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Snow Camp Guide – February 2011

Published in Whitelines Magazine Issue 95, February 2011

Blue Mile Snowsports

CONTACT: E-mail: info@bluemilesnowsports.com, Tel: 0208 744 3638

WEBSITE: www.bluemilesnowsports.com

Vital Statistics

OPEN/CLOSED: Open to all who have a passion forsnowboarding!

ABILITY: Intermediate/advanced/ professional

ACCOMODATION: Chalet partner info available on requestrelevant to individual budgets and requirements

LIFT PASSES: Not provided

TRANSFER/JOURNEY: Client to organize themselves; butadvice and best price information available on request

INTERNET/WIFI: Most chalets we deal with have wifi

LESSONS/GUIDED TOURS: Video analysis, snowboard hosting,professional snowboard training, coaching

PARK/PIPE: Park

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE: Local store Zero G gives great dealson rental and sales with Blue Mile

TRANSPORT AVAILABLE: Discount with Cham Van

CAPACITY OF CAMP: 6 per camp

ENTERTAINMENT: Local and comically hilarious!

CAMP PACKAGE/DISCOUNT: Bags of discounts available topeople booking on course, discounts with Westbeach, Zero GChamonix, Entity Boardsports, Authority Boardriding,ChamoFix Massage, Valley Fever chalets, and many more!

Why Choose Us?

Blue Mile Snowsports are leading the way in snowboardadvanced coaching by looking closely at the bio-mechanics,psychology of the rider and physics of the mountain. Weoffer advanced instruction, professional snowboardtraining and video snowboard hosting. We operate a varietyof services across the UK and Europe. This season we havesome unique snowboard camps in the Chamonix valley withvideo snowboard hosting using some of the highest qualitycameras Go Pro HD 1080p filming and professional photographycurrently being offered to passionate riders who love snowboarding.We cater for mixed groups as well as specialist girlscamps. Get in touch for more information.

DEFINITION FREESTYLE CAMPS

CONTACT: www.Definitioncamps.com

WEBSITE: info@Definitioncamps.com

Vital Statistics

OPEN/CLOSED: All year-round at UK indoor snow centres

ABILITY: Beginner/Intermediate

Definition only uses the highest qualified coaches and often workswith guest pro riders including British World Cup snowboarder Sam Cullum, who is often on hand to motivate and inspire you.Definition courses aim to provide everyone with the opportunity tolearn and to discover for themselves just how much fun freestyle riding is!

With an in-depth knowledge of all technical and freestyle riding,instructors can introduce you to your untapped abilities whetheryou have been riding for only a week or for several seasons. Thecourses are aimed at taking you to the next level!

LESSONS/GUIDED TOURS: Definition courses cover riding techniques,flatland skills, boxes, rails and Kickers and run from 9am to5pm, with ten riders per group. Riders also receive video analysisfeedback as part of the course, proven to be a valuable tool to helpyou progress.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Definition also runs Mountain Camps inMayerhofen, Austria throughout the winter with flights, half-boardaccommodation and 5 and a half days of coaching included.

CAMP PACKAGE/DISCOUNT: One day course: £110 per personTwo day course: £200 per person

Week Mountain Camp: £990 per person including flights and halfboardaccommodation

Why Choose Us?

Define your style at Definition’s unique one and two-daycourses offered all year-round at UK indoor snow centres.

Ran by Gav Learmonth; former coach to the BritishWorld Cup and Olympic Snowboard Team and oneof Britain’s highest qualified snowboard instructors,Definition is the UK’s premier freestyle snowboard and ski coaching company. Thanks to Gav’s impressiveprofile and skills he can challenge you and progressyour riding whatever your level.

PRO-RIDE Snowboard CAMPS

Contact : Karen Crute, Telephone: 604-935-2115, E-mail: snowboard@pro-ride.com

Website: www.pro-ride.com

Vital Statistics

Open/Closed : December to April.

Ability: Intermediate to advanced riders.

Accommodation : Accommodation in the centre of Whistler : cableTV, wifi, washing facilities. Shared with others on course.

Lift passes : Full season passes for all students on 4 weeks + courses.Lift passes for shorter camps, option to join and pay for just coaching.

Transfer / Journey: Vancouver to Whistler

Internet / Wifi: High speed Wifi

Lessons / Guided Tours: Riding a minimum 15 hours per week. Ourcoaches are professional snowboarders, senior snowboard instructorsor CASI assessors. Taken to new terrain to push the limits of your riding.

Park / Pipe: Freestyle, freeride and instructor training. Whistler Blackcomb’sfour amazing freestyle parks and world class mega pipe and minipipe.

Equipment Available : Many places to rent or buy gear and ourfriendly staff will help you get fully set up. Awesome advice and discounts.

Transport available : Vancouver to Whistler and local travelCapacity of Camp: 24 riders

Entertainment : Weekly pub sessions, ice skating, tubing, crosscountry skiing, trampoline sessions and nights out.

Further Information : Video analysis, board tuning, product selectionadvice, snowboard specific trampoline training.

Sponsors : Ride Snowboards, Vivo Headwear, Kuu, Dakine and Freestyle Max.

Camp package / Discount : Camps and courses from 1 to 14 weeks.Camps start at C$1775 + tax. For just training : C$750 + tax per week.

Why Come To Us?

Pro Ride is currently in its 13th year of operation. Basedin Whistler, B.C. we offer fun and progressive snowboardcamps and clinics for adults wishing to improve theirfreeride or freestyle snowboarding and snowboardinstructor training.

We specialize in winter snowboard camps for adults whoare of an intermediate to advanced level. The camp isowned by Karen Crute a former competitive snowboarderand our coaching staff is made up of professionalsnowboarders, World Cup and Olympic competitors andleading professional snowboard coaches.

Just Snowboard CAMPS

CONTACT: info@just-snowboard.com / 0844 484 3530 / 0033 634 04 05 83

WEBSITE: www.just-snowboard.com

Vital Statistics

ABILITY: Beginner/Intermediate

ACCOMODATION: By Mountain Mavericks, fantasticallylocated fully catered chalet (with hottub, gamesroom, board tech room)

LIFT PASSES: Included 6 days full area Portes du Soleil

TRANSFER/JOURNEY: Included from Geneva, 1hr 20min

INTERNET/WIFI: Free

LESSONS/GUIDED TOURS: 5 half days lessons fromMint snowboard school, hosting between times. Smallteaching groups.

PARK/PIPE: On freestyle camp

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE: Libtech & Gnu demo centreand Bluebird tech center.

TRANSPORT AVAILABLE: Yes and night time minibusservice to and from Morzine

CAPACITY OF CAMP: 12

ENTERTAINMENT: Loads, from quiz to tech sessions,geeky snowboard chats and headband parties

FURTHER INFORMATION: Professionally coached campsbased in the snowboard mecca of Morzine/Avoriaz.

CAMP PACKAGE/DISCOUNT: Starts at £935 includeaccommodation, liftpass, transfer, instruction, professionalphotoshoot, access to LibTech Gnu demo centreand Blubird tech centre.

Why Choose Us?

Just Snowboard is a combination of the passion andyears of experience within snowboarding, broughttogether by Tammy and Olly, who are, respectively, thefounders of Mint Snowboard School and MountainMavericks chalets. With a focus on proper professionalexperienced coaching, we can take riders of all abilitiesto new levels. With the support of Quiksilver, LibTechand Bluebird wax we are able to provide a great holidaywith instruction in all aspects of snowboarding. Weare about rad times, better boarding, fun learning, newfriends and chilled holidays.

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