The Southeastern Alpine Race Camp at Mt. Hood is a camp in its eighth year of operation, run by a group of dedicated volunteers as well as Camp Director, Sara Beeken, and Head Coach, Thea Young. Our goal is to provide affordable, quality, elite ski race training to athletes. SARC runs for 2 sessions each summer and campers have the option to sign up for either or both of the weeks.
SARC Camp 2023 Dates:
June 17th-June 25th and June 25th-July 3rd
Campers receive training from a team of qualified coaches. Afternoons are spent with outdoor activities including dryland training, hiking, swimming, and sometimes relaxing (it's hard work!).
Camp cost includes lodging, training, transportation to and from the airport, lift tickets, camp swag, and food (cooked in our kitchen by camp staff and parent volunteers). There are optional activities that are an additional cost such as the Adventure Park.
Campers will receive a list of supplies and should expect to bring spending money for two meals a week when we take them on trips, as well as incidentals (like a Huckleberry Shake - google it).
This camp is open to kids ages 9 to 18, with at least one year of alpine racing experience on a team. Children ages 9 and 10 are required to have a parent present in town, and receive prior permission from camp leadership, based on a coach recommendation. If your child is 9 or 10 years old and would like to attend camp please contact Camp Director, Sara Beeken at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodging has changed this year from our rustic Boy Scout Lodge to three neighboring houses in the town of Government Camp. Parent Volunteers or coaches will stay in these houses with the campers and we will all eat meals together at one of the houses that has a larger communal space. Campers will all have a bed (most twins, some shared with campers of the same age and gender). And depending on registration numbers we may also utilize some air mattresses.
Bedding and towels for showers are provided, so campers do not need to bring those items this year!
While our lodging is now in walking distance to all of the shops in Govy, that does not mean that our campers will have free reign. We will continue to maintain an appropriate level of supervision and keep close tabs on all of out campers, often traveling in groups with a coach or volunteer.
On ski days we wake up at 5am, have breakfast at the main house, and head to Timberline. Athletes take their backpacks and water and a snack up the lifts and we train all morning, with a short snack break in the middle. We will head back down to the houses around 11-12pm, depending on how the snow is holding up. After eating lunch and having some quiet time for those who need to rest after a long morning of skiing, we will have some afternoon activity options. U10-14 athletes will have dryland training twice per week and U16-18 athletes will have dryland training 3 times per week. This includes running, strength training (typically body weight), and other activities to improve endurance, strength, and agility. After that, some days we will go swimming and paddle boarding in Trillium lake (It’s still summer down the mountain!), or hike, or explore the town of Government Camp. Many athletes choose to try out demo skis while they are there, but this will not be an option every day. Tents are usually set up in town, offering athletes free race demos. But everyone should bring their own equipment anyway. Dinner will be at the main house. Then there is always a camp meeting before bed, talking about training the next day and focusing on some specific skills that the athletes may be working on during training.
You can pay in full, or pay a $750 deposit (or $1000 for both weeks) to reserve your child's spot. The full registration fee for one week of camp is $2500, or for campers attending both weeks, the total fee is $4800. Both the registration form and camp deposit must be completed in order to reserve a spot.
We have increased the prices this year for several reasons including doubled lodging costs, increased food and car rental costs, as well as allowing for coaches to be compensated more appropriately for their time and expertise. We have also added a day of training to week 2, and added a beach trip day to week 1, extending the total number of camp days each week. Please see What's New in 2023? for more information on how these increased fees are being used!
2-Week campers save $200 on camp tuition because they will receive a Timberline season pass rather than day tickets.
We are in need of four parent volunteers each week to assist in kitchen, supervision, and activity duties. Priority is given to parents who have volunteered in past years. If you're interested, please email Stephanie at stephaniecarson123@gmail and Sara at email@example.com. Parent volunteers must obtain a US Ski and Snowboard Volunteer membership, at a $65 cost to that volunteer. This covers a background screening and Safesport training course.
Volunteers will receive free lodging, food, and transportation to and from the airport within flight windows.
We have lane space reserved at Timberline which will be ours to use during the two weeks of camp. We alternate between GS and SL every couple of days and athletes will have time to run gates as well as have time skiing with coaches, working on drills and technique. We have approximately a 6 to 1 athlete to coach ratio and make sure that every athlete is getting the individual attention that they need. All athletes are expected to act independently and responsibly during training, often riding the lifts on their own or with other campers. It is their responsibility to stay with the camp and make sure they are ready to ski on time, and remember all of their equipment each day. We primarily stay on one or two slopes, and one or two chairlifts. Palmer Glacier is not difficult to navigate and athletes typically get very familiar with it in the first day or two.
We provide transportation to and from the PDX airport during designated departure and arrival windows. Unaccompanied minors flying within the flight windows will be met at their arrival gate and escorted to their departure gate by a camp representative. We will be suggesting a designated flight our of the Charlotte, NC airport and request that campers choose that flight if at all possible. This helps us with coordinating airport pickup and helps make sure your camper doesn't have to spend too much time waiting around at the airport while we pick up other campers.
We cannot provide transportation outside of those flight windows, but will do our best to work with flight delays and changes that are out or your control!
Arrival Window- 12pm-3:30pm
Departure Window- 11am-2:30pm
Arrival Window- 11am-2:30pm
Departure Window- 11am-2:30pm
Those arriving by car or with a parent and not utilizing camp transportation:
Please arrive at the main house between 4pm-5pm on arrival day. Earlier is fine for week 2, just let Sara (Camp Director) know.
Please plan to pick your child up from camp before 10am on departure days!
Addresses to for the houses will be provided closer to the start of camp.
Check out the Registration Page for next steps!
Email Camp Director, Sara Beeken at firstname.lastname@example.org