How does a summer skiing and training on 11,235-foot Mount Hood sound? It’s not too good to be true — or reserved for elite racers. For several years, a slew of NASTAR participants has been heading to Mount Hood to sharpen skills for the next season. Here’s the lowdown on an up-high summer camp experience.
The place: Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps, Palmer Glacier, Mt. Hood
The people: A mix of recreational and elite athletes. “We typically get more than 30 NASTAR racers each year,” camp director reports Mike Annett, “with ages ranging from 6 to 68.”
The programs: Ski Race Camp is open to all ability levels, and focuses on the fundamentals along with the fastest line through slalom and GS courses, which are salted to keep the snow firm. Coaches work on technique with each racer, and provide on-hill video feedback along with freeskiing, drills, tactics and full-course training. There are also snowboard race camps, family camps and team camps, among other programs.
The history: Since 1979, Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps has been helping racers fine-tune their training from Timberline Lodge. Some 30,000 campers have attended in the 37 years since.
The payoff: “What makes it fun is that NASTAR participants get to run gates for five straight days,” says Annett, who adds that the afternoon activities mean a summer’s worth of adventure in one spot. Think whitewater rafting, rockclimbing, trampoline, cliff jumping, a challenge course, mountain biking, lake sports, skateboarding, disc golf, hiking and field sports. Plus, says Arnett, “NASTAR racers lower their handicap by a bunch.”
For more information and to register, visit www.mthood.com
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