The 2013 Summer Shred Guide
This part of the year is always bitter sweet. Sure it’s getting warmer, people are coming out of their winter hibernation state, there’s flowers, you can go skateboarding, but it’s also the time of the year when the resorts start shutting down the lifts. So how are you going to get your shred fix on for the next six months? Are you just going to sit around and day dream about catching air? Well you can do that, or you can be proactive about it and get yourself to a summer shred camp. The camps we have listed here are in North and South America, but if you live in Europe, fret not because there are glaciers there too!
Windells totally kicks ass. They are situated on beautiful Mt. Hood, where, as you read this, there’s a ton of snow! Windells makes one hell of a snowboard park. There are countless rails, jumps of every size, and a superpipe. But one of the best things about Windells is how often they switch up their park. If you get bored riding their park (which would be insane, but if you do…) they switch it all up every few days. And if you happen to be at Windells for multiple sessions the park you started riding day one will look nothing like the park on your final day of your stay.
Also, if you like skateboarding Windells is totally the spot. The park that they have there is unlike any other. We could describe it, but it wouldn’t do it justice. You have to see it to believe it.
Length: 7 or 8 day sessions, depending on how early in the summer you go. Camp runs from 6/6-8/21
Price: $1,899-$2,069.00. depending on when in the summer you choose to go.
Max campers per session: 250
2. High Cascade Snowboard Camp
High Cascade is the only 100% snowboard camp. So if you don’t want to share any lips with skiers, this is your spot. High Cascade features two private snowboard parks-one serviced by a chairlift, the other by a tow rope. There’s also a tow rope for the superpipe, so you really never have to hike, unless of course you want to. Did we mention there’s a shit ton of snow up at Mt. Hood right now? Because there is. So if you’re worried about there not being enough snow for you to shred on when you get there, don’t worry…at all.
High Cascade is your place to go if you want to ride features from Bear Mountain, Seven Springs, and Loon, all in one place, and it’s halfpipe is cut by the same guys who cut the Olympic halfpipe. And this summer you will be able to see all the guys who are trying to make the Olympics ride right in front of you, becasue they’re going to be training at High Cascade all summer long.
Every session at High Cascade had a different Signature Session featuring some of the top pros, including: Bode Merrill, Pat Moore, Hana Beaman, Scott Stevens, Chris Grenier, Mike Rav, and many, many more.
Length:8-day sessions going from June 15–August 12
Price: $1,995.00 for the lodge $2,095 for chalet
Max Campers per Session: 235
3. Camp of Champions
COC slays summer camping in Whistler. When you come to COC, you are in the center of the Whsitler Village. The Camp of Champions packs so many, jibs, jumps, rails, hits, Big Air Bags and features into their park it’s ridiculous. Mark McMorris, Torstein Horgmo, Stale Sandbech, Seb Toots, and Maxence Parrot call it home for the summer… and you know how good their winters were, they won pretty much every event. The US, Canadian and Norwegian National Slopestyle Teams all have selected COC as their place to train for the summer, in order to get ready for the 2014 Olympics.
COC isn’t all about superstar shreds, it also has amazing beginner and intermediate parks. With hands on, one-on-one coaching from some of the biggest names and also from the best up and coming pros you’ll feel like you are filling your bag of tricks with both hands.
Campers stay in luxury too. The Holiday Inn is their new home right in the heart of Whistler. The skatepark is across the street, mini golf is a block away one way, The driving range a block the other way, Starbucks, Earl’s Restaurant and Mongolie Grill and the movie theater are right downstairs. Bungee Jumping, paintball and Bounce Trampoline Academy and two lakes are a couple minutes away. Whether you are under 19 or over 19, you will have the best time ever at COC, there is nothing like it.
Length: 5- to 8-day sessions, June 30–July 25
Price: Camp session start at $995
Max Campers per Session: 150
4. Woodward at Copper
Things are looking really good at Woodward at Copper for this summer. First of all there’s more snow than ever. Second of all there park is accessible by a chairlift, and third of all they made awesome additions The Barn, some of which have been adding more foam pits, a pumping track, and improvements to their skateboard park. If you sign up you will also have the chance to snowboard with visiting pros from teams such as Never Summer, Pow, Ride, and K2. You don’t want to miss out!
Price: $990.00-$1,799.00 depending on date and lodging
Max Campers per Session: 150
Killer Coaches: Chad Otterstrom, Rick Shimpeno, Giri Watts
5. Woodward Tahoe
The snow is stacked up deep right now at Woodward Tahoe! Woodward Tahoe is located at Boreal, and it’s the only summer snowboard location in Northern California. It features California's only lift serviced summer snowboarding, a digital-media camp, and a 33,000-square-foot indoor skatepark that is so fun! Not too shabby…
6. SGT Argentina
If you want to really snowboard, in deep snow, when it’s cold out, and it feels like winter, there’s really only one place to go, and it’s SGT Argentina. This camp is the real deal! It’s a full on backcountry snowboard summer camp located in the Argentinian Andes. At SGT Argentina you will get professional backcountry safety lessons, and then go out and ride some of the gnarliest, most awesome shit of your life. If you’re a snowboarder, this is one place that should be on your bucket list.
7. Evolve Chile
This summer while all your friends are wishing they were riding pow, rub it in their faces and get to Evolve Chile. Evolve Chile combines the best of both worlds with awesome snowboard parks, and sweet big mountain riding. Located in the Chilean Andes, Evolve Chile is one awesome place to go if you really want that deep winter experience in the middle of the summer.
Length: 9-16 days
Price: Starts at $2,349
Killer Coaches: Jason Robinson, Nick Visconti, Geoff Brown