Caston bobs and weaves through chest-deep snow, turn after turn, leaving little to be desired—aside from wishing to serve up another heaping scoop.
— Powder Magazine, February 29, 2016
Meet Lyndsay & Marcus
Lyndsay Strange and Marcus Caston have been coaching groups on Mt. Hood for over 10 years, collectively.
Lyndsay has been a USSA certified alpine coach for 8 years, moving from the east coast to Vail, and then Utah, where she has headed up the Academy Prep U14’s and coached the women’s FIS group for 3 years at Rowmark Ski Academy. She has recently gained accolades by coaching former US Ski Team athlete turned Team Mexico athlete, Sarah Schleper, in all events at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Lyndsay’s rich experience and incredible ability to connect with kids has generated a positive reputation among her colleagues and pupils.
Marcus grew up as an elite level ski racer in Utah, excelling in the sport and reaching the highest level of Nor-Am and Europa cup competition. He now is progressing the sport on the big-mountain stage, appearing in his third Warren Miller film this year and exploring projects on his own for film and photography that’s featured in top publications like Outside Magazine, Powder Magazine, Ski & Skiing Magazines, Ski Journal and more. He won the first annual Ski Town Hair Down and was featured on Powder Magazine’s February 2017 issue.
They both possess a unique attitude toward skiing that makes having fun the highest priority, which inspires the kids to love and excel in the sport and purely as they do.
A new addition to the coaching staff this year, Darren Owen aka “D.O.”, will be partnering with Party Beach for our big mountain/freeride camps. D.O. is a veteran freestyle/big mountain coach from Snowbird, Utah. Darren brings to the camp a life long passion for skiing and coaching. He is a technician and will be able to assist with athlete skill building. Key skills such as quality and variety of turn styles, aggressive and efficient body position, jumping, dropping and landing air, execution of aerial maneuvers, line choice and use of natural landmarks to stay on line.
“My vision for the first ever big mountain camp on Mt Hood is to give developing skiers a creative facility. Together, we create a positive coaching staff from diverse skiing backgrounds. I feel an eclectic staff can address the variety of skills used by big mountain skiers. When conceiving the camp we decided to focus on the IFSA criteria (line choice, control, fluidity, technique, style and energy). By focusing on the IFSA criteria athletes have the ability to improve skills that not only make them better contest skiers but all mountain rippers who can charge hard making good decisions on the hill day in day out. I am so excited to team with two of the greatest coaches and skiers in the world. Lyndsay Strange and Marcus Caston. I love skiing and look forward to bringing a new discipline to Mt Hood and the timberline glacier.”
Party Beach Ski Camps?
It’s all about having fun! Ski racing is intimidating… especially on a massive open snow field face with a relentless pitch (Mt. Hood, Oregon), one false move and you could be sliding for quite a while with volcanic rocks at the terminus… We want to make ski racing and skiing in general a “judgment free zone” where athletes can explore what the sport means and how it feels to them.
We cultivate an inclusive environment, where it doesn’t matter who you are, what your background is, or how old you are, you’re one of us and we’re in it together. We put together small groups with high level FIS athletes, masters age adults and juniors, alike, yet we are all the same age and in the same boat when we’re together, having fun. We feel that by making fun the priority, the athletes automatically push themselves and execute drills and courses with a high intensity perhaps without even realizing they’re working so hard.