Behind the Scenes with Head Ski Coach Luke “Ocho” Allen

Luke Allen, aka Ocho, aka DJ Och, aka Coacho, is the head honcho when it comes to the ski side of things here at Windells. Ocho has been head ski coach for the last 2 years so if you’ve been around camp, you might have seen him. You also might know Ocho if you’ve been skiing anywhere on the west coast in the last decade. He’s a man-about-town, er….moutain. When he’s not coaching kids in Colorado or hucking himself on the water ramps in Park City, he’s slaying pow laps and working on expanding the ski company he just started. Yeah, Ocho’s one busy guy, but he was nice enough to take a break and answer a few questions for me this afternoon so listen up:

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Stept Productions Takes Over Session 7!

It’s the last Windells ski session of the summer and we finally get to see the Stept Productions crew! Fresh off the release of the trailer for their new movie, The Eighty Six, Stept is ready to get into some much needed end-of-summer shredding. Charlie Owens, Cam Riley, Joey Ciprari, Maks Gorham, Nick Martini and filmer Isaac Sokol will be ripping around the Windells lane all week so if you’re around, keep an eye out for these guys! They’ll be the ones hot-lapping the jumps and slaying the rail line.

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An Instagram Day-in-the-Life at #Windells2012

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We’ve got some great photographers on staff up here at Windells who take all the epic photos you see every day on the blog. But sometimes it’s nice to get a different perspective – to see Windells life through the eyes of the campers themselves. And thanks to Instagram and the #Windells2012 hashtag, we get to do just that.

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Klint Skis with Wasabi, Ketchup, Onions and Mayo please

Uhoh…

 

If there’s anything Windells campers like more than skiing, it’s getting free stuff and this week, that free stuff came from the Klint Skis Takeover crew. There was a catch though.

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Session 6: A Perfect Park in August

Ok, so it’s not August yet…but with two days left in July, we’re still going to brag about Windells‘ awesome late-summer park.

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Session 5: The Level 1 Takeover

Session 5 at Windells was the much anticipated Level 1 Takeover Session. This was the week when skiers and filmers alike would descend upon Mt. Hood to ski and shoot one final time before the snow melts and premiere season gets into full swing. It just so happened to be the perfect time for Josh Berman and his crew to get a final week of skiing in as the trailer for Level 1’s new film, Sunny, dropped the day before Session 5 started.

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Session 5 is in the books

Coach John Kutcher, dropping hammers

 

It’s hard to believe but Session 5 just ended, it’s almost August and we’re STILL skiing up here at Windells! With nothing but sunny weather and temperatures in the 80s, campers are perfecting their backflips and their goggle tans. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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US Freeskiing Team at Windells!

 

The Olympics may be two years away but the US Freeski Team is in full-blown training mode and has chosen to spend the summer skiing and perfecting tricks Windells. Multiple sessions went down on rails, in the pipe and on the 100- and 70-foot jumps.

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New Arrivals: Matt Walker

 

Matt Walker, aka Dubs, aka Shane White, is no stranger to Mt. Hood and Windells in the summertime and fortunately for us, he just arrived at camp last week to begin his summer of ski coaching. Mr. Walker was nice enough to take time out of his already packed schedule to answer a few questions.

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Surface Skis Takeover Session: Tie-dye And Trickathons

 

Session 4 has commenced and the boys from Surface Skis have taken over. The Takeover crew at Windells is the biggest group of skiers so far with the likes Banks Gilberti, Khai Krepela, Ian Wade, Jason Arens, Jeff Kiesel, Scott Damon, Chase Morhman, Dane Ulsifer, Hayden Price, Brody Leven, Eliel Hindert and Landis Tanaka absolutely destroying everything in the park.

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