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Dates: June 4th-August 12th
Founded in 1988 by world-champion snowboarder, Tim Windell, Windells Academy has been a major player the snowsports industry for over two decades. This summer, Windells will offer eight week-long sessions and one full-length, 71 day session for overnight campers. For those looking to polish their skills on their own over the summer, the Academy will also offer day camps and access-only camps, where participants can use the private lifts and terrain parks sans coaching and off hill activities. In addition to the world-class snow facilities, there are also five indoor/outdoor skateparks, BMX tracks, and a 12,000 sq. ft. indoor recreation facility, all of which legitimize the Windells mantra: “The funnest place on earth.”
Dates: June 12th-July 30th
Timberline’s private progression park is designed to help campers learn new tricks in a safe and un-intimidating environment, with support from a fully AASI/PSIA certified coaching staff. Coaches welcome families and children as young as 7 to attend camp. Sessions at Timberline last for three to five days and are offered as overnight and day camp packages. Overnight campers get slope-side lodging, priority lift service, and daily meals from the Timberline Culinary Team. Visit their website for camp prices and more information on pro athlete appearances from camp sponsor, Atomic.
Dates: May 29th-July 30th
After 32 years of operation, MHSSC has long been a destination for skiers looking to refine their skills. This camp’s private terrain park has a full-time maintenance staff, who hand-shape features every day to ensure optimal skiing and riding conditions all summer long. By riding the early-morning shuttle, dedicated campers can get on the mountain faster than everyone else, and hit the park while the snow is still firm. With jumps ranging in size from 5’ tabletops to a 50’ kicker, the park is able to provide a good platform for steady progression. The coach-student ratio at MHSSC is 1 to 8, which gives participants a more personalized learning experience than some other camps. MHSSC will be offering 13 different camp sessions this summer, including courses with emphasis on moguls, aerials, and terrain park skills.
Dates: June 24th-July 8th
Dave Murray Ski and Snowboard Camp’s summer program puts a heavy emphasis on freestyle skiing and aims to help skiers develop their skills in park and pipe. Campers can choose between an eight-day or five-day session, or they can sign up for individual days of coaching. Dave Murray Camps limit their camps to 50 people per session, to ensure that their private half-pipe and terrain park are never crowded. Additionally, campers stay in two-bedroom luxury suites at the base of the mountain during their visit to Whistler. When they’re not on the snow, campers can stay busy with activities like paintball, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and wakeboarding.
June 17th-July 25th
Celebrating their 20th year of operation, Momentum focuses on mogul and freestyle skiing for both competitive and recreational skiers of all ages. Acclaimed for their exceptional coaching, Momentum Ski Camps have an impressive line-up of Olympians, World Cup skiers, and X Games medalists on their coaching staff. In addition to their stellar coaches, Momentum offers campers a foam pit, water ramps, and two airbags. They also have the largest expanse of skiing-only terrain on the Blackcomb Glacier, which includes a brand new 22’ half pipe that will be used by the Canadian National Team while they are gearing up for the 2014 Olympics. Momentum will host five different nine-day camp sessions, one of which is specialized for girls with guest coach Sarah Burke. Visit their website for specifics on camp dates and other events like their 20th anniversary celebration.
June 26th – July 24th
The Camp of Champions summer camp is home to the world’s largest private terrain park, which is designed and maintained by Arena Snowparks, who also designed and built the pipe for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Their full-time coaching staff has a mix of pro-skiers and industry professionals, but the camp is regularly graced with the presence of pros like Bobby Brown, Tom Wallisch, and Kolby Ward. All of this adds up to a one-of-a-kind learning experience for campers, who also get access to The Compound, an indoor facility equipped with skating and BMX ramps, Dryslope rails, and an airbag. Camp of Champions will run four different sessions this summer, with the option of attending for five or eight days. And for those looking to get some serious time on snow, COC is also selling passes for all-summer-long terrain park access. Visit their website for more information on their summer “Send it With…” sessions, this year with visits from Monster Energy, Newschoolers, and 4FRNT.
June 14th – August 6th
Woodward at Copper is one of the only facilities that offers both on-snow and indoor training for skiers, year-round. This 19,400 square foot compound is packed with all kinds of freestyle terrain, as well as Olympic grade trampolines and indoor skate bowls. Summer campers will spend their mornings practicing technique in the Catalyst terrain park, and their afternoons sessioning the Woodward at Copper Barn. The Barn contains a big air foam pit, 35’ drop-ins, and 6,200 square feet of jib and Snowflex features. Off-hill activities include rock climbing, go kart racing, and mini golf, all of which are located on the Woodward campus. This summer, there will be eight different week-long sessions, and three four-day sessions. The Barn is also open for individual drop-in sessions and day camps all year long, for those that can’t commit to summer camp regiment. Check out the Woodward website to see bird’s eye view footage of their state of the art facilities.
Dates: July 23rd – August 20th
SASS, which stands for South American Snow Sessions, operates summer training camps in the Patagonian backcountry. Instead of skiing corn on an over-crowded glacier, camp-goers will shred sick lines through Northern Patagonia powder. With a full staff of guides, including pro freeskier, Michelle Parker, SGT will teach students how to pick a safe line, build backcountry kickers, and dig proper snow pits. Sierra Nevada Mountain College has also teamed up with SGT to offer fully accredited college courses where campers can earn up to 12 credits during their stay in Argentina. This summer, SGT will offer two different college sessions with the option of staying for two, three, or four weeks. Check out their website for more info, or to learn about their other programs in Vermont, Colorado, and Japan.