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Roxy Snowboard Camp was held Feb. 26, 2006 at Waterville Valley Resort, in New Hampshire.

Words by Lauren

Photos by Lauren and Phil Matthews

The Roxy Camp is a one of a kind opportunity for intermediate to advanced riders to improve existing skills, learn new tricks, or just hang out with the girls and have fun. Roxy Camp offers the opportunity for girls 13 and older to improve skills and interact with members of the Roxy Snowboard Team. The Camp provides women with the opportunity to develop their skills in a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by some of the best female snowboard instructors in the industry.

Roxy Snowboard Camp was held Feb. 26, 2006 at Waterville Valley Resort, in New Hampshire.

I attended Roxy Camp at Waterville Valley Resort, in New Hampshire in February. This is one of the only 2 Roxy Camps held in the Eastern US, and one of six camps nationwide.
(Sunday River, Maine is holding the camp on March 26, 2006 for beginner to intermediate levels.)

Girls in my camp were mostly in their teens and 20s, except for me and Georgine. Levels were intermediate to advanced. As I've said before, age doesn't matter as long as you're all interested in working on the same skills. At this camp we worked on our park skills in Waterville's excellent beginner Little Slammer Terrain Park. We rode a J-bar to the park, then hiked. Even these activities are new to some riders and help expand their riding spectrum.

(Waterville's other park is Exhibition, which has as it's showpiece, the "Hubba Down Rail Street Style Set Up," similar to the rail, box, stair set-up we've seen at the 2003 thru 2005 US Opens.

The ratio of coaches to riders was about 1 to 4 so everybody got plenty of attention. Drea Russell of Lake Tahoe was the Roxy Guest Pro rider at our camp. Jessica Roy, a coach from High Cascade Snowboard and Skateboard Camp helped. My coach was Kelly Keena who was on a Rome board that she won for her excellence at another snowboard camp that she attended.

My group worked on ollies from the ground, with Kelly's help. This is a skill that I've been trying to master for too many years now, but I'm definitely getting the hang of it from camp. (I suspect my board is too stiff to do it easily, so I have to exert a lot of effort since I'm not getting all the flex and pop I need.)

We worked on jumps, and riding the fun box. We practiced ollying over the little slalom brush gates in the park. We did some free riding on the mountain. And practiced flat spins on the snow, and butters. Some campers worked on the rails, and 270's on the box. (That's a 50-50 (straight slide with your board on the rail) with a turn almost all the way, to a frontside boardslide.)

Lunch was a warm, welcome break from the 8 degree F weather. After the afternoon session, there was a hot chocolate and prize party. Lots of excellent Roxy prizes were given out by drawing names. There were goodie bags with t-shirts and stickers for all. The same lucky camper won both a Roxy jacket, and a Roxy board set-up.

See the locations and dates of other Roxy Camps at
(One little gripe -'s home page is a website you can't view on a Mac because of Flash.)

Lauren hits the box

"Let's Ride!"






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