospital)
Violet Anderson, long-time adult camper at
MHSSC, was on the scene of the accident that day.
She told me that Scotty was lucid and calm the whole
time. And she said it took a long time for the
emergency personnel to arrive from Hood River before
they could get Scotty out of the Suburban. And
that it was a good solid hour between the time of
the accident and Scotty getting on the life-flight
April 13 update Hey mhssc family, Just wanted to send out
a quick update. J-Hey and myself got a chance
to visit Scotty in the hospital today for about
a half hour. It was a good visit. Scotty
looked good. *I’m not just sayin’ that! Besides
messy hair, he looked pretty damn good! He was
pretty talkative and engaging and funny. Little
cuts and scrapes on his arms, but he shook our
hands when we got there and high-fived us when
we left. He was a little annoyed with this
oxygen thing that was hooked up to his
nose/nostrils. So he’d take it off for a few
minutes, then a little alarm on some computer
looking device would go off when some oxygen
number would hit a certain level and he’d put it
back on. And so the nurses and his parents have
to keep on Scotty about that. Like I said,
Scotty was engaging and was asking us how WE
were doing......he even asked about camp
sign-ups. His parents will be updating his
progress on this website:
Scotty wasn’t shy about showing
us his legs. The right leg was under a blanket
and his foot was in a cast. His left leg was
connected to a rod and bolts and stuff. Scotty
called it the Forrest Gump leg braces.......so
his sense of humor was intact.
I wasn’t really clear if it was
now ok if Scotty could have more visitors in the
immediate future or not. They had mentioned
that once they move him out of ICU (intensive
care unit) and into a normal hospital room, then
he can probably have more regular visits from
friends, and he’ll be able to talk to friends on
his phone, etc. When we were there today, he
did chat with his younger brother on his parents
cell phone for a few minutes. So if you wanted
to visit him or call him, I’d keep an eye on
that caringbridge.org website and/or Scotty’s
facebook page, and look for updates from his dad
Jay. Or maybe the best idea is to call the
hospital directly, ICU: 503-494-0400 if you
wanted to visit him.
MHSSC May 21, 2011 update Hello! Thought I'd send out
what could be my final MHSSC staff
update today, being that it's May 21, the
end-of-the-world-day. Session 1 is only one
short week away. The snowpack is plentiful and it
looks to be a good summer on the snowfield.
Mike and Lynne are currently in France,
enjoying the French Open tennis tournament.
Mike Foley is holding down the fort at the camp
office, Maks Gorham is doing the food shopping
and prepping the kitchen, and Rick Millett and
Co. and prepping the boxes and rails for the terrain
park. From what I've heard from a few
people, Scotty Veenis is making excellent
progress on his rehab in Utah. You can follow his
There will be a
Mark Stegall celebration of his life day
at Mt Hood on Wednesday, June 15. Mark's
two sisters Lisa and Susan as well
as Mark's parents will be traveling to Oregon
for this. I don't know exactly how the day
will pan out, but I think that some of Mark's
ashes will be spread on the mountain during the
ski day, and in the afternoon/evening will be
the camp picnic at Wildwood Park. ($5 to park at
Wildwood) And I imagine that the
over-21 crowd will make their way to Charlie's
bar to toast Mark on Wednesday night.
How much is a summer lift ticket? Probably
around $60 bucks......maybe you could just get
the 1-ride up the magic mile lift ticket for
foot passengers ($15?) and walk to the terrain
park? Just tossing ideas out there.
It's probably a 20-minute hike/walk up the MHSSC
terrain park from the top of the magic mile
chairlift. You'd be walking across snow,
so tennis shoes might not be the best choice of
has spent the last several weeks painting the
Mark mural at the lodge. It's pretty damn
impressive, as you can see!
Other camp tidbits: Willy Johnson
and his wife Jess are expecting their first
child! Jess is about 20 weeks into the
pregnancy. Congrats Willy! awesome!
And former staffer Tommy Eckfeldt got
married to Kim a couple weeks ago. You can
see wedding pics
here. His wedding was streamed LIVE on
the internet. I watched it......they made
a life-size cardboard cut-out of Scotty
Veenis (as you can see in some of those
photos) and they did a shout-out to Scotty right
after the ceremony ended, all included in the
live internet feed.......just awesome!
And if indeed, the world does come to an end
today......or on October 21 or whatever, it's
been great knowing you guys!
MHSSC Session 1, 2011 update Hello out
there...Session 1, 2011 is in the books now.
21 campers, 6 coaches, 4 counselors, 3 videographers, 3
k-staff, 1 cleaning lady, 1 maintenance man, plus Mike
and Lynne. That's about a 1 to 1 ratio, campers to
staff. Monday thru Thursday, we had all kinds of
weather: sunny, foggy, snowing, a little thunder.
We skied on Pucci/Jeff Flood chairlifts on the lower
mountain 3 of the days. Palmer was open on Monday
and Friday. Friday was AWESOME! New
winter-like snow fell over night, bluebird day.
Really a spectacular day.
On Monday, a Raven got
into Mike Syrovatka's backpack and ate his
sandwich. Speaking of the bird species, I got to
hand feed some birds at the bottom of the Jeff Flood
chairlift. The lift ops down there let me join in
on their fun, feeding the birds some poppy-seed muffins.
One of the birds landed on my head. Unfortunately,
I didn't have my camera with me. But I did have my
camera when counselor ski racer Connor O'Brien
tried out snowboarding. (see pics below).
And snowboard race coach, Jon Winslow did a
little skiing too. Jaime DuPratt and Co.
skied all the way to Govy on Friday afternoon. She
said it was "a little too sticky", but they did it for
the adventure of doing it. So yes, there is
still snow all the way to Govy. Nolan Willard
is growing a mustache. Mike Annett gave
Pat Tingle the "ok" to go buy a bench press for the
camp on craigslist (see pic below). Prescott
McLaughlin had ankle surgery a few weeks back, and
probably can't ski until August. But he is here,
working in the kitchen, and will rehab for the next
several weeks. His new nickname is "one legged
guy". (see pic below).
staffer, Rogan Connell, got married to his long
time girlfriend, Amy, on Friday, May 27. Congrats Rogan!
You can see more Rogan wedding pics
here. Rogan and Amy went to Mexico for their
before camp started, Maks Gorham and
Nate Reuter went camping near Timothy
Lake/Little Crater Lake. On their drive
back to camp, they found a lost dog, a beautiful
Husky, wandering on a gravel road. They
opened their car door and the dog immediate
hopped in. No collar or tags on this dog.
We placed an ad on craigslist in the pet section
to try to find this dog's owner. Anyway,
within an hour of placing the craigslist ad, a
random girl calls the camp and says that its her
dog, and that she and her "dad" could come over
within the hour and get it and take her home.
Shortly thereafter they show up. Maks has
the dog on a leash about 20 feet away from their
car. The girl gets out of the car with
open arms, calls the dog over......Maks releases
the dog from the leash and from my angle, it
looked like the dog was running toward the girl
and I was about to witness a touching reunion
between the dog and it's rightful owner......but
that's not what happened! The dog bolted
skier's left and went running into the woods.
This dog wanted nothing to do with these meth
using scammers that probably wanted this husky
to sell, to support their drug habit. (Ok no, I
don't have actual proof that they were meth
users). But anyway, after Maks and this
girl went into the woods to try to corral the
dog, the dog somehow made it's way to the other
side of the lodge. Meantime, a man gets
out of the passenger seat...clearly not old
enough to be this girls' father, then pulls an
infant out of the backseat. The staff at
this point, KNEW that these weren't the owners
of this dog. They kept changing their
story of when they lost this dog, how old it
was, plus the whole "daughter/father" story etc.
Jon Winslow proceeded to hide the dog in
the lodge until these people left the premises.
And finally Darren Owen went out and told
them to leave the property or else the camp
director would call the cops. They left.
MHSSC Session 2, 2011 update Good
afternoon! Yes, Mike Annett does have a
facebook account now. BUT, all friend requests
will be denied! He only has it for the purposes of
advertising on facebook. So if you've tried to add
him as a friend, don't feel bad when he denied you.
So with that being said, let's talk about the important
stuff that took place during session 2:
Prescott McLaughlin a.k.a. "one legged guy" can now
sort of walk now...with the use of a walking boot cast.
Pat Tingle set the GS course after lunch on
Friday (see pic below). Past staffer Chad
Kossar stopped by the mhssc Hood River picnic for a
short visit on Wednesday with his girlfriend (see pic
is now a full time resident in HR with a real job.
(*MHSSC is not a real job). Jon Winslow can
throw a football very very far (see pic below). We had a 5 year
old camper last week even though we don't really allow 5
and 6 years olds anymore. Nolan Willard had to
pick him up and load him on the chairlift each time.
Mike and Mark Syrovatka set up a slack
line at the Hood River picnic (see pic). It was
very foggy on the mountain Tuesday and Wednesday.
There were dozens and dozens of Japanese tourists riding
up the magic mile on Thursday. They had an
impressive snowfall fight right near the top unloading
skiers and snowboarders were trying to get thru in the
middle of it all. CIT (counselor in training) Ney-J Grant did not use sunscreen on Thursday and his
face was beet red....so we made a poster for the wall in
the lodge with his photo that said "use sunscreen".
(see pic below). Olympic silver medalist, Lindsey
Jacobellis, was on the mountain on Friday. She
stopped by and chatted it up with Winslow and his
snowboard race group. This first photo is kinda
creepy and funny at the same time. That's his belt
buckle holding his drink up......get your mind out of
Jong Yun, staffer from 8-10
years ago, stopped by camp for a
short visit. That's his
new wife next to him!
silver medalist Lindsey
Jacobellis on the far left with
Jon Winslow's group
MS = Mark
Grant: Poster boy for
forgetting to apply the
Willard mustache after 2
hand decoration sandwich thing
at the picnic...
Yep, we do stupid stuff at camp
to make ourselves laugh.
had baby #2. Isabel!
Congrats to the Mailey family!
Mark Stegall celebration of life on Wednesday, June 15:
The plan for Mark Stegall Day this
coming Wednesday will look something
1pm: Mark's two sisters, Lisa and
Susan will be in the MHSSC terrain park
to spread Mark's ashes. The
campers will be off the hill for this,
but staff is welcome to be there.
4:45 - 5:30pm'ish: Share your
favorite Mark Stegall memories at the
camp picnic and we will watch a memorial
video inside the camp shelter BEFORE we
throw down the burgers on the grills at
around 6pm. I'm guessing about
15-30 extra people outside of regular
camp will be in attendance. Full Details
Stegall memorial video will be posted on
youtube, either Wednesday night or on
Thursday. I had version 1 of
the video done a couple weeks ago and
that's the version you'll see on the
youtube. I since changed the
original version of the memorial video
and tried to upload this new (and
improved?) version onto youtube last
night, but for some reason, the youtube
filter system blocked the audio portion
because of copyright issues. This
is weird because for version 1, I used
the exact same two songs and it did not
get blocked when it was uploaded a week
or so ago. For those of you at
this week's picnic, you'll see the
note that Mark's sisters will be coming
over the lodge on Tuesday afternoon to
collect Mark's personal belongings in
the lodge basement. If you have an
afternoon activity on campus that day
(such as trampoline or campus sports),
try to keep the campers from filtering
back into the lodge to play ping pong or
Mark Stegall celebration of life...
It was an emotional week as we said our goodbye's to
Mark Stegall. Mark's family arrived in Oregon on
Tuesday. Sister Lisa Stegall and Mark's parents from
Dallas, Texas and sister Susan Eve Stegall flying in from
Connecticut with her husband. Mark's sisters arrived at camp around
4:30pm Tuesday and went inside the mhssc lodge to see the Mark
mural that Robert Johnson had painted.
Robert was there too to share in that moment.
Wednesday @1pm in the
MHSSC terrain park, was to be the time and place to
spread Mark's ashes. Mother Nature had other
plans. 31 degrees, snowing, windy........STORMY!
Lifts were open for skiing that day, but when Brandy
Powell was going to help lead Mark's sisters (and
Mark's entourage) to the terrain park around 12:30pm,
the lift ops at the bottom of the magic mile told them
they weren't letting anyone else up the lifts due to the
stormy weather. Meanwhile myself, Darren Owen,
John Rust, Emily Longfield and Ben
Bevins were already in the terrain park waiting for
everybody else to arrive. (see pic). As we
waited there, John Rust suggested the name of the MHSSC
terrain park should become "Park Stegall". So from
here on out, the MHSSC park will be called "PARK
STEGALL"!! The spreading of Mark's ashes
delayed one day.
Here's what Palmer
looked like on Wednesday morning at around
8am....chairs not loaded yet.
Wednesday 1pm....Where is everybody?
The picnic went on as
scheduled, despite the cold and the rain. Several
ex-MHSSC-staffers were in attendance including Chris
Hargrave, Emily Longfield, Ian Cary,
John Rust, Christian Fritz, Dana Bakkensen,
and Brandy Powell.
*I apologize if I'm
Because I forgot the DVD player back in Govy, the
celebration of Mark Stegall part of the evening was
postponed until after we ate our burgers, while I booked
it back to Govy (driving the speed limit) to get the DVD
Several people shared
AWESOME Mark stories/memories. Darren Owen's
story was especially emotional.
*many of the photos below,
courtesy of Jasper Newton
"Mark was a pro at life..."
mentioned above, Mark's ashes were
spread on Thursday. This day was
sunny and beautiful. Big gathering
in "Park Stegall" where more people
shared memories, hugs, tears, smiles.
I was honored to be there and will never
forget that moment when Rick Millett
tossed Mark's ashes into the sky.
wanted to thank everybody that helped
make everything go smoothly this past
week! You know who you are.
Session 4, 2011 update Here's what
went down session 4 at camp......a camper got hit in the
mouth with a horseshoe at the picnic. From what I
was told, a camper tossed the horseshoe overhand and the
girl that got hit was texting during the accident.
So let that be a lesson to you.....don't be texting
while you are doing ANYTHING ELSE! Ryan
Boroughs did a 360 grab off the big mogul jump on
Follender rode the chairlift with Bobby Brown (from
X-games fame). I won't name names, but one of the
counselors locked the keys in the Stealth van.
Another un-named counselor forgot to unhook the battery
charger from the camp vehicle and drove 3 miles down
highway 26 dragging the battery charger with it. And a
3rd counselor broke 3 busses in one week. A CIT
(counselor in training) had his laptop computer
confiscated for a week when he left it on the staff
table during meal time. The rule is "no
computers on the dining room tables during breakfast or
dinner or your computer will be confiscated for 1-week".
And we (ok, it was ME) actually enforced the rule.
Speaking of computers, there are now 5 desktop tower
computers in the lodge for campers use. 3 in the
dining room, and 2 in the basement. The person who
donated and fixed some of our dining room computers said
one of our dining room computers had 1,600+ viruses on
it, an office record! Jacquelyn Reis and
myself attempted to hike to crater rock on Wednesday
after the ski day ended. Jacquelyn lead the way,
hiking thru insanely soft snow. She was sinking
down to her hip most of the way. I had it easy,
just following in her deep footsteps. It was just
too warm that day and we got the late start (1:30pm).
We made it about 3/4 of the way to crater rock (2 hours
of sludging thru the DEEP mush) before deciding to turn
around and ski down. (see pics below).
Skiing down that mush was no easy task either.
Lift lines were long on monday. Crazy windy and
cold on Thursday. Lots of camps are at mt
hood right now. But there is snow EVERYWHERE, so
there are racing lanes on both sides of upper and lower
Palmer and both sides of magic mile too. I beat
Joe Sulpizio in a game of H-O-R-S-E for $1 and also
beat him in ping pong 21-14. Joe said he didn't
give me his best in ping pong, but I refused to give him
a rematch. And speaking of pong, Pat Tingle
wants to challenge pong guru Chad Kossar (who's
living in Hood River these days). We had a handful
of camper injuries this week. Nolan Willard
was able to do a skateboard "wheelie" all the way from
the from the front door of the lodge, across the
cat-walk, make a turn and go down the paved part of the
parking lot entrance maintaining that one perfect
wheelie! It was very impressive (see pic).
It took him about 25 attempts. Mike Annett
skied for the first time this summer on Friday. He
crashed on his first run at the very top of lane 6.
He said it was his first wreck in 2 years.
Kevin Malone dunked a soccer ball (see pic).
Jon O'Brien, Josee Lacasse, Chris
Hargrave, and Uros Pavlovcic, all former
mhssc coaches, were coaching other camps this past week.
Former staffers Lyndsay Strange is working at the
Reliable Racing store and Willy Johnson is
working at Speedy's (Mark Archer) store this summer.
"Robicsek, what's your 20" was said on the radio,
approximately 47 times this past week. The Husky
dog that Maks Gorham and Nate Reuter found
the week before session 1 on a camping trip near Timothy
Lake and they were taking care of, unfortunately escaped
out the back door of Bloomquist cabin and hasn't been
seen since. You can watch the Jay Panther "webisodes"
on youtube. Or you can find the links on the MHSSC
staff facebook group page
here. Scotty Veenis continues to make
progress with his
rehab....Session 5, coming up, will be the biggest
session of the year. Grant Wilson called me
today. He REALLY misses camp.
Jasper Newton put this edit together last week!
check it out!
Session 5, 2011 update
Session 5 was the biggest
session of the 2011. About 120 campers. Many
people have asked me what the biggest session of
ALL-TIME is. I don't really have an answer, but
I've heard a variety of answers from other random
staffers, ranging from anywhere from 180 to 220.
I'll ask Mike and get back to you on that one.
Part of the 120 this past week was 25 or so campers with
Stratton Moguls. They eat breakfast late, dinner
early.......you never really see them. They train
on lane 17 which is way on the east side of the
snowfield. Coaching with Stratton moguls again
this year is Jay Panther. I saw Jay jump
over the rail on the cat-walk at the lodge after dinner
one night for about 2.7 seconds and but that was it.
Here's a brief rundown
on session 5. There is some very gross stuff in
this paragraph, so it's rated PG-13. We are still
battling some ugly weather conditions. On Tuesday,
the Palmer chairlift broke down for about an hour.
By the time they got it up and running on the back-up
diesel engine, thick fog rolled in and that day pretty
much turned into the shit-show! The
Wednesday picnic was very cold and wet! And
on Thursday, it was the longest "lifts are on
stand-by" that I can remember EVER! My
memory isn't perfect, but it wasn't until 10:20am when
they finally opened the magic mile. I stood at the
bottom of the magic mile for 3 and a half hours with
Mark Syrovatka. At the beginning, there were
probably 10 other camps coaches waiting to load the
chair. By 10am, it was just Mark and I.....and
some ski patrol. All the other camps (besides
MHSSC) had bailed. We ended up with a decent day
of training for the kids....maybe a half dozen runs in
the courses before we pulled the plug. Cayley
Christopher turned 21 on Wednesday. She
actually went home for her birthday week, but we made a
sign and took a bunch of pics to celebrate her turning
21. (see LOTS of pics below). I even got the FedEx
guy to pose for a photo. Rebecca Zell and
Matt Chirico both took wicked hard crashes in
race courses last week. Now to the PG-13
stuff.....both involving urine! I think it
was Monday, when staff members in the lodge noticed a
girl over at the CJ's Chevron gas station hiding behind
the diesel fuel pumps.......she looked around thinking
she was shielded from any onlookers, squatted and
urinated on the ground. And on the same
subject, there was a mean spirited camper that took
another camper's contact solution bottle, emptied it
out, urinated into it......then sprayed his urine on the
kid and on other kids too. Yeah, pretty effin'
disgusting, wouldn't you say? Who does THAT?
OMIGOD! His punishment was cleaning all the
toilets in the lodge.
........subject change....Darren Owen went to the
RUSH concert on Tuesday night in Richfield, WA (north of
portland a bit). He said it was great.
We had about 40 freeskiers at camp last week....that's
the most ever! Maks Gorham can ski moguls
VERY fast. Newbie CIT Aydan Crumrine broke
his collar bone in the terrain park on friday. Roger
Bay bought a new shower-head at a thrift store for
Parham. It's sweeeet!
at the first photo. That's CIT Noelle
Gillis skiing the GS course and you can spot her
cell phone bouncing down the snowfield on the
left side of the photo. I saw it sliding
down the mountain and dove on it.....it looked
like a candy-bar at high speed! Then a
minute later the phone rings and it's Matt
Chirico on the other end telling me who the
phone belonged to.
National Alpine Ski
Camp (NASC) used a photo I posted on mthood.com home
page (see below) to promote their camp in an email
newsletter campaign and also posted on their facebook
page (twice!) and they refused to pay a dime for their
copyright infringement. Small claims court?
Or should I let it go? I'm undecided.
The photo had the graphic "mthood.com" on it in
big font!......that should have been a major clue not to
use it, don't ya think?
Session 6, 2011 update
Summer might have actually
arrived here at mt hood SUMMER ski camps.
FIVE sunny days in a row! yay! The
K-staff made an American flag cake (see pic below,
*photo by Darren Owen)
for 4th of July dessert. Prescott
McLaughlin, Patrick Tingle, and Chase
Kerzel (plus safety/fire guy Bill Toney) were
in charge of the MHSSC annual 4th-of-July firework
display on the camp soccer field. The firework
show was going just fine..........UNTIL.......well,
until one of the big box fireworks tipped over after it
was lit, and there were fireworks shooting in every
possible direction horizontally instead of vertically.
It was quite the scene. The kids and staff were
screaming and running for the lives plus a tree caught
on fire. Haley Hankins yelled to Mike
Annett: "should I call the fire department".
He said "no". The tree fire was short
lived. You can see all the firework photos below.
Nobody was injured or burned. Joe Sulpizio
was in charge of the hose. One of the stratton
mogul kids tried to steal a high cascade logo sign that
was stuck in the snow near the chairlift. But he
was quickly run down by some HCSC staff and there was
some yelling & screaming (f-bombs and other fantastic
works like that) and shoving that took place down near
the parking lot. Willy Johnson and I got on
the Palmer chair at mid-station with 2 other kids.
The kid on the far left had all kinds of room to his
left side, so the rest of us were totally squeezed
together. Willy said to him "hey, could you
scoot over please?".....the kid answered back:
"I don't speak English". Willy said "I
don't care, scoot over"......this poor kid had no
idea what he was saying, so he tried to pull the safety
bar down, thinking that was the issue......Willy finally
just scooted this kid over himself, so we could all sit
there comfortably. It was really funny......you
had to be there. I think the kid was from Russia.
There were poachers going thru the mhssc terrain park
more than once.....finally Kevin Malone chased
them down and scared them off forever! I heard the
words "banned for life". I was shooting interviews
of the freeski kids at the picnic on Wednesday.
There were kids who were squirting some of my
interviewees with a squirt gun.....repeatedly.
I asked them to stop, but they continued......so I
finally confiscated their squirt gun.......and destroyed
it with my foot right in front of them. Yeah, I'm
mean! It was very windy on the mountain on
Friday. At one point a gust of wind took a camping
chair and Jacquelyn Reis' helmet down the snowfield from
the top of lane 6 at a very rapid speed. I
witnessed all of this from my video spot, 75 yards or so
down the mountain. With my super-fast reflexes, I
clicked on my skis and took off down the hill to try to
catch this speeding helmet (I think the chair ended up
resting in the moguls, while the helmet easily jumped
past the mogul lane)......anyway, the helmet got by me 2
or 3 times until I was finally able to corral it near
the bottom of lane 11. The crowd roared with
approval (ok, maybe 1 or 2 people near me were
impressed). In case you didn't know, there's a
MHSSC staff facebook group. It's open group to
anyone that has worked at camp past or present (not
counting volunteer diggers or camper-staff).
Here's the -->
link. A friend of Olivier Lacaille
almost ran me over when he blew out of the slalom course
on Wednesday and was aiming right for me. I was in
a full on sprint (in ski boots) back towards the mogul
lane, but he also bailed to skier's left to try to avoid
me. He narrowly missed me, but went straight into
the moguls at full speed. Luckily it was a warm
day and the moguls had softened a bit by then or he
might have been in a world of hurt. The groomers
ran over Darren Owen's shovel, breaking it in half
(see pic). Hannah Follender was triple
event person on Friday, doing ski race training in the
early morning, terrain park freeskiing and also hit
Darren's mogul jump. Mike Syrovatka wore a
surgical mask on Friday to protect his lips from the
harmful effects of the sun.....and then to perform
surgery later that day? Roger Bay fixed my
car and will be rewarded! Mark Syrovatka
took the week off to go fishing in British Columbia.
Mike Foley was on the magic mile the majority of
the week teaching a 9 year old how to ski better.
By friday, the kid was skiing GS on upper palmer.
Scott Houser crashed before he could even get to
the first gate on Wednesday (on video no less!).
Later that day, he crashed right above me and I had to
run away to avoid a collision. Sasha
Karapetrovadrove all the
way to Bend, Oregon with Connor O'Brien in a camp bus to
take her CDL test, but the tester guy called in sick (or
something like that), so she was denied her test and now
has to go to Eugene to take her test there. Ted
Ligety (aka Noelle Gillis/Matt Chirico?) gave me
a giant Hershey's chocolate bar for my birthday last
week. It was autographed and everything. Joe
Sulpizio outlasted me in an intense game of
"knockout" on Thursday night. Jay Panther did
some double backflips off the big jump in the stratton
mogul lane. Some random Dad guy (not from our
camp) dropped his 5-year-old son near me where I shoot
video on lane 5-6, hikes up the hill and skis down the
moguls......he does this a few times. I became the
babysitter for this poor little 5-year old kid for 5-10
minutes at a time. (pics below). Bill
Toney is digging a ditch to lay down an internet
cable to the Coho lodge (see pic). There was a
freeski camper that looked like a miniature version of
Nolan Willard (see pic). They called him
"mini-Nolan". Nolan refused to pose with him for a
Here's an excellent
article from the Parkrecord.com website about
Scott Veenis and the progress he's made since the
car accident on April 9. Scotty might visit Oregon
in August. hope so!
4th of July fireworks
This is when all
HELL broke loose.......kids running for safety! tree on
Random dad guy leaves his 5-year old kid with
me, so he can go ski moguls....
On a very sad note:
14 year old freeski
camper from session 5, Tanner Olson, died in a
in Montana the day after he got home from
camp. Three people died in the accident, including
Tanner's 19 year old cousin Trevor. Tanner was
friends with mhssc CIT's Riley Slaughter and
River Lucas. Check out this memorial video a
friend of his made. This kid had incredible
Session 7, 2011 update FYI,
I'm using my cressyvideo website to host this weeks'
mhssc staff update. "mthood.com" hosting ISP
"earthlink" is having technical difficulties right now,
so I'm unable upload any changes right now.
Anyway, this will be
short and sweet. We are officially halfway thru
summer. I can only remember one other summer when
we've had so much adverse weather. I thought we
had finally got over the crappy weather hump during
session 6....but I was wrong! Tuesday was cold,
raining, foggy. The race coaches went up Palmer to
check out the scene. Too foggy. Mike
Syrovatka was able to borrow some hill space on the
magic mile when one of the other camps bailed. It
rained at the Wednesday picnic........and Thursday was
THICK fog. K-staffer Taber Engleken
stopped in the middle of his fog-filled GS run on
Thursday and said "I'm scared". It WAS
scary up there. CIT Charlie Ruehl turned 18
this week. He's now a MAN! Roger Bay
spotted a deer walking around the snow on the magic mile
on Tuesday. Campers took turns tossing each
other's baseball caps onto the roof of the picnic
shelter on Wednesday. It was quite the scene.
Sasha Karapetrova and Cayley Christopher
ended up stranded in Salem, Oregon after the bus broke
down on the way home from taking the CDL bus test in
Eugene. Former mhssc staffer Lyndsay Strange
drove to Salem to rescue them (I think?) as the bus was
towed to a repair shop to get fixed the next day.
On one of the rafting trips, 3 kids plus Sasha
Karapetrova fell out of the raft at Oak Springs
rapids......the 3 kids got rescued, while Sasha ended up
stranded on the rocks on the middle of the river.
Olivier Lacaille's raft paddled upstream to
rescue her. The kids that went cliff jumping on
Thursday ended up getting stranded for an hour or two
waiting for their ride home. I don't know all the
facts, but I heard there were some red-neck types
hanging around where they were waiting: drinking,
smoking pot and other related activities. And when
the kids finally got picked up by the bus, one of the
red-neck dudes "mooned" the kids, while one of the
red-neck ladies flashed her boobs. When
Hannah Follender went to take her CDL bus test, she
said that the bus tester guy was asking her if she'd
like to hit up the Portland strip clubs with him and his
wife. Mike and Lynne's oldest daughter,
Jennifer Bard, visited camp last week with her two
kids, Sierra and Simon (see pic). I
made a snowman on Monday and named it "J-Hey".
Then the real J-Hey came down and gave "himself" a kiss.
(see pic). Mark Syrovatka was
setting/salting/coaching on one ski this week.
He's coaching a group of Korean kids for a month.
Matt Chirico tried his luck with ski blades on
More stuff happened,
but I'm on brain overload and sleep deprivation.......I
went to my 28-year high school reunion last night (pic
below)....yeah 28 year......we have reunions on weird
years......that's how we roll.
**Session 8 is
"nice camp" week! Invented by
Terry McLeod some time ago, "nice camp" is an annual
thing we do.......So be kind to each other and go the
extra mile...Just be especially nice this week!
Some photos from last
My 28-year high school
reunion pic: I got "name-tag'd" to death....
Session 8, 2011 update
I don't have a lot to write about this week, so I'll try
to use random filler to try to keep you guys
But first, check out
this Scotty Veenis MHSSC "get-well" video! We miss
Session 8 was "nice
camp". What wasn't all that nice was the weather.
Tuesday was pretty brutal. Rain, wind, fog.
Palmer was closed and Timberline didn't allow anyone to
set gates on the magic mile. Thursday was no
picnic either. Thick fog on the lower mountain,
but sunny on the top half of Palmer.......sunny for
about an hour anyway......THEN, the cloud worked its way
up the mountain to end any chance of decent visibility.
We've only had one completely nice weather week this
entire summer. The benefit of all this cool wet
weather is the snowpack is melting slower than normal.
We are still skiing all the way to the parking lot and
that might be the case well into August this year.
received a $100 tip from one of his adult
campers.....but with the requirement that the hundred
dollars had to be put into an account at Charlie's bar
to only spend it there. One of the girls in
Scott Houser's group, crashed in the GS course and
went slamming into the mogul lane.....looked
brutal.....yes, it's on video. I was ready to call
ski patrol....but moments later she got up and was fine.
Matt Chirico and Rebecca Rist got
significant sunburns (see pic of Matt's back below).
Somebody's bra was found near video station #1 in the
lodge basement. And a beer was found underneath a
camper's bed (see pic). I confiscated it for
evidence.......;) On my picnic run, I came across
some "people" that were smoking pot in the woods.
I don't know if they were campers or random people.
I kept running......At that moment, I was experiencing "runner's
high". Jacquelyn Reis and Co.
went to Circuit Rock
Gym on Tuesday afternoon, then they ate at the
Tim Feeney found
article about the 10 most expensive "camps".
High Cascade snowboard camp made the list. $1,950
for an 8 day camp (wondering if day 1 and day 8 are
travel days, making it a 6 day camp?)
Ok, I'm out of material
for the update. Only 6 weeks left of camp.
It's going by really fast. We only have about 55
campers signed up for session 9. Then it goes back
up to about 80......then we drop off significantly the
rest of the summer.
Lyndsay Strange sent me this photo of Scott
Houser coming out of the start gate at the annual
"summer fun nationals" yesterday.
Session 9, 2011 update
July is over. Still skiing to the parking lot.
On Sunday night, around 12:30am (technically it was
monday morning), there was an impressive lightning storm
and insane rainfall. The stormy weather lingered
into monday's ski day, as the lifts were on standby for
a short period of time. Camper-staff Jack grabbed
a plateful of food for breakfast on Tuesday, including
several tater tots......when Jack got up to get a glass
of milk, Timmy Johnson ate approximately a dozen
of Jack's tots in a matter of seconds. Timmy also
squished a moth that was flying around the staff table.
He said the moth would be ok and could be nursed back to
health. At the camp picnic, William Zell
worked on calculus. Also at the picnic, bus #25
was being inspected by the......well, the inspectors or
course! I don't know the whole story, but
the bus did not pass inspection and said we could not
drive it until the necessary repairs were done.
Keep in mind that we had 2 busloads of kids at the
picnic and somehow they squeezed everyone into one bus
for the ride back to camp. Bus 25 has since
been repaired and is back in service! William
Zell suffered a concussion on his 3rd back-flip
attempt in the terrain park on Friday. Check out
the 3rd photo below.....that's the leg of Brian Robb,
photo man! A random snowboard girl crashed into
Brian, reinjuring his already bad hamstring.
Session 9 was the annual smith rocks rockclimbing camp,
with John Rust leading the way. Thomas
Lowney also worked the smith rocks camp. At
last weeks' "summer fun nationals", Scott Houser
took 2nd overall in the men's GS and 3rd overall in
slalom. Former staffer, Lyndsay Strange won
both the GS and slalom events on the women's side.
Former staffer Spencer Raymond treated myself,
Jacquelyn Reis and Thomas Lowney to the
Portland Timbers' Major League Soccer game last night,
vs Toronto.....game ended in a 2-2 tie. "They" are
re-roofing, the roof of the Wy'East day lodge......using
tax payers dollars to help stimulate the economy.
In case you know Logan Stewart (timberline
mountain manager), he's getting married in September!
Since I clearly have
very little content this week, I thought I'd send out a
few "Emily Questions"....
1. On an airplane you
are talking pleasantly to a stranger of average
appearance. Unexpectedly, the person offers you
$10,000 for one night of sex. Knowing that there is no
danger (STD's) and that payment is certain, would you
accept the offer?
2. If you had to spend
the next 2 years inside a small but fully provisioned
Antarctic shelter with one other mhssc staff member
(past or present), whom would you like to have with you?
3. You become involved
romantically but after 6 months realize you need to end
the relationship. If you were certain the person
would commit suicide if you were to leave and were also
certain you could not be happy with the person, what
would you do?
4. For $1,000,000 would
you be wiling to never again see or talk to your best
5. In a nice
restaurant, after getting the check for an excellent
meal, you notice that you were not charged for one of
the items you ate. Would you tell the waitress?
A new ski movie is
being filmed on Mt Hood this summer. Check out
Session 10, 2011 update
Session 10 was
shark week. But I didn't see any sharks on mt
hood. Here's what happened at mt hood during
session 10: Shorty-40 bus broke down in Gresham on
Sunday night with a bus full of kids from a ski team
from New York. And I heard 11 pairs of their skis
ended up in the wrong city. Not a great way to
start their week of camp. We had about 80 kids at
camp this week, most of them ski racers. We could
still ski all the way to the parking lot this past week,
although that may come to end soon.....unless the
groomers decide to push a little snow in a couple spots
in the last section of the mile canyon. On upper
Palmer, I've yet to see any sign of rocks sticking up
anywhere, which is pretty impressive considering we are
into August now. Prescott McLaughlin skied
for the first time this summer, after rehabbing his
surgically repaired ankle the past several weeks.
Rick Millett and Jasper Newton (and a few
others?) went up for a sunset session in "Park Stegall"
on Wednesday night. Jasper took some amazing
photos of Rick going BIG! The mhssc tennis
court is now in operation. I noticed Bill Toney
was a major factor in getting it ready.....and saw
Mike and Lynne playing there on Friday
afternoon. A mhssc employee (whom shall
remain nameless) was busted for trying to use a
timberline summer season pass of another mhssc employee
that had already gone home for the summer. The
punishment was "community service"......which ended up
as "garbage picker-upper" in the canyon just east of the
timberline parking lot. Whenever it's windy,
that's where all the garbage piles up. "They" are
remodeling the inside of the Wy'East day lodge. I
think I mentioned that "they" were putting a new roof on
the lodge in a recent update.......now they are doing
the inside too. Hopefully they are adding more
places to sit down. If you've ever been in there
in mid-winter on a Saturday, you know how ridiculously
small it is in there to accommodate a big crowd.
Jacquelyn Reis joined me for picnic fun run this
week. She also was brave enough to use my homemade
lane 7 urinal in the mogul lane (see pic below).
And she also pointed it out to me that she was the only
female on the mhssc coaching staff this entire summer.
Darren Owen took some of the picnic brownies and
made them look like poop! (see pic)......he
"stole" this idea from John Rust. Mark
Syrovatka's mom came to visit mt hood. She was
at the picnic. There is now wifi internet at coho
lodge. Now more people can come to ski camp to sit
in front of a computer screen and surf the net.....or
watch sharks on the discovery channel....that's why you
come to mt hood summer ski camps! That's former
staffer Marcus Caston, ripping up the moguls in
the photo below. Check out his new website
marcuscaston.com. Jay Hey went to the Fish
concert. A 6-pack of staff rode mountain bikes to
the picnic together (see pic). Rebecca Zell sat down at Darren's
mogul jump (lane 7) to watch the US freestyle ski team
do amazing inverted aerials on lane 17. I just
noticed that Jacquelyn Reis made into the first 5
photos this week....camera hog? 10 weeks down, 4
to go. I'm currently experiencing burnout
level 3 (of 10).
Hey check out this new
"how to cook your burger" video! starring the
Session 11, 2011 update
Monday, August 8, was the last day you could ski all the
way to the parking lot. If you didn't care about
your skis too much (like a certain mogul coach), then
you extended that skiing to the parking lot thing
another day or two. Chase Kerzel and Bill
Toney hiked up to crater rock this week.
Timmy Johnson broke his wrist in a snowboard jump
gone wrong incident in the terrain park (see pic).
The creepy CDL bus tester guy that previously had asked
Hannah Follender about going to strip clubs in
portland, asked counselor Kim Nania out on a
date, when she went to take her CDL bus test. By
the way, this guy has a wife. I heard thru
the grapevine, that kids were looking at porn on the
computers in the lodge basement. A camper/helper
guy dropped a salt bag on friday and it went sliding
down the mountain into the high cascade terrain park.
Fortunately, this happened on Friday........the last day
of operation for high cascade (and Windells) was
Thursday, so no people were down there during the salt
bag incident. An 11 year old camper named "Wilson",
received 9 care packages in the mail in the 2 weeks he
was at camp. Me? I've received ONE care
package in 26 years. Only 3 short weeks left of
camp. It's all going by so fast. Lifts are
opening at 7:30am (regular time was 7am) starting this coming
week and we have to start carrying our skis up the magic
mile too. The MHSSC terrain park (Park Stegall) is closed for the
year now......our snowboard and freeski campers will do
their training in the public terrain park these last 3
sessions; which is where high cascade had their park.
family spread some of Mark's ashes in Vail last week.
You gotta try one of
these delicious "mudslides"! Here's how to make one
(starring Katrina, the lovely bartender at Charlie's)...
14) is the date of two sad mhssc anniversaries.
A year ago today,
Spencer Nelson died in a climbing accident in
Colorado. There is a "hike for Spencer" event at
Winter Park today. More info -->>
Today is also the 9
year anniversary of the passing of camper
Kees Nederhand. Kees was a 14 year old camper,
that was killed when he skied into the rocks on lower
palmer during a warm-up run.
Session 12, 2011 update
On Monday, our streak of nice sunny weather came to an
end, as we experienced a little bit of fog and wind.
The rest of the week was sunny and warm......t-shirt on
the mountain warm! CIT Erica Carras F'd her
ankle in the halfpipe. Luckily no broken bones,
but she has been in a soft cast and walking with
crutches all week. Nolan Willard broke his
skis this week. But he found a pair of his super
old skis in a random room in the lodge basement to use
for the rest of the summer. He said this was the
original pair of barely-still-alive-skis that he brought
to camp when he first started working at mhssc (2004).
(see pic below). Snowboard video man Jeff Holce
has tripled his work duties: Now he also shoots
video for the freeski group and is also working as
k-staff. Not much else happened this past
week....Only 2 sessions left....staff beach trip planned
for the end of the summer. Scroll down to the bottom for
coaches who are looking for a winter gig.......this from
former staffer Janet Lorton Moran:
She is looking for development and ussa level coaches
for the 2011-2012 season at Alpine Meadows in Lake
Tahoe. contact Janet at
email@example.com if you are interested in
camp picnic, I went on an adventure
jog.......ended up in a place I should NOT have
been........redneck trailer park deep in the
woods about a mile and a half west of wildwood
park..... HUGE SCARY Cujo style dog came
charging at me at full speed. I thought I was
about to experience something really bad in my
life.....luckily this dog was only interested in
barking and scare tactics (and drool).....after
about 5 minutes of dog circling me and scaring
the F out of me, I was able to slowly walk away
*This isn't a photo of the actual dog I came
across, but wanted to try to give you some kind
of visual. "my" dog was black in
color and really big! (and did I mention
"scary and mean"?)
Oregon coast staff trip is being planned!! What: MHSSC
staff vacation at the Oregon coast Where: Seaside
area When: Monday
(Labor Day) September 5 thru Wednesday Sept 7 (give or
take a day or two on each end of that) Why: Beer,
food, relaxation, surfing, kite flying, sticking your
feet into the pacific ocean, etc. We also plan on
spreading some of Mark Stegall's ashes at one of
Mark's favorite surfing spots. Who: So far
who's coming that I'm aware of: Robin Cressy,
Darren Owen, Roger Bay, Rick Millett,
Mark Syrovatka, Nolan Willard.....and some
"maybe's" on the list: Ryan Boroughs,
Mike & Lynne, Jasper Newton...can't remember
Got tent? I think most of the people plan on camping
out. I'm staying at a motel sept. 5-7 (hillcrest
inn, seaside). Camp ends on Saturday, Sept. 3, so
perhaps some of the staff will head down before I get
there. Come join us! Portland area
ex-staffers wanna come down? The more, the
merrier! *Motel rooms are sort of expensive in
Seaside, but perhaps you can find a deal on hotwire.com,
priceline, etc. I'll find out more about where
people are camping and post that next week.
Session 13, 2011 update Scott Veenis showed
up at camp this week! Scott was up in Seattle for
a wedding, then spent a night in Seaside, Oregon
(coast).....then met up with his surgeon at OHSU
hospital in Portland, then made his way up to Govy on
Tuesday evening. (see pics below). On
Wednesday, Scotty decided it his time to go skiing
again.......his femur leg wasn't quite ready for skiing,
so his first day back on snow was on ONE ski! who
does THAT? Anyway, it was just remarkable to see
Scotty back here in his element, only 4 and a half short
months after his head-on car accident.
The racer sitting directly behind Scotty in the car
wreck was Hank Shipman. Please take a few
moments to read this
inspirational update about Hank that his mother
Other session 13
tidbits: Some random videographer guy from lane 8
snowboard camp decided to just sit in my homemade urinal
hole that I had dug in the mogul lane. Yep,
he was just hanging out in the yellow snow zone! (see
pic). ewww! I beat Olivier Lacaille
in a game of H-O-R-S-E thus earning a $1 dollar. Olivier
blamed some of his poor shooting skills on the 5 bee
stings he got on his leg a few hours earlier.
There was a half power outage at the camp lodge on
Thursday night. Yep, the lodge's power is sort of
split in two, where both halves are independent of each
other...yeah, it's weird! Anyway, most of the
kitchen stuff was not powered up, so the rookie
k-staffers (Jeff Holce and Makai Bradley)
had to prepare a meal without the benefit of the
convection oven and the griddles and who knows what
else. With the help of Mike Annett, it
turned out to be the best leftovers night of the year.
They served up like a dozen different things. And
then, around 8pm, the power went completely out!
Zero lights, zero nothing......and a huge stack of dirty
dishes! Mike eventually fired up the generator, so
they could do some dishes. Full power came back on
around 1am. A 16 year old camper from Germany
named Konstatin, (also known as "constant pain") paid
counselors Kim Nania and Erica Carras $60
each (plus gas money) to drive him to Portland on Monday
to go to the mall. *Konstatin is the shirtless
character in the photo at the bottom of this update.
He was a high maintenance kid, who broke windows in two
busses, broke the basketball hoop, smoked cigarettes and
did other not-so-good things while he was at camp for
the past FIVE weeks! Mike and Lynne have
already put him on the "no way" list for next summer.
Yep, there's an actual list. On Friday morning,
around 5am, the most intense lightning storm that I've
ever experienced up close and personal in my entire
life, swept thru Govy. It was crazy! It also
happened right as the annual "Hood-to-Coast" event was
getting started. As I drove thru Govy during the
storm, it was pitch dark, lightning every few seconds,
crazy loud thunder, and POURING rain. The
hood-to-coast runners and volunteers were running for
their lives, ducking for cover. It was mass
hysteria! This Portland TV news crew was able to
capture a little bit of
the storm. Former staffer John Rust's
wife, Lisa Rust, was on one of the Hood-to-Coast
teams. The lightning storm also caused a small
fire between Timberline Lodge and Govy (see pic below).
Mike went fishing on the Salmon River (just down
from the lodge) and came back with 5 or so fish (see
pic). Jasper Newton did some awesome
back-flips off of the mogul jump. see pics.
Only 1 more week of
camp left. yay! Adults-Only session this coming
week. Still TONS of snow left. See pic below
of lower west lane. I don't remember ever seeing
this much snow at this time of the summer on lower
palmer. Zero sign of any rocks popping up in lanes
1-8 on upper palmer. We are down to having only
one cook still hanging around, Jeff Holce.....and
he's the snowboard videographer! Rumor has
it that Michelle Schmitt is coming out of K-staff
retirement to make a guest appearance to help Jeff out
for 3 days this coming week.
Staff post-camp coast trip is only 1 session away! yay!
come join us! Sept 5-7.....some people might be
there as early as Sept 3 or 4.
little puff of smoke? That's a small
forest fire that was caused by Friday morning's
*photo taken from
the bottom of Palmer
former mhssc coach, wanted me to send out this job
I know you broadcast far and wide
to a group of bright hard working people. Although most
if not all of us would prefer to work fulltime in the
ski industry, sometimes we have to get "real" jobs as
well. I have two entry level software sales jobs,
one in Healthcare Electronic Medical Records and the
other in the Credit Union space. These jobs have a
typical starting salary with a fast track opportunity to
a 6 figure income. The jobs are initially located
in Maine with opportunities to relocate to another east
coast location once established. If you could get the
word out to our alma mater I would appreciate it. Oh,
and if these folks want to coach on weekends I have
taken a weekend program director job and could use
coaches as well :).....contact Joe Reis:
Session 14, 2011 update DONE!
Happy to be done. We had 23 adult campers for the
final session, 6 coaches, 2 counselors, 1.5 cooks, and 1
videographer.....oh, and 1 camp director....and I almost
forgot: 1 rafting helper guy on Tuesday (Mark
Syrovatka) Not a whole heck of a lot happened
during the final week of camp. Everybody was on
auto-pilot, the weather was nice, no lift lines, no
injuries. Former K-staffer Michelle Schmitt,
came out of retirement to help cook the final 3 days of
camp....and speaking of former staffers, Stu
Halverson, also made an appearance on the hill for a
few days, making a few late summer runs thru the public
terrain park. There was a wild fire on the north
side of Mt Hood, sort of near Parkdale. As you can
see in a couple of the photos below, the smoke managed
to make it's way to our side of the mountain.
Rick Millett coached snowboard race this week (1
camper). The adults stopped by a tavern in
Maupin after white water rafting on Tuesday for adult
beverages/dinner. Roger Bay, Ryan
Boroughs and Mike "Axel" Foley dressed up in
suits on the last day of camp and ripped up the moguls.
It was stunning! They bought their jackets &
ties at a Hood River thrift shop during "wine tasting"
afternoon activity. In the 26 years I've
been working at mhssc, this was definitely in the top 2
(if not #1) for snowpack left at the end of the summer.
Zero rocks showing in lanes 1-7. And still plenty
of snow to train on lower west of palmer.
Adult camper, Kamilo F, was telling us about an
invention of his: A smart phone application, where
the user could urinate on some kind of card, then you
insert the card into your smart phone and it would
instantly tell you if that person had any sexually
transmitted diseases. Yep, we get interesting
campers with all sorts of backgrounds coming to mhssc!
That's about it from
Next up: COAST
TRIP! If you are in the area, come join us at the
beach for some rest and relaxation on the oregon coast.
Who's coming?: Myself, Darren Owen,
Roger Bay, Nolan Willard, Jeff Holce,
Jasper Newton, Rick Millett.....and maybe
Mike & Lynne Annett, Fuxi, Ryan Boroughs,
Mike Foley, Stu Halverson, Mike Hay...I'm
probably forgetting somebody. When? Monday
thru Wednesday (sept 5-7). Most are camping out.
Surfing, relaxing, drinking, eating, kite flying, long
walks on the beach...are all on the menu.
Spreading some of Mark
Stegall's ashes is also happening on this trip.
Nothing is really set in stone as to what beach or
beaches we'll be hanging out on. The weather
is supposed to be pretty good.....some morning fog and
then sunny.....temps in the upper 60's and lower 70's.
I plan on having dinner/drinks at
Dundee's bar &
grill in Seaside, Oregon on
around 8pm'ish. Here's the Dundee's
link. It's on the main strip (Broadway street)
maybe 4-5 blocks from the beach. Join me for a
burger and a coors light!
post-camp beach trip Sept 5-7, 2011
Hey all! We had an excellent staff trip to the coast a couple
days after the adults-only session. In all, 10 of us made it
down there, including Mike & Lynne. While it was foggy
and somewhat cool in the town of Seaside for much of the 3 days, it
was sunny and warm down at Short Sands, where we spent the majority
of our time. Roger Bay, Darren Owen, and I spent
some time at "Funland" (video games place in Seaside). Some 13
year old girl schooled me in a game of moving hoop basketball, score
was 20 to 8. Darren played an intense game of "Galaxia" (80's
arcade style game) and ended up with the 3rd highest score on that
machine. Sweat was pouring off his head as he intensely hit
the "fire" button some 2,300+ times. Rick Millett
managed to carry his surfboard, his fancy camping chair, big
backpack and a cooler full of budweiser/ice/food down the half mile
trail from the parking lot to the beach. Mike and Lynne
treated us to a nice dinner at the Dundee's Bar & Grill on Tuesday
night. Jeff Holce had to sit by himself in the
"under-21" family area at the bar. We also randomly ran into
former mhssc race coach, Craig Daniels at short sands.
A random dog (black lab) played fetch with us all day long on
Tuesday. We thought the dogs' owner had abandoned him, but at
the end of the day, the dog found his owner who had been surfing all
On my drive home to Portland, I
witnessed a one-car wicked bad wreck. This mom and 2 young
daughters flipped in the car 3 times into somebody's yard, just a
few miles east of Seaside. Luckily no major injuries.
Car was traveling the opposite direction than I was. Freaked
me out! Kids were in strapped in their child seats as they
should have been. They were crying hysterically. Not
sure why I included this story in this mhssc newsletter. Just
one of those moments where you realize that things can change in an
On day 3 of the coast trip, some of
Mark Stegall's ashes were spread at shorts sands, one of his
favorite surf spots. (photos at bottom)
mhssc race coach Craig Daniels on the right
Day 3.....spreading Mark's
ashes at short sands...