In this blog: We check out the Pro-Ride Snowboard Pro Pipe Camp in Whistler and see what it’s like training with former Olympic pipe rider Crispin Lipscomb.
So last week I spent the day hanging out with Pro-Ride camps in Whistler at their new Pro Pipe Camp run by Olympic coach Crispin Lipscomb and I’m going to give you guys a better look at their camps.
Quick video look at Pro-Ride’s Pro Pipe Camp:
Who are Pro-Ride Snowboard Camps?
Pro-Ride camps are actually one of the oldest adult snowboard camps in Whistler. I’m actually an ex-camper with them from many, many season ago and they were responsible for helping me with getting my first instructors certification as well as stomping my first 360s.
I’ve done A LOT of camps over the years, but I definitely put Pro-Ride as the best adult snowboard camp in Whistler, which is why I picked their camp for this blog.
As the name suggests, the specialized Pro Pipe Camp is a 3 day pipe and freestyle focused snowboard camp run by former Olympic halfpipe rider Crispin Lipscomb and it’s based in Whistler, BC.
What you get for your money:
- $620 (+tax) for 3 days of snowboard training
- 10am – 4pm every day (with a break for lunch)
- Small groups (Pro-Ride usually does coaching at a 4:1 camper to coach ratio)
- Olympic level snowboard coaching
What made this camp different from other camps:
When it comes to what a standard camp offers, let’s face it… they all have roughly the same schedules and features. However, what sets aside a good camp from a bad camp is the coaching.
A good coach with good teaching method will make all the difference in the world in how fast you progress and how much you enjoy the camp, so let’s talk about the coaching at the Pro Pipe Camp.
1) They focus on fundamentals
From watching Crispin teach, he likes to build everything from the ground up. You’ll find the word fundamentals repeated a lot with him and I see that as a very good thing.
Crispin definitely has a structured approach to how he teaches. He likes to break things down into basic techniques first, then get those mastered before building up step-by-step.
You guys who read this blog regularly already know I’m a fan of this form of teaching because it gets results.
It’s easy to get scared away by things like halfpipe riding when you stand in front of a 22 foot superpipe, but when you break it down into less scary, more manageable steps, it makes it easier for people to work towards their goal and see results along the way.
Not to mention, I think far too few people spend enough time on the basics and it’s nice to see coaches who understand that drilling in basics will allow snowboarders to progress faster with a more solid base under their feet.
2) They don’t forget the mental side of learning
A huge part of improving your snowboarding is in your head, but unfortunately, most snowboard instructors never cover the mental aspect of snowboarding when teaching their students.
Maybe it’s because of his competitive experience, but Crispin is one of the few coaches who actually does focus a lot on the mental side of things, and that’s a nice change.
Tactics like visualisation and the psychology behind learning new tricks are factors that can and will affect your riding and learning speed, so I’m actually glad to see it’s an area that was talked about and taught throughout the Pro Pipe Camp training.
The bottom line:
Pro Pipe Camps was definitely a little different from other camps, but in a good way. Crispin has a lot more experience with the technical and training aspects of snowboarding and it shows in how he teaches snowboarding.
Areas like body strength and mental training are aspects of snowboarding that don’t often get taught at most snowboard camps, but they were at this camp.
Basically, if you’re looking to learn to ride superpipe and have some fun while doing it, I’d definitely give this camp a look next season.