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Operation Freedom Pipe

With the 2010 Winter Olympics just 10 months away, High Cascade Snowboard Camp is pleased to announce that they are teaming up with U.S. Snowboarding, Planet Snow Design and Timberline Resort this summer to provide a 22-foot halfpipe during camp Session 3 (July 6 – 14) and Session 4 (July 17 – 25).

This 22-foot “freedom pipe” will give the campers, staff and the U.S. Snowboarding athletes a fun place to ride a warm, sunny replica of the pipe that will be ridden next season in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Constructed by Pat Malendowski of Planet Snow Design, builder of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic pipe and HCSC’s parks and pipes since 1997, the Freedom Pipe will be proudly located in one of High Cascade’s two private summer snowboard parks. “We’re proud as heck to be building this Freedom Pipe,” explains HCSC Camp Director Preston Strout. “When everyone’s riding our pipe this summer, I’ll get that same patriotic feeling I get when a flock of bald eagles fly by – except in this case, it’ll be like bald eagles with snowboards strapped to them.”

U.S. Snowboarding pro riders enjoying the pipe will include Scott Lago, Louie Vito, Steve Fisher, Greg Bretz, Elijah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler, Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, Ellery Hollingsworth and Clair Bidez. In addition, The U.S. Snowboarding rookie squad and U.S. Olympic hopefuls such as Kevin Pearce, Mason Aguirre, Danny Davis, Luke Mitrani, Jack Mitrani, and JJ Thomas will be on hand for some summer fun. The pipe will also be open for all HCSC staff and campers, with the U.S. Snowboarding coaches like Bud Keene, Ricky Bower and Mike Jankowski giving pipe clinics throughout the sessions.

Strategic analysts view HCSC’s Operation Freedom Pipe as an essential step in what many Americans hope will be a full medal sweep for the US during the encounters next winter in Vancouver. Whatever the outcome, 2 weeks riding a perfect 22-foot pipe under sunny Mt. Hood skies should yield exponential amounts of good times for all.

U.S. Team Halfpipe Coach Mike Jankowski agrees, stating that, “we can’t wait for Hood camp. Summer shredding on Mt Hood has a solid tradition of fun, sun and amazing riding progression. Having the 22-foot Freedom Pipe up there this July is going to make it the best summer yet.”

100% snowboarding, High Cascade is the world’s only summer snowboard camp that isn’t part ski camp. Now with two private parks and a private rope tow, HCSC has provided snowboarders age 9 and over, of all abilities, genders and geographic upbringings a chance to snowboard from June 15th – August 15th on real snow since 1989.

For more information, or to register for camp visit highcascade.com


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