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Pick of the Summer Camps

It’s getting to that time of the year when resorts are going into shutdown mode, with the snow turning rapidly to slush and the riders living in a constant state of closing party induced hangovers. The prospect of six long months off your skis can kind of be depressing, but thanks to the many camps that are popping up across the world, catching some summer sessions has never been easier. When you think about it there’s no better time to be sessioning the park and progressing your tricks when the landings are soft and the sun is shining. To help you get planning we’ve picked out a selection of summer freestyle camps across the world to inspire you…

British Freeski Camps
When: 13th July 13 – 3rd August 13
Where: Cervinia, Italy
Price: From £249
They say:
The British Freeskiing performance training camps in association with Freeski Britain and the Warren Smith Ski Academy have developed a great deal over the past several years. The camps, running in the summer in Saas-Fee are focused on bringing the British freeskiing community closer together and building a basis for training riders to become top level New School, Skier Cross and Big Mountain competitors. The camps also giving less experienced skiers who have never had the chance to ride the park or skier cross a unique learning and confidence gaining experience. There is no exclusion or elitism on the camps. They cater for INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED, EXPERT, ASPIRING PRO and PRO levels of skier. The British Freeski Camps have been set up by and are run in association with Freeski Britain (the organisation responsible for the representation of British freeskiing) and the Warren Smith Ski Academy and feature an all-star line up of coaches and technical staff.
Further information: britishfreeskicamps.com

Freestyle America
When: 29th June 13 – 14th July 13
Where: Whistler, Canada
Price: From $3990 CND
They say:
Summer Snow training is essential for serious competitors who want to advance their skiing to the next level. The Freestyle America Whistler Camp maximizes the opportunity of summer glacier skiing through coaching focused on each athletes own personal goals and imparting a curriculum of technical skiing elements, aerial skill progression, and plenty of mileage training and practice time. Additionally, 4 afternoons of trampoline training at the Whistler Bounce Trampoline Center will help athletes refine their mogul, slope, and half-pipe airs.

The Freeskiing coaching program includes training on the Momentum venue adjacent to our mogul lane, the big air table top below the mogul lane, and the Momentum half-pipe. The Slopestyle curriculum includes off-axis air training (including a BagJump facility), grabs, switch skiing, and competition run development and practice. The half-pipe training program includes practicing specific hits (pipe airbag available), pipe specific skiing skills including switch take-offs and landings, grabs, and pipe competition run practice. And yes, if you’d like to add a little mogul training in with your camp, you may do so. Additionally, athletes will have 2 afternoons of trampoline training at the Whistler Bounce Trampoline Center.
Further information: freestyleamerica.com

Camp of Champions
When: 30 June 13 – 25th July 13
Where: Whistler, Canada
Price: From $600 CND
They say:
The Camp of Champions in Whistler is celebrating its 25th year as the place to be to make your freeskiing dreams come true. The Camp of Champions is the official summer camp of the AFP Tour. If your dream is to get better at skiing, to have the most fun summer of your life or going pro and being on the podium at the X-Games or The Olympics, then come to The Camp of Champions this summer and you’ll be skiing alongside The U.S. National Slopestyle Team, getting coached by amazing pros and skiing with campers that share your dream. The pros choose The Camp of Champions for the same that we hope you do. Good times with new friends, the town of Whistler and skiing The Camp of Champions Park – the largest, most varied and best maintained summer slopestyle park in the world. The pros know COC is where you progress your park skills while having more fun than you ever dreamed possible. How do the pros know? COC is where most of the pros got their start – as campers just like you. Big things await you. Come to The Camp of Champions and get your dreams started. Get Stoked.
Further information: campofchampions.com

Momentum Ski Camp
When: 21st June 13 – 29th July 13
Where: Whistler, Canada
Price: $1525 CDN
They say:
The Freeride program is designed to teach you skills in the park and pipe. With the largest summer skiing-only terrain in North America, we have available a progression of jumps and rails to fit all levels of skiers. We also have 2 on-snow airbags, trampolines and a full water ramp facility to help train your aerial skills, as well as using the new Foam Pit facility at the Olympic Training Centre. Coaching is customized to your level to teach you exactly the skills you want to learn, with one-on-one attention and in depth video review, as well as optional sport psych classes and a special ‘Competitive Program’ for those who want to learn how to perform when it counts most. Your footage from the week is available for download after the camp, along with a souvenir slideshow.

Choose either our all-inclusive ‘Full Package‘, which includes everything plus meals, accommodation and airport transfers or our more economical ‘Skiing Only Package‘, where you get the full coaching program, but no afternoon and evening activities, food, hotel or transfers. You have the option of adding on the activities package for a full day program.
Further information: momentumskicamps.com

Da Camp
When: 16th June 13 – 1st September 13
Where: Les 2 Alpes, France
Price: From 316 Euros
They say:
We welcome you to Les Deux Alpes France where you will discover one of the biggest summer snowpark. Come and work on your tricks with some of the best Rip Curl and Apo team’s riders, and get to improve your riding on ski or board with your Dacamp coaches.  All levels accepted, great fun ,contest, goodies, party, special teenagers weeks, mountain bike and more… We offer you a complete formula, coaching and home, to learn, improve or extend boundaries most suited to your profile and level. A vacation under the stars of freestyle ski and snowboard. Several forms of courses and accommodation tailored to meet your needs.
Further information: 2alpescamp.com/english-version/1-summer-camps/

Girlie Camps
When: 29th June 13 – 13th July 13
Where: Les 2 Alpes
Price: From 760 Eur
They say:
Getting bored of skiing on the slopes? Need some adrenalin? Or do you want to improve your riding in the park? Come and join the Girlie Freeski Camps. We will shred the parks like you never have done before! It´s a week of park riding with other girls, improving as a skier. We will take you to the best Funparks in Europe, where you will work on your park-riding skills during two sessions per day. Experienced coaches are there to give you advice and make you stoked up to land the trick you had in mind. When the day on skis is over we offer several side-activities in order to give you a complete experience of what the skiing lifestyle is all about!
Further information: girliecamps.com

Evolve Chile
When: 9th August 13 – 23rd August 13
Where: Termas de Chillan, Chile
Price: $2899
They say:
Evolve Chile is the premier South America Ski Holiday and South American snowboard trip for adults. We mix together a stay in our world class lodge in Termas with all the skiing and riding you can ask for. Our lodge, known as Roca Negra is near the base of Termas de Chillan, the best ski area in all of South America. This 5-star lodge gives you quick access to all the trails and runs in-bounds at Termas de Chillan. Termas has huge open bowls prime for charging, tons of wind lips for building booters and long groomers. From the lodge, you can also access the side country and backcountry with snowmobiles and professional guides. The area also has snow cat and heli operations if you’re looking for more action off the grid.
Further information: evolvechile.com

Windells
When: 6th June 13 – 21st August 13
Where: Mt Hood, Oregon
Price: From $779
They say: For 25 years, Windells has aimed to deliver a fun, safe learning environment for ski campers to unlock full potential regardless of age, gender and ability. With the guidance of the very best ski coaches and counselors, campers test ambitions in a positive, progressive atmosphere. Windells offers all-inclusive ski camps on Mt. Hood during the summer months of June, July and August, as well as Winter and Spring sessions. The Windells Private Park, a 1.5 mile-long freestyle terrain facility for skiers and snowboarders, sits on Palmer Glacier, a year-round natural snowfield. Dozens of Olympic athletes and X Games medalists have been through the Windells program. The biggest and best athletes from around the world come to Windells to hang out with campers, participate in fun camp activities, skate Windells’ impressive campus, and enjoy the beautiful Northwest. Campers of all ages have the time of their life at Windells!
Further information: windells.com

Maverix
When: 22nd June 13 – 3rd August 13
Where: Les 2 Alpes
Price: From £300
They say:
Trust and rapport! We keep the coaching ratio low and the amount of personal attention high. You’ll be in a group of a maximum of 8 riders at a similar level allowing you to progress at a faster pace and really feed off others progression. It’s not a numbers game for Maverix. It’s about working with you on a personal level to genuinely transform your riding as we work as a team to help you realise your goals. The head coach, owner of Maverix and the current National Royal Air Force freestyle coach – James Streater is a veteran of Les Deux Alpes, having completed 5 back to back summer seasons in the resort, with 4 of those running highly successful snowboard and ski camps.
Further information: maverix.org

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