WINDELLS OVER THE YEARS
Throughout the past 24 years, Windells Camp has been an evolutionary stepping stone for the world’s best. Every US Olympic medalist to date has been through Windells program, 18 in all.
US Snowboarding Olympic head coach Mike Jankowski was a former coach at Windells, just like many of the top coaches the world over. Windells coaching technique balances focused riding with all-out fun, allowing each camper to tap into their full potential. With a support crew of 300 strong, this is where your riding will hit the next level. Our coaching staff is hands down the industry’s best and gets hand-picked every season. Daily video analysis will assist in insuring each camper takes their riding to the next step.
Introducing, Tim Windell – visionary, mentor, coach and world champion snowboarder. Check his credentials: Tim Windell is a founder and leader in the action sports community going all the way back to 1986,when he began dominating the unexplored territory of snowboarding. His efforts to push the evolution of snowboarding resulted in him bringing home numerous medals from around the world. In total, he grabbed eight National Titles, stood second overall in the 1989 and 1990 World Cup Tour of Snowboarding, placed second in the 1991 World Championships, and was designated to be the voice of North American Snowboarders from 1987 through 1993. Tim remains an active member of the USASA board, the largest snowboarding and ski organization in the world, and is one of only five voting members, meaning his vote counts.
After a few years of constant travel and competition, Tim decided to take a break, and it was at this juncture in 1988, when he established the summer snowboard programs at Whistler. These snowboard programs were very successful, but Tim wanted more. After careful consideration, he realized the sunny south facing ski resort at Mt. Hood was a better fit for his camp, and was quite simply a superior snow weather venue during the summer months. The proximity of the Mt. Hood to the Portland International Airport and the 365 days a year of snow, provided the perfect platform for a snowboard camp. With over a decade of successful snowboard camps under his belt, Tim decided to purchase the Shamrock Motel. This laid the framework for the canvas of what Windells Camp is today.
Over the past 12 years, the facilities at Windells Camp has progressed and adapted according to the needs of the campers. BOB (Building Out Back) was created in 2004, providing year round training facilities making weather conditions seemingly irrelevant. This provided athletes the ability to skate indoors and have full use of the trampolines and the foam pits. Following the creation of BOB, came the formation of the Concrete Jungle which was added to the campus in 2005. This essentially turned the entire campus into a giant skate park, with features ranging from interconnected bowls, to rolling hills of concrete, to rails weaving in and out of the campus landscape. The addition to Windells Camp this year was the purchase and installation of two private lift at Timberline. For the campers this means less time walking and more time on the snow! Windells ability to be in a constant state of progression is why it has become a global leader in the continuous development of action sports camp facilities and coaches that are SECOND TO NONE.
TIM WINDELL’S SNOWBOARDING CAREER
1985 – Backcountry Ascents – Tim began riding winter ascents in the back country of Alaska with his brother and soon there after began snowboarding professionally.
1986 – One his first snowboard contest ever entered at Wolf Creek, Colorado. Signed a contract with Sims Snowboards and TX Team Extreme.
1987 – Tim started the first Snowboard Only shop in the World named Gold Metal Snowboard Shop at Purgatory, Colorado.
1988 – World Cup competitor took 2nd over all this season, one the Italian cup series and began traveling the World.
1989 – NASBA – Tim elected to be the rider representative
1990 – TDK Snowboarding World Championships 2nd over all
1990 – Recipient of the BOARDERLINE AWARD
Presented by I SKI to the snowboarder who best demonstrates the ability to “GO OVER THE BOARDER” on all phases of professional snowboarding.
1991 – took 2nd over all in the World Cup and World Championships.
2006 – USSA AWARD -Recipient of the ANNA McINTYRE CITATION
This award is given for distinguished achievement in snowboarding administration to the person who has contributed the most in the past year to the advancement of the sport of snowboarding.
2007 – USAA AWARD -Recipient of the RUSSELL WILDER AWARD
USSA’s Russell Wilder Award is given annually to recognize the most outstanding effort in focusing the interests of American youth on the sports of skiing or snowboard.
THE HISTORY OF WINDELLS CAMP
1988 – Sims/Summer Shred Session – Tim Windell and Craig Kelly get the pros together at Whistler
1989 – Shred the World Camp – Tim moves the camp to Timberline/Mt. Hood
1991 – Windells Snowboard Camp Founded
1993 – Tim purchases the Ark Motel, this is where the staff stays during the summer months.
1997 – Windells purchases Shamrock, which has been transformed into Windells Campus, The “Funnest” place on Earth.
1999 – Free skiing is added to the available sessions
2000 – Windells purchases the adult house
2002 – Skate only camps are added to the available sessions
2003 – Re-branded camp and add new logo
2004 -The building out back (BOB) is born
2005 -BOB Grows Up
2006 – Dreamland concrete skate park added, Phase 1 of creating the Concrete Jungle
2007 – Concrete Jungle continued with more concrete and additional rails added
2008 – Concrete Jungle ongoing as more concrete creations are added throughout the campus
2009 – BMX/Freeride camps are added to the available sessions. Campus get a high-tech face lift with flat panel tvs and gaming terminals. Purchase of our very own private handle tow! Re did all the insides of each and every cabin. Brand new flooring, paint, bunks and bath rooms. Purchased the first airbag in the US. This had a huge in pack on summer camps, riders and the industries of snowboarding and skiing. It basically change the face of the industries in one summer.
2010 – Windells Academy is started!
2010 – More concrete was added to the Concrete Jungle, cabins were renovated, the first Windells Academy classroom was added to campus, purchased another private lift for the on hill facilities. Purchased first Windells Camp bus, purchased our second air bag, add an air bag to the main campus, added two dry slopes, one with boxes and rails and one for launching into an air bag.
2011 – Purchased two more airbags, Windells Academy student, Nick Goepper wins his first professional freestyle ski event.