Will Bateman is coming to camp Session 1 2012!

Will Bateman is one of our favorite people. He’s hilarious, an awesome friend, and a heck of a good snowboarder. Oh yeah, he is sick on a skateboard, too. Will hosted Session 1 last year and it was a pretty amazing time, so we’re more than stoked that Will is coming back in 2012 during Session 1 for his Team Takeover Session.

Will is always down to shred with campers and help them learn new tricks. You may have gotten to ride with him last year, but if not, come out to Session 1 and take some laps with Will! His riding is really creative and he offers up a unique look at lines and features in the park. For anyone that hasn’t gotten the chance to become friends with Will, here’s a little bit from Mr. Bateman, himself.Sponsors: Academy, Osiris, Airblaster, Aerial7, Hoven Sunglasses, Northwave, Drake

Where are you from: Planet Earth

Home mountain: Mount Snow, Vermont

Where do you live now: Lake Tahoe, California

When did you come to Windells first?

When I was like 15 I was a camper here. Eric Dummer was my coach, and he is now my Team Manager at Academy. He just became the team manager, which is super weird. It all circles back. I just remember thinking that it was the funnest place I’d ever been. I had never been able to snowboard and then skateboard all in one day. I made a bunch of friends and had a fun time skating and snowboarding. I won a free a session to Windells at Spring Loaded [a contest in Killington, VT]. It was pretty much the sickest thing, win a free session and then have the funnest time skating and snowboarding.

When were you at Windells this summer?

First Session. Earliest I’ve ever been here and it was awesome. So much more snow. It was really fun, we got lucky with the weather.

What was your favorite part about the park on hill?

I love that there are tow ropes, so I don’t have to hike. They’ve got a lot of good rails; I like all the rails. I like the jumps, I like everything about the park. I like the diggers. They all build good parks, they’re all good people and sick snowboarders.

What is your favorite thing about Windells campus?

Basically it’s the funnest skatepark because it’s neverending. You feel like you’re skating in the forest on the sickest cement, it’s just so fun. I love the skatepark. The new stuff, the three set and that downrail with the ledge, all that stuff is sick. The back area by the office, all the new little curbs, tons of sweet little slappy curbs and ledges everywhere and tranny, it’s got everything you want to skate.

What was the event on hill that you guys put on?

So, we were thinking about what would be a cool contest to do on the mtn with the campers and we thought it would be cool to do a double line contest where kids had to hit two things in a row and link together tricks. I think that’s cool for kids to learn to start thinking like that so they start putting together a line, like two hard tricks together in a row, I like to see that.

What was an awesome moments from you session?

It was really sweet when me and Forest were taking laps with camper Caleb from Anchorage, Alaska. It was sweet to see someone so young, and we were just all riding together, having fun, watching him try tricks. It was sweet seeing a kid like that who was ripping. He just had a good attitude.

Thanks, Will! Can’t wait to hang out and ride with you this summer!


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It’s Spring Break Time!

Yes, it’s true, Spring Break is almost here. Before we knew it, groundhogs were seeing shadows, Valentine’s being were stamped and sent out, and BAM…March is now only minutes away. Last spring we had unbelievable snow, tons of parks to choose from, and of course, our amazing campus as the home base for all your possible camp needs. Take a peak at spring break 2011, and try to imagine what your photos will look like from spring break 2012. There are three sessions coming up, which one will be your unforgettable vacation?

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Catching up with Nick Goepper after his X Games Slopestyle silver

Nick was featured in a recent article in his local newspaper.

Nick Goepper is a rising you am on the freeskiing scene. Since last season, Nick has been showing up on podiums at major slopestyle events, turning heads with his style and large bag of tricks. More than that, Nick is only getting better. He’s a student at Windells Academy and a pretty awesome guy, too. He let us in on what he felt like, winning silver at Winter X Games 2012.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SILVER MEDAL AT WINTER X GAMES 2012! WHAT WAS IT LIKE STANDING ON THE PODIUM?

It was amazing! Definitely a dream come true. It was hard to take it all in at once.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT THE SLOPESTYLE COURSE AT WINTER X? WHAT WAS THE MOST FUN PART?
The most challenging part of the slope course was either the technical rails or the four consecutive jumps. The most fun part was definitely the first wall ride feature.

YOU HAVE BEEN STANDING ON A LOT OF PODIUMS AT BIG EVENTS LATELY, WHAT’S THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Lots and lots of PROTEINNNNNNNN SHAKES. Just kidding, but I have been training a lot on trampolines and perfecting my double corks.
HOW DOES TRAINING AT WINDELLS ACADEMY HELP YOUR SKIING?

Training at Windells Academy helps my skiing immensely. They have every facility imaginable to progress your skiing along with accommodating coaches to help.
WHAT CONTEST HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE TO SKI IN SO FAR?

X Games for sure. The amount of hype and attention that surrounds it is more than any other contest.

 

 


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Take me back Tuesday: so much snow last summer!

Last year, La Nina dumped record amounts of snow onto Mount Hood. When Session 1 rolled around, Timberline cut troughs into the snow under the lifts so that they could run. The amount of snow was mind boggling. The Northwest is having a pretty good year right now, too, especially compared to the rest of the country, where snowfall is less than average this year.

If you happen to live in an area where you could use a little more snow right now, enjoy this Take me Back Tuesday and remind yourself that even if there’s less snow outside right now than you would like, there’s tons of shredding to be done this summer.

This is what the park looked like during Session 1.

Chris Hagerty, bright on a gray day.

Mount Hood was completely white for weeks.

Assistant Head Digger, Everest Arnold.


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Windells Academy students take major competitions by storm

A handful of Windells Academy students are causing quite the commotion in the emerging freeski lineup. Most recently, Senior Academy student and Indiana native, Nick Goepper, took first in Men’s Ski Slopestyle at the Winter Dew Tour Championships at Snowbasin. Nick’s performance won him the number two spot for overall Dew Tour Slopestyle athletes, as well as his fifth consecutive podium at a major event. Nick was named the Mitch Breakthrough Male Athlete of the Year. Currently, Nick holds the number one spot for Men’s Slopestyle in the AFP Top 100. Huge congratulations, Nick, from all of us at Windells! Read more about Goepper’s win from Freeskier Magazine and Alli Sports.

PC Freeskier Magazine

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, Senior Windells Academy student from Quebec City, Canada, took 10th in Men’s Ski Slopestyle at the final Dew stop. ABM placed 9th at the Waterville stop and he was runner up for the Ballpark Rookie of the Year award. ABM has had an impressive year and the Windells Academy staff of teachers and coaches are ecstatic about his overall performance.

Both Nick and ABM have received offers from the US and Canadian Freeski Teams. Mike Hanley, Windells Academy President, describes both boys as academically driven. After graduation, Alex has his sights set on Universite Laval in Quebec and Nick plans to attend Westminster in Utah.

Windells alumni are continuing their successes years after they graduate from the Academy. Maggie Stout, Pennsylvania native, placed second in Women’s Pipe at the North Face Open. Congrats, Maggie!

For more information on Windells Camp and Windells Academy, visit our websites at www.windells.com and www.windellsacademy.com.


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Catching up with NIck Goepper after his X Games Slopestyle silver

Nick was featured in a recent article in his local newspaper.

Nick Goepper is a rising you am on the freeskiing scene. Since last season, Nick has been showing up on podiums at major slopestyle events, turning heads with his style and large bag of tricks. More than that, Nick is only getting better. He’s a student at Windells Academy and a pretty awesome guy, too. He let us in on what he felt like, winning silver at Winter X Games 2012.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SILVER MEDAL AT WINTER X GAMES 2012! WHAT WAS IT LIKE STANDING ON THE PODIUM?

It was amazing! Definitely a dream come true. It was hard to take it all in at once.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT THE SLOPESTYLE COURSE AT WINTER X? WHAT WAS THE MOST FUN PART?
The most challenging part of the slope course was either the technical rails or the four consecutive jumps. The most fun part was definitely the first wall ride feature.

YOU HAVE BEEN STANDING ON A LOT OF PODIUMS AT BIG EVENTS LATELY, WHAT’S THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Lots and lots of PROTEINNNNNNNN SHAKES. Just kidding, but I have been training a lot on trampolines and perfecting my double corks.
HOW DOES TRAINING AT WINDELLS ACADEMY HELP YOUR SKIING?

Training at Windells Academy helps my skiing immensely. They have every facility imaginable to progress your skiing along with accommodating coaches to help.
WHAT CONTEST HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE TO SKI IN SO FAR?

X Games for sure. The amount of hype and attention that surrounds it is more than any other contest.

 

 


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Take me back Tuesday: the Pit of Despair

For this week’s Take me back Tuesday, we are remembering the Pit of Despair. Much like the Mancake, and Thrasher Night, the Pit of Despair is a camp legend. It occurs only a few times during the summer, and if you are lucky if you get to witness it, or even participate in it.

The Pit of Despair isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. We like to make it sound frightening, but really, there’s isn’t any despair involved at all. In fact, it’s an accomplishment to say that you have been stuck in the Pit of Despair and escaped successfully. Why? Well, every once in a while on nice, summer days, the diggers will take a volunteer who wants to be buried just past their knees into the snow. The camper above looks super stuck, but we promise it’s just because he has a huge sweatshirt on.

Once the volunteer is buried, he or she must unearth themselves using their hands and gloves (if it is difficult, the diggers provide a shovel). If they can get out successfully quickly, they win a prize, often a week’s supply of digger dogs (which is a pretty awesome prize), a new jacket, or even a new board!

 

(Don’t worry, we make sure to stay with the volunteer the whole time they are in the Pit of Despair and make sure they are safe, and if they get bored of digging their feet out of the pit, we dig them out.)


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Dylan Thompson full part from “Familia 2″

Our friends over at Technine and FODT Productions and MFM and Fam just released “Familia 2″ for download on iTunes, and to let everyone know, they posted Dylan Thompson’s full part on Transworld. Dylan’s got ridiculous style and a heavy bag of tricks and is one of our favorite people. He spends all summer hanging out at camp dropping hams. Check out his full part above and the feature on TransworldSnowboarding, and download “Familia 2″ on iTunes!

 


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Take me back Tuesday: Hobo Headwear backflip day

During Session 7 last summer, Colin Walters, Dylan Alito, Brandon Hobush and the Hobo Headwear Crew came to camp and put on a backflip clinic. It was the last day on hill, the sun was out in full force, and there wasn’t a cloud anywhere. They built a mini backflip kicker and campers, coaches, and pros took turns getting upside-down.

Summer camp is perfect for learning backflips because the snow is so slushy. Everyone was hucking and stomping backflips, some for the first time. The crew on the sidelines cheered every time an attempt was made. It’s impossible to explain the energy of the contest, but it was one of the funnest days on hill all summer. Here’s a few photos to bring you back, we can’t wait for Hobo to come back to camp in 2012!

A camper learning backflips.

Hobush getting inverted with some friends.

Colin sending a backie off the little jump.

 

 


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Forum Snowboards’ opens The Streets at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

Cam Pierce, Stevie Bell, Mario Kappeli, Niko Cioffi, and Austen Sweetin pretend to be scared at The Streets.

Last week, Forum Snowboards and Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania held the grand opening of The Streets, their new collaborative park at the base of the resort. Like the name implies, The Streets is a hikable terrain park filled with street features. Close out rails, ledges, planters that ride like flat boxes, wall rides, pole jams, and more, take their inspiration from real, urban features. Everything was designed and built with legitimacy and fun in mind, from the mind-blowing, large-as-life design of the “buildings” with attached stairsets, to the details in how the features look, their size, and how they can be ridden.

Austen Sweetin grabs a rake to help out the park crew.

Joel Rerko, Director of Action Sports at Seven Springs, and his crew, which includes a ton of Windells former staff members, including Jeremy Anderson and Jordan Soohy, worked for months building the features, putting them on the hill, and shaping snow for takeoffs and landings. The results are impressive, to say the least. When you walk into the streets, the largest features on looker’s right are huge and look like they would easily blend into any real city. As you move to the left of the park, intermediate features populate the park. A double sided flatbox functions as a planter and near the top of the park is a small, intro “hubba,” with a down rail and ledge.

Filmer Tyler Malay and Stevie hang out inside. Tyler was at the opening of The Streets to film an edit for TWSnow. Check out his edit here.

A good crew from the Forum Team flew in for the Grand Opening and it just happened to be the whole crew that is coming to camp this coming summer! Stevie Bell, Niko Cioffi, Austen Sweetin, Cam Pierce, and Nic Sauve will be out at Windells for Sessions 4 and 5–Stevie hosting a Team Takeover Week for The Reunion, along with Nick Visconti, Jason Robinson, and Curtis Woodman, and the rest of the crew taking over Session 5, along with some of the Gremlinz.

Pat Moore and Mario Kappeli were also at The Streets, hopefully they will get to come visit camp this summer, too!

If you live near Seven Springs, go check out The Streets asap! You’ll be so stoked on how fun all of the features are, and we guarantee that you will learn a ton being able to ride such awesome street-style features. We expect a ton of new tricks from all of our Pennsylvania campers this coming summer, we can’t wait!

Until then, check out some photos from the opening of The Streets. All of the guys were killing it on the set up. Thank you so much Forum and Seven Springs for making such an incredible park!

Cam Pierce in between drops.

Niko dropping into the wallride, during the grand opening of The Streets–excited crowds getting ready to drop and hiking back up all around.

Cam 270 on, Nic in the background, and Forum filmer Kurt Heine getting the follow-cam shot.

Nic Sauve throwing out some Forum gear to the stoked crowd waiting to enter The Streets. Nic is coming to camp for the first time ever during Session 5!

Niko backlip on the downrail.

For more on The Streets, check out Tyler Malay’s video on Transworld and some more photos on BNQT!


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