Core Snowboard & Ski Camps
Canada: British Columbia
Small groups snowboard & ski camps for almost every level at one of the world’s best ski resorts, Whistler-Blackcomb!
Do most campers come alone or with friends?
Most campers come to the camp on their own. But once you arrive in Whistler, you’ll be met by all of the other campers and be warmly welcomed into the camp family. From then on you’ll be hanging out with other like-minded riders. *A big part of camp is making relationships and new friends form around the world! If you’d like to come camp with a friend or partner, that’s cool too. Just let us know if you’d like to be in the same room and we’ll make it happen.
What ability do I need to be?
Abilities range from strong novice skiers to expert level skiers. We recommend you have at least 15 days of skiing experience before the first day of camps. If you’d like to join and have never skied before (or have skied for a few days), custom packages are available on request. If you're not quite sure where your ski level fits in with us, please contact us - we're happy to let you know!
Does my camp include weekend lift tickets?
Yes, for two and three week full package camps. One week camps include Monday to Friday lift tickets and you can request extra tickets before you arrive. Any Premier camp 4 weeks or longer automatically includes an unlimited season pass. A season pass is valid from mid November to mid June and gets you good discounts on and off the mountains. You can request to upgrade your lift pass to a season pass if you plan on staying in Whistler longer or are arriving earlier. The breakdown:
1 week camp - 5 day lift pass (Monday to Friday) with an option to add days
2 week camp - 12 day lift pass (Monday to the next Friday) option to add days
3 week camp - 19 day lift pass (Monday for 3 weeks) option to add days
4~ weeks camps - Unlimited season pass to use all season before, during and after your camp
What’s the average age at the camps?
95% of our campers are between the ages of 17 - 35. The mix of ages makes the camps very interesting and a lot more fun. Whether you’re in the middle of a fresh powder run with your group or learning new tricks on a jump day, honestly, age is the last thing on our minds. Riders from 15 to 50+ are more than welcome at Core Camps.
The relationship side of camp - Some guys and girls who met at camp end up either dating in Whistler, dating back home, getting married and also having kids. We seem to be an unofficial match making service... At least six couples who originally met at camp have gotten married!
What’s a typical day like?
A typical day at the camp goes something like this:
8 ~ 8:30am: Meet at our campus at the base of the lifts in the village. Grab your gear form our heated storage room, gear up, and all walk to the gondola (30 meters).
9am ~ Noon: Freeski camp - skiing, coaching, training, improving, jumping, spinning, grabbing, jibbing, slashing, carving, skiing powder, building jumps and having an amazing time doing all of it!
Noon ~ 12:30pm: On mountain lunch
12:30pm ~ 3:30pm: Freestyle camp or you can keep skiing until last chair with others in camp
4 ~ 5pm: ski seminars (2 per week)
5pm onwards: Free time, group outings, hot tub, group dinners, movies, shopping, pubs etc... or just relax.
How do I get from the airport to Whistler?
We arrange for you door to door service with Pacific Coach Lines bus company. Shortly after you send us your flight details, we email you your bus voucher, confirmation number, details and airport meeting area map. Bus staff members are at their desks to welcome you at the international and/or domestic arrivals lounge of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Buses leave roughly every 2 hours from early morning to 9pm and the ride takes just over 2 hours. It’s a pretty smooth and comfortable process. Return transportation is also included. More details come once you`re signed up with us.
From what age can I join?
You can join the camps from 15 years old. Most of the Core skiers are from their late teens to mid thirties and. For international riders under the age of 18, we will send you custodianship papers from your home stay to help you through immigration. Please try to contact us at least 4 weeks prior to complete the forms. There is a $100 fee for custodianship as the forms need to be notarized.
How many skiers in my group?
You'll be skiing with others and a coach in small groups averaging 4:1 (max 5:1). This ensures lots of personal coaching. You will ski in a group of a similar level.
Where will we ski on the mountains?
Everywhere. If you haven’t skied Whistler-Blackcomb before, you will be amazed by the variety of terrain that the biggest resort in North America has. If you have skied here before, get ready to re-discover the mountains. We ski the best spots - powder, trees, cruisers, parks, pipes, hit runs, glades, controlled backcountry etc. Where we ski depends on the weather and snow conditions of the day. Get ready to be spoiled!
Can I arrive in Whistler mid week before my camp begins?
Yes, you can arrive in Whistler any day of the week, although you’ll need to make your own accommodation arrangements until Saturday. Your Camp accommodation will begin on Saturday (or Sunday if you’re arriving then) and on-mountain camp is every Monday to Friday.
On request, we can send you a list of Whistler hostels, lodges, B&B's, hotels and their contact details. We can also arrange your door-to-door airport transfer to drop you off at any Whistler location if you’re arriving mid week.
Do I need a passport and visa?
If you are visiting from another country then yes, you will simply need a valid passport to come to Canada.
For almost all countries, obtaining special visas is not necessary. Canadian Immigration issues six month visitor visas when you arrive.
To check about your country please check here- details
Do I need medical insurance?
Yes, you are required to have travel (medical) insurance to join the camps. We can arrange medical insurance for you in advance through Guard-Me at $2/day. If you extend your camps while you’re here, we also can extend your medial coverage for you through Guard-Me. It covers you for any and all types of medically related emergency both on and off the mountains. It's great medical coverage, but it is not travel coverage.
Should I do training to get ready?
It’s a very good idea to do some training before you come. We recommend you do a mix of cardio and core training before you start riding with us.
A regular workout for your core muscles, lower body and basic stretching will help you a lot. Whistler’s runs are quite long so it’s also good to go skiing for a day or two before you’re here (or on your first Sunday here) to get your legs ready.
Which countries do campers come from?
It breaks down something like this:
North America 25%
South America 10%
Do I need a helmet?
Yes, helmets are mandatory. If you have a helmet, please bring it and wear it, or use one from the camps. With PRO-TEC as our protective gear supplier, all skiers have free use of a range of PRO-TEC helmets and protective equipment while skiing at the camps.