The BKPRO Camp at High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mount Hood, OR, is a mesh of Bud Keene’s progression focused coaching techniques and High Cascade’s amazingly fun camp experience! Using the same world-class training techniques that guided Olympic Gold Medalists Shaun White and Hannah Teter, Bud Keene and BKPRO will focus on logical progressions and a one step at a time approach to help BKPRO athletes achieve successful results. With unlimited access to High Cascade’s Olympic size 22’ Superpipe, Slopestyle jumps and two BagJumps integrated into a Superpipe-specific and Slopestyle-specific jump, BKPRO athletes will get consequence-free trick rehearsal that they can take straight to the real features that same day. The BKPRO Camp philosophy is simple: to achieve results.
At these camps Bud Keene and his staff will use a “leave no stone unturned” philosophy to help you to achieve your snowboarding goals. The daily camp schedule includes practices that we believe go above and beyond the norm, seriously tipping the scales in favor of your success.
Things like weekly and daily goal-setting and goal accounting. Daily coach-assisted waxing and tuning. Cold water baths for recovery each afternoon. Small group video review and analysis. Group stretching and flexibility sessions. Nightly seminars addressing fitness, nutrition, tricks and trick selection, run construction, competition readiness, sponsorship and the industry, and mental training.
Finally, at a Bud Keene Progression Camp we will lead through example, providing inspiration to always be the best that you can be – in snowboarding and in life.
Whats Included? Everything that HCSC Youth Camps offer plus:
BKPRO Camp Dates: Session 2: June 26th – July 3rd
BKPRO Camp Ages: 9 – 20
BKPRO Camp at High Cascade offers freestyle snowboarders the highest-quality and most up-to-date terrain, facilities, coaching, and sport-specific education in the world, and all for the purpose of personal progression. Plainly put, when you attend a Bud Keene Progression Camp YOU WILL PROGRESS in your game.
With almost 25 years of experience guiding snow athletes to achieving their dreams, Bud Keene has led some of the greatest athletes of the action sports era to global success and Olympic Gold medals. Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Jake Blauvelt, Kyle Clancy, Duncan Adams, Gus Kenworthy, and Zach Leach are just a few of the list of world-class talents that Bud has nurtured, many from a young age. More than anyone else in the world, Bud knows how to help action sports athletes to get it done.
At a Bud Keene Progression Camp, Bud and his all-star staff of coaches will use logical progressions and a one-step-at-a-time approach to help an athlete to achieve their on-snow goals. The camp philosophy is simple: to achieve results. When it comes to progressing on-snow in these sports, the Bud Keene progression method works. These camps stand above all others.
How Do We Do It?
At BKPRO camp at High Cascade an athlete will encounter an atmosphere that absolutely reeks of progression 24 hours a day. They will interact constantly with a focused and committed staff that have one thing and one thing only on their minds- how to help each athlete to achieve as much as possible during their stay. Throughout their daily travels athletes will be surrounded by images, examples, and true stories of success and excellence that reinforce the reality that for those who are willing to focus and commit, success is attainable. Completing this picture of total immersion in excellence, they will live and train with only like-minded individuals who have the highest goals, and who eat well, sleep well, and throw-down during the day in pursuit of their own success.
World class coaching and guidance, daily video review, exclusive world class quality snow features, a small coach to athlete ratio, goal setting sessions, and daily seminars with Bud and the staff already make this program the best that there ever was, but it doesn’t stop there. Cutting-edge use of cameras, airbags for consequence-free rehearsal of tricks, 4-star accommodations – the list goes on. At a Bud Keene Progression Camp at High Cascade you will have the same tools that Shaun White uses to become the best. Bud designed it that way.
Want to know what to expect?
Your Chalet or Lodge Counselor will wake you up. (Note: Day 1 you won’t even be able to sleep you’ll be so excited – by Day 6, your counselor will need a squirt gun to get you moving.)
Head over to Boardwalk with your buddies and charge up for the day with all your breakfast favorites from bacon and eggs to cereals and fruit.
8:30 Group up with your BKPRO coaching staff & Grab a Lift Ticket
Time to put on the sunscreen, stretch out, make sure your equipment is ready and plan out the day.
9:15 Hop on the Lifts
Commence Summer Snowboarding.
9:15 – 10:00 Warmup runs
Take warmup laps on Mt. Hood’s wide variety of summer terrain with your coach.
10:00 – 12:00 Riding, Training and PROGRESSION session
Ride our private Parks and Pipes with your coach or take laps on the lift with your group.
12:00 Break for Lunch
Post up and eat next to the Super Kicker for some lunchtime entertainment.
12:30 – 3:00 Riding, Training and PROGRESSION continues
Hone in your new tricks with Bud Keene’s progression focused training techniques.
3:30 BKPRO and High Cascade Shuttles depart
Getting tired is OK. Know your limits and head down with a High Cascade Staff member to the shuttle zone when your legs can’t take it.
4:00 BKPRO Video Review, Cold Baths and HCSC Afternoon Activities
Meet up with your coaches for a quick video review before your BK PRO signature cold bath and then if you still have tons of energy, skate, play dodgeball, bounce on the tramps, etc. If you’re running low, head over to arts and crafts and hang out.
5:30 – 7:00 Dinner and BKPRO camper meeting and seminar
The K-Unit™ prepares a big home cooked meal every night to refuel those batteries and then meet up with your BK PRO coaches for meeting and seminar to go over your plan for tomorrow.
7:15 Meet back up at the Lodge for Evening Activities
Play some soccer, take a Yoga Class, Skate the ramps, bounce on the trampolines, Mtn. Bike, etc. The options are almost endless…
9:30 Curfew Time
Nobody’s allowed out after dark. You have heard the legend of the Manimal. Haven’t you?
9:30 – 11:00 Kick it at home with your Counselors and Roommates
Hang out in your Chalet or Lodge and watch snowboard movies with your crew.
11:00 Lights Out.
The fun starts again in 9 hours. Now rest up.
A snowboarding pioneer, Bud Keene was introduced to snowboarding in February 1984, and had to hike all the way up the mountain for his runs down in Stowe, Vermont when snowboarding was not allowed on the lifts. He was constantly chased by police and resort security, and harassed by ski patrol. His first snowboard was a Burton Woody Performer with no edges, aluminum fins, a wooden base, and no high-backs. Moving to California in 1985 and meeting Tom Sims, he became one of the first snowboard instructors in the USA at Soda Springs and Boreal Ridge on Donner Summit, and raced in the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom that year. He moved back to Vermont to become one of the first instructors at Stowe when it opened to riding in 1987, and joined the Professional Ski Instructors of America that year. Bud became a PSIA snowboard examiner in 1989, and traveled to Copper Mountain, CO that winter to participate in the writing of the first-ever PSIA snowboard instruction manual. After competing professionally as a sponsored rider, first for Sims and then for Burton snowboards from 1985-1989, he became the full-time snowboard coach for the Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club in Stowe.
From 1989-2002 Keene built the MMSC snowboard program from the ground up, producing many champions, including some of the most prominent racers and influential freestyle snowboarders in the world over the last 2 decades. Jake Blauvelt, Kyle Clancy, Travis Kennedy, Jesse Huffman, Zach Leach, Thomas Obrien, John Percy and Colin Langlois are just a few of the riders that Bud coached and mentored while based in Stowe. Many, many more that Bud worked with during that time have gone on to successful careers in snowboarding both as athletes and in the industry.
Based on Bud’s successes he was invited to join the coaching staff of the U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Team as an assistant at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City where the US Team swept Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the men and took Gold for the women. Following the Games he accepted a full-time position, serving as the US Snowboard Team assistant halfpipe coach for 9 months, before being promoted to head halfpipe coach in 2003. Coaching the team full-time from 2003-2006, Keene then led the 2006 Olympic Halfpipe Team to an even more dominating performance in Torino; his small 8-rider contingent all making it to the finals, and taking home 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, 2 fourth places, a sixth and a twelfth.
Following the 2006 Games, Keene was named the 2006 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s International Snowboard Coach of the Year, as well as the USSA’s 2006 Overall Coach of the Year. That Spring, in a ceremony in Washington D.C. the United States Olympic Committee awarded Keene it’s highest coaching honor, naming him it’s 2006 National Coach of the Year.
Keene helped to create, and then coached the US Snowboarding Rookie Team from 2008-2010, which included Kaitlyn Farrington (eventual 2014 women’s snowboard halfpipe gold medalist). At the 2010 Olympics, as Shaun White’s personal coach, Keene coached White to his 2nd consecutive Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medal in dramatic fashion. Following the U.S. win, he was awarded the Order of Ikkos coaching medal, again by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
From 2010-2012 Keene designed and led a performance program for the Vitamin Water Snow Team, coaching Kaitlyn Farrington, Gus Kenworthy, Kyle Mack, and JJ Thomas. At the 2014 Olympics, due in part to the progression that they realized during the Vitamin Water camps, Kaitlyn won the gold for women’s snowboard halfpipe, and Gus won the silver medal for Men’s ski slopestyle. During that same time period Bud coached Louie Vito, leading Vito to his first-ever medal at the X Games (bronze in Aspen) as well as his first-ever X Games win, with Vito taking gold at European X Games in Tignes France. Keene is widely regarded as the most successful, knowledgeable, and decorated snowboard coach in the history of the sport.
A pioneering outdoorsman as well, Bud rode his bicycle from California to Vermont in early 1986. Then, moving to Yosemite National Park to work and climb, he climbed a multi-day route on the sheer face of El Capitan before establishing dozens of new rock and mixed climbing routes on unclimbed rock faces in Yosemite National Park and elsewhere between 1986 and 1992. Bud also made many first snowboard descents in North and South America, and in 1988 became the first person to snowboard from the summit of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, at 19,701 feet the highest active volcano in the world. Then, in 1986 he and friends climbed and snowboarded down from over 22,000 feet on the highest peak in the Andes, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, setting a new world record for the highest altitude ever snowboarded down from. Keene also served as the assistant navigator for Ned Gillette’s 1986 Voyage to Antarctica, an expedition during which the crew of 4 attempted to be the first to row a boat 605 miles from Cape Horn to Antarctica across the worst seas in the world, the Drake Passage.
Bud and his wife Alexandra still reside in the Stowe, Vermont area, and Bud continues to snowboard, travel, climb, play golf, write, speak, garden and coach.
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It’s Your Choice: The Lodge™ or The Chalets™
High Cascade has two different types of lodging: The Lodge™ and The Chalets™. The Lodge™ is a 3-story authentic 1947 Mt. Hood ski lodge/bunk house, and The Chalets™ are large mountain-style vacation homes.
The Lodge™ (available to boys ages 13-17)
The Lodge™ is the epicenter of camp life and you can guarantee there’s never a dull moment here. This is where everyone groups up each morning to go ride, do afternoon activities, see shows, BBQs, etc. Inside are pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball tables, regular tables, TV’s on tables, and other things to do on and off tables that will keep you entertained day and night. Out the front door is The Street Course™ skate park, out the back door is the mini ramp and Trampoline Land, and out the side door is The Camp Store™. This giant lodge sleeps up to 60 boys, with each bunk-room sleeping between 12 and 24 boys. The main floor is the common lounge/hang-out area, upstairs are the bunk rooms, and downstairs are the bathrooms, lockers and The Demo Center™. Put yourself in The Lodge™ and you’ll be in the center for camp life.
Do the proper research, and you’ll find that The Chalet™ accommodations are the best snowboard camp lodging out there. Our deluxe mountain style vacation Chalets sleep approximately 10-16 campers, with approximately 2-8 campers per bedroom. The Chalets™ are set up like ‘home’ or vacation condos, with great interior decorations by camp sponsors, big screen TV’s, and plenty of couch space for all. There are several different Chalets around camp, and campers are grouped into Chalets based on age and gender (i.e. girls and boys do not share Chalets).
See a virtual tour of an example of one of our many different chalets here.
Location, location, location
Whether you’re in The Lodge™ or The Chalets™, you’ll be close to all things great at camp. Our camp boundaries are essentially a two-block radius, so you’ll never be far from anyone, or anything, at anytime. Check our interactive map to get a feel for the lay-of-the-land.
Responsible adult counselors live in both The Lodge™ and The Chalets™. Can’t remember when dinner is? Don’t know what time dodgeball starts? Who are the Signature Session™ pros? They know the answer to everything (yes, everything). Your counselor is like your Mom/Dad/big brother/big sister/friend/mentor during your time at camp. Hand picked, and screened from hundreds of applicants, our counseling staff is the best in the business. Certified in First Aid and CPR, criminal background checked and drug tested. The chosen few who become High Cascade Snowboard Camp Counselors are an impressive bunch and we choose them because we know you’ll find them to be pretty darn like-able and helpful as well.
We Know It’s Snowboard Camp, But Half The Fun Is Off-Hill!
After 5 straight hours of mind-melting fun on the glacier, recharge your batteries before you get the party going again with a delicious hot dog from Cobra Dogs, or cool off with your favorite flavor of ice cream at Volcano Cones. After a few minutes of R&R, head back out for some awesome activities with your friends, Signature Session™ Pros, coaches and counselors.
Dial your tricks here before trying them on snow. Learn a new spin on our famous Fly Bed tramp, practice a new grab on one of our Tramp Decks or take Scott Stevens and Jesse Burtner on for a game of skate on one of our trampolines from Springfree. We love them and think that you probably will too.
We would be lying if we said this wasn’t our favorite activity. Join epic battles of human vs. human in the world’s only split level dodgeball arena. Imagine a white sand beach, 10 dodgeballs, 50 against 50, music, announcing, product tosses and spectators… Our dodgeball is legit.
Signature Session™ Activities
From on-hill Minipipe shredding with Bode Merrill, to off-hill games of skate with Chris Grenier, soccer scrimmages with Austin Smith, and scavenger hunts with Elena Hight… You can spend your session hanging with your favorite pros and friends while having the most fun you’ve had all year. Best part is, they always have tons of goodies to give away when you’re hanging with them.
The Staff Sale™
Once a session High Cascade’s staff and visiting pros sell their new and used gear at the legendary Staff Sale™. Like a snowboard flea market – deals of the century can be found on boards, boots, bindings, beanies, outerwear, and stickers. Get the new products before the rest of the world has even seen it!
The Big Giveaway™
Thanks to our Authorized Awesome™ sponsors, we’re able to giveaway tons of prizes throughout the entire session. No matter how hard we try, we’re always left with tons of great products on the last day. Solution: The Big Giveaway. Boards, boots, bindings, backpacks, goggles, clothing, shoes, stickers, and the list goes on and on. The raffle to end all raffles.
The Huckleberry Jam™
A long-standing High Cascade tradition, this fun-filled camper skateboard contest is one part contest and two parts comedy. Spend your afternoon showing off your moves, or sit back and take part in the greatest contest to hit Government Camp all session.
The Talent Show™
Every humanoid that comes to our camp is talented in one way or another. Whether you’re a guitar hero, the worlds best yo-yo’er, the next Justin Bieber or can make the loudest fart noises with your arm pits, this is your night to show the world your special skills. One night a session Government Camp turns into a circus and campers from all over the world showcase their famous feats and spectacular spectacles.
The Session Video Premier™
On the last night of your session, we all gather ’round the big screen and premier the edited action from the week gone by. It’s an emotionally charged evening of hooting AND hollering. Remember to pre-order a copy when you register and you’ll get all the motion memories from the session on a DVD to take home with you.
So So So Much More!
If we could fit all of the activities on this web page, why would anyone come to camp? In the best 8-days of your life you will get to go, do, play, make, etc.:
- Mountain Bike
- Swim at Lake Trillium
- Waterfall Hikes – ever seen a river drop of a huge cliff?
- Ping Pong with Jesse Gouveia
- Head-to-head in Foosball againts Head Coach, Dave Reynolds
- Billiards with pool guppies
- Arts and Crafts
- M.U.F.F – it’s like H.O.R.S.E, but with a soccer ball (European H.O.R.S.E)
- Shoe Golf
Halfway through the session is a good time to spend the day off the mountain to recharge those little legs of yours. If you want a break from snowboarding for the day, here’s a chance to join the counselors in once in a lifetime activty advetures. (It’s kind of like *field trips, but like fourteen times more fun).
***These ‘Field Trips’ ARE INCLUDED in your camp fees!***
Choose From These Activities:
- Whitewater Rafting
- Bowling and a Movie
- Thrift Store Shopping & Movie
- OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
- Skate Park Tour
- Private Indoor Skateboard Session at Nike’s Super Top Secret Skateboard Facility
This summer at High Cascade Snowboard Camp you can demo over 500 brand new (futuristic!) 2015 setups. We work with the absolute best brands in snowboarding to ensure you have access to the best gear available. You get to try out gear that isn’t even in shops yet, FOR FREE! Save money by not flying with extra luggage while getting to try out a new set-up you probably wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. You may keep the same set-up all session long, or switch out boots, boards and bindings as frequently as you’d like.
Not Sure What to Try?
Our demo staff is like a human snowboard-super-computer that will help you pick the perfect set up.
DYK: With airlines charging so much for baggage these days, traveling to camp without gear and using demo gear can be a good way to keep cash in your pocket.
Three meals a day are included with any all-inclusive session. Each morning we serve up a hot breakfast buffet, with staples like eggs, hash browns, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage and veggie sausage. There is also a full cereal bar, fruits, yogurt, bagels, breads and muffins. Before or after breakfast you’ll pack your lunch to take with you snowboarding. We don’t want to take up your precious on-snow time having to leave for lunch, so you’ll have a snow picnic with your coach and group. Lunch offerings for your packing delight include peanut butter and jelly, a variety of lunch meats, cheeses, various sandwich toppings, chips, pretzels, fruits and granola bars. Between afternoon activities you will head to the K-Unit™ for a delicious dinner prepared by some of your favorite riders you saw up on-hill that morning. We like to think of dinner as a global culinary experience with Burrito Night, Thanksgiving Dinner, and many other flavors from your favorite cuisine. We also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options for every meal of the day. **Meals are not included in the ‘Coaching Only’ package, those participating in this package will need to pack a lunch.**
The K-Unit™ (aka – Kitchen Unit)
Our kitchen staff makes the Iron Chefs look like a high school home economics class. This tight knit group of skilled culinary artists will not only shred lettuce and cheese for taco night, but can be seen shredding their faces off in our parks. If you think their roast beef looks good at dinner you should see them serving it up off The Big Jump™. The K-Unit™ is very serious about what they serve up, on and off-hill.
Special Food Requests?
We understand that some people have mild to severe allergies to certain foods, and we don’t want that to keep you from being able to have The Best 8 Days of Your Life. If you have a specific food allergy, or special food need, let the office staff know upon signing up and we’ll make the right precautions to help to make your stay at High Cascade as safe as possible.
The beautiful village of Government Camp
(aka Govy, Govy Camp, Dream World), located at the 4000-foot level of Mt. Hood, is the closest town to Timberline Resort. Timberline is the only place in the United States that you can snowboard all summer, is also the lodge from The Shining, and is the location of our two private snowboard parks.
Government Camp is one hour east of Portland, Oregon. Nestled in the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, Govy is snowboarding’s undisputed summer headquarters. Approximately two city blocks, this quaint little village has been High Cascade’s summer home since 1989. Right at the base of Mt. Hood’s access road, HCSC is a short 6-mile drive to the lifts.
For a small mountain village, the highlights are many:
The Burton Demo Center: Burton has their own Demo Center right at camp and it’s FREE to campers! Swing by and meet the Burton crew (don’t be alarmed if someone from the Burton pro team is lurking out playing video games).
The Huckleberry Inn: World famous for their Huck Shakes, grab a booth at Hucks and try and put down a Big Man Sandwich if you dare.
Volcano Cones: Go visit Sally and try a waffle cone on for size. Hot tip: order half fresh banana and half galaxy: it’s TDF.
Govy General: The local grocery/convenient store has all general needs generally covered.
Cobra Dogs: Hot dogs that legends are made out of. Go say hi to the weena-man Cory and grab a Hot Snake, Cobra-style with extra Cobra cabbage. Yet another perk of coming to camp; getting to be one of the few lucky enough to sink your teeth into a legendary dog.
Trees & fresh air….real trees! Clean mountain air! Warm sunny days, breathtaking sunsets, and cool mountain evenings. Ahhh… this is livin’
In the mid 1800’s on a common Pioneer trail known as The Barlow Road, the Army’s Regiment of Mounted Riflemen were forced to abandon their wagons and supplies when they were hit with heavy early snows. The remnants of this camp became an Oregon Trail resting point that early travelers referred to as “Government Camp.” After years of settlers and locals using the same term, the name of Government Camp stuck. Today Government Camp = summer snowboarding. Dig deep enough and you’ll find that snowboarding has had it’s own fare share of history shaped by this quaint little village. For more info check out the Mt. Hood Museum website.