MT HOOD, OR – Some of the biggest athletes in the action sports industry showed up on Mount Hood to take part in Windells’ unveiling of its campus overhaul and it’s new mile-and-a-half snow park. Helping to launch Windells’ 26th Season included superstars Forrest Baily, Mason Aguirre, Will Bateman, Silas Baxter Neal and Sage Kotsenburg. Winter X games perfect scorer Bobby Brown set to arrive tomorrow, Thursday to take a look as well.
This season in particular, campers have been blessed with Mother Nature’s offerings delivering Mount Hood’s record snowfall being some the best snow conditions in the country. At the epi-center of its off-season improvements to Windells Camp is the expansion of its snow park stretching over a mile and a half long, making it the biggest in North America. The camps also added two new Bag Jumps and now have a total of four both on campus and on the hill. The park also now has over 50 rails, and two new rope tows accessing the park’s 15 new features.
Windells is known as the international hub for gathering elite snowboarders. Why is that? Windells has produced every US Olympic medal winning snowboarder. So if you want to be the best of the best whether it be at the Olympics or the Winter X Games, time to sign-up for camp there. The legendary Shaun White went to Windells from age 6 to age 12. Some other famous Windells alumni include Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler and Danny Kass.
This 26th Season is bringing lots of athletes to visit, like most seasons. Nike 6.0’s snow team’s Ellery Hollingsworth, Mason Aguirre, Breg Bretz and Matt Ladley have been already been working Windells campers during the early sessions. Other top snowboarders showing up to have some fun and work with campers include Johnny Lazz and Nial Romanek.
There have also been top skaters at the Windells first two sessions including John Cardiel, Willis Kimble, Josh Borden, Jeff Grosso and Peter Hewitt. Skate teams from Thrasher, Santa Cruz, Habitat and Antihero, Creature and Lifeblood have been helping to “break in” the concrete jungle. On campus, the Windells skate crew added 20 thousand feet to its existing 60 thousand feet -creating a total of 80,000 total square feet of skating terrain on campus.
Founded in 1988 by nine time National Champion and 2-time Vice World Champion snowboarder Tim Windell, Windells constantly reminds all its campers and visiting athletes whether alumni or not that it really is “the funnest place on earth.”