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FREESKI/AERIALS/TERRAIN PARK JUMPS, BOXES, & RAILS...WE HAVE IT ALL! Can't do a 360? Having trouble landing that 720? Our coaches can
MHSSC operates it's own private park for freeskiers and snowboarders.
The terrain park is shaped every day by our diggers to accommodate the
campers’ individual learning goals. There are features for every level
to provide a steady progression through to the week’s end.
We have 3 large jumps of 20', 40' and 50' as well as a progression of
small ones to help get the beginning freeskier into the air. We have a
total of 13 rails, boxes and jib features to pick from; starting with
the smallest ones early in the session and progressing to the bigger
twisted ones later in the week. If you want to learn how to do
rails and challenge yourself on a progression of rails and jumps, then
our park on "Lower Cuervo" is the spot to be.
Windells......quotes taken from newschoolers forum:
Mar 30 2010...from "K_Day": mhssc had
better jumps, and was way more fun in my
opinion, less people in your way and some ill
people run it
Mar 30 2010...from "purpledrank$":
definitely I went there for a week last year and
had tons of fun. MHSSC still has a gymnast
tramp , paintball, white water rafting and a lot
of fun activities off the hill. This year i am
going for 2 weeks over 1 week at windells.
Mar 30 2010...from "TRSkier415": MHSSC
Windell's sucks for a number of reasons.
A) More expensive
B) The people there are way less chill
and there's a lot more "I'm so much better
than you" that goes around
C) The coaches at MHSSC are more focused
on teaching you stuff and helping you get
better than training for the coming season
or upcoming competitions
D) Way more liable to get your shit
stolen. At MHSSC, I used to leave my GL2
lying around and nothing would happen, but
from what my buddies from Windell's would
tell me, if you so much as left your ipod
out for a few minutes, it'd be gone.
E) The food is better and the lodging is
cleaner and nicer
F) The vibe is just so good at MHSSC.
It's smaller, so you meet people faster, and
by the end of each session, it feels like
you know almost everyone to some degree or
another. Also, the people are just really
nice and fun to be with and I cannot tell
you how many people I've met at MHSSC that
I'm still friends with today and still ride
with when I visit different resorts.
I could go on and on, but why pay twice as
much for a bunch of skate parks and foam
pits, when you can actually get better
coaching, better lodging, access to a decent
private park and pubby, and hang with
chiller people for half as much? Go ahead
and flame, but just my two cents.
Mar 30 2010...from "SPutnam":
^Agreed. Over anything else...The
experience is what you make it.
you are the kind of kid who needs to have
big names skiing around you and a great park
to have a great time, then you may want to
go with Windells. However, most kids would
have a better experience at MHSSC, which has
a solid park, helpful coaches, and attracts
a more down-to-earth group of kids...all at
a more reasonable price.
Mar 30 2010...from "purpledrank$":
Windells park looked nice but it looked very
crowded which is not a problem at MHSSC.
The private park is pretty decent at MHSSC
plus you have the timberline public park
which are both high quality
Mar 30 2010...from "statmarker":
I'd say MHSSC. The guys there are awesome,
there's tons of people sessioning the lane,
and everybody is learning stuff. Like, when
I did dig to ride there this summer, the
entire 4bi9 crew came and hit the jump line,
and there were a bunch of randoms there,
some pro snowboarders, and just a general
super great vibe. On top of that they build
some pretty cool features there, and have
some pretty nice rails. You can learn a ton
there in 2 sessions. Windells would be rad,
but MHSSC seems like a more laid back,
relaxed experience to me, while still
learning a ton.
Mar 30 2010...from "stormtrooper":
well 6 days at windells or 10 at MHSSC, i
have been to both camps and here are the
pro's and cons.
Windells your kind of on your own for
MHSSC coaches will help you alot and help
you achieve your goals more.
Windells how ever does have Pro's though
which is kinda of cool to be seeing them all
Windells park is of course bigger.
But MHSSC has basically everything windells
has jump whise with the exception of a
massive step over.
Windells has alot of rails basically all
MHSSC also has alot of rails with exception
of a flat down and a whale tale, But MHHSC
will rebuild things in there park to cater
to campers, like for example if u want an
easy way to learn 360 switch ups they will
set you up say a fatty up down box.
Windells has the air bag.
Windells does have there own pipe but you
usual get up to the mountain late and the
pipe is slush destroyed.
MHSSC use's the public pipe, which is
equally good to windells if not better. How
ever if you are really interested in riding
pipe MHSSC ofers an early morning shuttle to
the moutain so you can get on it befor it
gets to slushy.
MHSSC also has its own quarter pipe.
Windells has a full skate park and BMX
MHSSC has a mini pipe, and a big pipe along
with skate rails.
Windells has 6-8 computers to use
MHSSC has 2 computers use.
Windells rooms have bunk beds and TV's.
MHSSC has Bunk beds.
Windells has shred sleds.
MHSSC has pogo sticks.
MHSSC has an adventure course.
Windells has tramps and foam pits.
MHSSC has tramps and throw pads.
Windells has good food.
MHSSC has great food.
Windells, when thirsty and its not breakast
or dinner u have to buy very over priced
MHSSC has a free fountain drink machine open
Windells, when hungry and its not one of the
times to eat, they have vending machines and
the snack bar which is also over priced.
MHSSC, there is a gas station really near
that you can go to and get food for a normal
Both camps have rafting and paint balling
MHSSC has swimming at the lake and cliff
Windells, has alot of im better than you.
MHSSC, everyone is there to improve and have
a good time.
Windells, there will be kids there who are
there basically for a day care.
MHSSC, meet alot of people.
Windells, meet a fair amount of people.
MHSSC, has some good looking racer girls
Windells, has some good looking freestyle
Windells, something gets stolen your outa
MHSSC, something gets stolen, which never
happens, ur counselor will get it back some
Windells vans suck to have to sit in the
MHSSC has short buses so seating is alot
Both blast pretty good music.
Mar 30 2010...from "dunkaroos$":
stormtrooper nailed it. imo MHSSC is one of
the funnest places to be during the summer
Mar 30 2010...from "*Hurty*":
The people that run MHSSC are sooo chill.
Jumps are bomb too.
Mar 30 2010...from "Tucks": I've
always had a fun time at MHSSC. I would do
MHSSC over windells. Also at the end of each
session at MHSSC there is a pretty bomb
cookout at a park with frisbee, volleyball,
horseshoes, baseball, etc.
Mar 30 2010...from "LeBro0": If you
want to be surrounded by groms and pro hoes,
go to windells. Sure, they have the tacky
shit, like free clothes and pros around you
all the time. MHSSC is the best for sure.
ive been going there for 3 years now, and
its great. The counselors are the chillest,
and u get to know the coolest kids. The
coaches are laid back, but fun to be around.
I like skiing, but i also look for fun off
of the hill. I like that it not based around
abuncha huge pros, cuz i wouldnt be able to
ski, when i would pass windells, pros would
be putting on little shows for the campers
and shit. It is a center for pro hoes. Thats
Mar 30 2010...from dunkaroos$:
white water rafting at MHSSC is amazing
Website is a bit less than impressive,
but I would trust the testimonials of the
people in this thread.
Mar 31 2010...from "McSlay": MHSSC
is the sickest camp on hood and i can say
that is the best tramp that i have ever been
on, so legit. i will hopefully be
going back there this summer definetely some
of the funnest weeks of my life if you have
the opportunity go to MHSSC don't let
windells advertising fool mhssc is way
sicker then windells
Apr 1 2010...from "trannyfinder":
mhssc has the illest jump lines and super
fun jibs. Way less crowds and no lines.
Hiking one feature not only helps the
ravishing midriff for the ladies, but also
helps you focus on the trick you're goin for
Apr 2 2010...from "purpledrank$":
Mhssc so sick cant wait to go back next year
Apr 11 2010...from "Tanner.$":
MHSSC. Cheaper, cool people. Windells is
probably cool but I would go to mhssc just
for the sake of the price.
Apr 11 2010...from "jive_turkey":
im so glad i saw this thread. when i looked
at the website last week it looked like a
hardcore racing camp that was trying to get
into park. this completely changed my mind
Apr 11 2010...from "willis.$": I
think windells is in the upper $1900 range.
And with the cost of flying, that $900+
makes a huge difference for me. I want to go
next summer but I'll have just turned 18.
Can I still go during regular camp time or
will I have to go to the adult session?
Apr 12 2010...from "skier_boy26$":
Both camps have good employees (in my
experience as a non-camper) and are really
chill. The camper attitude at windells is
more pretentious than MHSSC, which
makes a big deal. But... MHSSC is cheaper,
situated at govy (short rides to
timberline), usually solid park, and the
coaches (gasp) really coach. WIndells does
have BOB and that painful airbag, but damn
you pay for it (like $800 more or some shit
in the peak sessions). Get the bang for your
buck and go with MHSSC.
May 12 2010...from "dompuch": MHSSC
man it like 900 bucks cheaper
vs Windells video testimonials
Every day we Videotape
your terrain park training. Then you and your coaches get together and
figure out what you can work on. Video analysis is one of the most
powerful learning tools available to you and will help you achieve your
goals faster. At the end of the week, you can purchase a copy of your
Trampoline training: Not sure about trying a new aerial trick?
You can first try it out on our campus trampoline.
You can first learn a new trick off snow before giving it a try on
the mountain the next day.
MHSSC offers -
Professionally shaped jumps
Private terrain park (exclusive to our camp)
Public Terrain Park 1.5 miles in length (depending on
Top competitor demonstrators
We emphasize freeski technique for every level of skier
WHY COME TO MT. HOOD FOR TRAINING?
Mt. Hood's Palmer Glacier is North America's only year round resort. In
the early morning hours when the snow is more firm, we work on technique
and skill building on the flatter groomed areas, then as the day warms
up and the snow softens, we move our training to our private terrain
Daily video analysis, good weather, and off-snow trampoline training makes
Mt Hood the perfect learning environment. One week at MHSSC can be
equivalent to one season of training at your home hill!
WHO SHOULD COME TO CAMP?
Campers must love skiing and bring a
desire to improve. We are a camp for motivated skiers only. 80%
of campers are between the ages of 10-18. We accept skiers as young as 9
but they must be emotionally ready to spend a week or two away from
home. Skiers that are ages 7 or 8 can attend camp but are
required to stay with their parents. Adult campers can improve at camp also. They stay at the Mt. Hood Inn,
away from the kids.
11,235 foot Mt. Hood is the only 12 month ski area in North America.
Training takes place on the Palmer Snowfield as well as on the Magic
Mile chairlift runs in the early summer. With two express
quad chairs and 2500' vertical, you have the opportunity to get in
a lot of quality training in a short period of time. Mt. Hood weather is
highly variable with mid-winter conditions likely at any time, so be
prepared. Winter clothing, rain gear, and racing equipment should be
brought as well as summer clothing. Layers work best at Mt. Hood. As it
warms during the day, you'll take the layers off and stow them in your
backpack. Sun protection is very important, Skiing at the 8,500 foot
level is hazardous to the skin and eyes if not well protected. You must
bring a good pair of sun glasses, dark lens goggles and #15 (or
higher) sunscreen. We also recommend that you train wearing a
First day on snow, warm up runs, drills, freeski training runs-
Trampoline training in the afternoon with your
Freeski training - Afternoon activity by choice
Freeski training - Full camp picnic
Freeski training - Afternoon activity by choice
Final training day - Video
analysis in the afternoon - Campfire after dinner
Departure day: vans leave around 8:00 AM depending on your
flight time - Holdovers sleep in, do laundry, go to Portland - Early
arrivals for next session come in that day as well.
6:45 Morning video analysis
Bus/vans leave for skiing
First chair loads
8:00- 8:45 Freeskiing and warm up runs
8:45 Grouping for assignments
Lunch break on the mountain
1:30 Lifts close
Bus leaves mountain
3:30 - 4:00
Afternoon activities depart - MANDATORY
Nolan, originally from Buckland, Massachusetts, currently spends his
winters at Mammoth Mountain in California. Nolan enjoys
playing ping pong, skateboarding and jumping on the trampoline. His favorite
food is Grilled Cheese, favorite website youtube.com and his favorite movie is Wedding Crashers.
Some say he's the coolest person alive. He's been with MHSSC since 2004.
Maks Gorham Maks is a skier from Stowe, Vermont. His favorite place
he's traveled to is Zermatt, Switzerland. His favorite food is
Fettucini Alfredo, favorite website is CNN.com and he roots for the
New England Patriots. Maks has been working at camp since
Jasper Newton Jasper, from Eugene, Oregon, attends the University of Oregon,
where he is majoring in Digital Arts..
His favorite website is Flickr.com and he roots for the Oregon
Ducks. Jasper also enjoys
photography & videography, longboarding, pizza, yumm bowls, and Five
Guys. Jasper started working
at camp in 2007.
Shea Flynn Shea, from Auburn, Maine is a Literature major at the University
of Colorado/Boulder. His favorite website is Sheaflynn.com and
favorite foods are fruits. Shea roots for the Boston Celtics
and he wants to be the President when he grows up. Shea has
been coaching at camp since 2011.
Kieran McVeigh Kieran is a skier from Middlesex, Vermont. His favorite
foods include PB&J, and Breakfast sandwiches and his favorite
website is newschoolers.com. He roots for the Boston Red Sox
and wants to be a psychologist when he grows up. Kieran has
been with MHSSC since 2009.
MHSSC's philosophy is to have fun in the afternoons doing things you may
not have the opportunity to do at home. We aren't a hard core
dryland camp, but instead offer some fun alternatives in the afternoons.
Our choices include: whitewater rafting, rockclimbing, trampoline,
soccer, cliff jumping, hiking, mountain biking, volleyball, windsurfing,
paintball, softball, golf-cage, unicycle, challenge course and tennis
(we have our own clay court). Where else can you snow ski
and whitewater raft in the same day?!
Evening activities include
video analysis with your
coach, ski tuning, pool, ping-pong, foosball, skateboarding,
basketball and volleyball.
LODGING and MEALS Our camp fees include your stay at
The LODGES at SALMON
RIVER MEADOWS. Our main "Chinook" lodge has 6 sleeping rooms
for counselors and kids, ski room, wax room, and game room (including a
pool table, ping pong and foosball) in the basement, dining room and
kitchen serving the best camp food in the area. Our newer "Coho"
lodge has a meeting room, 7 sleeping
rooms, a relaxing porch area and a basement rec area with video stations.
Campers have the option of upgrading their housing to
the Golden Poles Condos, located in the village of Government Camp. Meals are served
buffet style with a wide variety of choices as well as our
salad bar. Our 12 acre campus also has two trampolines, skate ramps,
basketball hoops, volleyball and tennis court and the only soccer field
on the mountain. Our location is at Wapinitia, 5 miles east of
Government Camp on US Highway 26.
Click the box to download and watch a video clip of our Food & Lodging.
Sunday is the usual travel day coming to camp. Our camp counselors are
at the Portland Airport from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM to pick up campers.
Best arrival time is around noon. You can come on Saturday, which is a
"DAY EARLY" for an extra day of skiing and
to become acclimated to the altitude for an additional fee. Saturday arrivals
can be between 10:30 AM and 8:00 PM. Write "day early" on your
application form at the bottom. **The "day early" arrival is
only available for the Spring and Summer sessions. You cannot arrive a
day early to any of our Fall or Winter camp sessions.
Adventure Travel Service is the official travel agent of Mt. Hood
Summer Ski Camps. For help call 1-530-554-4129 Monday through Friday 9
AM - 5 PM Pacific time.
Do not purchase tickets until you have received your confirmation. If
you must arrive or depart at a time different than everyone else, please
contact the camp office at 1-503-337-2230 for instructions.
Saturday is the departure day. First vans leave camp at 8:00 AM.
Schedule your flight home to depart Portland Airport between 10:30AM and
2:00PM. Special trips to the airport cost $120.
Click the button to watch a video clip about airport
IN-BETWEEN SESSIONS For those campers staying more than one session, Saturdays
include sleeping in, doing laundry and opportunities to see more of
Oregon. We give the holdover campers various options such as
going to Lloyd Center mall in Portland (ice skating/movies/shopping),
bowling, indoor rockclimbing or sometimes we offer a trip to the Oregon coast. Saturday night dinners include
Mike's famous hand thrown pizza pies. Sundays are free ski days while
new campers are being picked up at the airport. An activity is planned
for each Sunday afternoon.
CAMP COST$: Included in the camp price: ground
transfers, lodging, meals, camp T-shirt, lift tickets coaching, and
video analysis. All
afternoon activities are free except white water rafting ($30) &
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session made payable to MHSSC (non-refundable deposit). We accept
Visa/Mastercard/Discover. Example, a $50 deposit
is required if you are signing up for one session, $100 for two sessions,
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Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps
P.O. Box 317
Government Camp, OR 97028