World Class Mountain, Coaching, &
SKI RACE CAMP
Our race camp is open to all age and ability levels from entry level
(first time racers) to FIS & College racers as well as adult racers.
We focus on the fundamentals of current race technique as well as
teaching the fastest line through a slalom and GS course. MHSSC's success is based on over 25 years experience on the Palmer
Glacier. We have access to ideal race training terrain, salted courses to keep
the snow firm, and a large coaching staff to set a variety of drills,
tactical and full length courses. On-hill video combined with proven
race training progressions, allows MHSSC to maximize learning and
skill acquisition. During your session, our coaches will help you
to improve your ski racing skills by teaching you the fundamentals and
correct technique required for success on a race course. Your goals
will be assessed and a safe and successful progression will be planned
for you to achieve the best results.
All of our coaches have strong coaching and skiing backgrounds
and are passionate about their sport. Our coaches are here to teach you
and enable you to achieve your goals.
Whether you are fine tuning
or just beginning to learn the skills of ski racing, you'll find a
training group that fits your needs. Each day includes free
skiing/drills, skiing/racing technique, course tactics (fastest line)
and full length race course training.
day we videotape your training runs in the gates. Then you and your
coach get together to watch the tape and figure out what you need to
work on. We have 4 TV/VCR units at the top of the Palmer chairlift in
the lift terminal available for a quick morning video session with your
coach. After lunch on the hill, a 2nd run is recorded of your
training and you'll do a more thorough video review session with your
coach back at the lodge on one of our dozen video viewing stations.
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 DVD copy of your
MHSSC offers -
Giant Slalom training
Courses reset and salted frequently Daily
We emphasize TECHNIQUE (how you ski)
as well as TACTICS (fastest line thru the course).
We offer training for every ability level from the first time racer
to the top ranked FIS racer.
WHY COME TO MT. HOOD FOR TRAINING?
Mt. Hood's Palmer Glacier is North America's only year round resort.
Consistent hard to grippy snow conditions, no pressure of upcoming
races, outstanding coaches, daily video analysis and good weather makes
Mt Hood the perfect learning environment. One week at MHSSC can be
equivalent to one season of training at your home hill! Read
camper testimonials here.
WHO SHOULD COME TO CAMP
USSA racers, high school racers, mighty-mites, college racers, Nastar
racers, adult racers, and those who want to learn to race. Campers must
love skiing and bring a desire to improve. 80% of the racers coming to
camp are between the ages of 10-18. Campers as young as 9 are
welcome to overnight camp but 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.
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
Arrival Day 3:30pm sunday afternoon is when camp starts
3:30 PM Activity
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Camp Orientation Meeting then meet your
for the week. *If you are a "coaching only" camper, you should
arrive at 7pm for the Orientation meeting.
Basic race technique, drills and skill building. Some
slalom drill courses are set on day 1 -
Afternoon activity with your
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 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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and include a $50 deposit payment by check or credit card for each
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