SNOWBOARD FREERIDE MHSSC freeride snowboard camp is open to every skill level of
snowboarder. Each day our snowboard coaches spend time
freeriding on the groomed slopes as well as
spending time working on jibbing and jumping skills in our private terrain park.
your session, our coaches will help you to improve your snowboarding by
teaching you the solid fundamentals and correct technique so you can
learn to ride with the skill and style you want. Your goals will be
assessed and a safe and successful progression will be planned for you
to achieve the best results. From
straight airs to rail grinds, all riders will learn something new.
All of our coaches have strong coaching and snowboarding
backgrounds and are passionate about their sport. Coaches are here to
teach you and enable you to achieve your goals, and we are always stoked
to ride with motivated snowboarders like you.
Learn to Snowboard for beginners:
The Learn to Snowboard program is offered in the summer during sessions
1 thru 6 only. We'll start off teaching you all the basics you'll need
to get on your way to become a solid snowboarder. We
work with our beginner snowboarders on the flatter groomed terrain
offered on the Magic Mile chairlift (snow permitting) and lower Palmer.
We recommend beginner snowboarders sign up for the early summer sessions
when there is more snow left on the lower flatter part of the mountain.
In the early morning hours, when the snow is more firm, we teach our
campers how to ride on hard snow, which is ideal training for all-around
snowboard skill building. Training on firm snow
teaches you proper stance, balance, and carving skills which all relate
to what you do in the terrain park. As the snow softens, we head
to the terrain park for the best freestyle training conditions.
Every day we video your freeriding, park and pipe riding. Then you
and your coaches get together and figure out what you need to 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
JUMPS, BOXES, & RAILS...WE HAVE IT ALL! Can't do a 360? Having trouble landing that 720 mute grab? Our
coaches can help! MHSSC operates it's own private park for snowboarders
and freeskiers. 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
We have a progression of jumps from 5 foot mini's to floaty 50+ foot to
suit all level of campers. We have lots of rails, boxes and jib features to pick from
with a great progression for all levels. Our park on "Lower Cuervo"
is the spot to be. In the
early summer sessions, Timberline offers a public terrain park the full
length of the Magic Mile chairlift as well as a public halfpipe. Whether
it’s your first time in the pipe or you’re working on boosting 8 feet
out, MHSSC can get you to the next level. Bring your helmet.
SNOWBOARD FREERIDE TRAINING
MHSSC offers -
Small groups/more personal attention
Private terrain park with features for every ability level
Public Terrain Park 1.5 miles in length (depending on
On-campus skateboard halfpipe/rails
Top competitor demonstrators
We emphasize the latest snowboard freeride techniques
SKATEBOARDING: After snowboarding you can improve
your skateboarding on the MHSSC ramp and rails. We have a covered 3 foot
skate ramp as well as a variety of rails to skate. We
also take trips to public skateparks as one of our afternoon activity
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
park or public halfpipe.
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
We accommodate every level of snowboarder from the brand new beginner to
the experts. Campers must love snowboarding and bring a
desire to improve. We are a camp for motivated snowboarders only. 80%
of campers are between the ages of 10-18. We accept campers as young as 9
but they must be emotionally ready to spend a week or two away from
home. Campers who 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.
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, and rain gear 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, Training 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
Snowboard camper, Conner Cassidy, submitted this video on youtube.com
SUNDAY - Arrival Day - Around noon - Afternoon activity at 3:30 -
Orientation at 7:00 Pm - Meet
coaches at 7:30 Pm
MONDAY - First day on snow, warm up runs, freeriding, terrain
- Afternoon activity with your
TUESDAY - freeriding & training in
the park - Afternoon activity by choice
WEDNESDAY - freeriding & training in the park - Full camp picnic
THURSDAY - freeriding & training in the park - Afternoon activity by choice
FRIDAY - Final training day -
Video in the afternoon
- Campfire after dinner
SATURDAY - Departure day: vans leave at 8:00 Am - Hold-overs
sleep in, do laundry, go to Portland - Early arrivals for next
session come in around noon. Early arrivals for next session
come in that day as well.
Bus/vans leave for mountain
First chair loads
Free skiing and warm up runs
Meet your coach at
top of MHSSC lanes
Gates and Drills
Rick Millett Rick, from North Augusta, Maine, teaches snowboarding at
He also spent time coaching at Breckenridge, CO, Big Sky Montana,
and Northstar in Lake Tahoe. Rick enjoys racing
street bikes, playing frisbee golf, and his favorite food is Mac &
Cheese with Hot Dogs. Rick has been working at camp since 2006.
Michael Jennings Michael studied Political Science/Economicsat
Columbia University. He's an AASI Level III and USASA Level II
certified. He's been head coach/terrain park manager at
Camelback. Michael's favorite food is authentic Mexican and
his favorite website is Timberline Web Cam Page. Michael has
been working at MHSSC since. 2011.
They keep our terrain park in awesome
Jeff DeForge Jeff, our head digger, is from Adamant, Vermont. He was
part of the park staff at Sugarbush. His favorite foods
include pizza, ice cream and maple syrup. Jeff roots fore the
Boston Bruins. He's been working at MHSSC since 2011.
Charlie Mayforth Charlie is a snowboarder from Montpelier, Vermont. He's
attending Savannah College of Art & Design. His favorite foods
include waffles, turnips, ranch, but ketchup and mayo is good too.
He roots for the Boston Celtics. He's been working at camp
Jake Rose Jake is a snowboarder from Wasilla, Alaska. He worked on the
park staff at Mt Spokane. His favorite food is leftovers, and his
favorite website is NOAA.gov. He lives in his van. Jake
has been working at camp since 2012.
Thomas Graham III Thomas is a snowboarder from Maggie Valley, NC. He attends
Western Carolina University and has worked on the park staff at
Cataloochee ski area. His favorite website is yobeat.com and
favorite foods are pizza, pasta, and shrimp. He roots for the
Pacers, Colts, and Braves. Thomas has been working at MHSSC
Mark, originally from Dallas, Texas, is the Snowboard Program
Director/Head Coach, Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club. He is the
current and 5-time USASA Legends Overall National Champion and
Slopestyle Champion. Mark is
a national level certified coach with USASA. He is a former Pro Jet
Ski Racer, Motocross racer, expert surfer, wakeboarder, BMX racer,
and he can ski too.
Mark has been with MHSSC
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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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