Pro skier Jonah Williams at Windells Camp

Never stop shredding: 10 summer ski camps for the year-round two-planker

Never stop shredding: 10 summer ski camps for the year-round two-planker

Summertime—a DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince masterpiece but also a bittersweet season for most skiers. While the summer months used to be synonymous with dreaded terms like “dry-land training” and “conditioning,” the warmer months now play host to loads of life-changing ski camps, ensuring you may shred year round (if that’s your thing. Which, of course it is). Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best summer ski camps from across the globe that can help you hone your skills and maybe nail that one trick that’s been eluding you.

Windells Camp — Mt. Hood, Oregon

Pro skier Jonah Williams at Windells Camp

Jonah Williams is a regular at Windells. Photo by Erik Hoffman

For 25 years, Windells has been churning out Olympians and X Games medalists from high atop Mt. Hood’s Palmer Snowfield. Perhaps best known as a kick-ass camp offering for groms, adult skiers get the same access to professional coaching, Windells’ private facilities and clinics as the younger rippers. Windells boasts more snow than any other summer ski camp in the world (Timberline Lodge’s base depth as of 4/18/2016 is 130 inches), North America’s only Olympic-size summer halfpipe and new for 2016, a ski-specific terrain park. This year’s group of invited pros includes Tim Durtschi and Lucas Wachs (Session 1); Karl Fostvedt, McRae Williams and Magnus Graner (Session 2); Khai Krepela and Steve Stepp (Session 3), and more. Life is good when you’re shredding “The Hood.” The guys n’ gals at FS didn’t host FREESKIER Week at Windells over the past few years for no good reason…

For Windells’ dates and pricing, click here.

Woodward Copper — Copper Mountain, Colorado

Welcome to Winter Island.

Woodward is touted as the go-to camp for aspiring action sport athletes. So, Woodward at Copper’s rep as the top summer ski camp in Colorado is well warranted. Campers crush Copper Mountain’s summer terrain park every morning before heading inside to the nearly 20,000-square-foot Barn each afternoon to master their craft. Training on the Barn’s indoor ramps, foam pits, trampolines and spring floor is a surefire way to nail tricky aerials. Dial your tricks inside, in the afternoon, then take ’em to snow the next morning. It’s cake.

For Woodward Copper’s dates and pricing, click here.

Woodward Tahoe — Soda Springs, California

Woodward Tahoe offers one heck of a terrain park setup at Boreal Mountain Resort each winter. The clear benefit of attending Woodward at Tahoe in summertime? You get to shred that same park, only this time, it’s all yours (well, plus a few other campers). When you’ve had your fill of the on-snow features, head for the famed Bunker where you’ll attempt new tricks with confidence, thanks to foam pits, forgiving landing pads and directive from a fine coaching staff. Whether you’re hitting jumps (big, medium and small) on wheeled skis dubbed Parkskis™ or bouncing on trampolines, you’re destined to head home with a few new tricks under your belt.

For Woodward Tahoe’s dates and pricing, click here.

Superstars Ski Camp — Portillo, Chile

Want to ski in beautiful Portillo, Chile with ski legends like Chris Davenport, Mike Douglas, Wendy Fisher and Jess McMillan? Damn right you do. The Superstars Ski Camp is geared toward expert level skiers looking to push their limits even further. Elevate your big-mountain skiing game through various drills, but mostly just good ol’ fashioned shredding with some of the best in the business.

For Superstars Ski Camp dates and pricing, click here.

Momentum Ski Camps — Whistler, British Columbia

Momentum Ski Camps has been holding it down on the Blackcomb Glacier for 25 years—but this camp is far from old school. Whether you’re into park, pipe, moguls, rails, jumps, water ramps or airbags, Momentum is a freeskiing playground. With coaching from the likes of Tom Wallisch, Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy and more—this camp will take your game to a new level when you get back on the hill next season. And when you’re done skiing for the day, there’s hardly a better spot to goof off than Whistler Village.

For Momentum’s dates and pricing, click here.

Freestyle America Ramp Camp – Lake Placid, New York

Water ramp training is great for progression, whether you’re looking to get off the ground for the first time or you’ve been stomping big airs for years. Freestyle America Ramp Camp at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid will help you broaden your repertoire of tricks and take your inverted and off-axis maneuvers to the next level. Technical training and personalized coaching will give you the confidence to go bigger and ensure you’re the envy of everyone in the jump line at your local mountain next season.

For Freestyle America’s dates and pricing, click here.

Camp of Champions — Whistler, British Columbia

Camp of Champions (COC) prides itself on giving its campers the same experience that pro skiers get on the Blackcomb Glacier and in Whistler Village, i.e. COC’s goal is to help you achieve your professional aspirations. In then name of progression, COC gives campers more time on snow than any other ski camp (8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. e’ryday). Those long hours helped Olympians like Jossi Wells and Torin Yater-Wallace achieve star status like Shinobi.

For Camp of Champions’ dates and pricing, click here.

Team Park City United – Summer with TPCU — Park City, Utah

Water ramping ended for the season a few weeks ago, and the athletes went out in style! #smilesforsam #freeski

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The Utah Olympic Park is where Nordic jumping, bobsled, luge and skeleton took place during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today, it serves as a year-round competition and training ground for winter sports athletes. Team Park City United Summer Ramping Camp takes advantage of the park’s water ramps to train local rippers and out-of-towners alike. Use the facilities to gain air awareness and body control on the same structures where world-class athletes train for international competitions.

For TPCU’s dates and pricing, click here.

SASS Argentina — Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina

A sampling of the goods at SASS Argentina.

The SASS Argentina camp takes advantage of its location at the base of South America’s largest ski resort, Catedral Alta Patagonia. Big-mountain lines with mid-winter snow conditions are just the beginning for this backcountry ski camp. SASS Argentina’s professional coaches and backcountry guides—including names like Michelle Parker, Piers Solomon and Garrett Russel—will give you a taste of some of the most epic Southern Hemi terrain in existence. In addition, you will learn the skills to safely bridge the gap from resort skiing to true backcountry pursuits. Combine all of this with Argentinian cultural immersion and this is one summer you won’t soon forget.

For SASS’ dates and pricing, click here.

Les 2 Alpes Freestyle Ski Summer Camps — Mont-de-Lans, France

Les 2 Alpes summer ski camp.

Les 2 Alpes is arguably the top place to shred in Europe every summer. Now with a host of ski camps, Les 2 Alpes is attracting rippers from around the world to its legendary terrain each summer. Beyond the freestyle course, air bag and bumps, Les 2 Alpes’ summer camps offer other fun activities like mountain biking, rafting, ATV adventures, volleyball and top-notch golf. So, beat the heat this summer and get your shred on in the Alps.

For Les 2 Alpes’ dates and pricing, click here.


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