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Thanks to a deep northwest snowpack, Mt. Hood’s Palmer glacier at Timberline ski area in Oregon is one of the best places to be for summer skiing. Mt. Hood is a skiing and alternative sports summer camp mecca for athletes young and old. From alpine racers to park-and-pipe specialists, there’s a camp for you this summer. Stay in the nearby town of Government Camp and enjoy plenty of after-camp activities, while still being only 45 minutes from downtown Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.
Windells Camp offers summertime camps for freeskiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and BMX. They have two private lifts, seven parks, bag jumps, Olympic trampolines, foam pit and dry slopes. Need proof that all this works? Graduates of Windells include 23 Olympic medalists and 187 X Games medalists including Tanner Hall, Eric Pollard, and Kristi Leskinen.
Training: Intermediate to expert skiers receive professional coaching in park and freeskiing skills from top coaches like Tom Wallisch, Tim Durtschi, Ashley Battersby, as well as guest pros like Sammy Carlson, Eric Pollard, and Kaya Turski.
Other Activities: Windells 53-acre campus is one of its main draws—it includes five skate parks, BMX tracks and jumps, trampolines, a foam pit and even a private fishing lake.
New This Year: For 2010, Windells has a new private rope tow and they’re building a massive bag jump, where a dryslope frame, made from 100 percent recycled galvanized steal, will launch skiers into a jump where they’ll land on huge inflated bag.
Lodging and Food: Accommodations and meals are provided on-site, with group, double, or single occupancy available. Off-site lodging is also available. Wireless internet and hot tub included, among other amenities.
Adult Camps: Windells isn’t just for kids. Their adult freeskiing program includes all the same top-notch instruction, plus apres ski parties, sushi nights, late-night skate sessions, hot tubs, and more.
If gate bashing is your thing, Mt. Hood offers plenty of race camps during the summer as well, for kids and adults. National Alpine Ski Camps offers 7-, 10-, or 21-day camps for kids and limited sessions for adults. The camps include alpine race training for GS and slalom.
Other Activities: At the National Alpine Ski Camp, racers choose three after-training activities daily, including windsurfing, kiteboarding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, and go karts, among others.
Lodging and Food: Accommodations and meals are provided at NASC’s off-hill facility at Cooper Spur Resort where cabins with shared baths are provided for campers. Day camp options are available without food and lodging.
Who is it for: NASC is for junior and FIS-level racers ages 8-18 as well as adult Masters racers.
Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps offers week-long camps for kids (or kid-adult mixed), with late-summer adults-only camps. Camps include comprehensive offerings in three disciplines: freestyle (bumps and aerials), freeskiing (terrain park rails, air, and pipe), and alpine race.