Below is a list of frequently asked questions that we constantly receive. If you have any other questions that are not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Do I have to rent a mountain bike or can I bring my own?
You are welcome to bring your own bike.
If you don’t have your own bike (or maybe you’d like to try something a little nicer), we rent two types of mountain bikes, both made by Specialized. Rent a Rockhopper Pro hardtail for $90/week, or a full suspension SX Trail for 160$/week. See the Bikes & Gear Rental Page
for more info.
What time does the camp start? / What time does the camp end?
Dirt Camp Sleep Away Starts on Sundays at 4:00 pm and ends on Fridays at 5:00pm.
Dirt Camp Day Camp Starts on Monday at 9:00 am and ends on Fridays at 4:00pm.
Do I need a Bromont pass to attend Dirt Camp?
It is recommended that you purchase at least the Ski Bromont water park pass as it can come in useful on hot days. The pass will enable you to hit the water anytime during camp.
Should you decide to purchase the Ski Bromont mountain bike park pass, it will give riders the ability to use the lift to access terrain for downhill about 1-2 additional downhill days for most campers.
What about transportation?
You are responsible for bringing your child to camp on arrival day, however you can purchase return transportation to Montreal and the south shore for the following Friday for 30$.
The meeting place for return transport is Sport Aux Puces, 3919 Bd Taschereau, Saint-Hubert, QC J4T 2G5 at 7pm and Martin Swiss Cycle. 313 Avenue Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N1 at around 7:30 pm.
What happens if it rains? Will the camp still go ahead?
Under normal circumstances, Dirt Camp is still all-systems-go in the rain. Normally we use the rain to practice in the slippery riding conditions, build trail or simply mechanical clinics. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing (a waterproof rain shell and change of shoes) so that you’re as dry, warm, and comfortable as possible.
What are the accommodations like at Dirt Camp?
Dirt Camp provides its campers with clean, dry rooms with proper beds, bathrooms and a number of relaxing spaces inside and out.
Do all kids sleep in one big room?
Most kids share the upper floor but younger kids sleep in a smaller room on the main level.
Can I change weeks if I am already registered?
Provided there is room in the other session, you are welcome to change at any time.
What is the ratio of instructors to campers?
Normal weeks will have, on average, 6 campers per instructor or less. DH weeks will often have 4 campers per instructor.
Will campers be able to ride on their own at Bromont and with their friends?
Yes and no. Of the most part, campers are supervised at all times. However, once a camper has been shown a given trail and he or she has shown exemplary riding and consistency in his or her technique, they may be given the right to ride a pre-selected trail in a small group for one or two runs. Normally, the campers will ride either with their coach, a CIT or the director himself.
What are the things I need to bring?
- Full Finger Bike Gloves
- Shin and knee pads!!!
- Regular Cycling Helmet or Skate helmet or BMX helmet
- Medical insurance card or Photocopy of card
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Rain gear, change of clothes and extra shoes!
- Shorts (cycling or regular)
- Repair kit and extra tube (optional)
- Water bottle
- Bathing suit
The following objects are allowed: Flashlights, Tools, Small Radio, Alarm Clock, Movies (G rated)
How do you determine my skill level and decide which group I ride with during camp?
Very soon after arrival, the Dirt Camp staff evaluate skill level of every camper; we’ll look at descending, trials, cornering, climbing, braking and jumping. Strengths and weaknesses are reviewed and campers are ranked on a 1-5 scale, 1 is beginner and 5 is expert. We use all this information to place campers in the right group. If your skills level improves during camp, we will switch you to a higher group.
Is there a chance I am too much of a beginner for this camp?
NO. All riders have a place at Dirt Camp and everyone has a chance to improve greatly during the week. EVERYONE is welcome.
Will this camp be challenging enough if I’m an advanced rider?
Anyone who rides a mountain bike will find a chance to throw down their own personal gauntlet at Dirt Camp. Many advanced riders return to camp, year after year, partly to hone their skills and also just to ride with the crew. We have tons of stunts, drops, dirt jumps, berms, gap jumps and North shore style ladder bridges on our site that can challenge any rider.
How many days will we be riding at Bromont?
Normal weeks visit Bromont twice; some will do 1 day at Bromont and one day at TAZ montreal. This will depend on the weather and our shedule for the given week. DH weeks ride Bromont 4 times a week.
What kind of bike do I need to bring?
You need to bring a mountain bike that fits you and is in good working condition, generally in a state that would make your bike mechanic proud.
You’ll want to be on a bike that has front suspension; rear suspension is an added bonus. Having a quick release on your seat post is also really useful, it makes raising and lowering your saddle during the skill sessions and rides that much quicker. If you don’t have one already, you might want to consider getting one before camp, or buying one on the first morning.
If you have two bikes at home, you can bring both. Commonly, we see downhill, freeride, dirt jumping and cross country bikes.
Should I bring both my regular and full-face helmet?
Yes. Both are very useful in camp. If you have both, you’ll want to bring your full-face for downhill days and your regular helmet for on-site and skate park days.
The “What to Bring” section suggests flat pedals. I ride with clipless pedals all the time, and feel that I won’t ride as well without them as I’m used to being “attached” to my bike. Should I really switch my pedals and shoes for the weekend?
We like everyone to be learning bike skills on flat pedals, as much as possible. Both in the bmx, freeride and downhill camp, It’s the way to proper technique and also the safest. Flat pedals allow you to abort from the bike when things go wrong. When learning how to drop off a large obstacle, you want to make sure you can get off the back of your bike quickly. When learning to ride on elevated planks you want a wider platform under your feet for balance and, again, the opportunity to get off your bike super fast. Flat pedals also facilitate the newer ‘moto-style’ cornering technique that has recently been popularized by some of the fastest riders in the world, including Sam Hill of Monster Energy/Specialized.
What demo equipment will you have available at the camp?
At camp we rent Specialized bikes, see the ‘Gear Rental’ tab at the top of this page for for more info. You can reserve your equipment when you register for camp.
What are the camp's rules & regulations?
Dirt Camp is located in Bromont, Qc. Campers along with the instructors stay in one large dorm for the entirety of the stay. Kids attending the camp must either supply a bike or rent one from dirt camp. Minimum specifications for bikes are aluminum wheels, “V” brakes or disc brakes, Off-road tires and front or full suspension. All Campers must supply a regular bike helmet (Open face) bike gloves and knee/shin protection. A full-face helmet is required for the camp, rental of a full-face helmet is 25$ per week, knee/shin pads can also be rented. If you are not certain that your bike meets these specifications you may either bring it to your local bike shop and a technician can certainly identify these specifications or email a photo of your bike to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification.
- Deposits should be paid online at time of registration. The balance can be paid by checks upon arrival at camp. Checks should be made payable to the “Silas Dirt Camp”
- Registration fees are 300$ and are non-refundable.
- A confirmation letter/receipt will be returned to you within 14 days. Directions, balance of payment, arrival and departure times and what to bring are all indicated on the confirmation form.
Send to: Silas Dirt Camp 18 Briardale rd. Montreal Qc. H3X 3N6
- All Participants are to take part in all activities and follow the instructions given forth by the staff. The camp reserves the right to expel any participants who, by his actions or behavior, jeopardizes the safety and well being of other participants or the success of the program.
- Dirt Camp reserves the right to change locations of the camp or any of its activities to ensure safety and success in the camp if it is so needed.
- Dirt Camp is not responsible for stolen property and recommends that you contact your household insurance company for coverage of property during the camp.
- I, the undersigned, acknowledge that mountain biking entails a certain degree of risk and I thereby indemnify the Silas dirt camp as to legal action resulting from camp participation or any injury or damage that may occur during the week of camp or in the workshops.