My Side of the Sky Hulu Original Series 2014: Episode 1
Windells Academy’s snowboard program is overseen by Shelby Snyder our head coach and High Performance Director. Our program has a balanced approach to having fun while training and competing, Shelby makes sure that snowboarding improves our student’s as people every day. His dedication to our students’ well-being, progression, and safety is unsurpassed. Growth opportunities are limitless in training, traveling, and competing through our dynamic programming. Our Balanced Training System incorporates industry leading facilities on campus with an amazing array of the best on snow training facilities here at Mt Hood and across the country. Through carefully planned opportunities, students develop important life skills that include time management, teamwork, and independence.
Windells is the world’s exclusive academy than can offer students on-snow training every month of the year. With the academy based in the foothills of Mt. Hood, the utilization of the mountain’s year-round glaciers are maximized. Windells Academy has partnered with Timberline ski area to offer students the only private park in North America during the months of August, September, October, and November. This provides students an advantage for each upcoming winter competition season by training months in advance when compared to other training athletes.
Our campus also offers world class training facilities which include a dry slope and two olympic trampolines for added land training. The students’ schedules include trampoline clinics that are lead by our coaches twice weekly with access to trampolines daily. In addition, Windells Academy has partnered with a local gym, Mt. Hood Athletic Club. This athletic club was recently built with top of the line facilities that include a saltwater pool, hot tub and sauna, basketball courts, and an extensive weight lifting/cardio gym. Our coaches transport students to the gym weekly and lead strength, endurance, and flexibility exercises for added dry land training.
Video review is conducted daily by coaches and is an essential part of our training program. This allows students the chance to view themselves performing in their sport to better understand where they need to improve and how to do so. Goal sheets are completed at various parts of the year to measure student progression and to help students establish a clear path for their progression. A sports psychologist works with the students biweekly to aid in the mental awareness and strengthening of being an athlete.
Competition season brings many travel opportunities for students. Depending on their level of ability, coaches compile a competition schedule that meets their goals and matches their skill level. In the past students have traveled domestically to events such as USASA Nationals, the Revolution Tour, Volcom’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Rail Jam, Transworld Snowboarding Trans Am, the Dew Tour, Grand Prix, and X-games. Internationally students have traveled to the European X-games and various world cup events.
Athletics are a primary focus but providing students with long term opportunities are a leading focus. Industry trips to the headquarters of companies that are involved in the ski and snowboard industry offer students the ability to build connections and understand the concept of networking. Companies that we visit include but are not limited to Nike, Mervin Manufacturing (GNU, Lib Tech), K2, Ride Snowboards, Poler, Transworld Magazine, Oakley, and Dakine. Tours are lead by company team managers and marketing managers giving students a perspective of life after sports. This leads students to pursue jobs in the industry that allows them to continue their passion of the action sports after pursuing their dreams of being an athlete. This also gives athletes a chance to meet industry leaders for sponsorship opportunities.