March packs with specialty clinics and camps at Mt. Hood Meadows. One-day adult clinics and three-day youth camps give opportunities to beef up skills on the slopes.

The Mt. Hood Meadows Ski and Snowboard School is continuing with their specialty clinic offerings for adults through March. The one-day clinics, which cost $99, provide an intensive day of instruction. Lift tickets or season passes are required.

Every weekend in March has at least one adult clinic available. The Telemark Clinic takes place March 6 followed by the All-Mountain Carving Clinic March 12, and the women's skiing and riding clinic March 13. Adults can learn to conquer the steeps March 19. Seniors with at least intermediate skills can join the Grand Masters Clinic March 20. Advanced to expert skiers and riders can improve park and pipe skills in the Freestyle Clinic March 26. 

A special Women's Learn to Ride or Ski Clinic is also offered March 13. The $70 program for beginners includes a lift ticket for Buttercup, lessons, and rentals.

The full day clinics, which include video analysis, meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Alpenstube Loft for a continental breakfast. The clinics run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

Two youth camps are also offered in March. The three-day camps, which run March 21-23, target different age groups, interests, and skills.

Intermediate skiers and riders can learn to progress with jumps, halfpipe, rails, and boxes with the Freestyle Camp. The camp, which is open to kids ages 7-14, meets 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Park safety and etiquette are emphasized. 

A spring break camp for kids can give parents time to ski while the children improve their skills. The camp runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a one-hour break to meet up with parents for lunch. The camp is available to skiers ages 4-12 and snowboarders ages 7-12.

Both camps also run April 4-6. The camps cost $265. Rentals are available for $10. Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the first day of camp.

More information: clinics, Freestyle Camp, kids spring break camps; 503-337-2222, ext. 1419.

Mt Hood Meadows OR ball (Richard Hallman)

Kids can improve their park skills in a spring break Freestyle Camp offered March 21-23 and April 4-6 at Mt. Hood Meadows. Richard Hallman photo.