Coach Mary Rand’s Yawgoons season edit

Photo: Erik Hoffman, Mary Rand at the Rome girls clinic

Recent Northwest transplant and stand out snowboard coach Mary Rand dropped her 12/13 season edit yesterday. The internet blew up and the general consensus was Mary Rand can hold her own in the streets. Check out Mary’s Yawgoons edit and get to Windells this summer to learn from the best girls in the game!

‘Outta the Kitchen’ with Steph Feld

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Steph Feld, number one stunna. Photo: Erik Hoffman

Have you met Steph? She’s the baddest chick this side of the Mississippi! Stephanie Sue Feld just wrapped up her fifth summer wrangling in between campers and sharing her contagious smile with everyone at Windells. Steph continues to raise the bar for girls shredding the Private Park and the Concrete Jungle in the summer months. She causes quite a stir in the lane and, hang around her long enough, you’ll run out of fingers counting the times, “Whoah, was that a chick?” is said.

Steph rides for Gatorade, Smith Optics, and Gnu Girls. Look out for more from Miss Feld this winter!

Film/Edit: Ashley-Dawn Byrd
Additional Filming: Ian Macy, Tyler Malay, Alex Erickson

Burton Girls: The Lipstick Challenge is back!


This summer we have lots of girls only events to look forward to, and our friends at Burton Snowboards started off Session 1 right with a good ol’ fashioned Lipstick Challenge.

The rules are pretty simple, two girls, one blind fold, and lots of makeup. The ladies take turns giving each other makeovers (blindly, of course) and the winner gets the goods!

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New “Best of Snowboard Girls” edit is live!


Girls! Girls! Girls! The new Best of Snowboard Girls edit is up and it’s badder than Rihanna. Snowboard camp can be a boy’s club, but Windells staff and invited guests are holding it down and better than ever. Marie-France Roy, Mary Rand, Gretchen Bleiler, Arielle Gold, Steph Feld, Megan Ginter, Danyale Patterson and Kelly Underwood are a few of the girls making the guys in the park do a double take.

Windells Camp is the best place to be a girl! The biggest female athletes are stopping through Windells all the time. Girls only cabins, skate clinics and activities give the girls just enough time away from the dudes. Register for Windells Camp to ride with the best of ’em!

Check out the newest batch of girls summer snowboard highlights!


Take me back Tuesday: Betty Rides’ ladies shred session

This week’s edition of Take me back Tuesday is from Session 6, when the lovely ladies from Betty Rides came to camp and put on a ladies-only clinic and jam on the dance floor. Betty Rides hosted two female-camper-only events over the summer and both included Betty Rides pro riders, Windells’ awesome female coaching crew (both ski and snowboard), kickin’ tunes, and snacks from KIND Snacks! [Read more…]

Everything you need to know for Summer 2013!


What is Windells?

Windells is a Snowboard, Freeski, Skateboard and BMX Camp for kids adults, and professional athletes. Windells operates year-round, hosting Summer Sessions as well as Winter & Spring Break Sessions.

Are there pro athletes at camp?

Tons! Action sports pros are always stopping through campus. Mt. Hood is the only year-round ski area in the lower 48 states with lifts operating 12 months a year. Windells provides the best freestyle terrain. Check out the 2013 Snowboard and Ski Team Takeover schedules!

What is your camper-to-counselor ratio?

10 to 1. Ten campers per counselor, one counselor per cabin depending on age and number of campers.

What is your camper-to-coach ratio?

7 to 1. Our coaches work with seven or fewer campers on hill.

Does Windells have snow during the summer months?

Oh yeah! Palmer Glacier at Timberline Ski Area, home to Windells Private Park, has 100% natural snow all year round. Our park is over 1.5 miles of features and fun. There is nothing like taking turns in July!

Do you host many female snowboarders, skateboarders and freeskiers?

Yes! Girls have their own cabin, and Windells offers plenty of optional female-specific activities and groups to ensure a positive, encouraging atmosphere where every one can learn and have fun. The best female athletes — snowboarders, freeskiers, skateboarders and BMXers – have been through Windells.


Where are you located?

Campus is tucked snugly off Hwy 26 in Brightwood, Oregon, just at the base of Mt Hood. Weather permitting, we’re about 45 minutes from Portland.

Which airport should my camper fly in to?

Portland International Airport (PDX)

Do you provide transportation to and from PDX?

Yes. Campers must arrive at PDX between 8am and 4pm on Arrival Day (first day listed on Session schedule) and depart PDX between 8am and 4pm on Departure Day (last day listed on Session schedule). Windells runs shuttles roughtly every half hour from PDX to Windells. Flights outside of the desgnated 8am to 4pm window must be cleared through Windells administrators, and $60 shuttle fee will apply.

How far is PDX from camp?

Campus is roughly 45 minutes from the city.

How far is campus from the ski area?

The Private Park is 16 miles from campus, just a quick ride in the Windells vans.

Why are some sessions different prices?

Prices are determined by demand. The program does not change based on price.

Is the snow better at the beginning of summer?

While more doesn’t necessarily mean better, there is more snow at the beginning of the summer than the end of summer. Windells Private Park has most of the same variety features sessions 1 through 7. Late June through mid July is the busiest time on Mt. Hood.

Do many campers attend Windells alone?

Some campers come with friends, but most campers come alone. Camp is a great way to make lifelong friendships!

I’m concerned about sending my kid across the country on their own.

We understand! Windells has hosted kids come from more than 53 different countries around the world. Campers as young as eight years old fly in every year. Most corporate airlines have a program for unaccompanied minors. Contact your airline to learn more about their services.


If I am a snowboard/freeski camper can I still skateboard/ride BMX?

Certainly! Campers have access to campus facilities during allotted activity time. Windells has daily clinics to introduce campers to skate and BMX. A full range of skateboard and protective gear is available for all campers to use. BMX bikes are included as well!

What ages are your campers?

Most campers are 13 to 16. Overnight Camp is available to kids 8 through 17. Adult Camps are 18 and up. Day Camp is for kids as young as 4. Shaun White started coming to Windells when he was just 6!

Can campers stay for more than one session?

Absolutely! In-between Sessions are a blast. A $200 fee covers activities, 24-hour supervision, food and fun for the few days between one session to the next. Check out the In-Between Pages for more information.

If I want to come with my kids, where can I stay?

Parents often accompany their kids to Windells. Campus is always open to parents who want to hang out and watch their kids progress and enjoy themselves. If parents choose to accompany a camper, Mt. Hood and its surrounding areas have many lodging options. Visit the Tourism & Hospitality page for more information.

What makes Windells different from other action sports camps?

Windells is the only action sports camp with a private campus away from the city. There’s 53 acres of fun at Windells — a 15,000-sq. ft. indoor recreational center, foam pits, trampolines, indoor and outdoor skateboarding parks, paintball, fishing ponds, sand volleyball court, basketball courts, tether ball courts, court yard and our very own action sports community of campers, friends and guests.

Windells is the official camp of the US Snowboarding Team. US Olympic athletes choose Windells for training and practice. Snow and ski campers have the opportunity to learn as much about skateboarding and BMX as they will about their principle sport. Up to six activities — both traditional and non-traditional — are on the schedule every hour, 3pm to 10pm.

What if my child is injured at camp?

More than anything, we try to keep your kids safe. Unfortunately, injuries happen in action sports. Parents or legal guardians will be contacted as soon as possible in the event of a medical emergency and there is a site online at in case parents have any complains of the treatment. We know how upsetting it can be if your child gets injured far from home. Please remain calm and know that we will do everything in our power to care for your child. Here are some items to keep in mind. We recommend purchasing travel insurance before sending your camper to Windells. Visit the Travel Insurance page for more information.

1. Talk to your child about the importance of honestly reporting their aches and pains. Often kids hide injuries or downplay their pain to avoid missing a day on the hill or to avoid being sent home. We can only treat your child if we know about the injury so we rely on them to communicate with staff members.

2. If a camper reports an injury to our camp nurse, the nurse will evaluate the injury and decide if the camper should be seen by a doctor. A parent will be notified of the injury immediately and takes part in the decision making.

3. If your child is injured on the slopes, the first response is from Timberline ski patrol. A camp representative will meet the injured camper in the ski patrol room to hear the patroller’s injury assessment. If the injury is a minor one, Windells will transport the camper to a treatment center. The camper’s parents will be notified of the injury when they arrive at the clinic.

4. If the injury on the slopes is very serious, the camper will be transported by ambulance or Life Flight.

5. Attending physicians provide follow-up care. Our camp nurse will check on injured campers regularly and counselors will be informed of any special instructions.

6. All prescription drugs must be stored in, and distributed from, the nurse’s station.

7. Medications prescribed by physicians and X-rays will be sent home with campers. If Windells purchases medications for an injured or ill camper, an invoice with a copy of the receipt will be sent home for reimbursement. If there’s a viral infections like flu and colds, buy doxycycline immediately.

8. If a camper is unable to participate in activities following the injury, our Sales Director will contact parents or guardians to arrange early transport home.

9. Dr. Grise, our local physician, is five minutes from campus and is available for emergency visits Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm. Otherwise, campers are transported to Mt. Hood Medical Center in Gresham, a 30 minute drive.

10. If you have been injured by the careless or reckless acts of another, you may suddenly find yourself thrust into a nightmare situation. Without a lawyer representing your interests, you will likely discover that it is very difficult to work with insurance companies. They may challenge your claim and use your statements against you in an effort to minimize or deny your claim. Dallas personal injury attorney from Tate Law Offices can ease the stress you are experiencing. They can deal with the insurance companies while you focus on your recovery.

#Windells – August 15, 2012

@Coltonking512 killing it BS board sidle #windells2012 p: @mccalecoleman

Summer has blazed by! Snowboard and ski camp have finished for the season and we are skating and riding our way through Session 8, a skate and BMX session. The weather during the past week was gorgeous on campus and there was tons of snow on the mountain–two things that translate to tons of awesome instagrams from campers, staff, pros, and Windells friends. Check out some of our favorite photos and scroll to the bottom for this week’s winners! There’s only one more week after this to win Windells prizes for tagging #Windells2012, so post your photos! Plus, we just love seeing Windells through your eyes! [Read more…]

Windells Camp for the girls

The skiing and snowboarding community can seem a little, oh, weighted on one side of the male/female spectrum. At Windells, however, our girls don’t have to worry about ratios! Some of the best up-and-coming girls in the game decide to spend their summers at Windells Camp. Our girls made the absolute most out of Summer 2012.

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#Windells – August 8, 2012

#day2 #windells2012 #mthood p: @summer_gurrl

It’s the second to last #Windells Wednesday of the summer! Check out our favorite photos from the past week. Keep tagging #Windells2012 for a chance to have your photo on the blog and to win Windells schwag! [Read more…]

Checking In With Angela Swain

You read her blogs, you scope her Facebook posts, and you definitely enter to win the free swag she throws out on the internet. Meet Angela Swain, lady behind the scenes and summer camp extraordinaire. Our Marketing Coordinator Angela has been roaming Oregon since her first pair of snowboard boots, so Hood life is nothing new to her. She fits right in as part of the crew here, shredding by day and hosting the Ladies Only events by night. Take a quick minute away from your Sunday cartoons and meet our girl next door…

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