Ski Racing Camp FAQ:
How do you handle food allergies?
We do the best we can to accommodate food allergies at camp. Keely’s Mom and our other camp cooks, do a detailed and helpful job helping girls with specific dietary needs.
However, if there are certain foods a camper needs we suggest they pack snacks and/or alternative foods. Please communicate with us before camp about food allergies on your medical release forms.
What should I pack?
Please click on Keely’s Camp Packing List for our detailed packing list.
How do I tune my skis at camp?
We provide tuning benches and a set of vices. Please bring your tuning equipment. Also, our coaches are available to help tune skis if you are new to it.
I just started ski racing, am I ready for your ski racing camp?
Usually, we require at least a year of ski racing experience to handle Mt. Hood’s terrain. For younger athletes we require that you know how to pack your own ski bag, organize and keep track of your equipment, and carry your own equipment to the lift each day. You can email [email protected] to inquire about your ability and/or send video of your skiing to us!
How much extra spending money should my daughter bring?
There are quite a few ski and souvenir shops in Government Camp. If your daughter needs new ski gear or just wants to send a postcard home there are plenty of places for her to shop around. We would suggest $50-$100.
Can I visit my daughter while she is at camp?
Please do! Swing by and check out the scene at the cabin or lodge. You can also purchase a lift ticket to ski Mt. Hood and visit us on our training lane. Please be respectful of our schedule when visiting. We recommend lunch or dinner time.
My daughter has never been to a sleep away camp. How do you handle homesickness?
Because we have 24 hour supervision of the girls please know we are there to support them through their skiing and daily activities. From our experience, homesickness often lasts the first two nights of camp and significantly improves by the third night. By the third night the girls usually are more comfortable with sleeping away from home and the bonding process begins.
It is common to be homesick; however, we have noticed that multiple on and off visits by parents often make homesickness worse and take away from the experience your daughter will have working through it on her own and making new friends.
Where can parents stay in Mt. Hood?
We stay in Government Camp which is the main town near Mt. Hood. It is a short 15-20 minute drive from Govy to the mountain. If you are interested in staying in the beautiful Mt. Hood area during the week while your daughter is with us, there are a few great options:
The Huckleberry Inn (make sure you have one of their famous ‘Huck Shakes’!)
Will there be opportunities to demo skis at camp?
Keely’s Camp is partnered with Blizzard skis and Blizzard generously makes skis available for Keely’s Campers during their sessions on Mt. Hood. There are also opportunities in Govy to demo skis from different companies. Early June to mid July are when all the ski companies’ demo centers are open.
Do you celebrate birthdays at camp?
If your daughter has a birthday during camp please let us know. We will have a special celebration for her!
What afternoon activities do you do at camp?
Following lunch and video are afternoon activities including: yoga, hikes, ultimate frisbee, kickball, core work and agility workouts, stretching, running, soccer, capture the flag, swimming in the lakes, and exploring beautiful Oregon.
Will there be any video analysis?
Following each ski day video from training is provided for each girl with their coach. We take one video per girl each day and upload campers’ video to Google Drive. At the end of each session video from Google Drive will be shared with parents.
Note: we do not take video footage on the first day of camp which is the drill day.
Can my daughter be put in a room with her friends?
We do our best to accommodate rooming requests; however, please remember the importance of meeting new friends at camp and being open to the possibility of rooming with someone else.
What are the lodging and bed accommodations like?
Since the lodging in Government Camp is limited, we do our best to provide every camper with her own bed. However, there is a high possibility that she will have to share a queen bed with another camper. If your daughter is not comfortable sharing a bed for any reason, please pack an air mattress.
How do you communicate with parents during camp?
Parents will be updated with a mid week email per each session. Parents can also contact Keely’s Camp via email or phone 24/7.
Does Keely’s Camp send my daughter home with an evaluation of her skiing?
Keely’s Camp does not provide end of camp written evaluations; however, we strongly suggest that your daughter comes to camp with a ski journal. Coaches can help her write down important improvements and skills learned during her individualized video sessions. Your daughter will come home with a journal full of feedback and skills learned for her upcoming season!