Summer sucks. Sure you’re out of school, you get to bronze and gawk at scantily clad members of the opposite sex, and skate, surf, or do whatever warm-weather activities get your blood going. But honestly, you’d rather be riding, right? The shred jones might not be that bad now, but give it a couple months and you’ll be fiending. Start stacking up the cash to make sure you keep that dream alive. This summer you’ve gotta feed the need. Here’s a run down of four summer camps everyone should ride.

High Cascade Snowboard Camp

" I Heart Camp!" Jack Mitrani beats the Vermont heat in the Oregon alpine. PHOTO: Christy Chaloux

" I Heart Camp!" Jack Mitrani beats the Vermont heat in the Oregon alpine. PHOTO: Christy Chaloux

This classic Oregon playground has more park features than you could ever hit in a single session spread out through the main park, the lap park, and a Soft Start park for beginners. You get to ride with all the raddest pros—like Pat Moore, Danny Davis, and JP Walker—these riders all host “signature sessions.” The camp’s skatepark in town is suited for every level of skateboarder and madness is going down daily on the dodgeball course—be very afraid! You’ll be right in the heart of Government Camp and just a short stroll away from legendary Cobra Dogs and Volcano Cones. East Coast pro Scott Stevens hits up HCSC every year, “Snowboarding, skateboarding, dodgeball, and trampolines—who needs anything else?” asks Stevens. “High Cascade is like Candyland! It really feels like a fantasy world!”

Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon

Length of sessions: Eight days

Fly into: Portland, Oregon

Web site:highcascade.com

Windells Camp

Recess time at Windell's: Kellan Broderick pops one over the rainbow above swingers Marie Curry and Dan Hanson. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

Recess time at Windell's: Kellan Broderick pops one over the rainbow above swingers Marie Curry and Dan Hanson. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

The 53-acre Windells campus has so much to do that you’ll have a hard time choosing between shredding and kicking it around camp. For the past twenty years, the snowboard park setup has been evolving and so have the amenities back at camp. They’ve got a Bag Jump air bag that you can chuck your carcass into on-hill, and a massive skatepark that’s indoors—meaning, even if it’s pouring rain, you’re getting your skate on. When the sun is shining, there’s a concrete bowl outdoors and loads of other amped-up campers to raise hell with. Summer shredder Pat Milbery won’t miss it for anything, “Where else can you find one-of-a-kind dream features hand built by pro riders, a private tow rope, the air bag, and Digger Doggs? That’s freedom in a nutshell!”

Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon

Length of sessions: Eight days

Fly into: Portland, Oregon

Web site: windells.com

South America Snow Sessions

Powder is no stranger at South American Snowboard Session and niether is Josh Dirksen. PHOTO: Liam Gallagher

Powder is no stranger at South American Snowboard Session and niether is Josh Dirksen. PHOTO: Liam Gallagher

For the past five summers, intrepid shredders have been experiencing Argentina among a group of their peers. And you get a whole lot more than just a sick shred trip—head to South America for the full-immersion cultural trip of a lifetime. SASS coaches will teach you about backcountry snowboarding, building jumps, and snow safety—you can even earn college credits through their education program. It’s an eye-opening experience—the Spanish language, new food, and the amazing Andes. On top of it all, you’ll get to shred powder in the summer—powder! As their reputation grows, the camp continues to attract more riders every year. Riders like Austin Smith, who offers, “SASS is for the people who love powder, going to new places, meeting new people, and learning about the backcountry. And you get to go to Argentina—that makes it worth it right there.”

Location: Bariloche, Argentina

Length of sessions: Fourteen days

Fly into: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Web site:www.sassglobaltravel.com

Camp Of Champions

Adam Chuntz goes huge up at Camp of Champions. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Johnny Lyall goes huge up at Camp of Champions. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to go to Whistler. This camp is the stuff of legends. The park is enormous. It’s served by a T-bar, so you can take more hot laps than you can probably handle. As you can see in every issue of this mag, the scenery in and around Whistler is out of this world. There’re always tons of pros coaching and just cruising around the camp. Among them is east coast Canadian Louif Paradis: “Since the first time I entered the COC park, I haven’t been able to resist going back again and again. It’s the best place to learn new tricks. The snow is soft, the weather is warm, and everybody is always having fun!” So, do you really need to be convinced?

Location: Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.

Length of sessions: Six to eight days

Fly into: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Web site: campofchampions.com