June 17, 2002

“Just how much snow do these guys think they can take in a week?” asks one amazed expert.

They say it’s always snowing somewhere. By late August, that somewhere is likely to be New Zealand. High Cascade Snowboard Camp’s second annual camp down-under is preparing to rejoin the assault on New Zealand’s endless stashes.

Campers will work legendary “ski fields” such Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown, or Treble Cone, Cardona and Snow Park Resorts, near Wanaka. Every day it’s a different, easily accessible field. Each is typically Kiwi with uncrowded slopes, some with gravity-defying T-bars, and all with many locals happy to share their inside info with visitors. Every day, except for the one incredible experience when Harris Mountain Heli-Skiing wisks campers high into the North Buchanans to play in untracked steep and deep. One day options also include bungy jumping, jet boat riding and other extreme kiwi attractions.

And HCSC’s organizational geniuses takes care of every tiny detail, so campers can focus on gorging themselves with the limitless possibilities both on and off snow. The resort waterfront hotels HCSC has chosen are classy but relaxed. And there’s a lot more than just the globally famous local meat pies on the menu, with cuisine from all over the world cooked up on almost every street corner. Pubs are the focal point of New Zealand culture and campers will be required to blow the froth off a few pints. The clubs keep rocking till dawn. Fortunately HCSC’s guides know the local night scene and will provide strategic direction for navigating the numerous choices.

“High Cascade now offers a camp for just about everyone. This is the camp for snowboarders searching for great late summer snow in a totally unique environment, fun-filled nights, a spirit of adventure and HCSC’s usual camaraderie, ” says HCSC Director Angela Jolly, a Kiwi and snowboarder who is eager to show off the best of her home country to US boarders. .

Campers depart LAX on August 23rd returning September 1st. The cost is US$3750 with everything but drinks included. The camp is limited to 15 campers and two of HCSCs highly experienced coaches will accompany the group to make sure everything runs smoothly, and to offer expert snowboard instruction where needed.

High Cascade Snowboard Camp is the world’s biggest provider of intensive snowboard coaching programs. Although best known for its kids camps which host over 1200 kids from around the world each summer at Mount Hood, HCSC also holds five adult camps, women’s only camps, customized camps, the world’s only snowboard photography camp and a camp at Copper Mountain, CO. As well as New Zealand, international camps are held in Japan, the next one being held in February, 2003. For info on any camps call 800 334 4272.