High Cascade Snowboard Camp and legendary professional snowboard photographer Andy Wright are proud to present our Photo Workshop in association with the distinguished Brooks Institute of Photography.

The High Cascade Photo Workshop – July 15 – July 22 -$2,350

This one of a kind workshop is the only one in the world designed to give you actual hands-on instruction by some of snowboarding’s top shooters. It’s held on Mt. Hood, one of the most photographed snowboarding locations in the world. The industry’s best riders spend time on this mountain at some point in the summer, and they will be your subjects as you learn and perfect your skills.


  • Choosing appropriate camera and accessory gear for shooting in the snow
  • Composition, exposure and angle selection
  • Digital workflow – including file naming, storage as well as post production techniques
  • Digital workflow
  • Networking with riders, magazines as well as potential clients (it’s all who you know…)
  • The business side of being a self employed photographer


  • Classroom lectures morning and evenings
  • On-hill action shooting with quality talent in a world-class terrain park
  • Slideshow presentations followed by Q&A with each instructor as well as some special guests
  • Daily critique of your work

The cost of the workshop includes meals, lodging, and snowboard demo gear. You will need to provide your own camera and camera gear, a basic backpack for transport to/from the mountain, and a laptop computer.

Payment Terms

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.

Payment Plans

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

Cancellation Policy

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:

    •    Name

    •    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.

Andy Wright

A senior photographer at Transworld Snowboarding Magazine for over a decade as well as staff shooter for Nike snowboarding. Andy has been the most published photographer in the snowboard industry since they started keeping track of those stats. Most recently he won The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown in Whistler BC.

Tim Zimmerman

The staff photographer for Lib Tech and Gnu snowboard teams for over a decade, Tim Zimmerman has worked extensively with some of the sports biggest legends including Travis Rice, Jamie Lynn and Danny Kass to name a few. With 17 career covers, his photos are seen in abundance around the world. In 2009 he was recognized by the Transworld Business Exposure Meter as the most published photographer in snowboarding for that season.

Chris Wellhausen

The photo editor for Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, where he has a working relationship with nearly every one of the world’s professional snowboarding photographers. Although the desk duties keep him busy, he’s still happiest behind the lens in the field capturing images. In the 15 years Chris has been shooting he has held positions with snowboarding brands as their staff photographer, he was a photo assistant at The Snowboard Journal and he ran the photo department at a snowboarding camp.

“The High Cascade Photo Workshop is set up to teach any interested person the way to capture snowboarding photos like the ones seen in the magazines. While our focus is on capturing the action, we also cover all aspects of what it takes to be a professional in this field, including digital workflow, preparing photo submissions and communicating with clients as well as riders. There’s also plenty of advanced shoot techniques and secrets reveleaved, including a flash photography seminar during the evening sunset shoot on Mt. Hood. There’s a lot of ground covered in the workshop and most of it can be applied to other types of shooting, not just snowboarding.” –Andy Wright

photo workshop seminar

The HCSC Photo Workshop is ALL DIGITAL. Only DSLR cameras are accepted. No compact digital cameras and no film. You will also need to bring a laptop computer. Our instructors are here to teach you the ways of the modern snowboarding photography world and these items are all a starting point for your photography career.


As a Photo Workshop Student,

you will be given the rare opportunity to have your very own EXCLUSIVE night shoot in High Cascade’s private park. With Signature Session™ pros and their friends in front of the camera, you’ll experiment with strobe flashes (demo kits provided) with Mt. Hood’s surreal crimson and violet sunset as your backdrop.


Here is the schedule from our Photo Workshop

This should give any prospective students a good glimpse into the daily routine and variety of programming each day.

ARRIVAL DAY, July 16th

Arrive at the Portland Airport between 8am and 4pm. If you are driving, please arrive between 12-4pm.

6:00 – 7:00pm

Welcome Dinner

7:00 – 9:00pm

Introduction of Staff and Students

Camp Overview and Orientation




8:00 – 10:00am

Day of Basics: Photography 101 with Andy Wright, Lightroom 101 with Tim Zimmerman

10:30am – 3:00pm

On-hill shooting

3:00 – 6:00pm

Photo review & personal time

6:00 – 7:00pm



Lightroom In-Depth with Tim Zimmerman




8:00 – 10:00am


Career Path Overview & Discussion

Working for Brands

Adam Moran Slideshow & Q/A session

10:30am – 5:00pm

On-hill shooting, learn to follow focus the action

3:00 – 6:00pm

Photo review & personal time

6:00- 7:00 pm


7:00 – 9:00 pm


Lifestyle/Product Photography

Mark Welsh slideshow & Q/A




8:00 – 10:00am

Relationships Day

Working with Riders, Companies, and Magazines

Magazine submission process and etiquette

Chris Wellhausen slideshow & Q/A

10:30am – 3:00pm

On-hill shooting

3:00 – 6:00pm

Photo review & personal time

6:00 – 7:00 pm


7:00 – 9:00 pm


Tim Zimmerman slideshow & Q/A


(The Night Shoot Day!)



8:00 – 10:00am

Andy Wright slideshow & Q/A

Lighting basics and advanced

Setting up and breaking down lights in class by students

10:00am – 3:00pm

On-Snow shooting

3:00 – 9:00pm

Night Shoot


Dinner on-hill




8:00 – 10:00am

Edit night shoot photos

Critique of night shoot photos

Submission of photos for final slideshow

Business Practices

Christy Chaloux slideshow & Q/A

10:00am – 3:00pm

On-hill shooting

3:00 – 6:00pm

Photo review and personal time

6:00 – 7:00 pm


7:00 – 9:00 pm

Student slideshow and awards

Presentation of slideshow to all of camp at HCSC Bowls

Movie Premiere (TBD)




8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free day for students to shoot, snowboard, and enjoy all camp activities

DAY EIGHT, Departure Day, July 23rd

Book a flight to depart between 8am and 4pm.

** Schedule is approximate and is subject to change



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 Chalets™

Do the proper research, and you’ll find that The Chalet™ accommodations are some of 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.

Live-in Counselors

Responsible adult counselors live in The Chalets™. Can’t remember when dinner is?  Don’t know what time dodgeball starts?  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 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.

Q. I don’t have an incident meter. Should I come to the camp any way?

A. We recommend that if you want to be professional you should own an incident meter. However, it is not required. We will also teach you exposure techniques that do not require an incident meter.

Q. Do I really need to bring a laptop?

A. You are not required to bring your own laptop, but if you have one you will find that our instructors will be able to provide tips that you can implement in your computer immediately. Like a mechanic, it is best to use your own tools. Shared desktops will be available to those without laptops.

Q. Do I need a tripod?

A. It is not required to bring a tripod but some experiments may require the use of a tripod and you may miss out on that exercise.

Q. I am not a great snowboarder, will that ruin my Workshop experience?

A. You don’t need to be an awesome boarder, but since your board will be your means of transportation on the snow, you should be able to comfortably and confidently snowboard with your snowboard gear.  Give us a call if you’re still questioning your ability or maybe attend Session 5 snowboard camp for some help getting more comfy on your board.

Q. Do I need an 80 to 200 zoom for the workshop?

A. We only make a recommendation that you have this lens. Great images start in the imagination and having one lens is all you need to start.

Q: Is a digital camera necessary?

A: Yes. Dating back to 2007, we moved the Photo Workshop to an all digital format. Digital SLR’s became widely accepted in the photography world and are now the standard for commercial work.

Q. Where will we be shooting most of our snowboarding photos?

A. We will be shooting at Timberline Resort, located on beautiful Mt. Hood. We will drive you to the hill each day, to photograph pros and the up and comers on High Cascade’s private jumps, pipes and rails. You will also have the opportunity for a private night shoot. You’ll experiment with strobe flash photography while shooting to the backdrop of an unparalleled Mt. Hood sunset.

Q. Who will we be shooting?

A. The Photo Workshop is during Frends Signature Session, so you’ll have the opportunity to shoot some of the best pros and Olympic snowboarders. In addition, there will be many of our stacked summer staff, and visiting guest pros. This is an incredibly valuable opportunity to understand how to work with professional riders.

Q. Who are the HCSC Photography Workshop instructors?

A. The best in the snowboarding industry!! Legendary snowboard photographer Andy Wright will be hosting the workshop with assistance from renowned guest instructors such as TransWorld Snowboarding’s photo editor Chris Wellhausen and editor Nick Hamilton, along with photographers Christy Chaloux, Tim Zimmerman and others plus teaching assistants from the acclaimed Brooks Institute of Photography.

Q. What percentage of my time is on-snow as opposed to classroom sessions?

A. We will split your days into covering both of these learning environments. In general your days are spent shooting on the mountain and your evenings are in a classroom style setting attending photography lectures, slide review and critique. The Brooks Institute of Photography has been fundamental in assisting with devising the curriculum for this course.

Q. Will I be stoked on this course?

A. If you want to be a better snowboard photographer; yes!