Cutter's Camp 2017


Cutter's Camp 2018 at Timberline, Mt. Hood—DATE TBD




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For the 15th consecutive year, terrain park professionals from across the globe gathered at Timberline, Mt. Hood, Ore., May 16-20 for a week of building, educational workshops, networking, and camp activities. More than 50 resorts were represented. With so many regions represented—from the East coast to the West coast, and from the Midwest to Canada—and with a wide range in resort size, discussions were lively and productive.

The week kicked off with 20 inches of fresh snow, perfect for grooming demos from PistenBully and Prinoth. While the snow fell, campers gathered for a "Fiireside Chat" centered on how to turn a passion into a career, followed by Burton's Welcome Party.

For the next three days, terrain-building was front and center on the agenda. Each camper was assigned a four-hour, one-on-one on-hill coaching block to work with an expert groomer on advancing their building and shaping skills and exchanging tips and shortcuts.

For campers not on-hill, that second day was devoted to risk management, planning, and logistics. Sessions dove into terrain park documentation, staff training and freestyle terrain staff guidelines, transition events, and planning for holiday weeks and milestones. That evening, campers experienced the Windells sports bubble and participated in the 5th annual Prinoth DodgeBall Tournament.

On the third day, campers broke into four groups and participated in the risk management-themed Park Challenge Workshop, which tested their skills in communication, jump measurement, incident investigation, and strategic thinking as they worked through real-world scenarios. The afternoon presentations covered a host of park topics, from feature construction and vehicle maintenance to snow science and events. The day finished with a session on progression as a business, followed by the annual PistenBully Snowmobile races and sumo wrestling.

The fourth day saw campers complete a second Park Challenge Workshop, this one on planning and logistics, followed by the popular Terrain Park Managers' Roundtable.

All of that served as fuel for what was the most beneficial aspect of camp, according the campers: the conversations that continue through the evening after the workshops end.

As one camper summed up the week:

"It has been so amazing, meeting all of these park professionals. I learned so much and gained many positive perspectives from the people I have met here. Everyone has been very supportive and helpful. I am excited to go home and apply my new knowledge and skills to my park back home. This camp really encouraged a positive and real vibe that feels like a family. My eyes have been opened. I hope I get to come back every year. I am forever grateful for this experience."

This important industry resource would not be possible without the expertise and guidance of our core panelists, some of whom have been part of Camp from the beginning: Elia Hamilton, Peak Resorts; Jay Scambio, Boyne Resorts; Kevin Laverty, Vail Resorts; Ken Gaitor, Snowshoe; Chris Hargrave, Windells and Logan Stewart, Timberline.

We also thank our Cutter's Camp sponsors, who have kept us going for 15 years. This year’s sponsors were 1Risk, Arena Snowparks, BlackStrap, Burton, Gogglesoc, HKD Snowmakers, Leica, PistenBully, Prinoth, Safehold Special Risk, Snow Park Technologies, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Tobe.

Cutter's Camp is excited to head east this fall for a first-ever Fall Refresher at Mount Snow, Vt., Nov. 6-8. Registration will open on July 15th. The Refresher is designed to energize and engage park staff for the season ahead.

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“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."