FAQ

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

How long do most riders join for?

Many riders join us for 2 to 4 weeks while many other riders are with us for 2, 3 or 4 months. Some riders only have one week available to join us which is also great, however pretty much every rider here for one week says on their final Friday evening that they wished they had booked for longer (and many extend). The longer you are with us, the more you're improving and transforming into a strong and stylish rider..!
A week, a month, a full season - we'll make sure you have a completely amazing experience no matter how long you're with us!

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 nice 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 additional $300/week.

What ability do I need to be?

Any level of snowboarding is fine to join us. From Beginner to Expert and every level in between..!
Please see our SNOWBOARD LEVEL CHART to check your level - and let us know where you are.
Level 1 to 3 snowboarders will be in our Beginner and Novice Snowboard Camps
Level 4 to 6 snowboarders can be in our Freeride and Freestyle Camps

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 snowboarding and more – 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.

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 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 7am. We'll send you more details after you've registered.
Staying in Vancouver before or after your camp? We can easily arrange your bus to pick you up and/or drop you off at one of several 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.

I already have a season pass, so can you subtract the included season pass (or lift pass) off the Premier Camp for me?

Yes. If you already have an Epic Season Pass or Whistler Season Pass, we can subtract the lift pass or season pass off your Premier Camp. Please contact us for more details.

You have December Holiday rates?

Yes. Whistler (Vail) increases their lift pass and coaching fees quite a bit over the December holidays, so we have to raise our prices slightly for those two weeks. Holiday rates for our Premier Camps from December 21 to Jan 4 are an additional $100/week (maximum $200 in total).
Only for Premier Camps with Dec 21, 28 start dates and for Dec 28, Jan 4 finish dates.
Thank you very much for understanding.

What’s the average age at the camps?

Snowboarders from 15 to 50+ are more than welcome at Core Camps. The majority of our snowboard campers are between the ages of 17 - 40. The mix of ages makes the camps way 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.
The relationship side of Core Camps - 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?

90% campers come to the camp on their own. 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 living with and hanging out with other like-minded riders from all around the world. *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’s a typical day like?

A typical day at the camp goes something like this:

8 ~ 8:30am: (Morning Groups) meet at our campus near the base of the gondolas in Whistler Village. Grab your gear from our storage room, gear up, and all walk to the gondola (100 meters).
9am ~ Noon: (Morning Freeride Groups) - Snowboarding and improving on-piste and off-piste with coaches (powder, steeps, carving, trees, technique, freestyle, more powder etc) and having an amazing time!
Noon ~ 12:30pm: On-mountain lunch (buy it or bring your own)
12:30pm ~ 3:30pm: (Afternoon Freeride Groups / Freestyle Groups) snowboarding with their coaches. Morning Freeride campers have free time to ride in the afternoons.
4pm onwards: Free time, group outings, group dinners, hot-tubbing, apres, movie nights, ice skating, shopping, or just relax. Too many potential options to list...
4 ~ 5pm: Snowboard Waxing & tuning clinic every Tuesday
4 ~ 5pm: Video Analysis every Wednesday
Welcome Night every Monday - Grad Night every Friday
7am: wake up and do it all again because you're living the life..!

How many snowboarders are in my group?

You'll be snowboarding with others and a coach in small groups (of a similar level) averaging 4:1 which ensures lots of personal coaching. Our absolute max ratio is 6:1 although aim to keep it to an average of 4:1.

When do I ride with my coach and group each day?

Freeride Camp:You'll be with your coach(es) from either 9am to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 each week. We typically have our level 5~6 riders in our morning groups and our level 4~4+ riders in our afternoon groups. This works well for our groups for several reasons and our riders enjoy it.
Freestyle Camp is from 12:30 to 3:30 most weeks through the winter.

What are the coaches like?

Funny, personable and very knowledgeable (to name a few). 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. 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 business! And the chairlift chats are also entertaining..!

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 and our secret spots. Powder, trees, cruisers, terrain parks, natural freestyle runs, steeps, glades, controlled backcountry and so much more..! Where we ride depends on the weather and snow conditions of the day. Get ready to be spoiled!

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 medical insurance?

YES - medical (travel) insurance is mandatory.
We also HIGHLY RECOMMEND that all Core Camp riders purchase Trip Interruption / Cancellation Insurance. This protects you in case of an unexpected cancellation or if a medical emergency interrupts your program with us.
Please follow one of these links for a quote:World Nomads or 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 discounts at a few local snowboard shops for Core Camp snowboarders.

When does my lift pass / season pass start?

1 week camp - Your 5 day lift pass starts on Monday (with an option to add days)
2 week camp - Your 12 of 14 day lift pass starts on Sunday (with an option to add days)
3+ week camp - Your included season pass can be use all season before, during and after your camp
Already have a pass? We can subtract the pass which makes your camp with us cheaper!

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 snowboarding 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 snowboarding for a day or two before you’re here (or on your first Sunday here) to get your legs ready.

From what age can I join?

You can join the camps from 15 years old and up. Most snowboarders who join us are in their late teens to late thirties. We're happy to have riders with us from 15 to 50+ years young..! 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.

Are your prices in Canadian dollars or USD?

Our prices are in CANADIAN DOLLARS which is good news for those of you from other countries. The Canadian dollar is quite weak right now against nearly all countries around the world so please take advantage of it while you can.

Which countries do campers come from?

From absolutely every part of the world. We have snowboarders joining us from all over North America, all over Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, East and central Asia and from some far-off countries we had to double check on google maps...

I want to buy new snowboard gear. What should I do?

We recommend buying new snowboard gear here in Whistler. Prices are in CAD, are typically lower than overseas and we can help you with local shop discounts.
Try before you buy is the absolute best way to know that you're getting the right gear for you. There are some shops in town which offer many of the same brands and models for rent and for sale. You can rent a snowboard, change it each day (to try different ones) and the shop will subtract up to two days of your rental price off of the purchase price of a brand new snowboard. Many of our snowboarders do this. It's the best way!

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.

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 are a Snowboard Camp, not a party camp. We match the ages in our rider houses to create a good balance. Since snowboarders are always tired from each big day of riding with us, everyone is usually in bed by 10pm, getting rest for another epic day ahead. Our accommodation is for relaxing and Whistler Village is for partying. Celebrating is done in Whistler Village on a Friday or Saturday night.

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 this site - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

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 kind of snowboarding 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-$50 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 $3.50 per slice!

What is the best month for snow?

They're all great! 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 there 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 $3.50/slice pizza shops (ride beside our campus) to the ridiculous and every type and price in between. We can recommend all sorts (and the hidden gems) when you’re here.

I'm a beginner / novice snowboarder. Can I still join?

YES, you can us join if you are a beginner or novice snowboarder. We have some great Beginner and Novice Camp packages for you!
We’ll help you build your strong foundation of skills with fun and patient coaches and make you fall in love with snowboarding right away!
Here are our full camp details - Beginner and Novice Snowboard Camps

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.
For airport bus transfers, your flight arrival time can be anytime before 11pm and departure time can be anytime from 7am onward.
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 skiing with some of the other campers.

Will my house mates be cool or turkeys?

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.
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?

Our accommodation is shared (two per room). You may get lucky and get a private room if we're less than 100% full for your week(s) with us...
Private rooms ARE available 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 $300/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.

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