Flights Must Arrive and Depart PDX Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please book a flight into the Portland International Airport (PDX) on the first day of your session between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please book your departure flight out of PDX between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the last day of your session. There is no snowboarding on the first or last days; they are designated travel days. Any flights on arrival day or departure day that are not between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be charged $100-$175 per camper, per trip, depending on the time of the flight. There is a 30 minute grace period for this window, i.e; if your flight is scheduled to depart at 7:30 a.m. we will not charge a fee. Please contact us directly if you are unable to book a flight in our requested window and we will discuss your flight options and pick-up/drop-off fees.
Campers Flying as Unaccompanied Minors (UM)
Each airline has different age requirements and additional fees for flying unaccompanied minors. Campers flying under the status of an UM will be met at their gate by a High Cascade staff member upon their arrival at PDX.
Name of the Person Picking up UMs at PDX: If at all possible, when the airline asks for the name of the person picking up your UM, please give the airline ‘A HCSC Representative’ and our phone number 503.206.8520. If they will not accept this, please give them ‘Jessica Albrey/any other HCSC Representative’ in place. If they need an address, it is 30493 E. Blossom Trail, Government Camp, OR 97028.
Youth and Adult Campers NOT Flying as Unaccompanied Minors (UM)
All campers not flying as UMs will be met outside the security gate by a High Cascade staff member and will be assisted with their baggage and checked in for their High Cascade shuttle at baggage claim #2. If a camper cannot locate a HCSC representative they should go to an airport paging telephone and page “A HIGH CASCADE CAMP REPRESENTATIVE” to wherever the camper is standing. They can also call the High Cascade office at 503.206.8520
Please know that although each airline has specific age requirements for flying unaccompanied minors, you can still fly your child, regardless of their age, as an UM (with applicable fees). In addition to the added airline assistance, this also ensures you that your child will be met by a High Cascade staff member at his or her gate. Example: If your 13-year-old child is flying on United, (their required UM age is only 11) your child will not be met at their gate by a High Cascade staff member upon their arrival to PDX. However, if you request UM status for your 13-year-old child when purchasing your child’s airline ticket (and note it on his or her travel itinerary form) he or she will then be met by a High Cascade staff member at their gate.
Please look further into the airline of your choice as you get ready to purchase your ticket. Before purchasing your ticket, please be sure to visit the airline’s respective website for up-to-date unaccompanied minor information. You may find that if your child requires an UM ticket, you may not be able to purchase your ticket via the internet. Because each airline has different policies on booking UMs flights with layovers, last legs of the day, etc, booking on the internet may not be the best route.
For more airline specific in-depth unaccompanied minor information, please click on the airline.
Airline UM Age Requirement
Air Canada 11 and under
Alaska/Horizon Airlines 12 and under
American Airlines 11 and under
Delta Airlines 14 and under
Frontier Airlines 14 and under
Hawaiian 11 and under
JetBlue Airways 14 and under
Sea Port 14 and under
Southwest Airlines 11 and under
Spirit Airlines 14 and under
United 11 and under
US Airways 14 and under
Virgin America 14 and under
Please be sure to pay for your unaccompanied minor fees for both legs of your child’s trip. In a lot of cases, airlines do not make this easy for you; making it easy to overlook paying for your returning UM Fee. Please send your child with receipt of payment if at all possible to avoid double charges. If you are unable to pay the fee prior to your child’s camp, please arrange for your child to pay cash for his or her UM fee when they check-in at the airline counter on their departure day. If this has not been arranged, we will cover any applicable fees the airline requires in order to obtain a boarding pass for your child. Your credit card on file will be used to reimburse any fees covered by High Cascade.
HCSC staff members are at the Portland International Airport (PDX) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on departure days. Campers will be shuttled to the airport by our trained High Cascade staff approximately three hours prior to their departure time (it takes one hour to get to the airport and we allow for extra time in order to pick up campers at multiple camp Chalets and The Lodge). Upon arrival at PDX, campers will be met by High Cascade staff to assist with luggage and airline check-in procedures. Unaccompanied minors will be escorted to their gate by a High Cascade staff member.
Please note: Once checked in at the desk, campers NOT flying as unaccompanied minors will not be accompanied to their gate. or supervised while waiting to board.
All airlines have different baggage policies. If you would like to bring your snowboard to camp, you may find that certain airlines will charge extra due to the size and or weight of a board bag. We have FREE 2018 snowboard, boot and binding demos for campers, so you may want to consider leaving your gear at home to cut luggage costs. For those bringing their own gear, generally speaking, the best way to fit everything you need would be to put your snowboard, boots, helmet, outerwear, skateboard and sleeping bag or blanket in a board bag, and then pack your remaining items in your suitcase and carry-on bag. You may find that you can carry on your skateboard. Be sure to shift things around so that neither your board bag or suitcase will exceed the weight capacity (if you would like to avoid extra fees).
Van / Bus Travel at Camp
All campers being transported inside of Camp vehicles are expected to follow general safety rules along with any additional vehicle specific rules. These include but are not limited to the proper usage of all safety equipment (ie. seat belts), keeping all limbs inside the vehicle at all times, keeping all pathways clear and unobstructed by bags or equipment, no distracting the driver from focusing on the road, and no noisy or disorderly behavior.
In the Event of Last Minute Changes or Emergencies
If for some reason a flight is delayed, cancelled, or if you miss your scheduled departure flight to Camp please contact the HCSC office (503.206.8520) as soon as possible with the updated arrival information including the new time of landing and flight number, if applicable. If there are any changes to your child’s return flight information prior to take-off we will be contacting you directly with any updated information.
Arriving and / or Departing by Car
Please arrive at camp between 12:00 PM and 4:00 pm on the first day of your camp session. Campers departing by car must be picked up between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm (between 9:00 am-11:00 am is ideal). There is no snowboarding on the arrival or departure days. On the arrival day there is check-in, camp tours, welcoming barbecue and camper orientation.
**MAKE SURE YOU PICK THE CORRECT CAMPUS**
For High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Government Camp:
Please use Google Maps or any other form of space-age navigation to get specific instructions from where you’ll be driving from. The drop off/pick up address is 30493 E Blossom Trail, Government Camp, Oregon 97208. Look for the large blue-greyish lodge with HCSC signage and the street skateboard park in front of it.
For High Cascade Snowboard Camp at the Windells Campus:
Please use Google Maps or any other form of space-age navigation to get specific instructions from where you’ll be driving from. The drop off/pick up address is Windells Camp, 59550 E Hwy 26, Sandy, OR 97055