While flowers may be popping and snow boots have been traded for sandals, ski season still has a bit of life left in it in the form of summer ski camps. In about a month’s time, Team FR and thousands of ski racers, freestylers, and snowboarders come together at Timberline Resort for summer camps. A summer camp at Mt. Hood is a rite of passage for athletes young and old, with some of the biggest names in racing and freestyle making annual Mt. Hood appearances. With resorts closing left and right, now is the perfect time to consider where you are ski camping. Team FR has a run down of Mt. Hood ski racing camps to help you decide where to spend your summer snow time.
- Timberline Summer Snow Camps: The only camp on the glacier that is ran by the resort itself, which means slope-side lodging and priority lift access! Timberline operates camps year-round, allowing you take advantage of local knowledge. Timberline offers family camps and GS/SL performance camps with low camper to coach ratios, dryland activities, lodging, and video analysis. All inclusive family camps are $2100 per person and all inclusive performance camps are $1900.
- Tichy Racing Camps: With 12 sessions of camps scheduled at Timberline, Tichy Racing has you covered all summer! Pick a week that best matches what you want. Their all inclusive camps provide a seamless, focused, and fun experience, with Tichy Racing taking care of every step of the way. With a year round presence at Hood and fall camps in Austria and Colorado, Tichy Racing are ski camp experts. All Hood camps are offered for $1550, with some reduced rates depending on the session.
- Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps: With over 35 years of experience on Mt. Hood, campers can expect an ultimate camp experience. Open to ages as young as 7 (stay with parents offsite) MHSSC offers GS and SL training for entry level to expert skiers. A longstanding operator on Mt. Hood, their motto is “Everyone gets better here!”. You can see for yourself with overnight camps starting at $1325.
- Win Alpine: Boasting a 5:1 athlete to coach ratio, this race program from Michigan can offer personal attention for your athlete. Included in the program fee is ski testing, lodging, food, dry-land training including waterfall hikes, crabbing, a visit to Portland’s Saturday Market, and whitewater rafting (additional $60)! All inclusive programs begin at $2495 and all junior athletes are welcome.
- National Alpine Ski Camp: NASC offers an all inclusive ski GS and SL camp on their own custom track that develops strong fundamental offensive, aggressive movement as opposed to defensive movement that happens when training on too steep of terrain. National Alpine Ski Camp has an all summer presence on Mt. Hood, ensuring that staff is well-versed in training on the glacier. Day camps start at $1895, all inclusive camps $2395.
- Party Beach Ski Camps: A newcomer to Hood, this camp focuses on fun and the love of skiing above all else. GS and SL camps are balanced with soul shreds, moguls, all-mountain skiing, and stellar off mountain activities. Burnout is real and Party Beach is here to prevent it. With an all summer long presence at Hood, choose a week that works best for you or your racer. All ages are welcome and prices begin at $1475.
- Keely’s Ski Camp: No boys allowed! The only ski camp exclusively for girls with a host of Olympic, World Cup, and professional FEMALE coaches. Get your girl power on with camps in June and July.
- Erich Sailer Ski Racing Camps: ESSRC is another camp loaded with star power! Erich Sailer is ski coaching royalty, with Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn being ESSRC alumni. Two June sessions are open to all ages and abilities, with the possibility of being able to run 500 to 800 gates per day. Cost per session is $1650, not including lodging (160.62/4 per night).
- Willy Camp: The Scroggins family invites U14 to Masters racers to two week GS and SL camps hosted in June and July. If you are serious, yet want to have fun and prepare for the Summer Fun Nationals, Willy’s Camp is the best in business! Masters full camps are $755 with two week GS/SL combined camps coming in at $2000.
- Snowperformance: Gear up for the Summer Fun Nationals with the Masters ski race improvement camp. Camp sessions start at $445.
- U.S. Elite Camps: Open to racers, 9-18, U.S. Elite camps offer GS and SL training combined with dryland training, while offering a real summer camp feel. This camp is a great mix of focused, serious training and serious fun. All inclusive camps begin at $3325.
- Olin LaCasse Ski Racing School: All ages and abilities are welcome here! The camp is designed for racers wanting individual attention in honing their skills with coaches from all over the world. All inclusive July Camp (two sessions available) comes in at $2100.
- Peak Performance Ski Camps: Peak offers intensive SL and GS training with low coach to athlete ratios and in-depth video analysis. Sessions through June and July for those ages 9 and up. Sessions begin at $2555.
- Green Mountain Valley School Hood Camp: With top-level coaches and goal oriented training, this camp is for the serious racer. Come see what the GMVS has to offer and train with their coaching staff on the summer snow at Mt. Hood. Camps are open to U12 and U14 racers with a fee of $3100.
- Stratton Mt. School Mt. Hood Camp: Stratton Mountain School hosts one camp at Mt. Hood open to all U10 to U14 racers. The all inclusive camp offers nine days on snow training GS and SL for $3100.
- Ligety-Weibrecht Ski Camps: With coaches like Ligety, Weibrecht, Nyman, and Chodounsky, this camp is stacked with ski racing superstars. Three sessions are available for 2018 for $1799, incentives for early sign-up.
- Speedy’s Ski Camps: Offering camps for U8-U19 racers, Speedy’s has it going on with one on one video analysis, lodging, meals, and a top-tier coaching staff. Speedy’s has been training on Palmer Glacier since 1979. Junior ski camps begin at $1200.
- PV Alpine: Entering its 16th year on the glacier, PV Alpine offers Nor-Am and Olympic level coaching with a 5:1 athlete to coach ratio. Days are structured to get the most of our your snow time while still having a super-fun camp experience. All inclusive camps begin at $1350.
For those of you craving more racing, make plans now to attend the Summer Fun Nationals, July 13-15, at Mt. Hood. Open to all ages and abilities, this race is pure fun on snow. Racing, prizes, food, and smiles that last for three days! Don’t miss out on your chance to earn some more hardware.
Masters racers – are you looking for speed this summer? American Downhiller will host a Downhill Camp at Mammoth Mountain, May 11-13. This camp will have a great coaching line-up featuring Marco Sullivan, World Cup Coach Chris Brigham, and Mammoth’s Masters Coach Pierre Jeangirard. Full three day clinic is $750, with an option for a two day clinic. Lift passes are discounted for the event, $66 per day.
As a note, be sure to do your homework on your camp of choice. Investigate what is or isn’t included and plan accordingly. Some camps allow children under 9 to attend, with the camper spending nights with his/her parent(s) and participating in all camp activities during the day for a flat day rate. Also, most of the camp websites offer a detailed list on what to bring to ensure you or your child has the best experience at camp. In case you don’t see a list, Ski Racing Media threw down some great tips to get the most out of your summer race camp. Please note, none of the prices above include airfare, with the closest airport being PDX (Portland).
Team FR will be in Govi for another summer; make sure to stop in to say hello or perhaps design your one-of-a-kind custom race suit for next season. While Team FR won’t be at the gas station, you will still be able to find us in the heart of Govi or on the glacier. See you all soon!
Keep on carving,
Team FR (SMM)