On-snow Playboy photo shoots, late-night mechanical bull riding, Jamie Lynn and Danny Kass sightings-spring break at the beach is played out, suckers. Mix it up this year and go to South Lake Tahoe where you’ll introduce “new skills” and “memories” into spring break’s “mother of all hangovers” equation. Yes, this spring you have options, kiddies: either conform to the norm and stumble around muggy-ass Daytona Beach, Florida; puke alongside the jocks and jarheads down in Cancun Mexico; or party with living legends like Jimmy Halopoff and Shaun Palmer-and get your shred on! I know you’re about it, ’cause otherwise you’d be peeping a different magazine at Barnes And Noble right about now.-Dresser

South Shore Soldiers Camp is an adult snowboard camp for spring breakers at Heavenly Mountain Resort during the month of March. South Lake Tahoe is legendary for its vast, varied terrain and infamous nightlife, so if you’re down to ride and party, South Shore will break you off proper! Located on the California-Nevada border, Stateline never sleeps-there is no last call, y’all. Jimmy Halopoff started the South Shore Soldiers camp in 2002. Most of you are familiar with Halopoff, but pump your brakes please and bear with me a moment. New readers may not be so informed-and it gives me great pleasure to hype the man up. When you mention South Shore, the first names that come to mind are invariably Jimmy Halopoff and Shaun Palmer. They run this joint. Sure, there are young talented riders like Jimi Tomer or Dirk Dye around, but none of them have come close to the fame and recognition Jimmy and Palm have lent to this side of the lake. These are the two South Shore snowboard ambassadors, straight up. Jimmy has been holding it down in South Lake for over fifteen years now. If you need something more tangible, he’s a multiple X-Games medalist, a veteran of photo and film, and a character in Activision’s Shaun Palmer Pro Boarder. In short, he a PIMP!

Jimmy came up with the idea for a spring break camp after spending many years coaching and riding at summer camps throughout the world. Now, Jimmy isn’t basing on summer riding, fellas, he’s simply raised some compelling arguments for a spring time scenario. Here we go.

While many kids enjoy the hell out of summer camp, the eighteen-and-older set may feel, well, a little out of place. They’re surrounded by a bunch of sugar-eating, goofy little kids, for god’s sake! Not so cool. The Soldier camp is geared toward older teens who seek the camaraderie of peers their own age, nightly apr s ski parties, and Vegas-style nightlife and mischief only the mountain town of Stateline, Nevada can serve up. Stateline has it all-casinos, bars, spring break spots like Altitude Nightclum at Harrah’s, and Marc Frank Montoya’s snowboard hotel and party pad, The Block.

Another springtime plus is the weather. The biggest challenge come summertime is the relentless heat, which causes massive melt off, shrinking snow features before one’s very eyes, quickly melting halfpipes into mini ditches. Building a park during spring generally means more snow, less heat, and longer-lasting, easy-to-maintain snow structures. With the combined efforts of the Soldiers park staff, Railbuilders.com and Heavenly resort’s cooperation, the totally private Soldiers terrain is always buffed out and fully staffed with attentive coaches. Another perk is that the entire Heavenly resort is still operational in March. You’re not relegated to a couple lanes like summertime glacier missions-campers have 4,800 acres of Heaven at their disposal. Are you ready to enlist?

Campers aren’t the only ones seshin’ the exclusive Soldiers terrain park. Jimmy’s camp is the singular event uniting an entire Tahoe snowboard scene. Riders from all areas of the lake descend on the camp to hit perfectly sculpted booters, boxes and rails throughout the month. Incline kids like Chris Demolski and Ryan Wichert, the Alkasquawliks, The NeoProto faction,nd of course, South shore locs like Jimi Tomer, Ryan Baca, and Dirk Dye lap the park routinely. Danny Kass and the Grenerds roll over from Mammoth. Eddie Wall, Andreas Wiig, Kevin Jones, and Tara Dakides all make an appearance. Jimmy’s camp has added snowboard legitimacy to Heavenly-and for campers, it’s a unique, non-threatening experience. They get to meet a lot of big pros and witness their next-level skills firsthand, and the vibe is good.

So there you have it, folks. I’ve presented the many reasons why South Shore Soldiers does indeed f-king rule, complete with photo documentation and an unbelievably biased one-man focus group comprised of a family member. Be there or be square. Spring break at the beach is whack-unless of course you’re a surfer, then you should try our other publication. It’s called TransWorld Surf. Now book your ass a plane ticket to Reno, quick like.

Drafted (sidebar goes with photo SSS53)

A spring chicken? Hardly. Let’s face it, I’m old. Jaded? Certainly. I’ve flown the world on somebody else’s time for over a decade. I don’t fit the spring break demographic-I needed someone young, a one-man focus group. Trouble was, everyone around me has grown old too. I needed an angry, hard to please, sarcastic, “nothing is cool” hater. Enter my little brother. I love my bro dearly-but he’s a li’l shithead. He’s an eighteen-year-old hardcore kid who knows too much, is far too critical, and won’t be told anything. I hijacked his ass and took him to camp with me.

Would he buckle?

My brother Dylan swore he wouldn’t be coached, but he’d never met Jimmy. So the kid was going to boot camp. Jimmy asked him, (more like told him), “You ready to get in a group?”

“Uhhh, okay,” mumbled li’l brother in a tiny voice-he’d buckled from the get-go. Some people just have an innate authority-Halopoff’s one of ‘em.

Did he like it?

I’m sure he had the best time of his life-I did, but then again I don’t get to hang with Junior all that much. Before I get all sappy-he definitely rolled his eyes about following around a coach, and he was pretty pissed off about getting up “hella early” … but complaining is fun, too.

But did he learn anything?

After all his antics about not being coached, he did learn a bunch of tricks. He busted his first front 180 and 50-50′d his first rail. And this kid won’t let me teach him shit. He maintains the only reason he busted the maneuvers was because he couldn’t let “some 40-year-old man in the group” shame him. Whatever, he’s a difficult child.

Would he go back?

Hell yeah. Fo’ shizzle, my nizzle!

Info And Dates:

Info@southshoresoldiers.com

South Shore Soldiers

P.O. Box 5771

Stateline, Nevada 89449

Phone: 1-888-712-7772

Web: www.southshoresoldiers.com

Accommodations: Super 8 Motel, (530) 544-3476

Session #1) March 7-12

Session #2) March 14-19

Session #3) March 21-26

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South Shore Soldiers has some nasty boxes. Just check this C-box Ryan Wichert is slaying. You, too, can do this with some practice. They have some other coo’ variations, but I’m too lazy to describe ‘em all. Photo: Ruben Sanchez

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Soldier for life. If you show your South Shore Soldiers tattoo, you’re eligible for free lifetime use of the facilities-maybe. I just made that shit up.

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Brothers.

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J2, Jimmy, me, Erik Leines, Dylan, Eddie Wall (clockwise from top left). Cut out a headshot of yourself and place it over my little brother’s face in the middle. Now, check it-this can be you, player!

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Andreas Wiig seems like he’s riding this camp all month long. Either that or he gets after it so hard his presence is felt for the duration.

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Dingo versus the mechanical bull.

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Marc Frank has his own signature rail setup at the Soldiers camp. It has multiple takeoff options, and it’s not too long or steep. If you get lucky, Marco will be up there throwin’ down some of his butter-smooth, sleepy-Spanish techniques seen here. Looking for more upscale accommodations than the ol’ Super 8 motel? Chill over at MFM’s crib site, The Block Hotel (theblockattahoe.com)-ask to stay in the TransWorld room.

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The kickers at camp are straight chiseled-sharp-lined, well-manicured, frosty, lofty fun. Ryan Dee’s got pop. Check the kid’s Bjorn Leines impersonation, a ridiculously inverted backside 540 Indy super chucker. Not bad, man. Learn this maneuver over spring break!

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In a testament to Jimmy’s enduring skill and style on the snowboard, we were sure this was Kevin Jones until the very last moment. Half Cab to 50-50 to front boardslide, 270 out from the boss man. Wheeew!

wn some of his butter-smooth, sleepy-Spanish techniques seen here. Looking for more upscale accommodations than the ol’ Super 8 motel? Chill over at MFM’s crib site, The Block Hotel (theblockattahoe.com)-ask to stay in the TransWorld room.

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The kickers at camp are straight chiseled-sharp-lined, well-manicured, frosty, lofty fun. Ryan Dee’s got pop. Check the kid’s Bjorn Leines impersonation, a ridiculously inverted backside 540 Indy super chucker. Not bad, man. Learn this maneuver over spring break!

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In a testament to Jimmy’s enduring skill and style on the snowboard, we were sure this was Kevin Jones until the very last moment. Half Cab to 50-50 to front boardslide, 270 out from the boss man. Wheeew!