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

Ski and Snowboard Nationals, Skating in Shanghai, Olympic Alumni, and More

Dear Families,

Spring is officially here, and winter term has passed the halfway mark. The days are getting longer, and graduation is right around the corner. How has this happened so quickly? Well, for one thing, our students are in the middle of some serious traveling. The skaters are currently in Shanghai, China, and the rest are continuing to chase their dreams in Quebec and Colorado for their most important events of the year. I’ll be at Nationals representing the Academy from April 6th to the 10th. Please stop by and visit our booth if you are planning on being there.


Speaking of dream-chasing, it was wonderful to watch Windells alumni Nick Goepper and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand win silver and bronze medals respectively in the Men’s Slopestyle Skiing event in the Olympics. It was a proud moment for Windells students and staff. I believe we have several young people on the same path.

To continue supporting these dreams, Windells Academy is now offering a great opportunity for our current and graduating students who are planning to return to Windells Academy for school next Fall, or for our Post-Grad Training Program. We are offering the Windells Ambassador Program during summer camp which runs from June 17-July 31st. Open only to Academy students who go through an application process, students will work with their respective coaches on the mountainand off-hill to inspire summer campers and model the Windells way! This is an added value to our academic and athletic training programs. The cost to attend all sessions is $2,225, plus the cost of lift tickets. It’s essentially five weeks of camp for the price of one. The caveat is that parents need to sign an agreement stating that their student will enroll for the Academy in the Fall, or for the Post-Grad Training Program. Parents must also make next year’s the enrollment deposit. The deadline to apply is April 25th.


The month of April will be busy after the students return from their trips. They will be completing their studies, taking state assessments, and for some, the SAT. Graduation is also right around the corner and the seniors are getting excited! Jostens was here to help students order their caps and gowns. Jostens has formal announcements which can also be ordered, as well as class rings and plenty of “senior swag”.

We are fortunate to have the ceremony and dinner at Timberline Lodge, which will be held at 5pm on April 25, 2018. The ceremony will be in the Raven’s Nest, and the dinner afterwards will be in the Mt. Hood Room. Windells will host dinner for your student and two adults. I’ll be emailing parents with specifics.

Thank you for letting me continue to serve your students. I care very much for each one of them!

Sincerely yours,

Ann Scott
Headmaster

The Lab: New For Summer and Fall 2015 Semesters

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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…]