A Week in the Life of an Academy Student

Ever wonder what it would be like to attend a school where your campus is a skatepark, you live with your friends, you get to ski/snowboard/skate every day, and go on amazing trips? Check out what an average week looks like for the students that attend Windells Academy. .. School days you roll out of bed, put on your slip-on Vans and cruise into the cafeteria where our chef will cook you a hot, fresh breakfast that is made to order.  Want pancakes? You got it.  Scrambled eggs with cheese? Yes, please.  Want it all? No worries, we know you are a growing active teenager who's stomach is a bottomless pit.  We will fill that pit with food that even grandma would approve of.  Even though this place is like a dream world, we do some normal things too...like school.  However you can work at your own pace and when the bell rings you get to head up to Timberline to snowboard or skate the world renown campus known as the Concrete Jungle.  When you feel like mixing things up we can take you into Portland to skate some other parks.  We even get access to private skateparks like The Grato, Nike, and Adidas.  We typically do this all week. When the weekend comes we mix things up.  We go to video premiers at local shops, we explore this amazing place that we live, from waterfalls to hot springs, and of course we stop at every skatepark along the way. We take campus tours and help you figure out where you want to go to school, if you don't know what you want to be, we can help show you how you can work in the action sports industry doing something you love.  Not all of our students want to be the next Nick Goepper, some just want to have fun and be immersed in the industry that they love, surrounded by like minded people.  We will take you on industry trips to places like Adidas, K2, and Airblaster to allow you to talk to some people about what they do and how they got involved.  We want to give our students the ability to do whatever it is they want, whether that is being a professional athlete, like Nick Goepper (who attended Windells Academy before becoming an Olympic athlete), or be a Marketing Director for their favorite company. Our goal is to help you succeed and have the most fun doing it.  Come live, learn, and ride with us.  Not ready to fully commit? Send us an email or give us a call and we can set up a trial visit to see if this is the place for you.  If you can't come to visit us here in Oregon, we may be coming to visit a place near you.  We have the opportunity to travel all over while still working on school (huge perk of online schooling).   This semester we have already been to New Zealand to ski and snowboard for three weeks.  We took a skate trip and went to seven states, skated 24 skate parks, and explored three National Parks.  Next week the students that ski and snowboard are heading to Colorado and the skate kids are heading down to Arizona.  The students have the opportunity of a life time here at Windells Academy and so do the staff. All of our staff skis, snowboards, and/or skateboards.  The days of saying "my teacher just doesn't get it" are long gone.  She will teach you how to write your paper in MLA format and how to kick flip.  Your coach has worked with athletes like Chas Guldemond, they have built some of the best skateparks you have ever seen, and been in magazines like Thrasher.  Your principle can teach you how to hand plant and can probably snowboard better than most of the kids at your high school that claim to snowboard.  At Windells Academy we get it, and we get you.   Come join the fun!   Katie

Family Dinner Night

  Family Dinner Every Tuesday night we sit down to an amazing family style dinner.  It is so nice to bring everyone together at one table and connect.  The students and staff have all made a commitment to wearing nicer attire, putting their cell phones down, and enjoying each others company.  It's still a very casual affair but it's fun to see everyone looking nice and sharing a meal together.  These photos were taken the week before Halloween.  If you look carefully you might see the spooky ghost image (Evan, Above) at the dinner table.  Take a look at our resident club GQ (Alden and Harri, below). Dinner Suits Every week we try to bring in a guest speaker from the industry to share their story and answer questions.   Jamie Weller, who is always far too humble, agreed to get up and share a bit of his life story of hard work, great friendships, and total dedication to skateboarding.  It was enlightening to say the least and the students were inspired by his passion and had some amazing questions that Jamie fielded like the pro he is.  It truly is amazing to see how much joy our sports and culture can offer those who choose this amazing life path. I am inspired by this group of students and staff and look forward to seeing where their dreams and passion will take all of us this year.  Thank you to the students, parents, staff for working hard to build such an amazing program and bring together a wonderful team to be a part of. The Snow is falling and we are all getting excited for an amazing year together. Think Snow and dry concrete (perfect world scenario:))! Chris

Windells Academy Big West Skate Trip

image4 With a lot of miles ahead of them, the Windells Academy skate students and staff set off for two and a half weeks of adventuring across the big west. As the van pushed westward from the lush forests of Oregon and Washington to the vast sky of Montana, the crew hit some of the most fun skateparks en route. From the easy flowing, smooth Mountain Dew Skatepark in Lewiston, ID, to the deep, pool coping bowls of Saint Ignatious and Whitefish Skateparks in Montana. With each day and night an adventure, the crew sets up a full campsite filled with tents and hammocks and cooks by firelight to enjoy the fresh air and freedom that nature gives them. As they head eastward they look forward to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole Wyoming, and last stop, Denver. With each passing day, the excitement of an ever changing landscape and fun skatepark to land a new trick awaits them.
Words by: Hayley
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Windells Academy in New Zealand

Lake WakatipuMt. Hood, Oregon is home to Windells Academy, but we are fortunate enough to have a second home in Queenstown, New Zealand.  With the limited snowfall on Hood this past winter, and a group of amazing skiers and snowboarders fiending to get on snow, we had no other choice, but to head down under for some spring skiing at Cardrona Mountain on the south island of New Zealand.
It was a long journey getting here, but we finally made it to our final destination in Queenstown.  The drive from the airport to where we're staying really set the tone for the whole trip.  We all knew that New Zealand was going to be incredible, but the panoramic views in every direction cannot be captured in an Intagram photo, no matter how many filters you throw on it.  There is no justice for the beauty that we have seen so far.
Once we all got settled in at the house here at our New Zealand campus on our first day, we went into the town and checked out some of the local shops that sponsor High Cascade Snowboard Camp and Windells New Zealand.  We did a little sight seeing and went to the skatepark to stretch out our legs.  After wandering around town sight seeing and watching the sun set over the waterfront of Lake Wakatipu, we were welcomed home to a hot dinner prepared by our hosts Sharon and Clayton.  They are long time High Cascade employees and have deep roots here in Queenstown.  We could not have asked for better people to be hosting us.
Today is our fourth day of being on hill at Cardrona and the conditions are all time.  All of the students are getting their legs back and the vibe could not be better.  Nothing beats sunny park laps with your friends in New Zealand. Of course we have to shake things up a little bit and work on school each day.  However, when your view is a rugged cliff side and a green meadow with water the color of blue Frost Gatorade (this is not an endorsement!) flowing through it, you remember that life at Windells Academy is amazing.  I know it sounds like a rough life, but someone has to do it! Keep checking back for more updates on our trip in New Zealand and be sure to follow us on Instagram for edits of all the good times.
Cheers
- Katie Nalder
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Windells Skate Academy is Headed to Maui

Skateboard High School goes to Maui and I for one (and probably everyone else) am soooooooo jealous! That's right our Academy Skateboard Students are all headed to Maui for the last 2 weeks of September. We are going on a skate and surf camp trip like no other. We'll be camping on a beautiful property owned by one of the original owners of the DaKine Brand. The property features several acres of land with scenic camping (not too far from the beach) and several skate parks nearby on the Island. Imagine what it would be like to skate in the morning, chill on the beach in the afternoon, and have a family style camp out every night! Yup that's our style. While there our students will be learning about polynesian culture, skating daily (of course), and surfing . . . all while working with our renowned Skate Director, Jamie Weller, on a top secret DIY concrete skate feature. An experience like this can only be earned, normally, through a lifetime of skating professionally, hard work, and building relationships. Our students are fortunate to have coaches like Jamie with access to the relationships we've developed with amazing people like him and all of our industry partners. This is an opportunity that will change the way our students see the world and skateboarding for ever. If you have ever wondered what it might the like to go to a high school that understands how important it is to learn and skate every day then don't hesitate to call us, we get you. We believe that skaters immersed in their culture will fuel their passion for their education and a successful life.  The Windells Skateboard Academy campus is home to one of the best indoor and outdoor concrete skate parks in the world; and our program travels extensively throughout the U.S. (and overseas) to experience the inspiring culture that has developed through skateboarding.   At the Academy you get an education that universities and colleges desire all while pursuing your passion for skateboarding! Want to skateboard while going to high school?  Call or email us to schedule a campus visit and change your life forever! (503)622-8751 / info@windellsacademy.com Maui beach maui skate park

Windells Snowboard & Ski Academy is Going to NZ!

After an amazingly successful summer on Mt. Hood we decided to mix things up and head to the land of the Kiwis and Maoris to enjoy one of the best snow years they've had on record! That's right, we are headed to the Southern Hemisphere where we've been told that toilets spin in reverse! Does that mean a backside is actually going to be a frontside?  Come join us and our friends at High Cascade and Windells New Zealand! Here's the scoop: our students, academic staff, and coaches depart on September 17th with approximately 20 hours of travel time and land in NZ on the 19th (Time Warp) staying for a full 3 weeks. While there we will be on snow daily and immersing ourselves in the local culture and history of the country. Our students will come back with lots of new tricks in their bag and might even know how to stomp out a Maori HAKA step or two (tradtional warrior dance). They'll be staying at the High Cascade and Windells New Zealand campus with our coaches, academic staff, and Sharon White, President of operations in New Zealand. Our NZ campus is tucked away in a region of the country that looks like it's straight out of Tolkien story. High Cascade and Windells ZN offers camp programs for youth and adults just like in the State.  Located in Queenstown, our NZ campus is close to some of the best snowboarding and skiing in the southern hemisphere. The daily schedule is packed with training, fun activities, great food, picturesque study settings, and great people! This trip is sure to change lives for the better and help our students get a jump on the US snowboard and ski season. If you've been considering joining the Academy for a semester of education and riding don't hesitate. Along with this trip we will be skiing and snowboarding in Oregon, Colorado, Utah, California, Wyoming, Washington, BC, and more. At the Academy we believe that immersing yourself in your education and learning through experiences built around what you love to do enables you to build your best academic and athletic results. If your not already signed up for this semester of travel and fun then give us a call or email us to schedule a campus visit and change your life forever! (503)622-8751 / info@windellsacademy.com Cardrona QT shot

Farming on the Palmer Snow Field

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Notice The Vertical Rows of "fencing" - Snow Farming in Full Effect on Palmer - P: J. Ingersoll

We're often asked about Mt. Hood, the phenomenon that allows Windells to offer skiing and snowboarding camps all summer long. There are natural aspects that cater to year-long snow on the Palmer snow field that we discussed in a recent post, but there is a tactic that Timberline Resort has used summer after summer to maintain skiable terrain into the summer months, called snow farming. Resorts throughout the world have been practicing snow farming for years, in ways that we may not even notice as skiers and riders. [Read more...]

Skateboarding every day is the way to go

On September 10th we all arrived here at the beautiful Windells Academy campus. There are about 23 students enrolled here at the academy as of right now. There are about 11 skiers here this semester, 5 skateboarders, and 7 snowboarders. Everybody attending the academy this year is very talented and I think there is a future for every single kid here in there sports and interests. We’ve only been at Windells for about 3 weeks and we’ve already been on an industry trip to an organic farm and learned how organic vegetables are produced and harvested.

Students Henry Savage, Austin Tattom, and Jake Day chillin at Starbucks right before laundry

We went on an industry trip to the ski company ON3P where we learned and got see where and how all of their skis are made. We also got to see some of their next season’s product and designs. The academy has also taken us on a weekend rafting and Bowinkles day which were both fun times. Next week we are going on a school trip to Southern California to just have fun in the sun so definitely look out for some cool pictures and content soon. I’m not going to lie, Windells definitely keeps us busy 24/7 but that’s not a bad thing at all. Academy student Jake Day filming a line with skate coach Jamie Weller On the skate side of things we’ve been going out to new skate parks and spots every single day. Jamie the skate coach has been teaching us so much and has been helping as progress at an amazing rate. Every single day a new trick or crazy banger goes down! Each day we have been filming at the parks and are about to put out a montage very soon so be on the look out!

Academy student Arlan George killing the vert wall in the Windells Concrete Jungle

The weather and parks have been so great. I can speak for everybody when I say that we are really capturing that dream here at Windells Academy. Stay tuned. Jake Day

P.S. Don’t be a Nelson!

  What is a Bully? If you didn’t already know, October is bullying prevention and awareness month. Bullying is such a big issue nowadays that there is actually a month dedicated to it. So many kids in our country and others don’t realize or understand what bullying is or how it affects others.  It is really hard to understand what crosses the line between joking around and bullying. Everyone has a different level of sensitivity about certain subjects, so it’s our duty as human beings to really be understanding of differences between individuals. There’s that old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”… unfortunately doesn’t always apply, words can really hurt. As someone who was bullied throughout my elementary, middle, and high school careers, I hope I can help spell this out. No one wants to be bullied or be labeled a bully; it’s just not nice for anyone! B - Belittling others because of their differences. These can be small differences like favorite brands, style of clothing, freckles, scars, smells etc. or larger differences like appearance, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or socio-economic status. U – Under-estimating a person’s ability before they are able to express themselves. Even if someone does not have the capabilities that others do, they probably already know and understand that. You should never point out others deficiencies to make yourself feel better. L – Labeling a person by one aspect of their personality. A bully often uses terms that describe a person based on preconceived ideas of different races, religions, abilities, or basically anything that can be different about a person. Doing this not only makes it impossible to get to know them as a person, but also makes them see you negatively. L – Laughing at others in a situation that causes harm to their self-esteem, self-worth or which causes them to question themselves or their abilities. Like I said before, everyone has a different sensitivity level, so what may just be annoying to you may be seriously damaging to another.  Try to think of the last time someone laughed at an idea you had, you tried to take it lightly, but your feelings were really hurt. It doesn’t feel good at all! Y – You may be a bully and not know it. Try to think of the last time you made a comment to someone and could see a look of sadness on their face. In this situation, you may not have intended to be doing so, but you’re hurting someone’s feelings, which could open the possibility that you are being a bully. Ask yourself, does this happen often? The biggest lesson I can teach you in hopes that you yourself do not become a bully is very simple… BE NICE!! Yours in being a good person, Big Bully Busting Betty    

Coach Jeff Curry Spicing it up on ESPN

  It's fair to say that Jeff Curry is a boss when it comes to skiing. Check out his ESPN interview and see what brought him from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Windells Academy.