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Win a Free Trip to High Cascade Snowboard Camp at Mt. Hood
Written By: pauly
Win a Free Trip to High Cascade Snowboard Camp at Mt. Hood

Sierra Snowboard - HCSC Giveaway Contest

Get a chance to win a trip to Camp!!
Winner gets a free trip to Session 1, 5, or 6 (Lodge or Chalet accommodations)
Click here for all the details on how to win. 
 




Q&A with Preston Strout, High Cascade Snowboard Camp Director and Co-Owner:

“One big thing about HCSC, especially in recent years, is we’re 100% snowboarding. That’s something we’re passionate about. We don’t offer skiing programs or BMX programs or skate programs. It’s all snowboarding. And we offer other activities around that, but we’re purely focused on providing a snowboard kid everything they need.” – Preston Strout


Sierra Snowboard: What’s new at HCSC for summer 2010?

Preston Strout: There’s never that much that’s terribly new. Putting on the camp is such a big project and task, and it’s been around for 20 years. Normally there’s not much new stuff, but that’s not true this year. We’re rebuilding our entire skate ramp facility with a new mini ramp, new mini bowl… a whole 7,000 square foot complex that’s new this summer.

Everybody always asks for a foam pit to jump into, and we’re about to start construction on that. So we’ll have that ready for people to jump into this year.

And this was new last year, but still big news: We’ve got a private rope tow for our park. So where people used to have to hike the park for the past 19 years, we’ve not got a Cascade private rope tow.


SS: How has HCSC evolved over the years?

PS: Just like anything it’s grown organically form back in ‘89 when it was a small time operation run by two guys – John and John – and it was more of an alpine camp or snowboard racing camp. So they didn’t have pipes and parks and stuff. Then after the first year or two, freestyle snowboarding came on a lot stronger. So they installed pipes and parks and got more into the freestyle side of things.

Now we’re at the place where we have 150 people work for us over the summer with 200 campers each session. There were definitely times when it was more renegade getting it going, but it’s much more of a safe- professional summer camp these days…

I’ve been involved for the last 11 year and it hasn’t changed very radically in that time. We’re not a camp focused on making you the best snowboarder in the world. It’s more a place where people come together to snowboard and have fun in the summer. Although, that being said, you do get a lot better as a snowboarder. And all the teams and the U.S. Snowboarding team do come train with High Cascade during the summer.


SS: The Signature Sessions with the pro riders sound like a lot of fun. Any memorable stories from past Signature Sessions?

PS: Every session is different. Each group of riders comes in and puts their own twist on what they want to see go down in terms of off-the-hill activities.

Peter Line came last year and put on a chili slip-and-slide down the hill in the dodgeball court. It was filled with a pool of chili at the bottom.

One year Danny Kass and Bingo came and had a hot dog eating contest that turned into a food fight/condiment battle.

Eero & Heikki always buy a bunch of candy bars and bribe riders to progress with candy bars. Which usually devolves into throwing candy bars in the air.

The Jeremy Jones/JP Walker session was the video clinic last year, they watched old videos and then the kids got to ask them questions about everything.

It’s a pretty awesome opportunity to be at camp, interacting with those guys on more of a personal, human level. It’s one thing to go to a contest and see a rider with a bib on… it’s another to sit down over fruit loops with them.
 


Everything you need to know about High Cascade Snowboard Camp

What is High Cascade Snowboard Camp?

High Cascade Snowboard Camp (HCSC) is an all-inclusive eight-day summer snowboard camp determined to show you the best time of your life. Located on a glacier on Mt. Hood in Oregon, HCSC is able to operate all summer long thanks to massive winter snowfalls and the stability of the glacier’s snow. They offer six sessions each summer with a staff of over 100 friendly coaches, counselors, cooks, filmers and photographers, medical staff and office assistants.

HCSC location
The Village of Government Camp (aka Govy), located at 4,000 feet up on Mt. Hood, is the closest town to Mt. Hood's Timberline Resort, which is the only place in the United States that you can snowboard in the summer. Right at the base of Mt. Hood's access road, our camp is a short six-mile drive to the lifts. Nestled in the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, Government Camp is snowboarding's undisputed summer headquarters. Basically one block long, this quaint little town has been High Cascade's summer home since 1989.

Why go to HCSC?
Because you can’t make it through a summer without strapping in to your snowboard, of course! Let’s face it, winter just doesn’t last long enough. And like it or not, snow is pretty necessary for snowboarding. So unless you’re planning to head down to the southern hemisphere, you’ve got to find a glacier if you’re going to get your shred on. Fortunately, HCSC has got one (and it’s got three separate terrain parks on it for all ability levels).

If you’re a snowboarder (sorry skiers) of any ability level between the ages of 9 and 20 years old – HCSC is the place for you. Whether you come alone or with a friend, you’ll meet snowboarders from across the country and around the globe. They’ve had campers who have literally never seen snow and campers who are good enough to be pros. The supportive atmosphere at camp allows you to have a great time regardless of your skill level.

Why choose HSSC over another summer camp?
High Cascade Summer Camp is a snowboard-specific camp, meaning their programs, their parks, and all of their activities are designed around improving your snowboarding.

“We just simply have chosen to remain true to our roots, and create the ultimate summer snowboard community in the universe. We believe that by focusing our energy, we are able to provide a snowboard experience better than anything you could ever imagine.”

What will you learn there?
Whatever you want. HCSC has some of the best snowboarding coaches in the world just waiting to help you dial in your riding. Whether you want to concentrate on rails, pipe, jumps, or you’re just starting to carve turns, HCSC coaches will support your progression with expert advice in a no-pressure environment.

And because you can’t snowboard all the time, HSSC has other fun activities including:
• Trampoline sessions – dial in your tricks on the trampoline before trying them on snow.

• Dodgeball –Epic battles of human vs. human in the world's only split level dodgeball arena.

• Signature Session Activities – From on-hill pipe riding fun with the Frends Crew, jumping for candy with Eero Ettala and Heikki Sorsa, to off-hill games of skate with Pat Moore, the Jeremy Jones donut eating contests, and Sing Star with Leanne Pelosi... these activities spice up the week quite nicely both on and off the snow.

• Waterfall hikes – Ever seen a river drop a huge cliff?

• Manimal Hunting – Half man, half animal. Hunt down the Manimal in the Mt. Hood national Forest this summer.

• Yoga – Loosen up and find those grabs easier.

• The Staff Sale™ – Once a session High Cascade's staff members and visiting pros sell their new and used gear at the legendary Staff Sale™. Like a snowboard flea market - deals of the century can be found on everything from hard to find Airblaster stuff to next year's boards, boots and bindings.

• Japanese Lessons – HCSC’s Japanese staff will make you a conversational comedian in no time.

• The Big Giveaway™ – HCSC gives away tons of prizes throughout the session, but there is always more left over. Solution: The Big Giveaway. Boards, boots, bindings, backpacks, goggles, clothing and more... The raffle to end all raffles.

• The Talented Show™ – At the end of every session HCSC holds The Talented Show™ an entertaining festival of acrobatic, double-jointed, singing and dancing campers from around the country. They use the term talented loosely. If you can burp, fart or do a handstand: you're in.

• The Huckleberry Jam™ – A long-standing High Cascade tradition, this fun-filled camper skateboard contest is one part contest and two parts comedy show.

• The Dance Party™ – Once every session, HCSC bumps the Village of Government Camp. Put on you dancing gear and go throw some 'bows at The Dance Party.

• The Session Video™ – On the last night everyone gathers 'round the big screen and premier the edited action from the week gone by. It's an emotionally charged evening of hooting and hollering.

• And more – Mountain Biking, Swimming at the Lake, Foosball, Pool, Ping Pong, Movies, Arts and Crafts, Soccer, Hoops, etc.

How good do you need to be to come to camp?
Every session HCSC have campers who have literally never snowboarded before (and occasionally campers who have never even seen snow). On the other end of the spectrum, there are always two or three coaching groups of insanely talented riders that at times give the HCSC coaches a run for their money.

About 80 percent of HCSC campers fit somewhere in the middle of the ability spectrum.
The majority are low- to intermediate-level park riders who want to improve their jump, rail and pipe riding. Many are working on straight airs and 50-50s, some are learning 360s and frontside board-slides and a few are working up to 540s, 720s and technical rail tricks.

With approximately 30 different coaching groups each session, you’re guaranteed to be riding with campers that are on the same level.

HCSC terrain parks
HCSC’s continuously evolving Main Park that has set the stage for snowboarding’s progression for 20 years. According to HCSC, more tricks have been learned, invented and enjoyed on this stretch of snow than any other on earth. Although you can lap the main park on the lift, many choose to hike a specific feature.

The Lap Park offers a continuous flow of fun size trick friendly jumps, boxes, rails, and hips for all ability levels (and is served by a high speed quad).

And if the snowboard parks aren’t enough, HCSC also has a private skate park with over 22,000 square feet of skateboarding good times: a giant bowl, mini bowl, beginner ramp, mini ramps, stair sets, jersey barriers, euro gaps, flat bars, ledges, banks and more...

Never skated before? Don’t own a skateboard, helmet or pads? Not sure which end to stand on or why you shouldn’t lick the grip tape? Don’t worry. Beginner Skate is the answer for you. HCSC’s beginner skate sessions give you the perfect, supportive atmosphere to learn form their coaches with other beginners and nobody else in sight

2010 camp dates and prices
Register early – before Jan. 10, 2010 – and score the Early Bird Discount: a free High Cascade sweatshirt and a High Cascade/Burton backpack or $100 off each session. Registrations only require a $400 deposit per session, with full payment due by April 30, 2010.

Youth camp sessions:
Session 1: June 17-24
Session 2: June 26-July 3
Session 3: July 6-13
Session 4: July 16-23
Session 5: July 26-Aug. 2
Session 6: Aug. 5-11 (only 7 days vs. 8 for regular sessions)

Adult camp sessions (for men and women ages 21+):
Session 1: June 17-24
Session 6: Aug. 5-11

All youth camp sessions are $1,775 for Lodge accommodations, or $1,895 for Chalet accommodations, except the shorter Session 6, which is $1,525 for Lodge accommodations and $1,650 for Chalet accommodations.

Adult camp sessions include All Inclusive packages ($1,950 for Session 1, $1,700 for Session 6), No Lodging packages ($1,475 for Session 1, $1,300 for Session 6) and Coaching Only packages ($950 for Session 1, $825 for Session 6)

Want to really progress this summer? Stay for two or more sessions in a row. HCSC charges a $100 a day fee to stay in between each session, which pays for supervision, activities, food and lodging.

In addition, HCSC offers two specialty photo and video workshops from Aug. 5-10 to campers ages 13+ for $1,725.

More information
High Cascade Snowboard Camp has a lot more information, videos, photos and more on their website at www.highcascade.com.

 

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Get a chance to win a trip to Camp!!
Winner gets a free trip to Session 1, 5, or 6 (Lodge or Chalet accommodations)
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