The state of Oregon has prohibited all overnight camps this summer, so unfortunately we have to cancel. The Slalom Project will be back, bigger than ever next June 2021 though!! Stay tuned!!
Who: Any motivated ski racers in the U14 or U16 age-group for the upcoming season (YOB '05,'06,'07,'08). Boys, girls, and all nationalities welcome! You are not required to have experience cross-blocking, but you must have sufficient ski racing experience and be willing to work hard and have fun! Coaches will be Luke, Jimmy, and George, one or two athlete-coaches, and at least two veteran, older coaches. Luke's mother and Jimmy's mother will serve as 'camp moms' and home-chef and certified physician, respectively. We strive to keep a 50/50 gender split among both campers and staff.
When: June 29-July 3 (arrive afternoon of 28th). For travel planning purposes: you are responsible for arriving on June 28th to Portland airport before 2pm or to Cooper Spur Mtn Resort between 2-3pm if driving. Camper pickup is on July 3rd at the Resort from 11-12pm or please have a flight departing that afternoon no earlier than 2pm. We’ve got transportation to and from the airport, and everything else, taken care of!
Where: Skiing on Mt. Hood (Timberline). We stay at the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, in cabins: split by gender and supervised. Though it is a slightly longer drive to the mountain than staying in Gov't Camp, there are tennis and basketball courts and grass fields. This make the afternoons easy (no trips to Welches for dryland), and encourages spending time outside. It also promotes a sense of community, with everyone in the same place; we'll have nightly meetings and meals all together. Meals are healthy and home-cooked by chefs (volunteers from Luke's family), starting with dinner Sunday night and lunch Friday afternoon before departure. We will work with you around any dietary restrictions.
What: Slalom training of all kinds! (No GS skis needed). There will be drills, stubbies, and normal slalom gates. Our goal is to make you better at slalom, while having fun along the way. Everyone will be taken care of (i.e: strong, experienced slalom skiers, and well as young racers without tall gate experience). We will ski until lunch, then spend the afternoons doing dry-land activities and a bit of education about sports psychology, nutrition, ski tuning, and skiing technique and tactics. Friday will feature a dual paneled slalom fun race and other exciting afternoon activities to wrap things up!
Why: We started this camp because we wanted to share our love of this sport with young racers. When we were young, we were all inspired by older, faster skiers to work hard and dream big, and now we want to give back to youth in the same way. We want to use the knowledge and experience we've gained over the the years--about the challenges, pressures, and wonders of ski racing--and help the next generation be the strongest one yet.