Alpine, Snowboard, and Freestyle Training Camps

Training Camp

Gould Academy’s Training Camps are available to non-students and provide an excellent opportunity to experience high-quality early training. Gould’s training home, Sunday River Resort, is known to be the best early-season training venue in the East. Because of the popularity in the past, we expect these camps to fill by early Fall, so register soon. Scroll down for information on all of our camps!

Camp Options

Alpine

Alpine Training Camps

U12/U14 November Development Camp

November 2021, at Sunday River
Take advantage of the most reliable early-season snow in the East. This training camp focuses on slalom and giant slalom progressions. Athletes are grouped by age and experience with an athlete to Gould coach ratio of approximately 6:1. Work with Gould’s high school coaches who have trained Olympic and Division I ski racers.

Cost with lift ticket: Before 10/1: $TBD| After 10/1: $TBD
Cost without lift ticket: Before 10/1: $TBD | Price after 10/1: $TBD


U12/U14 Pre-Holiday SL/GS Camp

December 2021, at Sunday River
This training camp focuses on slalom and giant slalom. Gould coaches provide athletes with a great early season volume of gate training. There are gate drills leading into full-length courses in both disciplines. Athletes are grouped by age and experience with an athlete to Gould coach ratio of approximately 6:1. Work with Gould’s high school coaches who have trained Olympic and Division I ski racers.

Cost with lift ticket: Before 10/1: $TBD | After 10/1: $TBD
Cost without lift ticket: Before 10/1: $TBD | Price after 10/1: $TBD


Lodging

On Mountain: Special rates at the Grand Summit Hotel are available to our campers for on-mountain accommodations. Details available in the welcome email.

Bethel Area: Lodging options in the Bethel, Maine, area range from hotels and motels for any budget, large vacation homes for families or groups, slopeside properties, historic inns and B&Bs, lakeside rentals, and camping out under the stars. Visit the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce.

Daily Schedule

Day 1
7:00 – 7:30 am – Camp Sign In
7:45 am – Welcome address from On-Snow Program Director Kurt Simard
8:30 am – Athletes on the hill
8:30 -11:30 am – On-Snow Session 1
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 pm – On-Snow Session 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Dryland at Farnsworth Fieldhouse with Gould high school and Winter Term Coaches

Day 2
7:30 am – Arrive at Comp Center
8:15 am – Athletes on the hill
8:30-11:30 – On-Snow Session 1
11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 – On-Snow Session 2
2:30 – Nutrition and Recovery
4:00 – 5:00 – Parent Reception

Day 3
8:30 am  – Arrive at Comp Center
9:00 am – Athletes on the hill
9:00 -11:30 am – On-Snow Session 1
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30 pm – Technique Talk, former Olympic coach, Parker Gray
12:30 – 2:30 pm – On-Snow Session 2
2:30 pm – Camp debrief with coaches, parents, and athletes.


Mount Hood U14/U16 SUMMER SKI CAMP

June 2021

Join Gould Academy coaches for an excellent summer ski training opportunity. This camp is for rising U14/16s held at Mount Hood, Oregon. Mount Hood offers outstanding conditions on the largest glacier in the United States. The camp’s focus will be on fundamentals as well as Giant Slalom and Slalom. Lodging will be in the town of Government Camp. We will be eight days on-snow plus one day off-snow day with activities.

SOLD OUT for 2021


Alpine Camp Director

Craig Niiler

Craig Niiler
Gould Academy Competition Program
Alpine Development Coordinator

Freestyle Camps

Freestyle Training Camps


Freestyle Mount Hood Training Camp

June 16-26, 2021
Ages 12-18
Train moguls and/or slopestyle with us at Mount Hood, Oregon. Athletes in both moguls and slopestyle will train on the upper glacier on a seeded mogul course with a competition-spec jump. Our slopestyle athletes will join with MHSSC utilizing the public park as well. Please Note: athletes interested in training in both disciplines will be able to do so.

Cost $3,000 plus airfare
Price includes coaching, lift tickets, lodging, and meals.

Register for Mount Hood Camp

Fall Trampoline Dryland Camp (Freestyle)

November 2021 at Gould/Sunday River Ages: 8-16

At our Gould Competition Program Ski/Trampoline Camp/Dryland camp, athletes will have the opportunity to prepare for the winter through a variety of activities. They will use Gould’s tramp room and foam pit to practice tricks and will work on improving fitness.

  • Coaches will work with athletes on:
    Goal Setting
    Video Analysis
    Training Plans

Weather and terrain permitting, campers will also have the opportunity to take their tricks from the trampoline to the airbag. 

The cost of this three-day camp covers coaching, use of Trampoline facilities and lift tickets. There is lodging available at Sunday River Resort and in the town of Bethel at special camp rates.

Cost with lift ticket: $TBD
Cost without lift ticket: $TBD


 

Early Season Freestyle Camp

December 2021 at Sunday River
Ages: 8-16

This camp is all about getting back on-snow early at Sunday River Resort, where there is the most reliable snow in the East. Sunday River provides great snow and terrain features that you don’t want to miss out out on. This camp focuses on getting your jump and rail game back and progressing to the next level. The cost of this three-day camp covers coaching and lift tickets. There is lodging available at Sunday River Resort and in the town of Bethel at special camp rates.

Cost with lift ticket: $TBD
Cost without lift ticket: $TBD


March Freestyle Training Camp

March 2022 TBD, at Sunday River
March is awesome!  The Parks at Sunday River are in their prime and the weather and snow conditions are at their best. Whether you qualified for Nationals or you just want to put the final touches on your tricks, this is the time to put all your hard work from the season together by utilizing Gould’s trampoline, BigAirBag, and the mountain’s prime conditions. The cost of this three-day camp covers coaching and lift tickets. There is lodging available at Sunday River Resort and in the town of Bethel at special camp rates.

Cost: $TBD (with lift ticket) | $TBD (Sunday River pass holders)


Freestyle Camp Director

John Kimble
Gould Academy Competition Program
Freestyle/Freeski Program Director

Snowboard Camps

Snowboarding Training Camps


Snowboard Early Season Kickstart Camp (Race)

December 2021, at Sunday River | Ages: 10-16
Start the season off right by using the best progression terrain in the East at Sunday River Resort. The race group trains on all aspects of snowboard racing (BX, GS, SL) by focusing on sound fundamental skills for turning, gliding, air, and starts. We may not have a full course for this camp, but we will have two synchronized drop gates for use with starts. Stubbie gates will also be set to improve speed performance. Coaches will use iPads for on-hill video feedback. Lodging is available at Sunday River Resort and in the town of Bethel at special camp rates.

Cost: $TBD (with lift ticket) | $TBD (Sunday River pass holders)


Snowboard Early Season Kickstart Camp (Freestyle)

December 2021, at Sunday River | Ages: 10-16

Start the season off right by using the best progression terrain in the East at Sunday River Resort. Freestyle riders work on taking their tricks from the trampoline to an airbag to snow. Riders will use Gould’s indoor trampoline and foam pit to learn new tricks and trick combinations. If weather allows, we’ll also use our on-campus airbag, our private Sunday River airbag, or both. We’ll also have access to Sunday River’s three terrain parks for progression on all types of boxes, rails, and jump features. This group also sessions rails to dial-in new tricks for the competition season ahead. We will use iPads for on-hill video assessment. Lodging is available at Sunday River Resort and in the town of Bethel at special camp rates.

Cost: $TBD (with lift ticket) | $TBD (Sunday River pass holders)


World Cup Parallel Snowboard Camp (PGS/PSL)

January 2021, at Sunday River | Ages: 10-16
Join Gould Academy’s elite coaches and athletes for three days of next-level training and competition. Dedicated hill space serviced by our brand-new service lift will help riders get in an unmatched number of laps on professionally set courses. Tactics and techniques for both PGS and PSL will be coached as well as free carve and freeride technique. Riders in both hard- and soft-boot setups will learn how to be better overall snowboarders, making them better racers as well. Camp concludes Saturday with a double doubleheader USASA race series (2 x PGS, 2 x PSL) at Sunday River (USASA membership and competition fees apply and are not included in camp fees). Coaches will use iPads for on-hill video feedback. Lodging is available at Sunday River Resort and in the town of Bethel at special camp rates.

Cost: $TBD (with lift ticket) | $TBD (Sunday River pass holders)


World Cup SBX Snowboard Camp (SBX) 

February 2022 at Sunday River
Join Mikey Lacroix, World Cup Snowboardcross athlete and Gould Academy class of 2016 along with Gould Academy’s elite coaches and athletes for a long weekend of next-level training and competition. Start off on Thursday at Sunday River’s Hole Shot and Rev Tour caliber SBX course complete with Settele World Cup start gate. Follow it up with official USASA Training and two USASA BX/SX Events. The camp will wrap up with feedback and video to take home and use to chase an invite to the USASA National Championships. You’ll have access to Gould Academy facilities, technology, and world-class coaching that has sent countless athletes to US Ski and Snowboard Project Gold camps, USASA National Championships, FIS Junior World Championships, and Youth Olympic Games.

Cost: $TBD(with lift ticket) | $TBD (Sunday River pass holders)

*USASA membership required, as is an official registration for both BX races, not included

Snowboard Camp Director

KC Gandee
Gould Academy Competition Program
Snowboard Program Director

 

Deb Costello

Gould Academy Competition Program
On-Snow Program Manager
Winter Term Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Maine, Farmington

Bio

As the On Snow Program Manager, Ms. Costello provides the oversight that keeps the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) running smoothly throughout the winter. With her bird’s eye view of the program, she manages the daily operation for the full-time and weekend GACP. Also Gould’s Winter Term Program Coordinator, she is the liaison between Winter Term student’s sending school and Gould Faculty. Ms. Costello is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and brings to Gould Academy 25 years of experience in managing various programs and departments for both Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts. She lives in Bethel in the Winter Term Dorm and has two children: Meghan ‘11 and Wyatt ’12.