The 17th annual Cutter’s Camp at Timberline, Mt. Hood, Ore., May 13-17, 2019, was a sold-out event. Freestyle terrain professionals from resorts of all sizes and regions in North America and worldwide descended on Timberline for the five-day event. Attendees engaged in seminars, workshops, roundtables, networking activities, and one-one-on-hill operator coaching, and discussed topics ranging from risk management and feature design and construction to events and progression and much more. Check out the full slideshow below.
The week kicked off with grooming demos from PistenBully and Prinoth teams, showcasing the latest machines and technologies, including snow-depth and fleet management systems from Leica, SNOWSat, and RDO Integrated Controls. PistenBully’s ProAcademy offered a facilitated session on cat operations. Campers who took part in the session walked away with a ProAcademy certificate of completion.
Monday evening, campers gathered for the Prinoth “Fireside Chat.” Panelists Steve Petrie and Lucas Ouellette of Arena Snowparks, Krush Kulesza of Snowboy Productions, and pro skier Andy Parry, led by moderator Elia Hamilton of Peak Resorts, discussed how parks can be a tool for growth, through innovative feature design, events that inspire stoke, and making terrain as accessible as possible.
The next three days combined on-hill, one-on-one coaching with workshops and roundtables. For the on-hill portion, each camper worked for four hours with an expert operator and received instruction on advancing or refining his or her building and shaping skills.
The hands-on sessions earned rave reviews. As one camper reflected, “This has been the most amazing week, however, the standout was my time on-hill with my coach. His input on how I can be a better builder is something I will never forget and can’t wait to take home to my park.”
Tuesday’s indoor sessions and workshops focused on risk management, groomer technology, creating strong relationships with the marketing team, and using progression features to support the growth of the sport. There was also a two-part session on terrain park risk management with a power panel of ASDA attorneys and insurance representatives from Safehold Special Risk and MountainGuard. That evening, campers played in Windells skate park and competed in the 7th annual Prinoth Dodgeball Tournament.
On the third day, camp concentrated on jump measurement, the evolution of parks, and current and future trends. Panelists showed campers how to build strong grooming teams and discussed practical applications at small, medium, and large resorts. Afternoon discussions covered a wide range of park topics, from family-friendly parks, to documentation, social media, and multi-use features. The day wrapped with park manager and crew roundtables, giving campers the opportunity to open up about challenges and share fresh ideas. PistenBully then hosted a casino-themed dinner party with roulette, poker, and blackjack.
Thursday brought campers together for a discussion of state-of-the-art terrain feature design, highlighting how parks have evolved through progression, failures, and breakthroughs, and showcasing innovations that support the continued growth of the sport. The final breakout sessions addressed communications skills, vehicle maintenance, snow science and snowmaking, feature design and construction, and events.
All the sessions and on-hill training served as fuel for what many campers called the most beneficial aspect of camp: the conversations that continue through the evening after the workshops end.
We would like to thank our panelists and on-hill coaches, some of whom have been part of Camp for all of its 17 years, for their expertise and extensive contributions to make this annual gathering a success. Check them out in the slideshow.
Cutter’s Camp would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Arena Snowparks, BlackStrap, Burton, Captuer, Gogglesoc, HKD Snowmakers, Leica Geosystems, PistenBully, Prinoth, RDO Integrated Controls, and Safehold Special Risk. The invaluable contributions from the industry’s leading terrain park experts bring it all together.
As a few campers summed up their experience at camp:
"My experience was an eye-opener. The amount of passion for snowsports at this camp is incredible."
"Excellent. The amount of knowledge that's here and being able to understand what other resorts are going through and succeeding at is incredible."
“The opportunity for all of us to come together, share ideas and drive inspiration for our craft is a thing of beauty. I will cherish and remember these connections forever. This is an experience of a lifetime and I hope that I can come back next year.”
"This camp really inspired me to continue to progress myself in the industry. Hard work speaks volumes and there was a room full of dedicated hardworkers."
"This was my third experience at Cutter's Camp and it only gets better every year."
CUTTER'S CAMP ATTENDEES SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE...
“At the start of camp my biggest issue was difficulty communicating with my team and upper management. After camp I have a better understanding of terrain parks role in the “big picture” of the resort and a better idea of how to communicate my needs within that structure.”
"This has been the best thing I have ever done to better my park. Really looking forward to applying everything I have learned.”
“Year after year I am able to go back to my resort and apply a new things that I have picked up.”
"This is a time I will never forget, the friends I have made this week, the knowledge, skills, and tools gained will change our mountain for the better.”
"Extremely helpful and knowledgeable coaches."
"I fell in love with the environment and the people that are a part of this industry. I'm glad to see that everyone is moving in the same direction."