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High Camp: Domestic Camps

High Camp: Domestic Camps

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By Joe Cutts
posted: 06/07/2005

TICHY RACING
Location Mt. Hood, Ore.
Type of camp Junior racing
Length of season April 16-Aug. 15
Cost $1,465 (10 days)
Contact 503-272-3135
Website tichyracing.com
The Tichys, who fled Communist Czechoslovakia to pursue successful racing careers in the West, work as a team, welcoming campers into their family for 10-day sessions. Between them, they own national titles in Canada and the Czech Republic, coached to their successes by patriarch Milos Tichy. The Tichy camps offer video analysis and up-to-date racing equipment, with private lodging in the town of Government Camp, near Mt. Hood.

ERICH SAILER RACING CAMPS
Location Mt. Hood
Type of camp Junior racing (adults welcome, too)
Length of season June 12-July 3
Cost Approximately $895 per week, plus lodging (at Mt. Hood Inn)
Contact 952-431-4477
Website skicamps.com
Sailer, director of Minnesota's Buck Hill race program, is one of the acknowledged greats among U.S. junior race coaches. Protégés include USST members Kristina Koznick, Sarah Schleper, Lindsey Kildow, Resi Stiegler and others. Camps focus on modern GS and slalom technique and include dryland training, video analysis and plenty of time in the gates.

OLIN/LACASSE SKI RACING SCHOOL
Location Mt. Hood
Type of camp Junior and adult racing
Length of season June 11-July 31
Cost $1,275
Contact 651-267-0249
Website skiracingcamp.com
Tony Olin, a former Europa Cup racer, and Josée Lacasse, a Canadian Olympian, have been running summer race camps for a couple of decades, formerly with the Erich Sailer/Buck Hill program. Campers bunk at the Mt. Hood Inn. At least one session will include adults.

MT. GILBOA SUMMER SKI RACING CAMP
Location Mt. Hood
Type of camp Junior racing
Length of season June 17-Aug. 19
Cost $1,700 (10 days)-$2,100 (14 days)
Contact 877-930-9422
Website teamgilboa.com
Minnesota-based Team Gilboa is one of the country's most successful racing clubs. In summer, its coaches and many of its athletes decamp for Mt. Hood, where they focus on fun and the fundamentals of racing (slalom and GS) alongside racers from all regions. Highly structured programs incorporate sports psychology (goal-setting, visualization, relaxation, journal writing, self image, and race preparation) and dryland training (weight-room techniques, flexibility, aerobic and anaerobic training), with time left over for field trips.

NATIONAL ALPINE SKI CAMP
Location Mt. Hood Timberline Ski Area
Type of camp Junior and adult racing
Length of season June 11-July 12 (this year; normally through end of August)
Cost $1,595 (10 days)
Contact 800-453-6272
Website skicamp.com
NASC strives for versatility, welcoming serious athletes intent on making the national team (like alumni Caroline Lalive and Jake Fiala), as well as those aiming for the high school varsity. Age minimums are flexible (as young as 8, depending on a child's level of independence). The first session even welcomes adult racers, numbering more than 200. Day programs are available for those with their own lodging arrangements. Activities include sailing, windsurfing, rock climbing and mountain biking. Kitesurfing, with instruction, is $425 extra.

MT. HOOD SUMMER SKI CAMPS
Location Government Camp (Timberline), Ore.
Type of camp Junior and adult racing or moguls
Length of season May 29-Sept. 3
Cost $750-$950 per week
Contact 503-337-2230
Website mthood.com
Mt. Hood Summer Camps, in business since 1979, boasts its own spacious lodge (so youngsters are spared the occasionally unwholesome aspects of Government Camp village life) and prides itself on being affordable, despite offering an 8:1 ratio of campers to coaches. Adults are welcome, and there's an adults-only session late in the season. Afternoon activities include rafting, paintball, trampoline, skateboarding, tennis, zip line and more.

U.S. ELITE CAMPS
Location Mt. Hood and Saas Fee, Switzerland
Type of camp Junior and adult racing
Length of season July 3-29 (Mt. Hood); Aug. 13-27 (Saas Fee)
Cost $810 (Mt. Hood camp)-$3,200 (two-week European camp, airfare included)
Contact 978-505-8461
Website us-elitecamps.com
Saas Fee campers learn the fundamentals and finer points of ski racing on the glacier, often alongside national team members of European countries. Rest days include a sightseeing trip to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Coaches include Mike Morin, currently the U.S. Ski Team's men's SL/GS head coach-a.k.a. the coach of Bode Miller.

WINDWELLS
Location Mt. Hood
Type of camp Junior and adult freestyle
Length of season June 4-Aug. 26
Cost $1,345 (six days)-$1,799 (nine days)
Contact 800-765-7669
Website windells.com
One of the original slopestyle camps for snowboarders, Windells has long welcomed new-school skiers to its Mt. Hood terrain park as well. Campers learn rail, rodeo and pipe tricks, often alongside some of their heroes, as guest pros drop by. Activities include trampoline, paintball, canoeing, river tubing, talent shows and more.

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