Summer Ambassador Program Recap

Dear Academy families,

As I sit here thinking of what to write, the first thing that comes to mind is what everyone else has been saying. “Well… That went fast!”

August seemed years away when we were getting ready for camp in the beginning of June, and now that it’s over, I know the beginning of the upcoming Academy year will be here just as quickly. But first, a look back at the past two eventful months.

It’s been a special opportunity to have our students experience summer here in Oregon, as the weather is so drastically different from that of the school year. Days reaching the mid-90’s in temperature led to waterfall hikes, river swims, and plenty of cliff jumping thanks to the efforts of our amazing summer Life Coaches, Matt and Luc. We will miss them as they return to school and other endeavors in the fall, and wish them the very best.

On hill, our students got to swap out Gore-Tex jackets for t-shirts, and goggles for sunglasses. Our parks have been kept progressive and amazing from Day 1 Session 1, to last day on hill (fondly known as LDOH), Session 5. I’ve been able to go up and take photos of the kids a few times this summer and am always impressed with their talent. If you haven’t had a chance to watch any of the Session Recap videos online yet, I specifically recommend the Windells Session 4 video, as our Academy students have a large presence.

On the skate front, we’re excited to have Jamie and Donovan leading some new upgrades. Not only have they been taking students and campers to all of the best skateparks the Pacific Northwest has to offer, taking advantage of the amazing summer weather, but they’ve also been planning some big changes to BOB. Most notably, a project to swap the indoor wooden ramps for newly designed (by Jamie!) concrete features. We’re all stoked to see the final result. We will have two more sessions of skate-only camp taking place in August, if anyone is interested in attending.

Now that on-snow camp has come to an end, we hope you enjoy your time with your children until it’s time for school and training to start again. Look out for emails from Ann containing a welcome packet and more information leading up to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Best wishes,

Sarah Sherman
Program and Communications Manager


Student Life Update

Hello! Matt and Luc here, the Windells Academy Life Coaches for the summer. Matt is a snowboarder from New York, a recent graduate from the University at Buffalo where he studied Geology, Education, and Photography. Luc is a Michigan skier, currently studying French and Biology at Calvin College. This is our first time working here at Windells and we are stoked to have the opportunity to work with your kids.

It has only been two months, but we have managed to fill it up with a lot of unforgettable and rad experiences. From taking the kids cliff jumping, riding, skating, to more mellow activities such as card games, exploring Portland, going out to eat at fancy restaurants, and Academy talks. Over the summer we’ve developed connections with these awesome kids and we are really going to miss them.

A few memories that stand out, include impromptu rock paper scissors tournaments, late-night ukelele jam sessions and conversations about career and life goals. We hope your kids had as much fun as we did! We wish them the best of luck for this upcoming school year and in all of their life ventures.

-Matt Mark and Luc Selles,
Academy Summer Life Coaches

Windells Academy Announces Big Mountain Program

In preparation for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year, Windells Academy is excited to announce the addition of its much-anticipated Big Mountain Program. The Program will provide both skiers and snowboarders hands on experience in big mountain terrain, snow safety training (AIARE 1), wilderness first aid, and optional competition opportunities.

Want to learn more? Email info@windellsacademy for inquires and check out the full press release, below.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 27, 2018

Windells Academy to Create New Big Mountain Ski and Snowboard Program

MT. HOOD, OR – Windells Academy is excited to announce the addition of a Big Mountain Program for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Led by Brandon Sorel, former professional snowboarder for Burton Snowboards and long-time Windells Academy employee, this program is designed to expose and develop a group of hand-selected skiers and snowboarders to the vast possibilities of big mountain and backcountry terrain at the professional and competitive levels.

This unique high school program will educate and train athletes on safely assessing, navigating and conquering the varied alpine challenges, while facilitating college prepratory academics and industry connections. Our goal is to promote and create lifelong stewards of the mountains by fostering a community of like-minded individuals who all share a passion for adventure.

“Spending years in the backcountry of Alaska and Tahoe, exploring and riding the terrain outside of the resort is what I knew and what drove me,” stated Sorel. “I want to share my passion and teach these young athletes how to safely navigate and enjoy these mountainous marvels.”

Coupled with its foundational backcountry educational curriculums and athletic coaching, media will be a key component of this program to share the epic skiing and snowboard adventures through great photography and video. These images will not only capture apex moments but be foundational to these riders’ portfolio for media and sponsorships.

Students will learn proper backcountry practices through snow science exposure while earning avalanche safety and first aid certifications in a small coach to student-athlete ratio of 5:1. Along with these tangible skills are unforgettable travel opportunities for training around the Pacific Northwest, industry-networking opportunities for possible sponsorship outlets, and optional IFSA (International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association) competitions at the regional, and possibly national level.

About We Are Camp
We Are Camp is a Mt. Hood, Oregon based private boarding school and collection of active lifestyle camps including High Cascade Snowboard Camp and Windells Camp. With programs formed in the late 1980s, We Are Camp is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of, life improvement through snowboarding, skiing, and skateboarding.

For more information contact: info@windellsacademy.com
Athletic Director: wynn@windellsacademy.com
Big Mountain Coach: brandon@windellsacademy.com

All-New High School Aviation Program

Windells Academy is pleased to announce our all-new high school aviation program.

Starting this summer, we will be working with Hillsboro Aero Academy to create the nation’s first high school boarding program where students can earn their pilot certification while getting their high school diploma. This new chapter will kick off with our Aviation Discovery Program, a seven-week course providing students with an introduction to multiple areas of aviation, beginning in June of 2018, followed by our comprehensive boarding school program starting in September, 2018.

Enrollment opens this month for students between 14-18 years old. Click here to apply now, and find the full press release, below.

An HAA helicopter lands at the Windells Academy campus.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2018

Windells Academy & Hillsboro Aero Academy Launch Aviation Program for High School Students

Portland, Oregon – Windells Academy, the famed action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA), the largest combined helicopter and airplane pilot training school in the US, have partnered to create the nation’s first high school boarding program in which students can earn their professional pilot certifications while at the same time working toward their high school diploma. Students enrolling in the Windells Academy Aviation Program will have the potential to earn their licenses and ratings to become professional airplane or helicopter pilots and obtain a college degree in aviation through HAA’s unique partnerships. This new program will kick off with the Aviation Discovery Program, a seven-week course providing students with an introduction to multiple areas of aviation, starting June 18, 2018 with the comprehensive boarding school program starting in September 2018.

The Windells Academy Aviation Program is the first program of its kind in the country, and unique because Windells Academy is an action sports boarding school that will provide an active and exciting student life experience. With enrollment opening this month for both international and domestic students between 14-18 years old, the program will offer students the potential to enter a career that is forecasted to grow exponentially for the next 20 years.

“Our students are driven and talented athletes and several are Olympic and X-Games prospects, but now we are able to offer our students the opportunity to train for a solid career in a blossoming industry,” stated Kevin English, President of Windells Academy. “We are truly pleased to be working with Windells on this project,” stated Jon Hay, CEO of Hillsboro Aero Academy, “the synergies are phenomenal— both organizations have a very clear focus on offering a personalized approach to coaching and training for every student,” he added.

Windells Academy, started in 1989, is a premier name globally as an action sports boarding school and Hillsboro Aero Academy has trained thousands of airplane and helicopter pilots since 1980—together they will bring a truly unique program to 14-18 year olds. “The beauty of this program,” continued English, who is a certificated pilot himself, “is that we will be able to train high school students to become airplane and helicopter pilots preparing them for a career that has tremendous growth prospects well into the future.”

About Windells Academy

Windells Academy is a world class action sports program for developing today’s most driven and talented student athletes. It caters to students focused on year-round training as well as academics. Credits accrued while attending Windells Academy are transferable in or out of any school, national or international. Windells Academy students receive personalized coaching and academic support. Academy students have access to natural snow 12 months a year at Mt. Hood, around North America and the world. The Academy sits on 28 acres of private campus; home to world renowned off hill training facilities.

About Hillsboro Aero Academy

Hillsboro Aero Academy is one of the largest helicopter and airplane flight training academies in the United States. With a fleet of over 90 aircraft, Hillsboro Aero Academy flies in excess of 70,000 flight hours per year from its three campuses in Oregon. During its 38 years in business, the company has training thousands of pilots, and its graduates fly for operators worldwide. To learn more about Hillsboro Aero Academy, visit www.flyhaa.com.

Press Contacts

Windells Academy
Jason Arens, Marketing Director
Jason@wearecamp.com
(503) 622-8931

Hillsboro Aero Academy
Brett Hart, Director of Admissions
bhart@flyhaa.com
(503)726-3000
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The 2018 Academic Year is Off to a Great Start

The seasons are changing here in Oregon, and fall has arrived right on schedule. There is a brisk, morning chill in the air and the students just had their first campfire of the season. An early snow also fell on the mountain last week, creating lots of excitement and foreshadowing their first long-distance trip of the year. This Tuesday, September 26, they departed to train at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

Max Daenen and Luke Herbert hanging out on campus.

So far, academics have been going great. I have been impressed with the students, who have been
focused and working hard. Our teacher, Maia, is in her fifth year here at Windells and is dedicated to helping them succeed. Mr. Ling, MEWA’s math tutor, also comes in every Monday afternoon to help students learn.

I want to make sure that every parent knows how to access and observe their student’s progress. I have sent individual student email addresses and ID’s to give each parent immediate access to this information, but please don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me if you have any issues logging in.

Mason McDonald at his computer.


Back in their cabins, students are enjoying newly renovated bathrooms. We are currently renovating another cabin, as well, that will be ready for move-in when they return from Utah. This will mean fewer students in each cabin. Also, thanks to feedback from students, parents, and coaches, we have implemented a new, slower paced weekend schedule that incorporates a later breakfast and more campus/study/chore time in the mornings. This schedule may change again once the snow flies, and we’re ready to make that accommodation as well.

I love my job and am working hard to make sure your students’ needs are met. The staff, students, and coaches are all exceptional people, and I am honored to be a part of this family.

-Ann Scott, Headmistress


Academic Update

This year, our Academy students have gotten off to a great start in the classroom. Even though this was the first time many of them have taken online classes, they learned to navigate their MEWA
courses with ease and are doing a great job of staying on task and focused in the classroom.

The students are working hard to stay ahead of due dates and have been taking advantage of evening
homework time. I have been providing students with one-on-one help in the classroom, and they have the opportunity to work with MEWA teacher, John Ling, one day a week.

So far, I’m amazed at the level of effort and dedication these students have displayed and am looking forward to a great school year!

-Maia Kinigopoulos, Teacher


Skateboard Update

Despite the much needed rain that we’ve been receiving lately on Mt. Hood, Portland’s been nothing but sunshine during our skate visits, so I’d say that so far the skate crew is off to a great start!
Having a crew of five skaters plus staff during our scheduled athletic times has made for great sessions filled with the perfect amount of energy.

The Windells skateboard crew.



We’ve been doing work outs before we skate that mostly consist of light stretching, jump roping and soccer ball juggling— a great and fun way to get the body loose and ready for the day.

We’ve collectively gone over some goal setting for the year and as much as the students seem to laugh and mock at this, I feel like this is such an important way for them to progress on and off their boards.

Some major goals that they all seem to agree on aside from certain tricks is to eat healthier, stretch more before and after skateboarding, and film a full video part. I’m going to do my best to keep them all on track with this, especially with the eating healthy part, because I think it’s easier said than done for us all!

We’ve also collectively gone over some DREAM travel destinations for the year:

  • #1 Shanghai
  • #2 Barcelona
  • #3 Copenhagen
  • As well as some of our ACTUAL destinations:

  • #1 Colorado
  • #2 Los Angeles
  • #3 Arizona
  • Now, we’re currently on our first trip of the year, taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho. We left on Tuesday the 26th and we will be back on October 6th.

    – Jamie Weller, Head Skate Coach


    Ski Update

    The ski team spent our first official training day of the season by warming up our legs with a hike to one of the cooler parts of Mt. Hood National Forest: Burnt Lake. During this time, we set expectations for the year and worked on goal setting.

    The Windells ski crew.


    The past three weeks have been focused on strength and conditioning, building strength in the legs, core, and back. Strengthening these areas will get the team ready for skiing multiple days in a row as well as prepare them for bigger parks, with bigger features. In addition to building strength, we have also been working on agility and explosiveness through calisthenics and a variety of workouts.

    We have spent the rest of our coaching time training on the trampolines and our airbag jump. We’ve used these to dial-in and perfect some old tricks and make sure everyone has a solid foundation before moving towards learning new tricks. We are very excited to have the opportunity to train on the brand new, state-of-the-art landing airbag when we head to Utah this week, and have high hopes that everyone will walk away from the trip with a few new tricks that will be ready to try on snow this winter!

    Along with our daily training in Utah, we will be taking tours of some ski industry companies located in the Park City and Salt Lake City areas. This will give our athletes a look into the other side of the industry and how these brands operate on a day-to-day basis.

    – Wynn Berns, Head Ski Coach &
    Brian McCarthy, Assistant Ski Coach


    Snowboard Update

    The Windells Academy Snowboard team has something that’s truly hard to find for a group of diverse teenagers: Support, drive and passion. Over the past few weeks the team has come together to support and push each other towards their respective goals.

    The Windells snowboard crew.


    While on the Windells Campus the kids have been focusing on reaching these goals and developing their snowboard skills through the use of trampolines, skateboards and airbags. Another large portion of their time has been dedicated to turning them into better athletes through the use of our new, on-site gym facility.

    The year has just started but everyday we are stepping closer to achieving the goals of these awesome individuals.

    -Tommie Bennett, Head Snowboard Coach


    Farming on the Palmer Snow Field

    complete snow farming

    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

    Sean Neary - Roast Beef

    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

    Back Lip Reid Smith

    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

    Jake Nolan Left Three

    “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

    Chair 27

    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

    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…]