Northwest snowboarding legend Graham Hymanstra getting wicked on a fake pile of bricks.
Summer is just around the corner, and while that means your local hill and life have melted away, we here at Yobeat have great news: summer camps! Snowboard camps on Hood, Whistler, and in countries south of the border not only save snowboarders from mental break downs, but offer them the chance to improve their skills, make new friends, and see what snowboarding is really all about. For some snowboarders, being a camper can be the bestÂ experienceÂ in life, for others, making the journey and trying to poach can be just as thrilling. Either way some of the camps have really stepped up their facilities this year, which may result in the best summer yet. So here are your best options for summer snowboarding in 2009.
First up we have High Cascade Snowboard Camp.
Located in the heart of summer snowboarding, Government Camp, Oregon, is High Cascade Snowboard Camp. HCSC is a very snow and skate oriented camp, leaving behind much of the Kumbaya summer camp nonsense. Not only does HCSC host two camps on the Palmer snowfield they also have two skateparks and a very fun scene back in Government Camp. This may be the best camp for learning, progressing, and feeling like a real part of the snowboard community. Government Camp offers a real worldÂ experienceÂ where snowboarding is king and your favorite riders are skating right next to you.
HCSC hosts two parks, one of which has chairlift access. The other will now have a rope tow.
HCSC is located in Government Camp. This means you will meet pros and other people in their natural environment, and not have to suffer through a long ride to and from the hill.
Cobra Dogs, The Huckleberry, and Volcano Cones. If you don’t know, maybe it’s time for camp.
It isn’t as bug juice and summer romance as many of the camps on the Disney channel, so if that is what you are looking for, you may not find it at HCSC.
Isn’t going to happen. Many have tried, many have failed. You’re more likely to go pro than you are to ride HCSC withoutÂ credentials.
Moving onto Windell’s, or as they like to be called, The “Funnest” Place on Earth.
Windells is located roughly thirty minutes down the mountain from the snow. This is the spot for that kumbaya approach to summer camp because it is a more isolated location and caters to a broader (read younger/skiers) audience. Windell’s does host some of the best skating of any summer camp though, but the snowboard park isn’t always up to par with that of HCSC. However, after camp activities are king at Windells. They host dirt bike riding, a massive indoor and outdoor skatepark, and many other options of fun stuff.
The snowboard park is not up to standard with HCSC.
Poaching can be a problem at Windells.
The morning and afternoon drive back to camp can be a bummer.
Try to look pro, or make friends with the employees.
Mt. Hood has one option left, the Mount Hood Summer Ski camps.
This little gem caters to skiers, ski racers, and snowboarders. It has a fun small park and a great downrail. The camp itself is not up to the standards of HCSC or Windells, however.
Fun little park.
Skiers and ski racers.
Located in the middle of nowhere.
For more information visit their site, mthood.com.
Canada also provides snowboarders with a summer option at the Camp of Champions.
Camp of Champs is a wonderful place for the older crowd, and for Canadians. Located in Whistler there is a good scene for those over 18. The park is amazing, the lifts run, and all the Canadian pros are there. It’s a pretty good time.
The park is huge.
Whistler is a fun area and you stay right in the heart of the village.
A great way to enjoy summer snowboarding.
Cheap medical attention when you get hurt and great prescription drugs.
It is lacking some of the big names Mt. Hood draws.
It’s in Canada.
If these options don’t excite you don’t fret, there are more out there. First off anyone can simply drive to Mt. Hood to enjoy the public park and the running lifts. Visit the Timberline website for more information to get that adventure started.
For those of you interested in travel there are several options south of the boarder as well. New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina all offer snowboarding in what we consider summer. Getting there and riding is expensive, but it could be the best trip of your life.
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