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Dirt Camp is located in the heart of the Eastern Townships at Ski Bromont, 82 Rue des Pentes Bromont, Quebec, J2L 1R4. We are steps away from both the chair lifts and the water park and a 5 minute bike ride to the BMX track and the Pump track.
We have a great building commonly referred to as Dirt Camp Lodge.
The water park is a part of the daily schedule. Campers are not obliged to participate in this activity but it is strongly recommended that all campers purchase access to the park. Most campers agree, it’s just about the perfect end to a long hard day on the trails.
Dirt Camp Day Camp Starts on Monday at 10:00am (Tues-Fri 9:00) and ends each day at 4:30pm.
The shuttle picks up at Decarie at 8am and Dix30 at 8:30am. Return is 5:30 Dix 30 and 6pm Decarie.
Decarie (corner Sherbrooke) - 2160 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J3
DIX30 - 8700 Boulevard Leduc Suite 10 Suite 10, Brossard, Quebec J4Y 0G4
You will need either the 5-day dirt camp pass or a full season pass. Enduro passes are not adequate. (We no longer sell the dirt camp season pass).
Under normal circumstances, Dirt Camp is still all-systems-go in light 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.
Provided there is room in the other session, you are welcome to change at any time.
Normal weeks will have, on average, 6 campers per instructor or less.
No. Campers are supervised at all times on the trails and in the water park if they are under 11yrs.
Full Finger Bike Gloves
Shin and knee pads!!!
Regular Cycling Helmet or Skate
helmet or BMX helmet
Medical insurance card or Photocopy of card
Rain gear if rain if rain is forecasted
Shorts (cycling or regular)
Repair kit and extra tube (optional)
Very soon after arrival, the Dirt Camp staff evaluate skill level of every camper; we start on the street with basic drills to determine body position, operational controls, abilities etc. After initial groups are formed, we take to the trails and look at descending, cornering, braking and eventually drops and jumps. 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. The goal at Dirt Camp is continually moving campers up to better and better groups.
NO. All riders have a place at Dirt Camp and everyone has a chance to improve greatly during the week. EVERYONE is welcome.
YES. Bromont is an intense place to ride and our trails produce some of the best riders. Anyone who rides a mountain bike will find a place and time to throw down their very best 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.
Every single day!
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 and dual 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.
Come to Dirt Camp, be safe, learn to shred properly and then come back and do it again!
Dirt Camp is an English Immersion camp, The staff at Dirt Camp is mostly English speaking. We all speak French too but the camp is an opportunity to learn English while learning to mountain bike; why not.
Inherently the sport of mountain biking is English. Because so much of its roots come from the US, much of the pros are either English from England, Australian, Canadian and again American, the sport, the equipment, the magazines and the coverage are of the most part English. When we say Immersion, we mean that we speak in English as a group, at meal times and in the field. More specific instructions are given in both languages to make sure the campers understand important information. In the Shop, Phil Lemaistre who is English, isn’t shy to use his native tongue to explain repair methods, to instruct his clinic or simply to get people out of his way.
The Goal here is to take the opportunity of mountain biking for kids to learn English. Dirt camp is a place where amazing things happen everyday and the language is an easy thing to go with it. We mix the French and English so much, sometimes we forget what language we’re supposed to be speaking. We mix the two as a way to introduce words, to get kids going on a basic vocabulary. We use expressions and jokes to break through. Then they start hearing the same words over and over again and before you know it, they are using them too. Eventually, they will ask a question in English because they really need their bike fixed and often, Phil will not accept the request in French. HA!