Just because the ‘normal’ snowboarding season is over, that doesn’t mean you have to hang up your goggles. Thanks to the hordes of snowboard junkies willing to blow their paychecks to cure the off-season blues, indoor snowboard training facilities, summer snowboard camps, and mountains that allow riders on their slopes year-round have sprung up across North America. So, before you sink into the couch and turn on your video game console, think about visiting out some of these epic off-season snowboarding facilities.
High Cascade Summer Snowboard Camp, Mount Hood, Oregon
Skip the off-season blues entirely by attending a camp at Mt. Hood’s High Cascade Snowboard Camp (HCSC). With everything from snowboard camps for beginners to riding packages for adults -- which include access to private snowboard parks, skate parks, professional coaching and tons more -- it doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 60, you can spend a portion of your summer on the mountain shredding with High Cascade.
Progresh Indoor Training Center, Thorton, Colorado
Your snowboard skills will never get rusty if you’re spending the off-season training at Progresh -- an indoor ski, snowboard, BMX, skate, and tumbling center located in Thornton, Colo. Progresh offers summer camps, classes for all ages, private training and drop-in sessions six days a week. Log on to the Progresh training center’s site to learn more about their year-round classes and indoor snowboard training sessions.
Horstman Glacier, Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia
Off-season doesn’t exist at Whistler Blackcomb -- where you can buy a Blackcomb Glacier Pass to ride the Horstman Glacier during June and July. Young riders can take park in Kids Summer Glacier Camps where they’ll spend five days honing their freestyle riding or racing skills, and experienced riders can train with the pros in Blackcomb Glacier’s Olympic-size halfpipes, world-class terrain park and moguls. With a variety of ski and snowboard camps on the mountain throughout the summer, riders never have to let dust settle on their boards.
Woodward Tahoe Bunker, Boreal Mountain Resort, California
Woodward Tahoe’s Bunker was created specifically for freestyle skiers and snowboarders to master tricks in the off-season. Woodward Tahoe has six Olympic-size trampolines, a Super Tramp, an indoor skate park, Resi-Pit, three foam pits, Skatelite ramps, a full-size tumbling floor, a BMX pump track, a digital media lab, and a full outdoors terrain park that is maintained all summer long. Riders get professional training from Woodward’s world-renowned coaching staff. Woodward Tahoe offers snowboarding camps for adults and children that include access to the outdoor summer terrain park, halfpipe, and indoor training facilities.
Snogression Indoor Training Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Snogression in Salt Lake City enables snowboarders to practice their freestyle riding in the off-season with summer camps, classes, and freeride sessions. Boys and girls aged 8 to 18 can join Snogression’s single day summer camps. The training center also offers basic two-hour classes, six-week-long classes, private sessions, freeride sessions, and even season passes for those who live close to Snogression’s facilities.
Snogression is equipped with multiple trampolines, foam pits, landing pads, a Hyper-Drive tow-in system and fake snow surfaces that allow riders to use their very own equipment, so their off-season snowboarding experience as authentic as possible.
If you’re willing to dish out the cash for an epic summer snowboard fix, you may want to consider Chugach Power Guides’ Kings and Corn summer adventures. The program features five days of heli-snowboarding, whitewater rafting, and king salmon and trout fishing deep in the Alaskan wilderness. While this helicopter adventure falls just shy of $10,000 per person, it’s definitely an experience not easily forgotten.
Virtual Snow, Various Locations
Virtual Snow started in Southern California in 1995 and has since expanded to include 11 different facilities through the United States and Canada. Virtual Snow is a snowboarding simulator for those who want to learn to ride before they even touch the snow. The snowboard simulator features over 70 diverse drills that provide beginning riders with the abilities and confidence they need to shred their very first day on the hill.
With multiple locations now in California, Utah, Florida and New York, aspiring riders can learn to snowboard without the painful falls, broken wrists and other potential injuries that come along with learning to ride.