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Top 7 Ski & Snowboard Camps of Summer 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

By: Warren Miller Entertainment
June 4, 2014

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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
Chillan, Chile
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
Bariloche, Argentina
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.

 

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“Why I Love to Ski/Ride” Video Contest Winner Keith Korchok Wins Warren Miller Entertainment Award of Excellence

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (March 25, 2013) —Selected from 17 entries submitted from around the United States, Keith Korchok’s video “Something from Nothing” won the “Why I Love to Ski and Ride” Video Contest, held in conjunction with the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative, earning Krochok the Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) Video Award of Excellence.

Korchok’s entry is a personal story about what motivated his twin brother and him to create a neighborhood terrain park in Saltsburg, Penn. so they could enjoy and share their passion for snowboarding. The brothers regularly snowboard at the nearby Seven Springs in Somerset.

Senan Gorman, chief creative guy for North Pole Design, Halley O’Brien, independent videographer and Tom Horrocks, marketing director for SnoCountry judged the “Why I Love to Ski and Ride” Video Contest entries based on how they demonstrated the exhilaration of skiing and snowboarding and inspired others to participate.

Korchok’s prize included a selection of WME videos, a $500 gift certificate from skis.com, a jacket from The North Face and a subscription to Transworld Snowboarding. Korchok’s work will be recognized during the Marketing Awards ceremony on May 2 at the NSAA national conference in Palm Springs, Calif.

Finalists included Dustin Hinde, of Telluride, Colo. for his video “Wish You Were Here” and Jana Rogers of Bend, Ore. for “Jana and Elana.” They each won a jacket from The North Face, a selection of WME videos and a subscription to either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding.

Chip Lunsford of Atlanta, Ga. and Logan Fields of Manhattan Beach, Calif. received Honorable Mentions for their respective videos, “I Have a Dream” and “Freeride.”

All video submissions are available on YouTube.

A special thanks to sponsors Warren Miller Entertainment, The North Face, SKI and Transworld Snowboarding, skis.com and the National Ski Areas Association.

CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo, 202-431-6950; lifes2shortmjt@gmail.com

ATHLETE LIMELIGHT: KEELY KELLEHER

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

By: Snowlink
March 13, 2013

Featured in Warren Miller’s Flow State, the 2010 World Cup Super G winner also founded the first North American ski racing camp for girls

Keely has had a love affair with going fast on her skis since before she can remember. She has spent 22 years ski racing, 8 of which were on the U.S. Ski Team. Specializing in the speed events, Keely raced competitively on the World Cup speed circuit scoring regularly and winning the 2010 National Super G title. In 2011 she founded the first ski racing camp for girls in North America, based around the mission to coach, inspire and empower girls through ski racing and big mountain skiing.

Recently, Keely has transitioned from ski racer to big mountain skier. Last year she was a featured athlete in Warren Miller’s 2012 Flow State. She is also involved with the Shelly Glover Sports Foundation and Climate Reality Project.

Keely’s sponsors: Tecnica (Inferno 130) boots & Blizzard Skis (Scout 185 or Dakota 177), Shred Optics, and Slytech Protection.

Q&A:

1. The mountain I learned to ski on was: Big Sky, Montana when I was 2 years old.

2. I can’t live without: Giving back

3. My favorite cuisine is: Biscuits and gravy

4. When I’m not skiing, you can find me: On the river in my kayak

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

6. Who/What inspires you? My family, friends and Daron Rahlves

7. Favorite:

  1. Bands: Trampled by Turtles, Of Monsters & Men, & Devil Makes Three
  2. Books: Unbroken by Laura Hildenbrand
  3. Vacation Spots: My backyard in Montana

Meet Aspen Spora, the 11-year-old ripper everyone is talking about

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

By: Freeskier Magazine
July 17, 2012

Words by Brody Leven
Photo by Ren Rob/O’Neill

When I was eleven, I was eating crayons and dirt. He, on the other hand, enjoys sunflower seed cheese, prefers beet-kale-carrot-apple-celery juice to soda, and fancies his organic veggie burgers bun-less. He once told me that hot dog buns taste like candy.

I hung Vincent Dorian posters over my bunk bed and watched Evan Raps on VHS. He has Tanner Hall giving him high-fives at Woodward Tahoe and is hanging out with Tom Wallisch at X Games.

I attended my ski hill’s annual gear swap so my parents could buy me the previous year’s jacket at a discount. He receives next season’s gear from O’Neill, Armada, Oakley, Dalbello, Marker, Contour, Sweet Protection, and A-Line Insoles. Free.

Aspen Spora is a prodigy. A handful of his web videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. During his tenth winter on Earth, he foreran the X Games superpipe and The North Face Pipe and Park Open Series courses, and filmed with Warren Miller Entertainment. His social media following exceeded that of most established professionals before he was old enough to have a computer.

What exactly is on the mind of the youngster with the long golden hair, bright blue eyes and the jacket that covers his knees? I caught up with him this week in Whistler to find out:

Brody Leven: What’s happening in the wonderful world of Aspen Spora?

Aspen Spora: I’m hanging out in Whistler with Team O’Neill and skiing at Camp of Champions. We are making the O’Neill Experience, a video series about the team. But my favorite part has definitely been paintballing with everyone.

BL: Do you remember the first time someone recognized you on the hill?

AS: At Whistler. Two days ago.

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