By: Warren Miller Entertainment
June 4, 2014
For most passionate skiers, jetting off to winter while the northern hemisphere languishes in the heat of summer is both an exotic luxury and a non-negotiable, must-do bucket list item. When it’s your lifelong dream or if you just need a little more inspiration to dig out your gear while everyone else heads to the beach (again), ski camps of all sorts abound, and not just for the kids.
We’ve rounded up and broken down a few of the most highly regarded camps, for all ages and from far-flung ones to those you don’t even need a passport to access. Not only do summer ski camps offer a welcome taste of winter, but a chance to choose your own adventure, up your game, and ski with some of the industry’s most accomplished athletes, including NASTAR athletes and Warren Miller Entertainment film stars, up close and in person.
1. Ingrid Backstrom’s Women’s Freeride Ski Camp, August 1-8, 2014
For women only, all ages, advanced intermediate or higher
For the ladies only (sorry boys), Ingrid Backstrom is holding her popular freeride and backcountry ski camp for the third year in a row. This year, Ingrid and organizing partner PowderQuest have moved the location from La Parva, outside of Santiago, to the spectacular southern Chile ski resort of Nevados de Chillan. Backstrom, who will again be coaching with fellow professional skier Leah Evans (founder of Girls Do Ski), says that Chillan is one of her favorite places to ski in Chile. Famous for powder skiing through mossy, old growth forests, abundant untracked lines in both the off piste and resort-accessed backcountry, Nevados is a perfect place to up skills in gorgeous, playful terrain, so that you, like Ingrid, can effortlessly and gracefully outski the boys. As an added bonus, thermal springs dot the landscape, and South America’s best ski bar – SnowPub – awaits in Las Trancas.
2. SASS Global Travel: Sessions run from August 2 – September 6, 2014
For ski and snowboard, adults, men, women, separate under-18 sessions, advanced intermediate or higher
Sass Global travel is known for running some of the best and most adventurous backcountry ski and snowboard camps in the heart of Argentina’s stunning lake district. The company focuses improving skills out in the Alta Patagonia backcountry, and is based at the Cerro Catedral ski area. SASS gives clients an extensive choice of dates, unlike most other camps in South America that only run one session per season. Available programs run from 8 days to 36 days, and offer something for both the under-18 crowd as well popular adult sessions. SASS’s staff roster includes male and female ski and snowboard pros, guides, including WME’s Michelle Parker, who says the camps are so fun to coach, the terrain so fabulous, and the other coaches and clients and so wonderful, she can’t imagine doing anything else with her summers.