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FAQ

LOCATION & LODGING

Where are you located?

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.

Is the waterpark part of camp?

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.

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 now rent 2 types of mountain bikes, both are dual suspension. The Specialized Status and the Norco Fluid. Depending on the height, rental for camp cost anywhere from 150$/week to 245$/week. See the Bikes & Gear Rental Page for more info.

What time does the camp start? / What time does the camp end?

Dirt Camp Day Camp Starts on Monday at 8:00am (Tues-Fri 9:00) and ends each day at 4:30pm.

What time does the camp shuttle pickup and return?

The shuttle picks up at Decarie at 8am and Dix30 at 8:30am. Return is 5:30 Dix 30 and 6pm Decarie.

Stops:

Decarie (corner Sherbrooke) - 2160 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J3

DIX30 - 8700 Boulevard Leduc Suite 10 Suite 10, Brossard, Quebec J4Y 0G4

Do I need a Bromont pass to attend Dirt Camp?

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).

What happens if it rains? Will the camp still go ahead?

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.

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.

Will campers be able to ride on their own at Bromont and with their friends?

No. Campers are supervised at all times on the trails and in the water park if they are under 11yrs.

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

Towel

Rain gear if rain if rain is forecasted

Shorts (cycling or regular)

Repair kit and extra tube (optional)

Water bottle

Bathing suit

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 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.

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?

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.

How many days will we be riding Bromont?

Every single day! EQUIPMENT

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 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.

Do I need protection and a full-face helmet?

Yes. Mountain biking is to be taken seriously. You might not protect yourself elsewhere, but at Dirt Camp, we take these precautions seriously. Knees are protected at all times, body armour is heavily recomended for groups 2-2.5-3-3.5-4-4.5 and of course 5.

Come to Dirt Camp, be safe, learn to shred properly and then come back and do it again!

ENGLISH IMMERSION

Do you speak French?

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.

Why primarily in English?

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!