FAQ

Here is a list of the most frequent questions that we're asked.

What ability do I need to be?

Abilities range from novice to expert level snowboarders. If you can link turns top to bottom and stop confidently then you are ready for our camps. We recommend you have at least 10 days of snowboarding experience before the first day of camps. If you’d like to join and have never snowboarded before (or have snowboarded for only a few days), please contact us about our customized camp packages.

What are the camp accommodations like?

We have two types of accommodations: Our Core Camp Rider Houses and Home Stay.
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The Rider Houses are comfortable houses within the town of Whistler. They are all fully furnished, fully equipped kitchens, WIFI, TV, all bedding and a great camp vibe while you live with like-minded riders. The rider houses are based on two riders per room. Riders are responsible for their own meals at the Core houses. The houses range from a 300m walk to a short bus ride to the center of town, the lifts and our campus.
The Home Stay accommodations are private rooms within the homes of cool, local Whistler families. It’s a great Canadian experience. A room and 3 meals per day are included with home stay. Home stay is an extra $210/week.
*Home stay is the accommodation we provide for under 18 yr old campers or for any camper who would like to request a private room.

Are your prices in Canadian dollars?

Yes, which is great news for most of you. The Canadian dollar is ridiculously weak right now (25% lower than last year) so take advantage of it while you can.

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). 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.

How do I get from the airport to Whistler?

Included in our Premier Package Camp, we arrange for you door-to-door service with a very professional private bus service. Shortly after you send us your flight details, we'll email you your simple and detailed pick up info. A bus company staff member will be waiting for you with your name on a sign at the international (or domestic) arrivals lounge of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). You will have their phone number too. Buses leave roughly every 1.5 hours from early morning to 11pm. Please book your flights to arrive before 11pm and to depart after 8am. We'll send you more details after you've registered.
Staying in Vancouver before or after your camp? We can easliy arrange your bus to pick you up and/or drop you off a a few major downtown Vancouver hotels.
If you're in our Custom package camp, bus transfers are not included although we're happy to send you the links to a couple of good local bus companies.

Will I improve my riding?

Guaranteed! And probably in more ways that you would think possible. We take you to the next level of your riding and then some – it’s what we do! When you add up the unique and endless types of terrain here with lots of powder days, expert coaching, instant and continuous feedback, our intimate mountain knowledge, video reviews, a stoked crew of new friends to ride with, everyone pushing each other to be their best etc…this equals total improvement to your riding.

What’s the average age at the camps?

The majority of our snowboard campers are between the ages of 17 - 35. The mix of ages makes the camps way more fun. Riders from 15 to 50+ are more than welcome at Core Camps. 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.
*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 (and counting) originally met at camp and have gotten married.

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.

How is coaching organized?

Riders snowboard with others and a coach in small groups averaging 4:1 (max 5:1). This ensures lots of personal coaching. You will ride in groups of a similar level.

What are the coaches like?

The right coach makes all the difference to your Snowboard camp experience, which is why we've hand picked an all-star cast of experienced and certified coaches (and guest pros). They are all fully certified with years of coaching experience, are long time locals with intimate knowledge of Whistler-Blackcomb and its sweet-spots and have larger-than-life personalities. Our passion for coaching and dedication to helping you improve is obvious and you'll understand when you start riding with them. You’ll advance your overall free-riding and freestyle skills all over the mountains with the best coaches in the biz! And of course we can’t say that you won’t learn a thing or two on the chairlifts!

Where will we ride on the mountains?

Everywhere. If you haven’t ridden Whistler-Blackcomb before, you will be amazed by the variety of terrain that the biggest resort in North America has. If you’ve ridden here before, get ready to re-discover the mountains. We ride the best spots. Powder, trees, cruisers, parks, pipes, hit runs, glades, controlled backcountry etc. Where we ride depends on the weather and snow conditions of the day.

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. You can also rent them in town if you don't have one.

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. It is highly recommended that all Core Camp riders purchase Trip Interruption / Cancellation and Emergency Medical Insurance. This protects you in case of an unexpected cancellation or if a medical emergency interrupts your program with us. Please follow this link for a quote from our preferred provider: Lifestyle Financial Insurance

What should I bring?

Please bring all of your usual snowboard gear. It is possible to buy all kinds of snowboard gear in Whistler. There are lots of shops with all the brands. There are some amazing deals on gear through out the season as well. We've set up some deep discounts at a few local snowboard shops for Core Camp riders.

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

Should I do training to get ready?

It’s a very good idea to do some training before you come. We've designed a simple and effective winter workout program that both campers and coaches have been using - Core Camp Winter Workout

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 snowboarding for a day or two before you’re here to get your legs ready.

Which countries do campers come from?

It breaks down something like this: North America 25%, Europe 40%, Australia~NZ 20%, South America 10%, Asia 5%

From what age can I join?

You can join the camps from 15 years old and up. Most campers are in their late teens to mid thirties. The mix of ages in camp actually is quite a positive aspect of camp. Everyone gets along really well, campers help each other out and we keep the social part of camp an all ages atmosphere as much as we can.

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 gondolas in Whistler Village. Grab your gear form our heated storage room, gear up, and all walk to the gondola (30 meters).
9am ~ Noon: Freeride Camp - Riding with coaches, improving, riding powder, jumping, spinning, grabbing, jibbing, slashing, carving, riding more powder, building jumps and having an amazing time everyday..!
Noon ~ 12:30pm: On-mountain lunch (buy it or bring your own)
12:30pm ~ 3:30pm: Freestyle Camp (total freestyle focus both in and out of the parks) or you can keep riding until last chair with others in camp
4 ~ 5pm: Waxing & Edging clinic every Tuesday - Video Analysis every Wednesday
5pm onwards: Free time, group outings, group dinners, trampoline nights, hot-tubbing, apres, movie nights, ice skating, shopping, or just relax. Welcome Night every Monday - Grad Night every Friday
7am: wake up and do it all again...YEAH!

Will I be the old guy / girl at camp?

No. Snowboarders of all ages join us and the mix of ages makes it a lot more fun. Most campers are in their 20s and 30s as well as some in their teens and 40s. Since we’re all at camp together because of our love of snowboarding, age is the last thing we’re thinking about while we’re all having fun on and off the mountains.

Will I be in a rider house with a bunch or teenage partiers?

No. We match the ages in our rider houses to create a good balance. Since snowboarders are always tired from each big day of riding, everyone is usually in bed by 10pm, getting rest for another epic day ahead. Celebrating is usually done in the town on a Friday or Saturday night.

Should I do the half day camp or the full day camp?

If you’d like to do full day camp then go for it! We sometimes recommend to do half day camp for your first week and then full day camp from your second week onwards so your legs/muscles can adjust.

What happens after morning Freeride Camp?

We go in for lunch at one of the on-mountain restaurants just after 12pm. After lunch is freestyle camp or you can keep riding with some of your camp friends or head back to Whistler Village early if you're tired. The lifts close between 3:30pm and 4pm.

What kind of riding do we do in the Freeride and Freestyle camps?

Freeride Camp covers the whole mountains. We do a mix of absolutely everything, improve everywhere and we always ride the best runs (known and secret) depending on each day’s new snow and weather . We rarely ride in the terrain parks in the mornings – we leave the parks for the afternoon freestyle camps.
Freestyle Camp is a mix of in-park and all-mountain freestyle riding. We do not spend 100% of the time in the parks – there is endless natural freestyle terrain all over the mountains and we know every jump around every corner.
Each camp is very unique and full of non-stop action.

How much money do I need for food each day?

It depends on what your tastes are and what your budget is. On average, $30-$40 per day should have you more than covered. You can easily stay under that amount if you cook at home and/or visit the cheaper restaurants. You can also go over that amount easily if you want to live it up each day. We can recommend several cheap, mid or fancy restaurants depending on your budget and taste. The pizza shop beside our campus is only $2 per slice!

Do you offer single day tours/camps?

Yes, we offer single day tours / camps for our Argentina Camp (In August), our Japan Camp (in February) and our Whistler Camps (in April). Please go to "Snowboard Camps" at the top of this page for the details and rates of our single day camps. Or email us with any questions you may have.

What is the best month for snow?

There is no single "best month" for snow in Whistler. We consistently have 4 to 5 solid months of good snow right from the beginning of December to the end of March. We can get powder days until mid April. There is no particular powder month or sunny month either – they’re all powder months. Here are the monthly snowfall stats from the last 10 years to give you a better idea - Monthly snowfall stats

Are their supermarkets and restaurants close by?

Yes and yes. Whistler is a very compact town and everything’s quite close. There are supermarkets and restaurants within walking distance of our Rider Houses. Our Rider Houses’ kitchens are fully supplied for all of your cooking needs. There is a plethora of restaurants in town ranging from $2/slice pizza shops (ride beside our campus) to the ridiculous and every type in between. We can recommend all sorts (and the hidden gems) when you’re here.

I'm a beginner. Can I still join?

Yes, you can join if you are a beginner. We can create a customized program for you. If you’d like to learn with us then please do. We’ll help you build your strong foundation of skills with our fun and patient coaches and make you fall in love with snowboarding right away!

What day does my camp start (when should I arrive)?

Your camp accommodation starts on a Saturday and finishes on a Saturday. So you should plan your arrival and departure on Saturdays.
Your on-mountain camp with your coach is every Monday to Friday. On your first Sunday you can either rest from your long journey the day before, check out the town/do some shopping OR add a day to your lift pass and go riding with some of the other campers. Adding a day onto your included lift pass is $75 through us instead of the $110+ window rate.

Will my house mates be jerks or cool?

Ok, no one has actually asked that question, but some of you have possibly wondered it.
Picture this – everyone with us is on vacation and doing what they love to do; snowboarding, so everyone’s always in good mood and at their happiest. Camp brings out the best in everyone.
We had three “jerks” over the past 10 years - everybody else has been freakin’ cool so odds are 99.999% that your house mates will be awesome, your new best friends, your new holiday romance etc. So no need to worry or wonder. We're the cool camp!

Will my snowboard coach have a Gorbie Gap?

Just kidding – no one’s ever asked that question. We don’t have Gorbie Gaps and we’ll explain that and other local lingo to you when you arrive. 100 Core points if you know what a Gorbie Gap is before you arrive…!

Is it possible to get a private room?

Yes, with our home stay accommodation option. Home stay includes a room and 3 meals per days while living with a friendly, local Whistler family. See below for more details.

What is the home stay accommodation option all about?

Home stay includes a room and 3 meals per days while living with a friendly, local Whistler family. We work with several wonderful local families in Whistler. Their homes range from walking distance to a short bus ride away from the village. The host family and location we choose for you depends on availability for your week(s) here. It’s a nice Canadian experience and a great way to meet some locals. Home stay is an upgrade of $210/week.

Can I bring my own lunch up the mountains?

Yes, you can bring your own lunch up in a backpack and we’ll show you where to hang it up. You’re allowed to eat your own lunch in the main on-mountains
restaurants too. There is also free water at each restaurant and even microwaves to use.

Are your prices in Canadian or American Dollars?

Our prices are in Canadian dollars.

Any videos I should watch before I come to camp?

Yes, please watch the movie GNAR (pronounced – nar) for some great comedy and so you can ‘call out’ your coach on the mountains. Please get past the fact that it’s a ski movie. We dabble in the game of G.N.A.R. when we ride.
Also watch a few Arnold movies or look up some of his quotes. We like to do Schwarzenegger impressions… 'Get to da choppa..!'


If we haven’t answered your questions here, please e-mail us at info@corecamps.com