Snowboarding

Snowboarding

From beginners to advanced, including freestyle!

Nobody knows winter like Canadians. We don’t know about you, but when the first snow starts to settle, we’re ready to hit the slopes.

Snowboarding is a great way to get kids outside in the winter months. In many households, kids spend countless hours in front of the computer or tv, especially January – March. Snowboarding gets kids active and excited for the outdoors. Snowboarding also requires good core and lower body strength. It’ll help kids in other athletic pursuits, as well as improve their overall coordination and agility. Our camps are also a great opportunity for kids to make new friends. We try to keep kids and their councillors together all session, leading to new friendships that last outside of camp.

Our programs run on Saturdays in January and February; on Saturdays in Ontario at Mount St. Louis Moonstone (MSLM), which includes bussing from the GTA; and on Sundays in Alberta at Mt. Norquay, with bussing from Calgary.

We offer two different programs at Evolve, our traditional downhill snowboard lessons, and our Evolve Freestyle program — which focuses on skill development in the terrain park. Both the traditional lessons and the Freestyle program have beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

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Evolve Snowboarding Lessons

Evolve Snowboarding Lessons

Evolve Camps snowboarding Lessons are designed to provide kids with the foundations that will allow them to safely progress to higher levels within the sport.

We cater to beginner, intermediate or advanced snowboarders between the ages of 6-15. The program is designed to provide kids with the foundations that will allow them to safely progress to higher levels within the sport. Our 8 week lesson programs will help with the progression and skill development of each child. Our number one focus being safety!

Our goal at Evolve Snow Camps is to ensure your child is getting the most out of our snowboard school. To achieve top results, we need to understand the skill level of your child. On the first day of lessons, our snow school director and instructors will asses each child.

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  • Traditional Lessons
    Traditional Lessons

    Beginner snowboarders will learn basic techniques, like turning in both directions on the beginner hills, working their way up to the green runs. This level is best for someone that’s never snowboarded before.
    The intermediate level will take students onto more challenging blue runs. This group focuses more on snowboarding at higher speeds with control and basic free-riding techniques.
    Advanced snowboard lessons are for campers that are comfortable on any type of terrain. Instructors will focus on stronger skill development like carving, free-riding and small natural jumps on the hill.

  • All Lessons Include
    All Lessons Include

    Our trained instructors prepare your child to learn everything from the fundamentals in our beginner classes, to advanced tricks and confidence on the hills in our advanced lessons. Below are just some of the highlights:

    • 5.5 hours of instruction and supervision.
    • 1:8 staff-to-camper ratio.
    • Full-day lift ticket, which can be used for night skiing if you want to meet your child at the end of the day at camp.
    • Transportation to the mountain from various pick up spots. See our Pickup Locations.
    • End-of-year BBQ.
    • *Equipment and Lunch is NOT INCLUDED!

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We believe in the importance of physical fitness and vitality as much as any traditional sports league – we just find cooler ways to get your sweat on.

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Freestyle Snowboarding Lessons

Freestyle Snowboarding Lessons

The Evolve Freestyle Snowboarding Program is for snowboarders who want to progress their free-riding and freestyle techniques.

Our Freestyle Program is also broken up into 3 skill levels. On the first day, campers will be broken up into groups based on the skill level reported on the their registration form. After the first lesson, we may decide to move some campers up or down a level so they get the best possible instruction for their skill level.

If you’re not 100% sure about their level when you sign-up, give us a call at 416.619.4521 or email us and we can help you figure it out.

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  • All Lessons Include
    All Lessons Include

    Our trained instructors prepare your child to learn everything from the fundamentals in our beginner classes, to advanced tricks and confidence on the hills in our advanced lessons. Below are just some of the highlights:

    • 5.5 hours of instruction and supervision.
    • 1:8 staff-to-student ratio.
    • Full-day lift ticket, which can be used for night skiing if you want to meet your child at the end of the day at camp.
    • Transportation to the mountain from various pick up spots. See our Pickup Locations.
    • End-of-year BBQ.
    • *Equipment and Lunch is NOT INCLUDED!
  • Mount St Louis Moonstone Terrain Parks
    Mount St Louis Moonstone Terrain Parks

    Mount St Louis Moonstone offers three great terrain parks aimed at; teaching park fundamentals and gaining confidence; progression; and testing your ability on advanced park features.
    The Skool Yard is perfect for newcomers to the park, with ride on boxes and mellow jump lines in a forgiving layout. The Junkyard is the next level park which offers a wide variety of jumps, boxes, rails and it also has a half pipe. Our advanced freestyle skiers and riders take their progression to the next level in The Outback. The jumps are big and the rails and boxes are long and fun.

  • Mount Norquay Terrain Park
    Mount Norquay Terrain Park

    Designed for park skiers and riders of all ages, the Norquay Terrain Park is the place for freestyle newbies to give it a go, or for the more experienced park-riders to finesse kickers and jibs. The park includes jump lines to suit all abilities, fifteen boxes and rails all ranging in size – including rainbows, a three-step down and a battleship box to jib.

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Nobody knows winter like Canadians. We don’t know about you, but when the first snow starts to settle, we’re ready to hit the slopes.

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Skill Levels

At Evolve Snow Camps, our well developed snowboard lesson plans ensure that campers of all skill levels are making the most out of their time at our winter camp. Evolve’s highly structured format allows campers to advance through the different snowboard levels as their skill level improves – this could be over the course of the week, the winter or several winters at Evolve Snow Camp.

Beginner
Evolve’s beginner snowboard lessons will teach campers basic techniques like turning in both directions on MSLM’s beginner hills. Campers will learn how to control their boards on flat areas, until they are ready to progress onto the green runs at MSLM. There are so many great green runs for our campers to practice on that they will never run out of chances to improve. We also introduce them to the wonderful invention known as a chairlift!
Intermediate
Evolve’s intermediate snowboard lessons have the campers take skills that they learned in our beginner lessons, and start applying them to more challenging terrain on the blue runs. At this level, campers will learn to turn comfortably on bigger hills, to snowboard at higher speeds with more control, and they will learn very basic freeriding techniques.
Advanced
Evolve’s advanced snowboard lessons are for campers that have a strong skill foundation in snowboarding. They are comfortable on any type of terrain at Mount St. Louis-Moonstone. These snowboarders are looking to further their progression. Campers progress through the introduction of basic freeriding and freestyle instruction on natural features throughout the different hills at MSLM. By the time campers are in the advanced group, they are ready to focus on stronger skill development like carving, freeriding and small natural jumps on the hill.

Equipment

Campers must have their own snowboarding equipment to be safe and successful – it’s much easier to learn how to snowboard when you’re comfortable using your own gear: this is important for all skill levels, beginners, intermediate, and advanced. Here is a list of equipment you will need for your child to attend our programs:

Snowboards
Check out our equipment guide for help selecting the perfect snowboard!
Helmets
Skiing/Snowboarding-specific. *Bicycle, Hockey, and Climbing helmets are not designed for the same protection, and are not allowed
Boots
For your feet. You might need different boots depending on the type of bindings on your snowboard. Check out our equipment guide for help!
Clothing & Accessories
It's important to dress for the weather - this IS Canada after all.

Need Equipment?

We can help with that - check out our Equipment Guide or visit our Store!

  • Safety First
    Safety First

    At Evolve, our training programs are rigorous. While our goal is to provide excitement and memorable experiences around every corner, safety is always our number one priority. We adhere to strict processes and industry standards. We want kids to have fun, improve their skills, and learn new things but we are diligent about safety — even if your child has been shredding for years, we still strictly enforce mandatory safety equipment and proper supervision at all times, whether your kids learning how to ski, improve on the black diamonds or playing in the terrain park. Practicing safety while riding is a life-long habit we try to instill in each Evolve participant.

  • On and Off-Hill Supervision
    On and Off-Hill Supervision

    Our campers are supervised by their instructors during the whole day. At no time are they allowed to ski or snowboard without the group. Meeting spots are set as campers go down the slopes and areas for lost kids are set by camp supervisors who are available throughout the whole day. Our ski and snowboard coaches are all certified under the Canadian Ski Instructors alliance and the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. They are properly trained in ski and snowboard instruction, as well as how to work with children of all ages. The Canadian Ski Patrol also supervise and monitor the terrain at Mount St.Louis Moonstone and Mount Norquay and are called to the scene in case of an emergency, to help bring campers down the hill to the first aid station. Please note that all Evolve staff have also had police background checks.

  • Evolve's 'Challenge By Choice'
    Evolve's 'Challenge By Choice'

    Each camper is sufficiently and safely coached and supervised from their arrival to their departure. To reduce the inherent risks while riding, we ensure that all campers master the fundamental skills at each level of progression. We employ a “challenge by choice” philosophy, which means we never force anyone to do something they’re not comfortable doing. Instead we offer the challenge, and give them the tools to succeed.

Upcoming Sessions

Evolve Snow Camps - Lesson Program 2022(Date :January 08 2022 to February 26 2022)
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Date :January 08 2022 to February 26 2022
Time : 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sports:Ski,Snowboard
Level : Beginner
Ages: 6-15
Pickup Locations:
Thornhill Woods PS
Vaughan Road Academy - Cedarvale
Frankel-Lambert Park
Highway 9 Carpool Lot
Etobicoke SOTA - Etobicoke
Annette St PS - The Junction
King Rd Carpool Lot
Bessborough Drive E&MS - Leaside
Riverdale CI - Leslieville
Armour Heights CC - Nortown
Essa Rd Carpool Lot
$1095
Evolve Snow Camps - Freestyle Program 2022(Date :January 08 2022 to February 26 2022)
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Location
Price (+ Tax)
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Date :January 08 2022 to February 26 2022
Time : 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sports:Ski,Snowboard
Level : Beginner
Ages: 6-15
Pickup Locations:
Thornhill Woods PS
Vaughan Road Academy - Cedarvale
Frankel-Lambert Park
Highway 9 Carpool Lot
Etobicoke SOTA - Etobicoke
Annette St PS - The Junction
King Rd Carpool Lot
Bessborough Drive E&MS - Leaside
Riverdale CI - Leslieville
Armour Heights CC - Nortown
Essa Rd Carpool Lot
$1295
Calgary Evolve Snow Camps - Lesson Program 2022(Date :January 09 2022 to February 27 2022)
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Date :January 09 2022 to February 27 2022
Time : 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sports:Ski,Snowboard
Level : Beginner
Ages: 6-15
Pickup Locations:
Scenic Acres Community Asso. - Calgary
Olympic Heights School
Stanley Jones School
$1095
Calgary Evolve Snow Camps - Freestyle Program 2022(Date :January 09 2022 to February 27 2022)
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Location
Price (+ Tax)
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Date :January 09 2022 to February 27 2022
Time : 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sports:Ski,Snowboard
Level : Beginner
Ages: 6-15
Pickup Locations:
Scenic Acres Community Asso. - Calgary
Olympic Heights School
Stanley Jones School
$1295

Snowboarding FAQ

01. My child is in the freestyle program, do they need to wear a mouth guard?

Mouth guards, like the ones you wear for hockey are a great way to protect your child’s teeth. They also help protect campers from biting into their lips.

02. Can my child practice their tricks on the Mount St. Louis Moonstone Air Bag?

Individuals or groups that want to participate in the airbag program must pay for the season’s pass. Air Bag costs are not included in the cost of camp.

03. My child is 6 and is in the youngest group you have. Do instructors bring them in frequently for bathroom breaks, snacks or even warming up?

With our youngest campers in the 6-8 age range, instructors tend to come inside a little more often for snacks and warming up.

04. My child has no clue and is way too young to put on his own equipment. Do your coaches assist younger kids?

Our coaches help any child, especially the youngest ones with all their equipment needs. They assure boots are on tight, helmets are on properly and all outerwear is properly covering their skin.

05. What kind of movies do the kids watch on the bus?

We generally like to bring ski and snowboard movies. Campers are allowed to bring videos which are rated Family or PG.

07. Are there any breaks in the afternoon?

Groups take breaks as needed. With younger kids there are mandatory rest breaks.

08. Should my child bring snacks for the ride home?

It is recommended kids bring enough food for lunch and snacks for the way home. This will ensure that if there is a delay on the highway due to weather, they have food to eat.

09. What should my child pack for the day?

All campers should pack their ski or snowboard equipment, which will be loaded on the bottom of the bus. On the bus they should pack a bag (small duffle or backpack) with gloves, helmet, goggles, food, snacks, extra socks in case, hand warmers incase, ski and snowboard boots should also be on the bus.

10. What happens on extreme cold days?

In the history of Evolve Snow Camps, we have not cancelled any program due to extreme cold weather. The only way we will cancel a day is if the mountain closes.

11. What happens on a day where it rains?

Our program continues even if it’s raining. If Mount St. Louis Moonstone closes for the day then we will close. If the resort is not closed it’s a good idea to send your child up with extra change of clothes, poncho or large garbage bags works. Extra gloves are a good idea! The likelihood of rain at Mt Norquay in the winter is less likely.

13. When is my child ready for the freestyle program?

Your child’s instructor will notify them and the snow school director that the move is needed or recommended

14. What is your freestyle program all about?

Our freestyle ski and snowboard program offers terrain park instruction. Our terrain park program also caters to beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

15. What if my child gets injured or sick and can't start or continue the program?

We offer medical/emergency insurance, which is available for purchase at the time of enrolment. We highly recommend it.

General FAQ

02. How do you teach someone an action sport?

On the first day of camp we assess a camper’s skills. After we break into groups we run through a series of fundamental skills to make sure everyone in the group is on the same page. Then, we hone in on skills through demonstration by staff and repetition by our campers. We have found this to be a useful teaching method for skateboarding, biking, snowboarding and many other action sports. Many people have learned on their own after years of practice and hard falls: at Evolve, we’re confident we can accelerate the process through our methods of teaching – sometimes with a healthy number of falls!

03. What is the staff to camper ratio?

Evolve Camps for all sports have a 1:6 or 1:8 staff to camper ratio, ensuring that all campers are receiving sufficient attention and supervision.

04. Do campers have to participate in lessons?

Campers are not forced into camp lessons, but they are asked to participate. If the lesson is covering skills that the camper has already mastered they will be able to free ride. They will then receive a one on one lesson in the afternoon where they can work on a new skill.

05. How do you ensure safety at camp?

Extreme sports have their inherent risks – it’s hard to progress in these sports without taking on new challenges and exposing ourselves to greater risk. At Evolve, we try to limit exposure to injury by ensuring campers wear helmets and enough functional padding. Safety is also an integral part of the training and camp environment of Evolve. Our staff teach extreme sports within specific limits in a step by step method. We employ a “challenge by choice” philosophy, which means we never force anyone to do something they’re not comfortable doing. Instead we offer the challenge, its there for the taking.

06. Do campers need lunch?

Yes all campers need to bring a lunch. For some programs we offer hot lunch programs.

07. Your videos and pictures look cool, but everyone looks so professional. Will my child be doing all those crazy tricks?

We obviously try and showcase our best “talent” in these videos. If they are beginners, your child probably isn’t at the level of some of the shots in our video/photos. Maybe some day, but for now they are more at a developmental level. They will still be in Camp videos and/or Photographs taken at camp.

08. My child doesn’t know anybody at the camp. Will they make new friends?

Many campers come to camp not knowing anybody. On the first day of camp our staff ensure that all campers get to know each other. The best part about the program is that they are with the same “cabin” for the entire season, so close bonds are formed quickly.

09. My child has never participated in an action sport before, should they attend camp?

Yes! Whether they’re a learned snowboarder transitioning to skateboarding, or new to action sports in general, we have a wide range of skills levels at all of our camps. We pride ourselves on taking beginner campers and teaching them the skills they need to love their sport of choice. Nothing is more exciting than having a beginner camper show up on a Monday as a complete rookie and leave on a Friday like a veteran.

10. Are Evolve Camps affordable?

We have priced Evolve Camps as an affordable day camp program. You will find that the price of our camps are about the average price of quality day camps and programs.

11. Do I get a discount if I have another sibling/child enrolled in the camp?

Families with multiple campers (who are siblings with the same parents and residence) will receive the following discounts: $25 off the 2nd registration (does not apply for March break), $25 off the 3rd registration.

12. What if I miss the bus during one of the pick up times?

Our buses need to be on time in order to maximize our time at camp. That being said, our buses leave at the exact time that is on the schedule. If you miss the bus, it is your responsibility to drive your child up to camp or to the next stop nearest to you.

13. Can my child stay behind at the end of the day and catch a ride home with me?

Yes, All you need to do is notify our office that your child will not be coming home on the bus. We will provide instructions on how to do this.

Still Have Questions?

If you have more questions, you can visit our frequently asked questions page.

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