Ross Powers to host snowboard camp at Okemo

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on March 8, 2010 6:53 am

Olympic gold medalist and snowboarding legend Ross Powers, and his posse of pro riders, will be at Okemo Mountain Resort March 22 through 24 for the annual Ross Powers Snowboard Camp. This three-day snowboard camp is open to intermediate and advanced riders who can handle fast-paced training and riding with some of the best coaches and professional snowboarders of all time. Proceeds from the Camp benefit the Ross Powers Foundation, a non-profit organization for athletes with financial need.
Okemo is Powers’ home mountain. As the resort’s Snowboard Ambassador, he has been working directly with the mountain’s parks and pipes crew to ensure that his namesake Superpipe, one of the largest halfpipes in the East, is in top form. Okemo is also home to six terrain parks, including the RossCross family-friendly terrain-cross park.
“Okemo always has had a good program … If you were ranked in the snowboarding standings, you went there. In many ways, it has always been a part of my snowboarding career,” said Powers.
Snowboarders attending the Ross Powers Snowboard Camp will be grouped according to ability and skill interest. Each group of five to seven participants will train with a certified coach, including AASI National Team riders. Ross Powers and a roster of today’s top competitors will rotate through the groups to offer personalized instruction to help participants achieve their individual riding goals.
The fee for the Ross Powers Snowboard Camp is $499 and includes three days of on-snow coaching, a pizza party with prize drawings and a certificate of completion signed by Ross Powers. The rate does not include a required lift ticket, lodging or meals.
Owner of numerous halfpipe titles, including a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and a 1998 Olympic bronze medal, Powers is a local athlete from Londonderry, Vt.  Considered snowboarding’s first child prodigy, he attended his first U.S. Open competition at the age of 9 with his fourth grade class to cheer him on. He competed in nationals the next year and was a world champion before his 18th birthday. In 1998, he represented the U.S. in Nagano taking home the first Olympic halfpipe medal for the U.S.