Maybe you’ve sent your kids to a summer sleepover camp, but how about a winter one?
King Pine Ski Area in Madison, N.H., offers a unique winter ski camp experience for youngsters ages 8 to 16. Ski & Snowboard Camp at Purity Spring Resort, the longest-running ski camp in the country, began in 1939 with participants on wooden skis and wearing leather boots.
By the time King Pine opened in 1962, a generation or two already were alumni. Today campers have the use and benefit of the ski area’s 17 slopes and trails, six lifts, a terrain park and state-of-the-art snowmaking covering 100 percent of the area. The variety of slopes from beginner friendly to steep pitches are ideal for both new learners to start out and experienced skiers and riders to improve.
Campers are housed in four main dormitories located around a central dining hall with a staff-to-camper ratio of approximately 4 to 1. Counselors range from high school students to parents, and many are former campers themselves. The camp offers formal instruction twice a day, for two hours in the morning and 1½ hours in the afternoon, plus plenty of time for freeskiing with buddies and at least a couple of night skiing sessions. When not on the slopes, the activity doesn’t slow down. There’s an indoor pool, a dance hall, a tubing hill and a skating rink — certainly enough to keep everyone busy, entertained and ready for the healthy, hearty meals served up in the dining hall. Many kids come back year after year — a testament to the fun and exciting times they’ve had there.