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!

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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!

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The Lab: New For Summer and Fall 2015 Semesters

New for the summer and fall 2015 semesters, Windells Academy will have a MaxAir Super Quad 14’ x 14’ trampoline. The MaxAir Super Quad features a smooth, powerful bounce with plenty of room to focus on mechanics and development of new tricks, from basic rotations, all the way to the most advanced. [Read more…]

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…]

Summer at Windells Academy with Sean Neary

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Sean Neary roasting some beef while gapping to the down tube. Photo: Sean McNally

It was another amazing summer here at Windells Academy! Good weather, great snow and good vibes. Sean Neary was out here putting in some extra work and it definitely shows. Check out his summer edit and be on the look out for him this season!

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Summer at Windells Academy with Reid Smith

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Young Reid greasing the C-Rail. Photo: Sean McNally

It’s true, spending your summer on Mt.Hood is pretty amazing; Reid Smith can definitely vouch for that. No stranger to the Hood life, Reid was back this summer to shred the Windells lane and stoke out campers and coaches alike with his stylish tricks. Check out Reid’s latest edit to see what the summer shred is all about!


Reid Smith Summer 2014 from reid smith on Vimeo.

Not Your Typical Summer School

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“Jump Around” Jake Nolan sending it in the Windells lane. Photo: Sean McNally

When most kids hear the words “summer school” they cringe. Not one teenager wants to spend their summer stuck inside of a classroom, solving for “X” and writing book reports about “The Catcher in The Rye.” They would rather be with their friends, enjoying the warm weather and creating memories that last a lifetime. But what if summer school didn’t have to be so dull and boring? What if you could move one-step closer to graduating without having to sacrifice hanging out with your friends? Well at Windells Academy that is exactly what we offer. [Read more…]

Season Edit Round Up

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Chair 27 to the top of the park! Photo: Sean McNally

All year long, our student-athletes have been working hard to achieve their goals. For most of them, the season started in September, where they began training at our Private Park on Mt Hood. Everyday from there, moved them one step closer to their objective. Thru the tramp training, the gym sessions, the sweat and the tears, they learned what goes into achieving a goal. All their work accumulated into National Titles, various podiums and invitations to exclusive competitions all over the world. To get a taste of what our students learned this year check out their season edits!

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Spring Has Sprung: Windells Academy Explores Oregon

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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

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

The Northwest is a skier’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…]