Camp 1: July 31 - August 2
Camp 2: August 28-30
Camp 3: September 20 - 22
It’s Ramp training season!
Skiing and Snowboarding are not just a winter activity. Have you ever wondered why certain athletes have such great jumping skills? The answer is ”summer ramp training”. Ramp and Airbag training will greatly enhance your child’s freestyle development.
^Above- Newly redeveloped freeride ramp with adjustable takeoff at the Utah Olympic Park.
V Below- Freeride Program athletes prepare to head up to the airbag
Why Ramp Training?
Ramp training and airbags are now a key training activity to help athletes develop their jumping skills.
Having athletes train on ramps helps them develop the basic confidence and technique required to properly jump on snow. This unique environment offers several benefits to training:
- They can get many more repetitions and develop good jump memory.
- They also focus better on the basic techniques without the fear of a hard snow landing.
- Athletes will get 2 to 3 times more jumps in a day than they would typically execute on snow, and the quality is much higher as the athlete is less concerned about the potential of a bad landing.
What Level of Athlete Should Participate?
If the athlete is competing in Slopestyle , Big Mountain, or Big Air then they can probably benefit from ramp training. The training will spend a lot of time focusing on the basic “pop” off the jump with straight airs, as this is the most important aspect to master for all jumps. So even if the athlete is only at the fundamental jumping stage, ramps will help their pop, form and lift, and help bring proper technique to snow.
A good rule of thumb is to project the jump the athlete would like to successfully be competing with high skill in two winters from now, and start training this trick this summer.
What Should Be the Athlete’s Goals for Water Ramping & How Often Should They Go?
Every athlete should have a two-year projection goal around their jumps. It takes a minimum of one summer to develop a new trick, and one full winter before the athlete is fully comfortable and technically competent at competing it. This is why you should think about your future jumping goals and bring this to your ramping training now. Every athlete hoping to improve their jumping should meet with their coach and discuss their 2 year jump goals so the coaches can best advise on the water ramp requirements to successfully meet these goals. Another rule of thumb is that a young athlete just wanting to get basic jump skills (straight air pops, simple grabs, small spins) should consider a minimum of 4-6 water ramp days. An athlete wanting to fully master spinning and work on inverted maneuvers should consider 5-10 days. An athlete wanting to train compete with inverted maneuvers should consider 10-20 days.
What Does a Ramp Day Look Like?
Ramp sessions are held at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. The JHSC Freeride Program will drive down for three-day camps that include time on the ramps each day. If you are ramping for the first time, we recommend that you go with the JHSC Freeride Program as the coaches will ensure all athletes are safely introduced to the ramps.
We will split our time between the trampolines and the new Inclined Airbag Jump.
Athletes will train both trampoline and ramps on a normal training day. All ramp facilities will have a trampoline, and trampoline training is key to developing the basic maneuvers. A normal ramping day will be 4-6 hrs. Athletes may spend two hrs on tramp and three hrs jumping. It is very physical with lots of stair climbing so most experienced athletes will only get 25-30 jumps per day max. A younger athlete will often execute 10-15 jumps & they will sleep well at night.
What Equipment Is Required?
It is really important that you bring the right gear. You don’t want to get to the facility and not have gear as there is no rental or repair shop. You will need the following equipment:
- Skis or snowboard(s). You base will take a beating on the plastic, so older skis are preferable. Edges must be free of cracks, burrs and de-tuned.
- Ski/board boots. You can use old liners with your existing boot shells.
- Neoprene board or fishing gloves - may not be necessary in mid-summer temperatures. This helps protect your hands while grabbing.
- Shorty wet suits are recommended as the bag is frequently watered and the suit will keep your body at optimal temperature
- Long sleeves to protect from "bag burn"
Really search for old skis/boards to make this work. They don't need to be anything special and there are no equipment style points in ramping. If your equipment stays on and lasts the year, you are a winner!
Camp Cost: $550
*Price increases $100 for registration within 10 days of departure
* Minimum of four athletes needed to guarantee quoted price