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Guide to Preparing for Summer Sports Camps: What Every Parent Should Know

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Lessons & Camps|

Did you know that the average American child spends 7.5 hours on electronics a day? That’s approximately 113 days every year! According to the World Health Organization, children over the age of five are recommended to take part in at least 60 minutes of physical exercise daily. That is why more than 6 million children participate in some form of camp each summer.

After all, summer camps are the perfect opportunities for children to gain new experiences and build the tools they need to boost their range of life skills. So, no matter which sports camp your child chooses, joining will not only help them improve their physical activity, they will also face the simple challenges of building independence, getting along with new peers, learning how to ask for help and adapt to healthy lifestyle habits. Here’s our guide on how to prepare for summer sports camp.

Get a physical – even if not required

Most summer camps require children to get a physical exam before they can attend. These physicals ensure that your child is in good physical health to take part in sports activities. Here’s what to expect during a physical:

  • Review of children’s medical history
  • Ask about any use of medications – prescriptions, dietary supplements, vitamins, and maintenance
  • Perform general exam – checking the heart, abdomen, lungs, nose, ears, and throat
  • Record height and weight
  • Test vision and major joints for strength and flexibility
  • Check blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation

Following the physical examination, the doctor will sign a form required by the camp or request a follow-up exam if there are any signs of concern.

Pack the essentials and limit the optional

Pack the essential items that your child will need during their stay at camp. It is important to bring enough clothes to prevent skin conditions caused by extended hours of contact with wet clothing. While most camps provide meals during their activities, children must be well-fed with snacks and light lunches that are easier to consume.

Knowing how to stay safe

While summer camp should be a fun experience for all, it is important to keep your child safe and secure. Campers should remember to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated all day long. The summers in Minnesota can reach up to 114 °F, especially when humidity is high and few clouds are in the sky. Remind your child to be watchful when walking near streets, if unfamiliar strangers approach them, and never to go off alone.

With this guide, let summer sports camp be fun with the right preparation. Not only will this quick guide help children and parents prepare for the least expected events, it can be a part of the entire learning experience for your camper.


Author: Jane Sandwood

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A Guide to Choosing Your First Mountain Bike

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: Mountain Biking|

Looking to buy your first mountain bike? Not sure where to start?  Minnesota was recently named as the second most bike-friendly state, according to the League of American Bicyclists. With paved trails and friendly roads, mountain bikers can choose from a variety of tracks in town and the surrounding area. So, whether you’re looking to commute to work or start training on your downhill declines, choosing the right features is vital to making your purchase and satisfy your adrenaline rush.

The sport of mountain biking has dramatically evolved since the early 1890s. That means, not every bike is made the same. Modern bikes are built for various riding styles and exhilarating mountain trails, like the one at Buck Hill. To help you get the most value out of your money, it is important to understand the basics of choosing your mountain bike based on trails, design, and riding style. In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about how to choose your first mountain bike.

Know Your Budget

If you plan to purchase a brand new mountain bike, most modern bikes can cost anywhere from $500 to $12,000. While the higher brands may include awesome features, there is no general need to spend that amount for a safe bike to use on the trail. If you have extra to spend on a bike, consider the added features like compact storage, cushion padding, and more.

Determine Your Riding Style

Mountain bikes can be compared between two categories – trail or downhill. Keep in mind that while most mountain bikes are relatively the same, you will need to be realistic about your needs. If you spend most of your time riding local trails, buying a downhill bike may not be the best idea.

Instead, you can choose a quality hardtail that will get you through the trails and ride out safely without injury. On the other hand, if you plan to trail in lifts or shuttles, there a downhill or freeride bike will be the best option for you.

Types of Mountain Bikes

Not sure which option is best for you? Generally, most styles are designed to be versatile and effectively perform on a wide range of trails.  Here are some of the different types of mountain bicycles:

  • Rigid
  • Front Suspension
  • Full Suspension
  • Dirt Jumping
  • Freeride
  • All Mountain
  • Downhill

Understand that within each bike type, there are designs that offer various differences. Most mountain bicycles are built of aluminum, which produces a quality-looking frame that is responsive and lightweight. No matter which model you choose, always opt for a comfortable ride.

Hopefully, this guide should give you a better understanding of how to get started on choosing your mountain bike. Be sure to give the bike a test drive to help you determine what’s right for your new riding machine.


Author: Jane Sandwood

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Buck Hill Concerts Set for July

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Thanks to John Gessner of hometownsource.com for the write up on our Buck Concert Series coming up this July! Full article below:

Loverboy, Starship, Little Texas, Little River Band

Buck Hill, in a continuing effort to diversify its core winter business, is holding a four-day concert series July 10-13.

The Buck Concert Series will feature headliners Loverboy (July 10), Little Texas (July 11), Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (July 12) and the Little River Band (July 13).

Summer concerts are the latest attraction at the ski hill west of Interstate 35 in Burnsville, which was sold by its founders, the Stone family, in 2015 to longtime general manager Don McClure and Apple Valley architect David Solner.

In 2016 Buck Hill added a Neveplast surface for year-round skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Last July the Burnsville City Council approved an interim use permit allowing Buck Hill to hold up to six concerts with crowds no larger than 4,500. Because of nuisance concerns from some neighbors, the council set a Nov. 2, 2018, expiration date to review the permit.

The stage will be at the bottom of the hill, which will serve as a natural amphitheater.

Buck Hill said concerts are part of “revolutionizing the year-round entertainment destination.”

“Buck Hill is the place to be if you want to be outside,” Dee Oujiri, Buck Hill’s senior director of brand and strategy, said in a March 22 news release. The business also features The Black Diamond Restaurant and its outdoor deck.

“We have such a rich heritage for winter snow sports, and we continue to build out our year-round offerings,” Oujiri said, calling Buck Hill an “experience destination.”

The council required Buck Hill to resubmit plans and a second noise study that shows compliance with city and state noise regulations before holding concerts.

Another condition is that concert music must end by 9:30 p.m. and lighting be shut off by 10 p.m.

Buck Hill said it expects to draw more than 15,000 people to the inaugural series.

Concerts will feature opening bands, food trucks and apparel tents.

Ticket options are:

• VIP, $99, with a private viewing area on the Black Diamond deck and a lower level patio, and full indoor access including cash bar, food menu and indoor amenities including air conditioning. VIP tickets are limited to 250 per show.

• General admission, $35. Bring lawn chairs of blankets. General admission tickets are limited to 3,500 per show.

• General admission four pack, $125. Purchase one ticket for all four nights.

Tickets are available at www.buckhill.com/buckconcertseries.

Parking will be $10, pre-purchased with tickets. Buck Hill will provide shuttle service from nearby lots. There will be a drop-off area for carpooling and ride services.

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Spring Skiing at Buck Hill

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

We were thrilled to be recognized as one of the top resorts in the U.S. for Spring skiing and snowboarding by flightnetwork.com. Check out the full article here: https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/spend-your-spring-skiing-at-these-resorts-in-2018/


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X-Team Registration is now OPEN!

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: X-Team|

Buck Hill X-Team registration is now open! We have added an amazing new opportunity for early terrain park and skills training on the new Neveplast artificial snow surface. Get a huge jump on the competition this fall at Buck.

Ski Racing Development Team Registration is OPEN!

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: D-Team|

Buck Hill Ski Racing Development Team registration is now open! We have added an amazing new opportunity for early training on the new Neveplast ski surface. Get a huge jump on the competition this fall at Buck. Click here to register now!