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.
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.
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 along with some additional recognition
for individual racers. As the points system rewards
for 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, go to nastar.com for more information on NASTAR.
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 at least 18yrs in age. For more information
about joining us click on the registration link
class revision explanation
PACRAT Scoring System
Summary and Definition of Terms
PACRAT Timing and
Links to all board meeting
minutes for the current and past seasons.
A link to the results
of the survey sent out in may 2014.