Archived photos from one of the many Academy skate trips last year.
Photos: Austin Everingham
MT. HOOD, OREGON, August 22, 2016 – We Are Camp, parent company of Windells Academy, Windells Camp, and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, today announced the hiring of Wynn Berns and Tommie Bennett as the program’s head ski and snowboard coaches, respectively. Working with renowned Olympic coach Bud Keene, the trio is focused on growing Windells Academy into the world’s premier ski and snowboard private school.
“A huge part of our efforts to redefine our programming include hiring new coaches of exceptional talent,” said Academy President Chris Hargrave. “I am proud and excited to bring Tommie and Wynn on to our team! These two bring skill, experience, passion, and desire that will raise our Academy to a whole new level. Their professionalism and dedication to results are remarkable. Working together with them to lead our snow programs will ensure that we are able to help athletes of all abilities and desires achieve their dreams!”
Berns, a graduate of Plymouth State University, has nearly a decade’s experience coaching athletes in USASA and USSA regional events to World Cups and the X Games. Wynn most recently served as the Freeski Program Director at the Killington Mountain School and was previously a head coach at Waterville Academy and WVBBTS. “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Windells Academy staff. Windells has been an industry stronghold for over 25 years and has built the best training environment for any athlete to succeed,” said Berns.
New Windells Academy head snowboard coach Tommie Bennett built his decade-long career as a competitor and private coach to Olympic hopefuls. As well as serving as head coach of Team Summit, a large Colorado based snowboard program. Known as one of the most passionate snowboard coaches in the industry, Tommie thrives on coaching a range of athletes from the newest competitors to Olympic hopefuls. Bennett proclaimed, “I’m proud to be a part of the Windells Academy program and truly believe Windells is the premier academy for snow sports students athletically and academically.”
“I am so stoked to have the opportunity to work with Wynn, Tommie, and all of the Windells Academy athletes!” said Bud Keene, who founded BKPRO and serves as Director of Performance at Windells Academy. “The future is wide open, and with the quality of our head coaches, the vision we all share, and lots of hard work as a team, we will not look back until we are indisputably the best action sports academy in the world!”
About Windells Academy
Nestled below snowy Mt. Hood, Oregon, Windells Academy birthed in 2009 from the infamous Windells and High Cascade Snowboard Camps, world leaders in on and off-snow experiences since 1989. An accredited 7-12 private school with notable alumni such as Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, the mission of Windells Academy is to educate the whole person through four life-defining pillars: academics, athletics, character, and citizenry.
For more information about Windells Academy scholarships and enrollment criteria, please visit: http://www.windellsacademy.com. For information or to register for summer or winter camps, please visit http://www.windells.com, http://www.highcascade.com or call 800.765.7669. Windells Academy is part of the We Are Camp, LLC family.
With the 2016 school year a wrap, we want to share what we are working on for next year. Continuing on our quest to educate the whole person, we are filling the school year calendar with a curated mix of academic, athletic, community, cultural, and character-building opportunities. We’re excited about these rich opportunities and believe you will be too.
September 9, 2016 kicks off our Week of Welcome when students, families, faculty, and staff will get to know each other, finalize individual student goals, explore the region, and meet the Academy’s newest family member, Olympic gold medal coach, Bud Keene. This partnership with BK PRO has truly set up our snow students to train at the highest levels while being surrounded by a group of focused athletes, all pushing themselves with Bud Keene’s careful eye and coaching style driving them forward.
Life changing adventures begin at the end of September when skiers, snowboarders and coaching staff head off to New Zealand for three weeks with Bud Keene to train and experience the fascinating Kiwi and Maori cultures. Once back in the Northern Hemisphere, ski & snowboard students will ride a mix of Mt. Hood with early season travel to pristine park resorts such as Park City, UT and Breckenridge, CO to train with their coaches and Bud Keene at the first BK PRO Progression Camp of the U.S. season.
Following the holidays during winter semester, skiers and snowboarders will attend competitions and ride la nina’s ample powder throughout renowned Northwest resorts such as Whistler / Blackcomb, Mt. Baker,Steven’s Pass, and Crystal Mountain. Depending on event schedules and weather, the snow crew will be headed to Tahoe and Mammoth for more powder and park riding then wrapping up the season in Colorado for Nationals and more training.
Our skateboard students will also have tremendous travel itinerary beginning with our Second Annual “Skating the National Parks” Camping tour this fall which includes stops at Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and Moab. Then when the weather turns colder, we’ll be touring the vast Southwest of the United States visiting notorious and exclusive skate spots in places like Phoenix, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles,or San Francisco. During spring semester our skateboarders will Start their semester off in New Zealand and skateboard in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Academics are integrated throughout all student travel. While at home and travelling students will be exposed to companies as diverse as Boeing and K2, tour myriad colleges and universities, and experience care and compassion through requisite volunteer opportunities. Windells Academy will also be hosting a series of workshops including SAT and ACT prep, college application workshops, as well as a series of creative classes including photography, videography, and graphic design.
It’s shaping up to be a tremendous year of life changing experiences for our students! We look forward to reconnecting with our returning students and warmly welcoming our first time students. From fresh hot breakfast each morning to jumping on trampolines and foam pits at night, our aim is to ensure our family is cared for, inspired, and prepared for the future.
We are actively accepting applications for enrollment and scholarships now. Contact us soon as space is limited.
We Are Camp and Bud Keene to Announce Partnership;
Keene named Director of Perfromance
MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, April 11, 2016 – We Are Camp and Bud Keene announced today a new partnership naming Robert “Bud” Keene of BKPRO as Director of Performance for We Are Camp, parent company of Windells Academy, Windells Camp, and High Cascade Snowboard Camp.
With nearly 25 years of coaching experience, Keene has lead many of the greatest action sports athletes such as Shaun White, Gus Kenworthy, Hannah Teter and Duncan Adams to achieve global success with X Games, Dew Tour, and Olympic medals. “I am so stoked to be forming this alliance with We Are Camp”, states Keene. “For years I have recognized High Cascade and Windells as industry leaders and marks of excellence within action sports. For BKPRO to now become a part of that family is truly a dream come true.”
As Director of Performance Coaching at Windells Academy, a private high school for skiers, snowboarders, and skateboarders, Bud will lead all aspects of the student-coaching program. Students will kick off the school year in September working with Bud over the course of several weeks to focus on physical and mental training, goal setting, and creating individual student athlete performance plans for the year. On snow, students and coaches will have sessions with Bud in New Zealand in October, then back to North America for a series of BKPRO Progression Camps and private Academy training sessions and competitions throughout the 2016/17 school year at places such as Mammoth, Mt. Hood, Copper, and Breckenridge. “Any student athlete that is serious about their personal growth needs a supportive family, great coaching, and facilities that give them an advantage to progress faster and minimize risk,” said Academy President, Chris Hargrave. “This partnerships ensures our students will have the best program, hands-down, to achieve their goals and dreams.”
BKPRO camps will continue its specialty camps around the US and elsewhere, offering world-class coaching and guidance for athletes of all ages and ability levels; now as part of the We Are Camp family, BKRPO campers will have the option to experience the housing, activities, and supervision for which High Cascade and Windells are known.
At Mt. Hood this summer, BKPRO will enter its third summer offering BKPRO Progression camps with two sessions each at Windells Ski Camp and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, June 26 – July 3 and July 6-13. The summer camps, which operate June – August on 100% real snow, featuring two high-speed quad chairlifts and exclusive rope tows servicing the camp’s 22’ Olympic-size Super Pipe and BagJump™ along with acres of progressive rail and jump features designed to facilitate the BKPRO and We Are Camp coaching programs. Off snow, the program is strongly supported with nearly 100,000 sf of progressive skate parks, trampolines, foam pits and BagJumps™, making camp the perfect venue to host BKPRO and all levels of performance programs. Hargrave added, “we have always been a company with the perfect people, place, and passion to innovate our industry and empower talented people to take amazing steps and inspire big things.”
About We Are Camp
We Are Camp is a Mt. Hood, Oregon based private high school and collection of lifestyle camps. With programs formed in the late 1980’s, We Are Camp is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of, life improvement through snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, and BMX.
To schedule an Academy campus tour and meet the staff, visit WindellsAcademy.com.
BKPRO exists to develop and apply the most up-to-date and futuristic tools and techniques to the subject of progression in action sports. BKPRO includes Progression Camps, Competition Management, Coach Training and mentoring, Sport-Specific Software and Training Tool Development, and more. Anything that drives progression means BKPRO.
For more information about BKPRO visit BudKeene.com
The Windells Academy students are all heading out this weekend for Northern California. The skiers and snowboarders are taking advantage of our dear friend, El Niño, and will be in Tahoe for ten days. Tahoe is having the best season in years and the storms just keep rolling in. The Academy will be skiing and riding at Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sierra. We would be happy with just one of those resorts, but why not hit them all? We are so lucky, but we are sure to take full advantage of our blessings. We are so thankful for every rail, pillow line, and powder slash we have had this season, and they just keep coming! So far we have ridden in New Zealand, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and now we are heading down to ski and ride in California and Nevada.
The skateboarders are also heading to Northern California where the concrete waves break 24/7. We will head down to Eugene, through the Redwoods to Sacramento and finally to the city by the bay touring in the van skating parks and street. Sacramento and San Fransisco are meccas for skateboarding with dozens of parks collectively and a number of legendary street spots. San Fransisco is such a vibrant city full of hill bombs, good food, and amazing sights to see.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Windells Academy Nor Cal Tour. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and keep checking back for updates because we are going places!
This semester, Adidas invited the Academy to come by and visit their Headquarters in Portland. The students got a sneak peek at their product for the summer of 2017. They even got to give their opinions on their upcoming skateboard clothing line. Many of them were pretty excited about the new slip on Adidas coming out in May. Adidas is always a good time, they even gave everyone free socks and stickers! After the focus group we all went down to skate their private skate park that is located in their parking garage, where they have a mini bowl and some street features. Lastly the students got to shop the employee store and received 50% off of their purchases.
MT. HOOD- Windells Academy cancels school on Thursday, December 17 due to Timberline receiving 6″ overnight and to motivate students as the semester comes to a close tomorrow.
Academy President, Chris Hargrave said, “When it snows it brings the child out in all of us. We can’t miss an unprecedented pow event on our home mountain. This feeds all of our souls. Long live the Windells Academy snow day!”
After working diligently all semester the students all deserved to have a snow day before heading home for the holiday break. The students just got back from an amazing trip to Colorado, but nothing is more fun than coming back to Oregon and being greeted with fresh snow and no crowds at Timberline. Every run today was full of hooting, hollering, blasting hips, and slashing chowder!
Windells Academy continues to be the “funnest” place on earth and the best school to attend to live, learn, and ride.
Disclaimer: While school was cancelled due to snow on the mountain, there is no evidence that supports the claim that lots of powder combined with school is bad for student’s health. This is all for fun!!