Ski camps are a great way for athletes to boost normal season training with small group instruction over multiple consecutive days. Athletes can jump start a season or simply cement skill development. Camps also offer a wonderful way for community building and bonding.
SPAC typically offers several Summer Camps at Mt Hood as well as a Holiday Camp in December at Stevens Pass for athletes U12 + up. U14 + up athletes may attend a Fall Camp at a partnering resort typically held around the Thanksgiving Holiday. Camps are typically 3-9 days long and have been held as both day camps and sleep away camps.
2023 Summer SPAC Camps
Session 1: June 24-27
(arriving June 23rd)
Session 2: July 25–30
(arriving July 24th)
Registration opens March 16th, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Registration Link: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/362571
Summer Camp Q & A
How do I register? In TeamSnap once registration opens. A $200 nonrefundable deposit will hold your spot. Space is limited and first come, first served. Occasionally, camps fill up on the first day of registration and a waitlist is created. The waitlist will be used to backfill any resulting opening of an athlete whose summer plans change. Cancellations are accepted until 45 days prior to start of a camp session.
How much does it cost? SPAC Summer camp sessions are priced at-cost whereby we aim to just cover the expense of operating at Mt. Hood. Your camp tuition pays for coaching stipend, team lodging & food (overnight camps), daily lift tickets and training lane space for our athletes etc.
Session One – June 24th – 27th
Overnight Camp (4 nights/4 days) – $1700
Day Camp (4 days) – $1000
Session Two – July 25th – 30th
Overnight Camp (6 nights/6 days) – $2200
Day Camp (6 days) – $1300
How’s the skiing? The race camp sessions typically consists of slalom training days and/or GS training days depending on snow conditions. Athletes train very early in the day in a reserved lane on the Palmer snowfield. A limited portion of the glacier is open to the public and campers may ski a warm up lap or two as gates are being set in the SPAC reserved lane. The public area is not salted like the training lanes and on warm summer days the public skiing area does not present ideal conditions by mid day.
What about transportation? Families are responsible for transporting their overnight camper to/from Government Camp, Oregon unless arrangements are made for team van transport (if available). Plan to arrive the night before camp begins as the first day on snow may begin as early as 6:00 AM. Day camper parents provide transportation for their athlete to and from the Timberline ski area each day. Drop off/pick up is coordinated in the Wy’East Day Lodge parking area.
Where do campers stay and eat? SPAC overnight campers and coaches stay in a large rental house in or near Government Camp. All meals are included in the overnight camp tuition. Groceries and a meal plan are provided for a collaborative kitchen effort by athletes and coaches. Plenty of snacks are available in the team house to fuel athletes on and off the hill, but this does not preclude campers from walking to the Huckleberry Inn for milkshakes or exploring Govy General Store for treats during their afternoon downtime. Day campers stay with their parents and parents provide all meals/snacks.
How do I know if my athlete is ready for overnight camp? We require that all campers be able to function independently (i.e., wake up when prompted, pack lunch & ski bag, carry their own equipment, load and unload chairlift alone, respect coach instructed meet times and pick up after themselves in a team house.) If you do not think your athlete will be able to function independently then overnight camp may not be a good fit. Consider the day camp sessions as an alternative to bunking with the team.
I still have questions. Who can I ask? We welcome your questions! Please reach out to camp volunteers at email@example.com or contact Program Director Dave Lyon and/or Mighty Mites Head Coach Nils. Follow up communication will be sent to registered families as camp dates approach. This typically includes recommended athlete packing list, tentative daily schedule, swag sizing, final payment information and more.