ABOUT SUMMER RIDE:
What better way to spend those long summer days than ripping and shredding at America’s Bike Park? Learn to shred the mountain from Highland Camps’ expertly trained coaches during one of our five three-day Summer Ride sessions. Our Summer Ride sessions are designed to introduce riders to Highland Camps, and help them feel prepared for the more rigorous Ayr Academy.
Summer Ride is a multi-day camp for youth ages 8 to 13 who are interested in downhill mountain biking. We offer both day camp and overnight options. Campers of all abilities will learn new skills, develop more confidence, make new friendships, and take their riding to the next level. Riders have the opportunity to focus on specific freeride and downhill skills with an emphasis on safety and rider etiquette.
- Located at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, NH — an hour and a half drive north of Boston
- All-inclusive overnight camp: food, lodging, transportation, lift tickets, instruction, and lifetime memories
- Overnight and day camp options available
- For campers aged eight to thirteen in the summer of 2020
Highland Mountain Bike Park Facilities:
- Many premier lift-access trails, ranging from beginner to pro lines
- Multiple skill-building areas
- Multiple jump parks
- 50X50ft Ayr Bag
- HTC (9,100 square foot indoor facility)
Off the mountain, the quality camp experience continues!
Summer Ride partners with a local private academy to provide camper accommodations at the Tilton School.The campus is located a short van trip from Highland Mountain. Campers will live in the Summer Ride dormitory and have access to top-notch school facilities including the gym, dining hall, basketball court, sports fields, lounges, and more.
Food & Beverage:
The Summer Ride overnight camp price includes three meals a day, beverages and snacks. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the school’s dining facility.
Plate/bag lunches will be served to all campers slope-side at Highland Mountain in a designated camp dining area.
When not riding on the mountain or in the HTC there’s plenty of off-slope entertainment. Can’t sit still? Jump into one of many camp games, knockout, or foam pit drop sessions. Campers will be able to kick back in one of the school’s lounges equipped with pool tables, ping pong, foosball, and air hockey.
Make sure you come to camp well rested!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does a typical day look like?
8:00am–8:30am — Breakfast at the school dining hall*
8:45am–9:00am — Bus over to Highland Mountain*
9:30am–12:00pm —Riding skill of the day instruction
12:00pm–1:00pm — Lunch break at Highland
1:00pm–5:00pm — Ride Mountain
5:30pm–5:45pm — Bus back to school*
6:00pm–7:00pm — Dinner at school dining hall*
7:00pm–9:00pm — Evening activity/downtime*
9:00pm — Bed time*
* Overnight campers only
Overnight campers return to Highland on Tuesday nights for games and riding. There will always be a group participating in non-riding games or downtime for campers too tired to ride.
Schedule subject to change based on weather and participants.
Do I have to be an expert rider?
You don’t have to be an expert rider
We welcome all riding levels. Highland Mountain offers trails for a full spectrum of abilities. We’ve hosted first-timers to advanced riders with years of experience. Our coaching staff is trained to evaluate campers and group them into instruction groups based on ability levels, so every camper gets the attention they need to progress.
Practice makes perfect
Most of the Highland campers are intermediate riders who just want to improve their skills, learn to catch some air, or hit a famous drop at Highland. Every morning coaches focus on a valuable fundamental skill in a small-group setting, then work on dialing those skills throughout the day.
Cell Phone Policy
We would prefer that campers do not bring cell phones with them to camp. If your child does choose to bring their cell phone, it will be checked in with their counselor upon arrival. Phones will be kept secured and locked in their counselor’s room, and may be signed out for use during designated hours in the evening, certain nights a week.
All campers should bring the following:
- Full-suspension bike for downhill riding*
- Dirt jumper (optional)
- Full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads* (mandatory)
- Riding gear: goggles, gloves, jerseys, shorts, appropriate footwear
- Water bottle
- Bug spray
Overnight campers should also pack:
- Street clothes
- Bedding (twin-sized bed)
- Fan (a box fan will fit comfortably in the dorm windows)
- Padlock to secure personal items in the dorms or Highland’s lockers (optional)
Any camper with medication must bring their medication with them to the Camp Health Center at check-in. All medications must be in their original container with a clear and legible prescription from a doctor.
Do NOT bring any of the following:
- Energy drinks
- Weapons of any kind
- Drugs, alcohol, or related paraphernalia
- Tablets, laptops, gaming systems, or other electronics
*Bikes and safety equipment are all available to be rented. Find more information here and feel free to contact us with any questions.
What if I have a special diet?
We can accommodate many dietary needs. Meals always have a vegetarian option. On your enrollment forms, there will be space to describe in as much detail as possible any dietary needs. Please contact us with any questions.