MT HOOD, OR – October 2010 – If there was a race to be the first out of the blocks, the race is over. Mt. Hood, Oregon-based Windells Academy has opened the very first ski and snowboard terrain park in the entire Western Hemisphere for winter season. There is not another terrain park open right now in the United States or Canada. As a matter of fact, Windells is the only snowboard and ski camp that has access to natural snow year round. The park is located at Timberline Resort and is open exclusively to Windells Academy students and their invited friends. The park features include three jumps ranging from 20-40 feet, two triple rai/jib lines and a daily Dream Feature provided by visiting pros.
Because of its unique orientation to the sun, Mt Hood generates 365 days of snow per year which is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon. While most parks nationally open for the ski season sometime in November or early December, Mt Hood parks and Windells specifically have an advantage on their winter competitors by having more in season time to train for competition. The phenomenon is drawing a ton of people to Mt Hood and to Windells for that matter.
Launched in September ’09, Windells Academy is a high school/boarding school for grades 9-12. 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, Windells has a full staff of on-site teachers. Students of the Academy will be given an inside look at the snowboard and ski industry with school-arranged trips to industry manufacturers.
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”.