Ever wonder what snowboard academy is like? Witness the drama on Hulu as REAL STUDENTS pursue their dreams of snowboard super stardom, in what is apparently an actual series about the experience. We’re really rooting for Sierra, get those fives girl!
From Roxy Shooting Star to People’s Court, we’ve seen young Zoe grow up before our very eyes. Tear. But enough about that, she took a trip to Colorado with Windells Academy and logged some hams.
If you were going to Windells Academy, you would be snowboarding right now. True story. There’s still tons of snow leftover from Winter/summer at Timberline and they’re out enjoying it. Here’s the full press release about how amazing it is, plus a video that is probably all skiing. Wouldn’t know, didn’t watch it.
Windells Academy opened its snow park on Mount Hood last week for the winter season. The snowpark is the first and only park top open in North America for the season. Because most parks open for the ski season sometime in November, it gives Windells Academy students an advantage over their winter competitors by having more in-season time to train for competition. The park is open exclusively to Windells Academy students and their invited friends.
Windells’ current student body athletes have excelled this year in competition including Nicole Mcnulty who came in fourth place at the snowboarding national championships. Four of Windells’ skiers finished the year ranked in the top 100 in the world of professional freeskiing: Nick Geopper finished the season ranked 14th, Maggie Stout (In her first year) 18th, Jared Karon 50th & Chris Verrue 80th. Students also reached podiums at the Dew and North Face Tours and competed in the X Games. They also signed sponsorships with the likes of Surface Skis and Smith Optics.
The Windells Academy educational experience goes well beyond the classroom and the hill. Industry trips this year have included visits to Nike, K2, Bonfire, Atmosphere and Mervin providing students with an inside look at the action sports industry. Students, who are taking media courses, also have the chance to learn from and work with Windells media staff of videographers, photographers and editors who are some of the best in the industry. On a trip to Southern California in May, Windells got a private tour of USC’s Lucas/Spielberg Film School – known as the premier film school on the planet.
Here’s an idea. Blow off the next couple weeks of school so you fail your classes and have a TOTALLY legitimate reason to attend Windells summer semester. With all the budget cuts in the public schools these, you’ll probably learn more anyway, while working on your goggle tan.
MT HOOD, OR — May 2011 — Windells Academy will launch their summer semester June 4th. A boarding school for high school students ages 14-18, Windells Academy offers high school courses in conjunction with Kaplan High School and Advantages Online Private School (both fully accredited). Academy students spend part of each day on the mountain learning from the most elite trainers in the world. Students also spend a minimum of 4 hours each day in the classroom earning real high school credits.
Windells Academy Summer Semester is priced at $16,500.00. “This program is for serious students and serious athletes. Dedicated students will have the chance to achieve the same level of success as some of our current students,” said Mike Hanley, President of Windells Academy. The Academy’s graduating seniors have been accepted to colleges including: University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont, University of Oregon, University of Colorado, Colorado State, University of Utah, Westminster, Montana State, University of Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona & the University of British Columbia. The Academy also offers an SAT prep class. Students who took this course last year had scores that went up by as many as 500 points this year.
TheWindells Academy educational experience goes well beyond the classroom. Students meet action sports industry leaders during industry trips. Industry trips this year have included visits to Nike, K2, Bonfire, Atmosphere and Mervin. Students, who are taking media courses, also have the chance to learn from and work with Windells media staff of videographers, photographers and editors who are some of the best in the industry. And Windells has just secured a private tour of USC’s Lucas/Spielberg Film School – known as the premier film school on the planet.
Windells current student body athletes have excelled this year in competion including Nicole Mcnulty who came in fourth place at the snowboarding national championships. Four of Windells’ skiers finished the year ranked in the top 100 in the world of professional freeskiing: Nick Goepper finshed the season ranked 14th, Maggie Stout (In her first year) 18th, Jared Karon 50th & Chris Verrue 80th. Students also reached podiums at the Dew and North Face Tours and competed in the X Games. They also signed sponsorships with the likes of Surface Skis and Smith Optics.
Founded in 1988 by 9-time National Champion and 2-time Vice World Champion snowboarder Tim Windell, Windells has been a world leader in action sports for the past two decades. The camp’s goal is to not only improve kids’ skills on the slopes and on the street, but also create a fun and safe place for kids to creatively express themselves through sports. From building permanent half-pipes, cheese wedge jumps to creating new moves and fighting scoring regulations in competitions, Windells has been a pioneer in action sports. Windells is also the world’s only privately owned campus and features a permanent, year round half-pipe and ski runs as well as BMX dirt bike paths, indoor skate park with foam pit and on-site housing and accommodations for campers. For those who have been there, Windells is known as the funnest place on earth.
You know you can always count on Fox News to bring you the most accurate and unbiased coverage of all the late breaking news. The local Portland chapter headed up to Windells Academy to take a tour and grill Coach Miah Wheeler for real story on the “funnest” place on earth. After much prodding, she finally answers the pressing question, “what’s the ratio of girls to guys?” But there is some decent skate footage and her attempting to do a handspring off the trampoline is pretty much worth clicking the link for (stupid non-embedable video).
While the rest of us are sitting around waiting, the kids at Windells Academy have their own private terrain park to shred right now. It’s sort of fucked up of Windells to send out this press release right now and make everyone else jealous, but I guess that’s what they refer to as “marketing.” Pretty clever. It’s no Panda though.
Windells Academy is proud to announce the opening of the first snow terrain park in the Northern Hemisphere for the 2010-2011 season. Windells Academy students kicked off the fall semester of school September 9th at legendary Mount Hood, by riding Windells’ park. Students have traveled from all over the world to join Windells Academy to get a head start on the upcoming competition season, while beginning their academic school year. Visiting rider, Johnnie Paxson shares, “I’m stoked to be riding a ridiculously awesome park; it’s crazy that Windells could put together such a strong venue this time of the year.”
Although Timberline is currently closed to the public, Windells Academy athletes and their invited guests have exclusive access to world class on snow training facilities. Park features include three jumps ranging from 20-40 feet, a hip, two triple rail/jib lines, and a daily Dream Feature provided by visiting pros. Mike Hanley, President of Windells Academy explains, “this is the first time ever, that athletes have been able to train year round on snow in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as get a well rounded education at the same time. It’s only September and the parks have been great and we’ve seen a lot of progression in just a couple of days.”
Academy founder Tim Windell echoes Hanley’s comments. “The Academy was created to attract those athletes who aspire to reach the top of their game, whether it be snowboarding, skateboarding, or skiing. We are excited to be able to say that we are in the unique position to offer year round on-snow training without skipping any seasons.Â Opening the first park of the year shows our dedication to the progression of riding and skiing. This is the Windells’ advantage!”
After a very successful first year, Windells Academy is excited to be moving into year two with the addition of a skateboard program, becoming the first skateboard-specific academy in the world. Located in the heart of the skateboard capitol of the United States, in Welches, Oregon, Windells Academy is a year-round program that allows participants to improve their skateboarding, while carrying on their education. With the recent addition of the new 25,000 square foot park built by Windells’ own Jamie Weller, Windells now houses 50,500 square feet of skate terrain on campus. With over 200 skate parks in the Greater Portland area, Windells Academy is at the epicenter of skateboarding in the Northwest, and debatably the United States. While other parts of the world may be covered in snow for up to 8 months at a time, temperate Pacific Northwest conditions allow for skateboarding year round, 365 days a year.
Windells Academy is unlike any other high school on the planet. Students grades 9-12 can enroll for the full year, or just one term. Windells Academy strives to provide its students with a quality education, and the use of the Kaplan High School virtual educational program offers students the opportunity to choose from a variety of classes and to tailor their schedule to their needs. Allowing students to focus on their individual needs provides a learning environment where students are set to thrive. The Kaplan High School program offers open enrollment, with classes throughout the calendar year, allowing students to enter the program at any time, and to plan their academics around their competition or travel plans. The success of Windells Academy’s academics lies in the one-on-one attention and tutoring provided by our staff. Students are guided through the educational process and kept on pace by an Academic Advisor.
Alongside traveling to skate parks throughout North America, students of Windells Academy are given the opportunity to see the skateboard industry in multiple facets. Weekly industry trips are scheduled where students are given insight to the skateboard industry by visiting companies and manufacturers playing an active role in the skateboard community. Windells Academy focuses these trips on students getting a more in-depth understand of skateboarding, the skateboard industry, as well building contacts that will prove to be valuable in life both and off of the board. There is simply no other place in the world that could provide you with the time of your life like Windells Academy can, with the best skateboarding in the world and an excellent education at your fingertips.
For questions, please contact Windells Academy VP Mike Hanley at [email protected] or call Toll Free 1 800 765 7669.
Unless you really, really like learning, the idea of school in the summer probably sounds pretty bogus. But maybe it will be less painful earning school credit during June, July and August if you’re snowboarding every day. Maybe. Windells Academy is offering classes this summer, so maybe you can find out and report back for the rest of us.
MT HOOD, OR — April 2010 — Windells is putting a new spin on Summer School. Starting June 1, Windells Academy will be launching its inaugural summer school session. The summer school session, which ends August 31st, will enable skiers and snowboarders to gain real summer school credit, while honing their skills in the off-season in a real boarding school setting.
“Windells is the only ski and snowboarding academy in the country with natural snow 365 days a year,” said Windells Owner/Operator Tim Windell. “These kids are being trained on the exact campus where Shaun White trained and the summer session gives the student/athlete the opportunity to test the Academy environment for the school year.”
While attending Windells Academy, students have full access to all of Windells facilities. The academy offers services for grades 9-12 through Kaplan Education. Students are enrolled in either Kaplan College Preparatory program or the Kaplan High School program, depending on their academic aptitude. Kaplan High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.
In addition to the full academic staff Kaplan provides, Mike Hanley, President of Windells Academy, will run the day-to-day operations of the school while providing added support for all attending students. Hanley is a former professional skier and collegiate diver and has studied at eight universities around the world, ranging from the University of Utah, to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, to L’UniversitÃ© de NeuchÃ¢tel and the University of Wales. From 2004-2006 Hanley was the United States Team Coach for the World Cup Ski Halfpipe, and was also the head free ride coach for the Squaw Valley Freestyle Ski Team. Over the course of his career, he has worked with the best of the best, including pros such as Tanner Hall, Ashley Battersby, Sean Field, and up-and-comers like Alex Schlopy and Joss Christensen. Hanley has also coached notables like Simon Dumont and Seth Morrison, who have sought his expertise at the Utah Olympic Park.
Founded in 1988 by nine-time National Champion and two-time Vice World Champion snowboarder Tim Windell, Windells has been a world leader in action sports for the past two decades. The camp’s goal is to not only improve kids’ skills on the slopes and on the street, but also create a fun and safe place for kids to creatively express themselves through sport. From building permanent half-pipes, cheese-wedge jumps to creating new moves and fighting scoring regulations in competitions, Windells has been a pioneer in action sports. Windells is also the world’s only privately owned campus and features a permanent, year-round half-pipe and ski run. The Windells campus also has BMX dirt bike paths, an indoor skate park with a foam pit, and on-site housing for campers. For those who have been there, Windells is known as the “funnest place on earth.”