Frequently Asked Questions

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Membership Questions

Why is CAMP3 a non-profit club?
We decided to register CAMP3 as a non-profit club (or Incorporated Society as it's known in New Zealand) to keep the cost of camps down and give us more flexibility with camp locations. If CAMP3 was a commercial business, we would be restricted in the locations we can operate. We're essentially like your local sports club, except our members are all around the world. And as a non-profit club, we can run camps in many different resorts around the world too.
How much is membership to CAMP3?
Membership is $45 NZD for the calendar year.
What does CAMP3 membership give me?
It allows you to book on to our epic snowboard camps, plus you'll get some CAMP3 merch too
Where do my membership fees go?
Membership fees are used to set up and run CAMP3 as an Incorporated Society and cover the cost of some CAMP3 merchandise.
How do I pay for membership?
We include the $45 membership fee on top of the cost of the first camp you join in the calendar year. There is no commitment to pay again the following year, unless you join another camp (which you probably will).
What happens if I don't renew my membership?
That's fine, your status will just become "Inactive Member". You'll still have access to the Member's Area and be able to see what camps are scheduled.

Camp Questions

How long are the camps?
Camps vary in length from 2 days to 6 days and are relevant to the star rating system.

The longer 4**** and 5***** camps typically have one day off in the middle somewhere, however this is kept flexible to allow for weather or energy levels within the group.

What level are the camps?
2** camps are aimed at strong intermediate riders. At the minimum, you should be able to ride blue trails with comfort, rhythm and a little pace - without thinking too hard. You should have tried some black runs before but possibly with less confidence. If it's a freestyle-orientated camp, you should have ridden in the beginner's park previously. If it's a freeride-orientated camp, you should have ridden easy off-piste terrain previously.

3*** camps are aimed at intermediate to advanced riders, looking to progress their skill set in specific terrain. To join these camps you should be confident on all groomed trails. For intermediate riders, this is about building your confidence in the terrain specified in the camp description (e.g. steep off-piste or terrain park) and learn new skills in how to tackle this terrain. Advanced riders looking to polish their skills in a short time frame will get a lot out of these camps also, as they will have the opportunity to ride a little slower and get LOTS of feedback.

4**** camps are for advanced riders specifically. To join these camps you must have been on a 2** or 3*** camp previously, or ridden with one of coaches in another capacity. Theses are typically week-long camps that help you take big steps in your riding progression, in a super-positive group culture with other riders looking to push their abilities. You might be progressing on to bigger jumps in the park or working on airing out of the halfpipe. You might be learning to euro carve or get your powder slashes locked in. Your goals can be varied, as the terrain we ride on these longer camps is also varied. A lot of Level One and Two certified instructors join these camps to help them progress to their next level of certification.

5***** camps are for expert snowboarders. These camps are more guiding and less coaching. We find the best conditions on the day and get a LOT of laps in. If you're a highly experienced snowboarder, who can ride any terrain from steep backcountry pow to big jumps in the park, this is for you! These camps are ideal if you want to explore a new resort with top coaches who know it inside and out. Note that most 5***** camps are run in tandem with a 4**** camp, so we have the ability to split riding levels more easilly.

How many people per group on the camps?
As standard, we try to keep each group at a maximum of 6 people. The only exception to this is when a Camp Organiser joins as a rider in the camps (i.e. they are not a coach as well). The minimum numbers required depends on the costs to run the camp. Some camps will be 4 and others will be 5.
What kind of riding are the camps focused on?
CAMP3 is focused on all-mountain freestyle, freeride and carve. Do everything, everywhere! That being said, we do have more specific camps that are focused more towards freeriding or freestyle. It is simply about helping you to get the most out of your snowboarding and expand your skills.
How do I book on a camp?
Visit the camp listing and look for the booking form in the lower half of the page. If you cannot see this, it means that you're not logged in or registered yet.
How do I pay for a camp?
When you've booked onto a camp, and we have enough pending bookings to run it, you will be sent a payment request from Paypal or alternative. We will also provide bank details for direct bank transfers.
How can you run camps at privately owned resorts like Cardrona?
Every location that we run camps, we have permission to do so. Every resort is different in how this works. At most NZ resorts, the coach needs to be on officially employed by the resort - meaning they have a good relationship with the resort. This also gives us access to their priority lift line in some cases.
Why do only some camps include passes and/or accommodation?
Only our longer camps have accommodation and/or passes included. We tend to look at who's likely to join each camp, where they are located and any restrictions put on us by the resort. Some camp locations only have one accommodation option, where as other camp locations have many options. Some camp locations offer a very competitive deal on season passes, some do not. Most camps can be flexible enough to include/exclude passes, based on your needs.