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…]
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!
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!
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…]
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!
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 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…]
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 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!
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…]
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…]