The word Grom or Grommet, typically refers to a young snowboarder under the age of 13, who has more energy that thought possible and wants nothing more than to snowboard all day long. Groms are small in stature but big in character. That's why we've developed a program just for these kids that caters their needs. All sessions offered at High Cascade are world-class snowboard freestyle camps. We also offer optional learn to ride Soft Start™ coaching Session One - Four and Hot Laps™ freeride coaching Sessions One and Two. For more information on Soft Start™ and Hot Laps™ click the links to the right.
- 24-Hour SuperVision™
- Airport shuttles to/from the Portland, OR Airport (PDX)
- Grom specific Chalet Lodging with Grom specific counselors
- Lift Tickets
- Access to our two private snowboard parks
- Professional snowboard coaching & GoPro™ Video Analysis
- Unlimited 2016 board, boot and binding demos
- Authorized Awesome™ off-hill activities
- 22,000+ sq. ft. of private skateboard parks
- Signature Session™ Pro activities
- Camper T-Shirts
- 1 Year Subscription to Transworld Snowboarding Magazine
- TONS OF FREE STUFF from our Authorized Awesome™ Sponsors
High Cascade is Known for World-Class Coaching.
Under the Direction of Head Coach, Nick “Pops” Poplawski, our world-class coaches of the likes of Seth Hill, Max Warbington, Colin Spencer, JD Dennis, and many others, focus on your specific needs to make you the best rider you can be. When you combine our world-class coaching with our pristine private parks in flawless summer weather, progression is inevitable at HCSC…. Come dial in your riding skills, and take home a bag of tricks large enough to make even the best of pros jealous.
Whether You are a Beginner, Intermediate, OR Advanced…
(or anything in between), we’ll have the right coach just for YOU! Campers are divided into coaching groups according to ability first, age second, and placed with the most suitable male or female coach. Our coaches are trained in freestyle snowboarding, and have the ability to coach at any ability level.
Like Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Unlike instruction you may get at a resort, HCSC’s coaching program is designed to go hand-in-hand (or mitten-in-mitten) with our world-renowned snowboard parks (we’ve been building snowboard parks since the summer of 1990). That means there is a specific progression for all our features and all of your riding; from the smallest Mini Features to the biggest Superpipe, our coaches will guide you through this terrain at your own pace to hot-step your progression and promote fun while doing so. We call the marriage of the people and our parks The Perfect Balance™ as it is designed specially to lead progression.
To really boil it down, in order to achieve The Perfect Balance™ High Cascade employs trained and Authorized Awesome™ coaches (people pt. 1) to help show our amazing campers (people pt. 2) how to use our Private Snowboard Parks (parks) how to advance their riding at a specific and comfortable pace (progression).
Mathematically speaking, it looks like this, for those “numbers” people.
High Cascade x (People + Parks + Progression) = The Perfect Balance™
- Body positioning
- Approach and Landing
- Edge Control
- Speed Control
- Air Awareness
How Long Are Your With Your Coach?
Campers are with their coach and group until 1:30*, and then finish the day by choosing any of the offered daily afternoon clinics… Everyday we offer optional freeride, Lap Park, jump, rail and halfpipe clinics for all abilities. Each session there will be optional Signature Clinics offered by Signature Session™ pros. How about a rail clinic with Jake Olsen-Elm, a one-foot clinic with Scott Stevens or a jump clinic with Hana Beaman?!
*Unless scheduled for a photo/video shoot.
New To Snowboarding?
YES! We love new snowboarders. Learn about our Soft Start™ program for first timers here. This program utilizes natural terrain to help making learning to snowboard easy and fun!
Looking for one-on-one coaching for your entire stay at High Cascade Snowboard Camp? Getting undivided attention from a coach all session is a sure-fire way to improve your riding. This option has limited availability (meaning it sells out).
Our youngest group at camp needs a little more SuperVision™, structure and TLC than our campers ages 13 and up.
Here are a few of the ways we help our our youngest campers:
At least one designated Grom Chalet each session.
Each Grom will be accompanied by a counselor when traveling between an activity or facility at High Cascade.
Groms are escorted to meals by their counselors who also help pack lunches and make sure your little one eats.
Grom counselors hold onto valuables such as cell phones and other electronic devices so they don’t accidentally fall off chairlifts.
Morning backpack checks to make sure they have everything they need for the hill (ie: water, food, sunscreen).
Monitor sunscreen application before going to the Street Course™ and help tie those boots just right.
Lay out snowboarding clothes to dry after shredding and put in the dryer if necessary.
HCSC Grom™ curfew is 9:00 and lights out is 10:00. If you’re playing harder than everyone else at camp, you need more sleep than everyone else too.
- High Cascade provides 1:2 camper to staff ratio overall; that is one well-trained adult for every two campers.
- Our SuperVision™ ratio for campers under 13 years old is one experienced adult counselor for every eight campers (1:8).
- Campers are supervised on-hill by their coach, in their coaching group of 8 or less. Campers are not permitted to leave our private on-hill facilities without being accompanied by a staff member. All campers are escorted from Our Parks to the shuttles by a designated group of staff members.
- All camp lodging, facilities, and activities are supervised. Adult counselors live-in and provide around-the-clock SuperVision™ in all Chalets. When a Chalet is unlocked and campers are permitted inside, then a counselor will be in the house.
- All campers at High Cascade are provided 24 hour SuperVision™
See the Daily Schedule section below for additional information on our SuperVision™ schedule.
What makes High Cascade Snowboard Camp so Awesome?
We know that you have many choices when it comes to summer camps so we want you to know what sets High Cascade Snowboard Camp apart from the rest . . .
When you are in the human experience business, your people are what make the difference and that could not be more true than at High Cascade Snowboard Camp. We have hundreds of applicants each year, selecting only small percentage to work for us. Then we train them better, pay them better, reward them and rest them better than any of our competitors. People are a point of pride for High Cascade.
Snowboarding is all we do. That means the jumps, rails, pipes and coaching are designed just for snowboarders.
Most other camps are only 7-days. We figure that if you’re going to get on a plane or jump in the car to get to Mt. Hood, you might as well stay awhile and get the most of your time and money. Don’t go home just when you are starting really progress on your snowboard and having fun. Stay 8-days at High Cascade . . . the best 8-days of your life!
Real snow in June, July and August!
We have never cancelled a session due to lack of snow. EVER.
The Biggest Snowboard Parks
It’s not so much that we have the most jumps, rails, freeride terrain and North America’s only 22′ Superpipe for snowboarders, it’s that they’re purpose-built for snowboarding and snowboard coaching (which means your rapid, safe progression).
All Mountain Summertime Riding
Mt. Hood is the only mountain in North America where you can freeride on over two miles of groomed trails in the summertime. And Timberline’s two high-speed express quads making getting back to the top quick and easy.
The closest camp to Mt. Hood
High Cascade is only a short 6-mile drive to the lifts. . . that’s only 10 minutes. More time on the snow, less time on the road.
Our Village Campus
The picturesque alpine village of Government Camp, located at the 4000-foot level of Mt. Hood, is the closest village to the chairlifts. Not only the closest, Government Camp has all the life you’d want with Cobra Dogs, Volcano Cones, The Burton Demo Center, and other great little restaurants and shops to explore. Just taking a walk down main street to grab a hot dog is an experience in itself. Freedom within the confines of an amazing alpine village.
Chalet Lodging – The Best of Any Camp
HCSC’s chalet accommodations are the nicest of any camp you may consider. 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.
Everything is included
We don’t tack on extra fees for airport transportation, food, or activities. Simple and straight forward.
BASICALLY ANY 9 – 12 YEAR OLD who can’t make it through the summer without strapping into a snowboard. OR that young grom who wants to get into snowboarding the easy way (with soft snow sun and awesome coaches).
If you’re a snowboarder of ANY ability level between the ages of 9 and 12 years old – this is the place for you. Whether you come alone or with a friend, you’ll meet snowboarders, skateboarders and generally awesome people from all across the country and globe.
We have campers who have literally never seen snow and campers who are good enough to be pros. The supportive atmosphere at camp allows you to have a great time regardless of your skill level.
If you want to try snowboarding or are a skier, come try Soft Start™ where you can learn to snowboard the easy way!
HCSC Girl™ is our way to warmly welcome and encourage girls in a supportive snowboarding mini-all-girl-world within the friendly confines of a co-ed camp. Every session we offer optional all-girl activities, all-girl skate clinics, all-girl snowboard clinics, all-girl Signature Session™ activities, and sometimes the occasional girls only video premieres. Sure it’s fun to show off for the boys, but sometimes you need girl time to perfect your moves in a low pressure setting. Don’t worry, we don’t completely segregate you from the boys at camp….you can still hang with the boys if that’s your style.
With the help of our amazing female staff, be yourself, make new friends, and learn sweet new tricks.
- Have a feature in our snowboard park all to yourselves after lunch and chill with some of our female coaches and Signature Session™ Pro ladies for an all-girl box, rail, or jump clinic.
- Once a session we reserve our entire bowl area for the female campers and staff to take over and learn how to skateboard. If you’ve always wanted to try to skateboard; there isn’t a more perfect opportunity! If you already skateboard, the all girls sessions provides you space in a low-pressure mellow environment.
“Girls skate is by far my favorite part of each session! The bowls are basically empty and the vibe is super positive.” –Skate Monitor Laura
- Many of our sponsors have specially designed activities for girls only… do a friend’s make-up blindfolded to win a snowboard!
- Have the foam pit and/or trampolines all to yourselves once a session and get those cork 3’s on lock.
- Join coaches Terri and Sandra for an all girls activity and score some sweet ROXY/GNU gear.
- Turn that ratty old t-shirt into a super hip tank during the clothing modification activity.
- Hang out with the lady Signature Session™ pros of the session during an all-girl activity after snowboarding.
Capture Camp Memories the New-Fashioned Way: Digitally.
While our professional photo / video squad can’t make you look like an Olympic superstar, they’ll capture some of your time at camp so you can show your family and friends and re-live it yourself for years to come.
*ONLY AVAILABLE DURING HCSC SUMMER SESSIONS*
The Session Video- $22
Each session, camp videographers scramble day and night logging and editing footage of the unique day-to-day camp happenings during the session. After days of filming and an all-night editing session, campers are presented with the Session Video Premiere on the last night of camp. The Session Video Premiere is a longtime camp tradition and just an all-around magical session-end experience for campers. And for $22 you can take this video home with you right after the premiere.
Add an optional Photo or Video shoot and leave camp with enough photos and footage to YouTube your Facebook off.
Photo Shoot – $80
For one hour a High Cascade photographer will get as many shots as possible of you. A completed photo shoot results in high quality action snowboard photos of you or your camper! Your photo shoot will be scheduled according to your ability level and you will be placed in a small group with other campers for the duration of your shoot. You will also be able to experience working with a photographer on-hill!
*Quality of photos will depend on your camper’s willingness to participate and ability level.
Video Shoot + Edit – $150
You will be filmed by a High Cascade Filmer hitting a feature or two for an hour & a half. Get after it and log as much footage as you can! You’ll be get a short, but incredible video edit approximately 1-2 minutes in length of all of your action video clips with an introduction and music. Along with the final edit, you will also get to experience working with a professional snowboard filmer on-hill and learning tricks of the trade! Your Video shoot will be scheduled according to ability level and you will be placed in a small group with other campers for the duration of your shoot.
*Length Video footage will vary depending on camper’s willingness to participate and ability level.
Length of Video Footage
Keep in mind that even though you have the videographer filming you for an hour and a half, this does not mean your logged footage will be an hour and a half long. Watching yourself board, hike, and take the chairlift for nearly two hours straight wouldn’t be too fun anyway! Also keep in mind that pros film all season long to produce a one-minute video part (or even less than that sometimes!). Think about it; you hit a rail. How long does it take? Less than 5 seconds, right? Bottom line, we’ll document you shredding. And the edit makes it look real nice. But, it will not be a 15+ minute totally sweet video of you. Because not even the best boarders out there can produce a totally sweet 15 minute video of themselves in a two-hour time period.
Photo and Video Shoot Combo Package- $225 (Bundle & Save)
- Session Video ($22 value)
- Photo Shoot ($80 value)
- Video Shoot ($150 value)
Deluxe Video Shoot with Edit -$395
With this very limited premium video package, campers have the potential of up to five hours of filming scheduled over the course of four different shoot days. This premium package includes two one-hour private sessions with a filmer and involvement in two group filming sessions. This package is designed for campers highly interested and motivated to log lots of snowboarding footage and who want more personal control of their shoots. One of the private shoots does require the camper to snowboard on Activity Day, a day when campers would normally have the option of doing an activity such as whitewater rafting, skatepark tour, bowling and a movie, or paintball in lieu of snowboarding. Typically between 30%-60% of campers snowboard on Activity Day. Campers who have paid for the Deluxe Video Shoot should expect that they are scheduled to shoot on this day. Due to tight scheduling, a camper cannot make-up their missed one-hour private filming session if they opt to partake in an activity instead of snowboarding. You will receive a DVD with the edited high-definition footage on the last night of camp. This is an amazing opportunity to capture your snowboarding!
Along with the final edit, you will also get to experience working with a professional snowboard filmer on-hill and learning tricks of the trade!
Group Shoot Setting
Campers thrive in small group shoots as opposed to riding alone; they generally encourage each other and motivate themselves better for the shoot. Campers will be grouped with three to seven other campers during their shoot(s). With these small group sizes, the photographer and/or videographer is more than able to get shots of each camper. Each camper is provided with their individual footage, i.e. the campers don’t end up with shared group footage/photos.
Once paid in full, no refunds are issued for cancelled shoots or no-shows. Campers are informed prior to their scheduled shoot day when their shoot will take place. Due to tight scheduling, campers cannot be rescheduled if they are unable/do not attend their scheduled shoot.
In the event weather prohibits us from being able to fulfill your scheduled photo or video shoot we will do our best to reschedule on the make-up day (last day on-snow). In the event your camper’s shoot cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be given.
Due to tight scheduling, limited photographers and videographers, and only so many hours in the day, our photo and video shoots usually fill up. Spots are LIMITED so sign up fast!
Purchase upon registration or LOGIN to your account now to add a photo / video shoot!
WHAT IF MY CAMPER WANTS TO STAY FOR MORE THAN ONE SUMMER SESSION?
No problem! A lot of HCSC campers choose to stay for multiple Summer Sessions. Rest assured, we’ve got your camper covered! There is a short break between each summer session, but we don’t take a break from having FUN!
The In-Betweens (what we call the 2 days in-between sessions) are PACKED full of fun. They are an additional $200 and this covers food, lodging, transportation, 24 hour supervision, entertainment, and day trips to fun areas around Portland and the Northwest. During the In-Between, campers get to go adventuring around Oregon, which can include: Skate Tours at all the cool Portland Skate Parks, Hiking through gorgeous Oregon trails, Exploring a lot, Trips to the coast, all the while still having time to do laundry (our in-between counselors can help) and get any personal items they may need from the store.
In-Between campers are supervised on campus, off campus, and overnight and a medic will be with them at all times as well!
A deposit equal to 25% of total purchase is due at the time of registration. Payment must be received in full by May 15. Any registrations made after this date must be paid in full at the time of sale with a VISA or MASTERCARD. Sorry we do not accept AMEX or Discover.
Paying for camp shouldn’t be a burden, so we’re offering easy payment plans to let you pay for camp in installments. Want Grandma and Grandpa to pitch in for camp? Easy – let them cover one of the installments. Start your payments in the fall or winter and have camp paid off by Spring!
- Setup monthly payment plans – taken out on the 15th of every month
- Auto deductions from your checking account
- Standard 25% deposit due at time of registration
We are proud to offer the most lenient cancellation policy in the industry. Snowboarding is awesome, but sometimes life gets in the way and we don’t want to punish you for that. If you need to cancel your session please call 503.206.8520 to discuss your options, however a formal cancellation request must be made by email following the instructions below.
Cancel prior to 30 days before the start of your camp and receive a refund less a cancellation fee of 50% of the deposit up to $250 per session OR receive a full camp credit, good for two years and non-transferable.
Cancel within 30 days of the start of your camp and receive a refund less a cancellation fee of your deposit up to $500 per session OR Receive a camp credit less 50% of the deposit up to $250 per session, good for 2 years and non-transferable.
Cancel within 10 days of the start of your camp for any reason and receive a camp credit less a cancellation fee of your deposit up to $500 per session, good for 2 years and non-transferable.
Please keep in mind there are NO exceptions to the above cancellation policies (even in the extreme cases of emergency, injury or sickness). Your registration constitutes acceptance of this Cancellation Policy. High Cascade strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from any such loss.
Cancellation Request Process
All cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected] and include:
• Session to Cancel
• Chosen Cancellation Option (camp credit or refund less cancellation fee)
• Reason for cancellation
The date the email is sent notes the official cancellation date. One a credit is chosen, there will be no refunds issued at a later date. Camp credits are good for any High Cascade summer camp within a 2 year period, but are non transferable.
Session Transfer Fee
In the event you would like to switch your session, please email[email protected] or call 503.206.8520. Session transfers can be accommodated free of charge if space permits, and as long as it is at least 30 days from the start of your original session start date. Session change requests within 30 days of the start of your original session start date may be subject to a $250 late notice session transfer fee.
Injuries While at Camp
In the event that a camper is injured while at camp and does not get clearance from the Camp Nurse or physician to snowboard, there are two options for the camper:
1. Stay at camp and partake in an ‘off-hill’ activity while everyone else snowboards. In the afternoon and evening there are plenty of non-physical activities to keep an injured camper entertained. If you choose this option, no credits or refunds will be given.
2. Leave camp ASAP, and receive a pro-rated camp credit for days missed. You’ll be missed but we’ll get to ride with you again soon as Camp Credits are good for two years but are non-transferable.
Please keep in mind there are NO exceptions to the above cancellation policies (even in the extreme cases of emergency, injury or sickness). High Cascade strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from any such losses as well as lost airfare and transportation fees. Please contact Assurance Solutions at 502-762-9185 or your preferred provider for insurance information.
Groms are not permitted to freely move from one camp activity
or area to another without the direct escort of a staff member. In other words, if a Grom is skateboarding and wants to run over to the Govy General store (about 50 grom steps from The Street Course and 100 grom steps from The Skate Bowls) then he or she will be escorted by a staff member.
Cell phones are kept with the counselors at bedtime. We’ve found that ‘lights out’ works best when Groms do not have their cell phones in bed with them. We’ve found that texting and talking to parents during night time ‘down time’ when campers are tired can feed feelings of homesickness. In addition, cell phone usage can be very disruptive to other campers trying to sleep.
Additionally, Grom campers tend to appear to be having the most fun at camp. With the increased level of energy and excitement, Groms may experience an increased amount of fun, thus leading to an awesome time at camp. As a fair warning to parents, your Grom camper may not want to leave HCSC on departure day.
How Good do You Need to be to Come to Camp?
Every session we have campers who have never been snowboarding (although we highly recommend campers who have never been snowboarding to attend Soft Start™ Sessions 1-4). On the other end of the spectrum, there are always a few of our coaching groups with insanely talented riders that can give their coaches a run for their Cobra Dogs. Most campers fit somewhere ‘in the middle’.
About 80% Of Our Campers are in the Middle
The majority of our campers are low to intermediate level park riders who want to improve their overall jump, rail, and pipe riding. A lot of campers come to camp with little to no park experience, but want to learn to ride every feature in the park at their home resort. Many of our campers are working on straight airs, 50-50’s on jumps, and improving their overall parking riding skills. Some other campers are learning 360’s and board slides, and we even see some campers who are working on technical tricks; 540’s, 720’s, 900’s and some double corks (Sage Kotsenburg better watch out).
With approximately 30 different small coaching groups (8:1 Max Camper to Coach ratio), we aim to put campers in a group with other campers that are on the same level. Snowboarders of all abilitiy levels supporting each other, learning new stricks, and HAVING AN AWESOME TIME is what High Cascade Snowboard Camp is all about.
How Does it Work Having So Many Different Abilities?
Before you get to camp, you will fill out an ability form with questions regarding how long you’ve been riding, how frequently you ride, your background (if any) in the park, and which tricks (if any) you can land. We then look over everyone’s ability forms and place you into small coaching groups based on ability.
It’s Your Choice: The Lodge™, The Chalets™, or the Windells Academy Campus
High Cascade now has three different types of lodging to choose from: The Lodge™, The Chalets™, or staying down at the Windells Campus! The Lodge™ is a 3-story authentic 1947 Mt. Hood ski lodge/bunk house, The Chalets™ are large mountain-style vacation homes, and the Windells Academy Campus is a private campus located in Welches, OR with a neighborhood style cabin layout.
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 2-6 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.
Windells Academy Campus – Welches, OR
Located a short ride from our Government Camp housing options, Windells Campus in Welches, Oregon is tucked away snugly at the base of Mount Hood. Cabins at the Windells Campus are furnished and renovated, each sleeping 8-12 campers, and feature hardwood floors in common areas, plush carpeting in the bedrooms, TVs, and surround sound (for getting the juices flowing first thing in the morning). Each cabin on the Windells campus overlooks the courtyard, with tons of skate-able and ride-able features, slack lines, tether ball, fire pits, trampolines, and so much more.
Location, Location, Location
Whether you’re in The Lodge™ or The Chalets™, or even at the Windells Campus, you’ll be close to all things great at camp. Our camp boundaries up in Government camp are essentially a two-block radius, so you’ll never be far from anyone, or anything, at anytime. Down at our Windells Campus, it is a private campus, only accessible by campers and staff! 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™ and the Windells Campus Cabins. 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 against Head Coach, Nick Poplawski
- 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 activities and adventures. (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
Swim at Lake Trillium
Over 22,000 Square Feet of Skateboarding
Our Private Street Course and Bowls equal over 22,000 square feet of skateboarding good times.
Whether you’re learning to drop in on the Beginner Ramp Section or you are vying for a win at the Camp Huckleberry Jam™ Skate contest – we’ve got what you need: a giant bowl, mini bowl, beginner ramp, mini ramps, stair sets, jersey barriers, euro gaps, flat bars, ledges, banks and more…
Never skated before? Don’t own a skateboard, helmet or pads? Not sure which end to stand on or why you shouldn’t lick the grip tape? Don’t worry. Beginner Skate is the answer for you.
Our beginner skate sessions give you the perfect, supportive atmosphere to learn form our coaches with other beginners and nobody else in sight!
If our private skateboard facility isn’t enough for you; take a skate tour of some of the North West’s world-famous skateparks.
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.
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.
9:00 Group up with your Coach & Grab a Lift Ticket
Time to put on the sunscreen, stretch out, make sure your equipment is ready and plan out the day.
9:45 Hop on the Lifts
Commence Summer Snowboarding.
9:45 – 12:00 Shred
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 Shred
Join our Signature Session™ Pros for a clinic. Meet up with a different High Cascade coach for a clinic. Hike the Superpipe, hit some jumps, slide some rails… whatever you’re feeling.
1:30 – 3:30 Grab a High Cascade Shuttle
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. Shuttles leave every 20 minutes.
4:00 Meet up at the Lodge for Afternoon Activities
If you still have tons of energy, skate, play dodgeball, bounce on the tramps, etc. If you’re running low, head over to video analysis or arts and crafts.
5:30 – 7:00 Dinner
The K-Unit™ prepares a big home cooked meal every night to refuel those batteries.
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.
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.
Designated Grom™ Lodging
With all the extra SuperVision™, structure and TLC that we give our Groms, we put them in a designated Grom™ Chalet under the SuperVision™ of Grom specific Counselors. The Chalets™ are large mountain-style vacation homes that allow our Groms to feel right at home and adapt to 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).
Location, location, location
Staying in The Chalets™ means 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 Grom™ counselors live in The Chalets™. These counselors are trained to deal with homesickness, ensure campers attend all meals, and help with everything from applying sunscreen to making sure their boots are tied just right. 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.
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.