The Windells’ office staff was lucky enough to be able to get a private factory tour of one of our favorite brands in the industry, ON3P. Not only is ON3P a Portland, Oregon based brand; they design, prototype, tests, and builds their skis right here in the Beaver State. We got a chance to link up with Sam from ON3P earlier this week to get a tour of the office and production facility.
ON3P is just over six years old and has come a long way since their humble beginnings manufacturing skis in a 200sq. ft garage. They now are manufactured in a 8,400 sq. foot facility on the east side of Portland. At this facility you will find the crew talking about sales, marketing, skiing, shipping, receiving, the Blazers, and what the dinner menu is looking like.
Do you want to spend a summer at the “Funnest” place on Earth? The opportunity to spend a summer skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and riding bmx at Windells’ Private Parks in the beautiful state of Oregon is available to you! Positions as coaches (ski, snowboard, skateboard and bmx), on-hill diggers, counselors, A/V Staff, kitchen staff, retail staff members and so much more are available! [Read more…]
Q: Is there Real Snow™ in the summer on Mt. Hood?
A: Yes, there is real snow, in fact there is always snow. Mt. Hood is a dormant volcano that reaches to 11,239 ft. Many mountain ranges experience severe swings in snow pack due to the surplus or lack of precipitation in the winter. While this is true of Mt. Hood as well, the four aspects of the mountain house twelve different glaciers including the Palmer Glacier and Palmer Snow field where Windells’ terrain park is built.
Q: How does the snow last all summer?
A: Mt. Hood receives an average of 430 inches of snow (about 36 ft.) atop a preexisting glacier of varying depths, and because of this, the snow pack in the Windells park remains deep all year around. At any given point we can have between 30 and 60 feet of snow for campers to ski and ride on!
Q: Does the snow melt at all?
A: Yes, the snow does melt, but less quickly due to the endothermic temperatures of summer. The majority of snow melt happens slowly on a surface level; this being said, because there is such an abundance of snow, we always have enough snow for a sunny and sick time.
Q: Is it safe to ski and snowboard on a glacier?
A: There are two sides to this. Yes and no. Windells’ Mt. Hood on-hill facilities are located safely on the Palmer snow field, on a portion of the glacier where there are no crevasses. Snow fields are vast, dense areas of a permanent accumulation of snow and ice, found on mountainous terrain (like Mount Hood). Home to the Palmer Snow field and the Windells’ park, Timberline Resort has strict policies and barricades that mark dangerous access to glacial hazards, this is where skiing and snowboarding on a glacier can become dangerous. Rest assured that neither Windells staff or campers are granted access to boundary lines, under any circumstance. We might be adrenaline junkies, but we are safe, law-abiding skiers and snowboarders that want to slide downhill for the rest of our lives! Campers receive supervision 100% of the time on-hill, and Windells requires every camper to ride within the group, under the close watch of trained coaches.
Q: What makes Mt. Hood summer skiing and snowboarding more premier than other places attempting to ski or ride in the summer?
A: We pride ourselves in years of operational success, lending it self to years of glacial knowledge. Windells has been operating on Mount Hood since 1990 and not only do we know the mountain, we understand the mountain. Due to the Palmer Glacier, and Old Man Winter that hangs out all summer, we have 2,000 vertical feet of wide open, above timber line skiing and snowboarding. While we do not knock other operations, we can confidently say that there is no where else you can ride a real mountain on Real Snow™ year around.
We’ll tell Winter Camp stories about the snow falling, skies opening and the New Years Ball dropping forever. Three blue bird days, two pow days and one winter camp of a lifetime!
Thank you campers, staff and Ole’ Man Winter for making memories that will forever be apart of camp legend!
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V: Ashley Dawn-Byrd
While campers can come to Windells Camp banking on having an amazing time skiing and riding real snow in our private park and skating world-class skateparks with top-notch professional athletes, we also like to shed some light into what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Our campus is conveniently located at the base of Mount Hood, surrounded by lush forest and serene rivers, and is a short 40 minute drive to the city of Portland. [Read more…]
Windells was lucky enough to be able to be involved with two amazing rail jams put on by Olympic skier Nick Goepper and Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito in the midwest. Both rail jams were really about giving back to their local communities in the midwest, riding at their home resort, and getting skiers and snowboarders together for a good cause! [Read more…]