Spring Has Sprung: Windells Academy Explores Oregon

Photo: Sean McNally

Cannon Beach, Oregon. Photo: Sean McNally

Oregon’s landscape is diverse to say the least. The Windells campus is located in the Mt Hood National Forest which is made up of dense evergreen trees, abundant waterfalls and is situated on the volcano studded Cascade Mountain Range. If you drive 2 hours West from campus you’ll end up on the Oregon Coast. The 363 mile coastline is quite varied, with craggy cliffs and coves to windswept sand dunes. Drive 2 hours East from campus and you’ll end up in the high desert which averages only 15 inches of annual rainfall. [Read more...]

The “Perfect” Storm – Windells Ski Academy heads North

It's deep out there!

It’s deep out there! Ski Coach Matt Goodson enjoying some Pow. Shot with GoPro Hero3

The Northwest is a skier’s/snowboarder’s paradise. The area offers plenty of steep terrain, along with endless amounts of snow. While most of the country measures their snow storms in inches, out here in the Northwest we measure our snow storms in feet.  [Read more...]

Summer School: Ride with your favorite pros while taking high school classes

Windells Private Park on Mt. Hood

Windells private terrain park is always kept in pristine condition throughout the summer

 

Windells Academy students are able take Summer High School classes while progressing their snowboard, ski, or skateboarding skills. Students can progress year-round as Windells Academy operates throughout the calendar year offering Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters. During the Summer months, ski and snowboard students have access to Windells private terrain park up on Mt. Hood from June 11th – August 12th.  Having access to natural snow during the Summer months allows for athletes to learn new tricks and experience rapid progression in a short period of time.

The Academy skateboard program offers the same great in-class experience paired with sunny weather and access to some of the best skate parks in the country. Students explore different skateparks littered throughout Oregon and Washington on a daily basis.

The Summer Academy house

The Son Lodge is home to Academy students during the summer months

 

The Summer Academy runs during the same time frame as Windells Summer Camp sessions and Academy students and  residential assistants stay at Son Lodge, a devoted Academy house. This separation gives students the ability to enjoy some of the amazing aspects of summer camp while also being able to focus on schoolwork once back at the academy house. The Summer Academy program also offers industry trips and activities available exclusively to our students. Two of our freestyle ski program alumni Nick Goepper and ABM took full advantage of their summers on snow and it helped them progress their skills to an amazing level. To see what they, and other academy alumni have to say about the perks of the Summer Academy, take a look at the embedded video!

Canada’s Olympic hopeful and Academy Alumnus: ABM

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Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (ABM) is a name that is becoming synonymous with style in the sport of freeskiing. Growing up in Quebec City, Canada, ABM was surrounded by a constantly growing freeski scene that provided him with access to top-tier terrain parks. While at the ski park near his home he saw another skier doing flips and immediately wanted to try it. With regular weekend family trips to the local mountains, his skills quickly developed.  [Read more...]

Nick Goepper: An Olympian of a Different Caliber

Captain America or Nick Goepper?

Captain America or Nick Goepper? NBC Images

Becoming an Olympic athlete is a dream that many young children have. With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games fast approaching, that dream for some is quickly becoming reality. Freeski Slopestyle, Freeski Halfpipe and Snowboard Slopestyle will all make their debuts as events in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and Windells Academy alumni are gearing up to go for gold.  [Read more...]

Live, Learn, Ride: Industry Field Trips

Students look on as a Mervin employee starts laying up a new board.

Students look on as a Mervin employee starts laying up a new board.

 

Live, Learn, Ride is what it is all about here at Windells Academy. Field trips embody this motto to the fullest extent. We have the unique opportunity to give our students a behind-the-scenes look into their favorite companies to see the other side of the industry and what it takes to operate a successful brand in the action sports industry.

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1st Annual Battle Out Back Skate Contest

Tamaron Eugehorse took home $500 for landing a Crook Nollie Flip in the Best Trick Contest. Photo: Sean McNally

Tamaron Eugehorse took home $500 for landing this Crook Nollie Flip in the Best Trick Contest. Photo: Sean McNally

Mid-November brings large amounts of precipitation to Oregon. Luckily for our students, they have the appropriately named B.O.B (aka the Building Out Back) to hunker down during periods of inclement weather. On Saturday November 16th, 2013 Windells Academy opened up B.O.B to all skaters and hosted the 1st Annual Battle Out Back Skate Contest.

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Skate Academy Dew Tour Vacation

They couldn't resist a family portrait atop the Windells Academy van
The Academy skate students opt for a pit stop and a family photo on the Academy van

Windells Academy offers a truly unique educational experience. Academy students live, learn and ride in one of the most famed action sports regions in the United States, and travel to world-renowned destinations.
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Windells Academy is another year wiser

Students Cole Welter and Sean Neary - Matching Methods high up on Mt. Hood P: Sean McNally
Students Cole Welter and Sean Neary – Matching Methods high up on Mt. Hood. P: Sean McNally 

September 9th, 2013 marked the beginning of another great year at Windells Academy. Students arrived from all over to begin an action-packed year of snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, and schooling. A handful of familiar faces have returned to continue their education and progression, and they’re joined by a great group of first-time students!

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2013 Graduation Video

Our commencement video is up and live.  Check out the celebration that honored our 9 graduating seniors!

2013 Windells Academy Graduation from Windells Academy on Vimeo.