About Gromcamp >>

The Salomon Freeski Grom Camps are freestyle ski camps, held all over the country at indoor snow slopes and outdoor dry ski slopes. They are now known, not just for top notch coaching, but also as a community for the UK’s top young freestylers.

There is no age limit; the youngest camper so far was 5 and the oldest 60+. The camps are also for all standards of skiers, from 'never jumped before' to sponsored riders. We do require all campers to be able to ski down the slope in a controlled and safe manner but it is not necessary to have ever tried freestyle before. We also require all campers to wear a helmet (you can borrow one from the slope if you don’t have one).

We have different groups for different levels of skiers so as to make sure everyone gets the very best coaching from our professional skiers and we make it as much fun as possible. The camps are run by Pat Sharples, team manager for Salomon and Oakley, and he employs only the top name coaches in the industry including Andy Bennett, James Woods, Joe Tyler, James Webb and Becky Hammond. Check out 'Meet The Team' below for their profiles.

After each camp we show video highlights of the day and reward the campers with prizes for the most improved, hardest working and best tricks of the day. The sponsors always put in great prizes, including: t-shirts, caps, rucksacks, headphones, goggles and sometimes even ski equipment or computers!

The cost of each camp is £30 and this covers slope fees and coaching.

We look forward to skiing with you soon!

Meet The Team

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Pat started the Grom Freeski camps in 2005 and has worked hard ever since coaching kids and promoting British Freeskiing. As a former England freestyle ski team captain, he used to compete at the highest level in mogul, Big Mountain and New School freestyle events. Pat is the head coach of the Salomon Grom Freeski Camps and the British Freeski camps and is also the Salomon and Oakley UK ski team manager.

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Woodsy is not only the UKs no1 Freeskier, he's now considered one of the best Freeskier's on the planet and is one of the most biggest names in British skiing!

Woodsy started skiing at Sheffield ski village and joined up with Pat Sharples to train at the Grom camps where he quickly became a coach and helped lead the way for other young british kids. He recently competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi where he placed 5th even with a serious injury and has won 2 X Games medals at X Games and World cups including the Golden globe and overall world championships title.

Katie Summerhayes is the UKs no1 Slopestyle skier and is now considered one of the best in the World! She has proved this many times and recently became the World Junior slopestyle champion. Katie also represented Great Britain at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games where she qualified for the finals in 3rd place and ended up a respectful 7th overall. She has also been on the podium at 2 World cup events over the last year and placed 4th in the World championship and X Games and she is still only 18 years old! There is nothing Katie loves more than skiing with her friends and working on new tricks and leading the way for the next generation of kids coming through the sport. I don't think you could ask for a better role model in our sport says Team GB head Freeski coach Pat Sharples. She skis and competes for all the right reasons and is constantly pushing the sport to the next level. She also does all of this with a big smile on her face and is always super approachable.

Competition results

Team GB athkete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

1st World junior Slopestyle championships 2014 - Valmalenco Italy

2nd SFR tour finals 2014 - La Clusaz France

3rd Qualifying - Winter Olympics 2014 - Sochi

7th Overall - Winter Olympics 2014 - Sochi

2nd World cup 2014 - Gstaad Switzerland

2nd World cup 2014 - Silverplana Switzerland

Rowan has proved that hard work and dedication pays off and after training with the British Freeski team full time for the last few years she finally had her breakout season the year and won her first World cup in Calgary Canada. She also made many top 10s in the World cups and Olympic qualifying events and eared her place on Team GB to represent the UK in Sochi. Not only did she qualify, she was a contender for the podium as she was taking in to the next level in training before the Olympics. Unfortunately due to a crash in training she was unable to compete, but she's now back in training and looking forward to passing her knowledge on to the next batch of pipe skiers. I predict Row will be dominating women's Halfpipe skiing for many years to come says Team GB head Freeski coach Pat Sharples. She's still one of the youngest girls on the World cup circuit and is hungry to be the best.

Competition results

Team GB athkete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

1st World cup 2014 - Calgary Canada

10th - World cup - Copper Mt USA

10th - Dew tour 2013 - Breckenridge USA

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Andy has won more British titles than any other skier in the UK. This has earned him the nickname, the Ice Man! He spends his winters away in ski resorts around Europe doing photo shoots and filming for the latest ski flicks. Andy has worked with Pat on the Grom camps from the start and also coaches the World Cup halfpipe team and Olympic hopefuls.

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As one of the leading ladies in British Freesking, Becky is now competing on the World Cup halfpipe circuit and doing photoshoots for magazine and ski catalogues. She recently came 3rd in the Verbier Ride and she took away many medals at this years Brits.

INTINERARY

  • Meet the coaches for pre-camp briefing
  • Grom Groups assigned - according to your ability
  • Warm up runs
  • 3 hours (unless otherwise stated) of on-slope training with a short break in the middle!
  • A jam session takes place towards the end of the camp where you get to freeski and showcase your best new tricks for the camera!
  • Video highlights and prize-giving.

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