What if you were to unload your sled and make your way nine miles into the Colorado backcountry, only to find a variety of jumps and even some rails already set up for you? That’s the promise of Booter Camp.
The brainchild of longtime local, Tom Kelly, Booter Camp is in its early, sort of developmental stages, but it’s already worth checking out if you’re the type who’d rather hit jumps than build them. The Camp is made up of 100-or-so deep-pow acres-all of them private property. The heart of the layout is the Elkton town site, a one-time mining town that was home to more than 1,500 people in the late 1800′s, before going “ghost.”
Today, Elkton consists of a backcountry hut that sleeps ten (propane heat and lights, and water from a spring make it a comfortable alternative to camping) and a new Booter Camp yurt. Surrounding the “base area,” jumps are etched in hillsides. Because it’s private property, there’s no fear of Booter Camp terrain being poached. Jumps will remain un-hit until your crew gets to them. Lap each a few times, and move on to the next.
Backcountry jumps are the main attraction at Booter Camp, but there are also rainbows and even a high-mountain rail/box line. Of course, you can also shred a few pow turns, hit a cliff or two, or just take in the scenery.
Plans for Booter Camp are big, including more yurts and more/bigger features. For now, it’s a day (or two) of sled-accessed backcountry riding without the shoveling it takes to push up your own jumps.
For more information on Booter Camp, go to bootercamp.com.