Most people love summer and spend the rest of the year eagerly waiting for the days to get warmer again. And although we have to admit that summer also has positive sides like sitting in a beergarden or hanging out on the beach, some of us are just made for the snow.

If that's you fear not, just check out our a list of fantastic camps, where you can pursue your love for snowboarding or skiing even in the summer. Whether you want to work on your general riding skills, learn a backflip, meet your favourite pro rider or just have some fun with fellow snow lovers, there’s something for everyone in here.

by Anna Langer

GIRLIE SUMMER CAMP

Where: Les Deux Alpes, France

When: 4.-11. July

What: * Accommodation (apartments 4-8 person), self catering * 6 days of lift ticket * 5 days coaching * Lessons about safety on the mountain and in the slopes * Video analysis to keep up with your progress * Girlie Mountain Compendium * Sister- and Brother party with Brotherhood camps * Price: 740 euros/week

Why: Enjoy a week of shredding only with girls and Roxy rider Suray Fernández in one of the best resorts in Europe. The boys will be back for the final party (which is the only time you really need them, right?) that is organised in association with Peter Storm’s Brotherhood Snowboard Camp.

bookings@girlieltd.com girliecamps.com

BETTY RIDES AT WINDELLS SNOWBOARD CAMP

Where: Woodward at Copper, Colorado, USA

When: June-August

What: * Accommodation at Copper’s Edge building in twin rooms next to the slopes * 3 meals a day included * Park riding in the morning * Barn sessions in the afternoon and evening * Unlimited access to bungee jump, mountain biking, bumper boats, mini-golf, skateboarding at the Cage, video editing at the Cage, hiking, tour of skate parks, and free time at the Barn * One session of go-karting per week * design-a-shirt sponsor night * Heshin’ Delicatessen’s food fights * Price: 1100 Euros/week

Why: This camp is not only organised by the longest running women’s snowboard company Betty Rides, Windells Snowboard Camp is also the very first Indoor/Outdoor ski and snowboard camp on the planet! They have just added two tow-ropes in the terrain park to spare you all the bloody hiking, and the indoor training space the Barn with trampolines, snowflex and skatelite features offers unique possibilities to hone your skills off the mountain.

Session 3 – June 26 – July 3 Session 4 – July 6 – July 13 Session 5 – July 19 – July 22 – Special Coach: Celia Miller Session 6 – July 26 – August 2 Session 7 – August 5 – August 11

bettyrides.com woodwardatcopper.com

HIGH CASCADE SNOWBOARD CAMPS

Where: Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA

When: July-Aug

What: * Airport shuttles to/from Portland Airport * Daily Transportation * Lodging * Food (prepared by the world famous K-Unit™) * Lift tickets * Access to the private HCSC Snowboard Parks * Coaching by Hana Beaman, Leanne Pelosi, Erin Comstock and Alexis Waite * Video Analysis * Unlimited 2009 board, boot and binding demos * Totally Awesome Off-hill Activities * 22,000+ sq. ft. of private Skate Parks

Why: To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the HCSC camps are holding special Signature Sessions all summer long. Ride with your role models Hana Beaman (July 6-14), Leanne Pelosi (Aug 8-15) or Erin Comstock and Alexis Waite (July 17-25).

highcascade.com

KOMMUNITY CAMP

Where: Les Deux Alpes, France

When: 18-25 July

What: * Accommodation in own hotel * Coaching by Jenny Jones and Laura Berry * Riding in the mornings * Off snow activites such as football, beach Volley ball and beach football, mtn biking, bungy jumping in the afternoons * Golf tournament on the driving range * Price: 840 euros/week

Why: Jenny Jones coaches at this camp and says “It's a great experience. The camp is specially designed for people wanting to learn freestyle or progress their freestyle further, so there's something for everyone." (The Guardian). In the mornings you go riding with pro riders like Laura Berry or snowboard instructors and the afternoon is reserved for volleyball, bungee jumping, football or just the pub.

mcnabsnowsports.com

STOKED SUMMER CAMP (Snowboard & Ski)

Where: Zermatt, Switzerland

When: July-Oct

What: * 6 nights at the hotel including half board * 5 day lift ticket * 5 days of pro coaching * Video analysis * 3 afternoon activities, eg. slack line, coordination training, beach volleyball, minigolf, trampolin training * Board & Ski Test * Toko Board & Ski tuning for free * Stoked BBQ * Price: 655 euros/week

Why: As much as we love ‘girls only’ activities, sometimes you just need some dudes around. If that’s true for you on a snowboard try the Stoked Summer Camps in the perfectly shaped Gravity Park in Zermatt.

Camp 1: July 12th - 18th 2009 Camp 2: July 19th - 25th 2009 Camp 3: October 4th - 10th 2009

stoked.ch/summercamp09

BRITISH FREESKI CAMPS 2009

Where: Saas Fee, Switzerland

When: July-August

What: * Accommodation: halfboard at the Hotel Dom * Coaching for Half Pipe, Big Air, Rails, Big Mountain and Moguls * Trampoline training in the afternoons * Ski physiology training * Video analysis * Downhill Mountain Bike training with Warren Smith and Andy Bennett * Ski Biomechanics workshops with Warren Smith and Phil Hopper * Advice forums on 'Getting Sponsored' for up and coming rippers * Learn about ski photography with Melody Sky + Pally Learmond * Other activities like adventure forest, golf, basketball, volleyball, swimming, archery, football, tennis * Price: 700 euros/week

Why: If you want to become a New School Freestyle skier, Big Mountain competitor or Moguls competition skier, the British Freeskiing performance training camps are where you want to spend your summer! Hone your half pipe, big air, rails, or mogul skill and witness the Saas Fee Ride 09, an international level freeski competition with some of Europe's top riders.

July 11th - 18th July 18th - 25th July 25th - 1st August August 1st - 8th

britishfreeskicamps.com