Windells Academy Announces the Hiring of New Head Ski and Snowboard Coaches

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Windells Academy Announces New Head Ski Coach Wynn Berns and Head Snowboard Coach Tommie Bennett

Mt. HOOD, OREGON, August 22, 2016 – We Are Camp, parent company of Windells Academy, Windells Camp, and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, today announced the hiring of Wynn Berns and Tommie Bennett as the program’s head ski and snowboard coaches, respectively. Working with renowned Olympic coach Bud Keene, the trio is focused on growing Windells Academy into the world’s premier ski and snowboard private school.

“A huge part of our efforts to redefine our programming include hiring new coaches of exceptional talent,” said Academy President Chris Hargrave.  “I am proud and excited to bring Tommie and Wynn on to our team!  These two bring skill, experience, passion, and desire that will raise our Academy to a whole new level.  Their professionalism and dedication to results are remarkable.   Working together with them to lead our snow programs will ensure that we are able to help athletes of all abilities and desires achieve their dreams!”

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Berns, a graduate of Plymouth State University, has nearly a decade’s experience coaching athletes in USASA and USSA regional events to World Cups and the X Games. Wynn most recently served as the Freeski Program Director at the Killington Mountain School and was previously a head coach at Waterville Academy and WVBBTS. “I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Windells Academy staff. Windells has been an industry stronghold for over 25 years and has built the best training environment for any athlete to succeed,” said Berns.

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New Windells Academy head snowboard coach Tommie Bennett built his decade-long career as a competitor and private coach to Olympic hopefuls.   As well as serving as head coach of Team Summit, a large Colorado based snowboard program. Known as one of the most passionate snowboard coaches in the industry, Tommie thrives on coaching a range of athletes from the newest competitors to Olympic hopefuls. Bennett proclaimed, “I’m proud to be a part of the Windells Academy program and truly believe Windells is the premier academy for snow sports students athletically and academically.”

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“I am so stoked to have the opportunity to work with Wynn, Tommie, and all of the Windells Academy athletes!” said Bud Keene, who founded BKPRO and serves as Director of Performance at Windells Academy. “The future is wide open, and with the quality of our head coaches, the vision we all share, and lots of hard work as a team, we will not look back until we are indisputably the best action sports academy in the world!”

About Windells Academy

Nestled below snowy Mt. Hood, Oregon, Windells Academy birthed in 2009 from the infamous Windells and High Cascade Snowboard Camps, world leaders in on and off-snow experiences since 1989. An accredited 7-12 private school with notable alumni such as Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, the mission of Windells Academy is to educate the whole person through four life-defining pillars: academics, athletics, character, and citizenry.

For more information about Windells Academy scholarships and enrollment criteria, please visit Click here!

Windells Session 6 [Video Recap]

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It’s sad to see the summer coming to an end, but there was no better place to end this summer of a lifetime than at Windells session 6!  From guest pro Nick Goepper showing off his ambidextrous skills by lacing doubles in all directions to guest pro Dale Talkington earning the nickname “Jose Canseco” by grabbing so much cuban, this session was full of more hammers than the Estwing manufacturing facility. Looking at the glass half full, the end of the summer at windells simply means we are six weeks closer to winter. Check out this weeks top photo’s and the infamous session edit below, and get stoked to dust your ski’s and boot’s off!

THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING SUMMER!

 

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Windells Session 5 [Video Recap]

With the end of session five came the end of yet another amazing week on the glacier! This week we were blessed with the presence of guest pro’s Jonah Williams, Keegan Kilbride, and Andy Parry. Just about everybody in the lane had to pick their jaw up off the snow more than once this week after watching Keegan’s 450 mega disaster onto the down rail, as well as Jonah’s first STOMPED corked 900 in the stunt ditch which he followed up with a flawless corked 1080 immediately afterward! All the boys taught the superpipe a lesson this week, to say the least. The tone of the week seemed to be “David Wise is out, the Windell’s staff is in.” From style grabs on and off rails to cork 1260 blunts, we’ve got all your summer ski content needs! Check out some of the best photo’s of the week below and give the infamous “session edit” a watch!

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This year we partnered with J Skis to create a very limited edition run of Windells collab skis. There are only 7 pairs of these skis in the world and we are giving one away to one lucky winner! Click the link below to find out how easily these skis could be yours!

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Windells Session 4 [Video Recap]

Well thats all for Session Four folks! Enjoy the photos and also the session edit as usual is posted below! There are only two sessions left this summer, and still some room if you want to have the best week of your life! Takeover Session Pro’s for Session Five are Andy Parry, Jonah Williams and Keegan Killbride. Don’t sleep on our content, follow windellcamp on Instagram and windellscamp on Snapchat!

 

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Windells Session 3 [Video Recap]

Once again, another session has come and gone. Session Three had no big surprises, everyone killed it, staff, pros, and campers! The Takeover Session Pro’s for Session Three included Khai Krepela, Jake Doan, and Steve Stepp. The stoke was high for the new park set up which did not disappoint. Transition was abundant, and creative rail lines were thrown into the mix, making the week of shred extra enjoyable. We did also get a day of full cloud inversion, allowing everyone to send it on top of a floor of puffy white clouds! Hammers went down, everyone was shredding. Overall the week was like all weeks here at camp, EPIC.

Overall it was yet another amazing week! Do not forget to add us on Snapchat (@windellscamp) and Instagram (windellscamp) for more awesome stuff coming out of camp for the rest of the summer. Session Four starts today! There are still spots open for the best week of your life.

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Windells Session 2 [Video Recap]

Session 2 has come to an end! Last week we had a list of heavy hitters in the Windells Lane that made the week insane! Takeover Session Pro’s for Session Two consisted of Karl Fostvedt, McRae Williams, and Magnus Graner. These three took charge first day on hill, and did not stop until last call on the final day on hill. Magnus buttered, slid, nollied and ollied everything in his path. Karl, like Karl does, skied fast and precise, finding lines that no one had seen yet. McRae took the big jump and rails lines like you would expect him too. Lacing epically clean doubles and smooth rail trickery.

Session 3 is under way! The summer is only going to continue to be the raddest ever! Remember to give the Instagram (@windellscamp) a Follow and check the Snapchat (windellscamp) for fun stuff, prizes, tricks, pros, leaks and camp fun! This week the Takeover Session Pro’s are Khai Krepela, Steve Stepp, and Jake Doan! There are still sessions left this summer, you can still come to camp and rip!

 

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Windells Session 1 [Video Recap]

Windells Camp is back in action for summer 2016!

Check out the Session recap video to see all the hot ski action that went down during session 1! 

CHECK OUT THE FULL RECAP ARTICLE ON NEWSCHOOLERS.COM!

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Jonah Williams Park Ranger Edit

Watch ski coach and Session 5 Takeover Pro Jonah Williams completely destroy the private Windells Terrain park under the summer sun.

>>SKI WITH JONAH THIS SUMMER<<

We Are Camp and Bud Keene Announce Partnership

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We Are Camp and Bud Keene to Announce Partnership;

Keene named Director of Performance

 

MOUNT HOOD, OREGON, April 11, 2016 – We Are Camp and Bud Keene announced today a new partnership naming Robert “Bud” Keene of BKPRO as Director of Performance for We Are Camp, parent company of Windells Academy, Windells Camp, and High Cascade Snowboard Camp.

With nearly 25 years of coaching experience, Keene has lead many of the greatest action sports athletes such as Shaun White, Gus Kenworthy, Hannah Teter and Duncan Adams to achieve global success with X Games, Dew Tour, and Olympic medals. “I am so stoked to be forming this alliance with We Are Camp”, states Keene. “For years I have recognized High Cascade and Windells as industry leaders and marks of excellence within action sports. For BKPRO to now become a part of that family is truly a dream come true.”

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As Director of Performance Coaching at Windells Academy, a private high school for skiers, snowboarders, and skateboarders, Bud will lead all aspects of the student-coaching program. Students will kick off the school year in September working with Bud over the course of several weeks to focus on physical and mental training, goal setting, and creating individual student athlete performance plans for the year. On snow, students and coaches will have sessions with Bud in New Zealand in October, then back to North America for a series of BKPRO Progression Camps and private Academy training sessions and competitions throughout the 2016/17 school year at places such as Mammoth, Mt. Hood, Copper, and Breckenridge. “Any student athlete that is serious about their personal growth needs a supportive family, great coaching, and facilities that give them an advantage to progress faster and minimize risk,” said Academy President, Chris Hargrave. “This partnerships ensures our students will have the best program, hands-down, to achieve their goals and dreams.”

BKPRO camps will continue its specialty camps around the US and elsewhere, offering world-class coaching and guidance for athletes of all ages and ability levels; now as part of the We Are Camp family, BKRPO campers will have the option to experience the housing, activities, and supervision for which High Cascade and Windells are known.

At Mt. Hood this summer, BKPRO will enter its third summer offering BKPRO Progression camps with two sessions each at Windells Ski Camp and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, June 26 – July 3 and July 6-13. The summer camps, which operate June – August on 100% real snow, featuring two high-speed quad chairlifts and exclusive rope tows servicing the camp’s 22’ Olympic-size Super Pipe and BagJump™ along with acres of progressive rail and jump features designed to facilitate the BKPRO and We Are Camp coaching programs. Off snow, the program is strongly supported with nearly 100,000 sf of progressive skate parks, trampolines, foam pits and BagJumps™, making camp the perfect venue to host BKPRO and all levels of performance programs. Hargrave added, “we have always been a company with the perfect people, place, and passion to innovate our industry and empower talented people to take amazing steps and inspire big things.”

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About We Are Camp
We Are Camp is a Mt. Hood, Oregon based private high school and collection of lifestyle camps. With programs formed in the late 1980’s, We Are Camp is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of, life improvement through snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, and BMX.

For videos and to register for camps, visit HighCascade.com, Windells.com, or

To schedule an Academy campus tour and meet the staff, visit WindellsAcademy.com.

About BKPRO

BKPRO exists to develop and apply the most up-to-date and futuristic tools and techniques to the subject of progression in action sports. BKPRO includes Progression Camps, Competition Management, Coach Training and mentoring, Sport-Specific Software and Training Tool Development, and more. Anything that drives progression means BKPRO.

 

For more information about BKPRO visit BudKeene.com