Choosing a summer ski or snowboard camp is a tough decision. Considerations of terrain options, coaching, lodging, and several other factors make camp selection seem almost overwhelming at times. The Ski Channel recognized this problem, and recently finished a summer camp review contest through which we hope will ease the process with 100% authentic, honest reviews from previous campers. We’re currently going through the entries to not only determine the best review, but also to digest these findings and post the feedback for future campers.
But until then, we wanted to alert all the prospective Summer 2011 ski campers that at least one camp has announced some major changes aimed at keeping your wallet significantly heavier.
Camp of Champions (COC) Founder/Owner/Director, Ken Achenbach, checked in with us recently to announce terrain expansions, upgrades, and most importantly a huge price drop.
“The biggest change in the history of The Camp of Champions is happening this year. We’ve changed our price to reflect the savings our park size now allows us to take advantage of. Overnight camp is now $1885 CAD compared to $2395 CAD in 2010. Camp Park Only Access is $695 CAD compared with $995 CAD in 2010,” said Achenbach.
How They Did It
“It has taken us 5 years of planning to get to this day. It seemed like forever. For the last five years we have been expanding our on snow footprint as much as possible. Our park, that was already the largest summer park in the universe, grew 20% in size last summer and in the last five years it has grown a whopping 50%. The Camp of Champions Snowpark is now at least double and sometimes triple the size of every other camps park or parks. Now that we have finished getting all the extra terrain we can finally pass on the savings all that extra size gives us so that everyone who couldn’t afford COC before will now be able to now.”
For a better idea of COC’s massive park size, check out the Newschoolers crew getting down:
Camp of Champions is bringing back two handle tows so now you can do half laps OR full laps on the T-Bar.
Ski More -> Learn More -> Get Sponsored = Go Pro
The Camp of Champions lodging is at the base of beautiful Whistler Blackcomb mountain, 5 minutes from the lift. Because of this, at COC campers are on snow, skiing, getting coached and learning for 3 hours longer a day than camps at Mt. Hood. COC campers get on the lift at 7:15 AM and are skiing from 8:00AM to 3PM. At Mt Hood campers are on the snow at about 10:30AM and ski until 2:30PM. Multiple three hours over the course of a whole session, and it’s easy to see the extra ski progression possible at COC.
A look at Camp of Champions enormous park on Whistler Blackcomb – Credit: Dano Pendygrasse
“Our system works. Six of the top seven finishers (we missed silver) in the 2010 Men’s Olympic Halfpipe Event were camp alumni – former and current campers and coaches. I know it’s snowboarding results, but if Slopestyle is in the 2014 Olympics, our results should be the same or better for skiing slopestyle. We have the only Olympic caliber slopestyle park. The results show that what we do, and how we do it, works. If you really want to get better at skiing and have an insanely great time, make a million new friends from all over the world – come to The Camp of Champions and get your shred on, not your face paint. Who knows? We could be bragging about you like we brag about a lot of our coaches, saying we knew you when… When you were a camper, before your life changed because you came to The Camp of Champions. Before you got sponsored, went pro, won contests and then came back to be a coach.”