Archive for May, 2013

13 Reasons Your Parents Should Send You To Camp

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

By: Burton Snowboards
May 22, 2013

Going to a summer snowboard camp isn’t just a place to progress your skills while everyone else is working their Xbox controller, or getting a chance to meet your favorite pro shred, it’s a good way for your parents to not have to deal with you moping around the house all summer. Here are some reasons to remember next time you start begging your parents for a trip to summer snowboard camp.

Parental Vacation
Ever think that your parents need a break too, from you? They are stoked when school starts so you have something to do that gets you out of their hair for 8-9 hours a day. Then, when summer vacation starts they have to be around you non-stop and deal with your summer boredom. Well, if they sent you to camp they’d be getting a vacation, too. Double deal.

Physical Activity
They say that almost 17% of children are obese these days, and summer vacation can be the time to either put on a few pounds, or stay active and keep off that extra weight. In addition to snowboarding, summer camps offer all kinds of other activities like skateboarding, mountain biking, trampolines, and dodge ball(!). Tell your parents, “if you want me to be healthy, you’ll send me to camp this summer.”

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Athlete Limelight: Mercedes Nicoll

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Mercedes Nicoll

Mercedes grew up in Whistler, where she learned to snowboard. Nicoll has represented Canada in the halfpipe at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, finishing 6th at the 2010 Games. Mercedes has been competing in halfpipe since 1997 and is a five-time National Champion. She has competed in various World Cups, World Championships, as well as X Games. Nicoll works closely with the Whistler Blackcomb foundation. Read more about her at mercedesnicoll.com

Board & Other Sponsors:
Drake, DFL 146. Northwave, Drake, Powder Room, IS Eyewear, Whistler Blackcomb, POW.

Mercedes Nicoll

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ride on was: Whistler when I was 14 years old

2. I can’t live without: Family and friends

3. My favorite cuisine is: Japanese

4. When I’m not riding, you can find me: Basking in the sun, reading a book.

5. My favorite movie of all time is without question: Dirty Dancing

6. Who/What inspires you? Friends and family

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Awolnation, Pink, the Black Keys, Serena Ryder, Olly Murs, ZZ Ward, Ellie Goulding
  2. Books: Jaime Oliver cookbooks
  3. Vacation Spots: Barcelona, London, Japan

How to do ski camp right: Get your summer shred on in 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

By: Freeskier Magazine
May 7th, 2013

There is no better way to spend a part of your precious summer than at ski camp. Get coached from the best pros in the world, session great parks in the softest conditions, eat hot dogs for lunch, and well, generally have a pretty damn good time. But which camp? Momentum? Windells? Woodward? The choices! You’re guaranteed to have fun whichever you choose, but we’re here to help you make the choice that’s just right for you.

Here or There

Every camp has its own unique experience to offer, and for a lot of people, the decision comes down to cost and off-hill experience.

You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to realize that from most places in the US, flights to Vancouver are more expensive than to Portland, Reno or Denver. It’s pretty simple, going to camp in Canada costs more. On average, a full session at Windells is less than Momentum, and Woodward Snow is less than Windells. That being said, each camp’s session prices vary and can fluctuate based on à la carte options (day camper, ski-only camper, just lane access, etc.). Plus, you’re gonna need a passport to go to Canada, which will cost you another $120 to $165 depending on your age. So if you’re on a tight budget, keep it in the red, white and blue.

If price doesn’t matter, then look at the differences between camp locations. Whistler, BC, where Momentum is based, is bursting at the seams with restaurants, activities, bars (for those over 19), and is generally considered one of the most fun towns in the entire world. The Windells compound is packed with a ton of traditional off-hill ski camp activities (see off-hill activities section), but Sandy, OR, has a similar population to New York City—in the mid-to-late 1600s—so don’t expect much in the way of local fare. And if you take a trip to one of the Woodward campuses, you’ll find that the Tahoe and Copper areas aren’t exactly known for their after-hours scenes. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want to get out of camp. If skiing and skating are your only objectives, any camp will suffice. If you’re looking for a bit more atmosphere outside of the camp, Whistler is your better bet. If you want a traditional summer camp experience—cozy cabins and mess halls—take a look at Windells.

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