Our friends at Line Traveling Circus had quite the summer, both in and out of Van Bear Pig. Watch as the crew goes campin’, summer campin’, in this edition of their always entertaining webisode. Have a good winter guys and see you soon!
It’s Friday! Which means the weekend is only minutes away, but more importantly, we are announcing the photo contest winners today! Thanks for sending all of the awesome pow shots. We enjoyed sifting through them this week in the office. As the air gets colder and the top of Mount Hood gets whiter, we know that our infamous Oregon powder is right around the corner. If you have never experienced a winter out here, we highly recommend it. There is nothing better than knee deep turns through the trees, forgiving landings for those first ever back flip attempts, and all the terrain you could ever ask for. Don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself! Winter Camp is coming up quick, and these lucky winners are getting a head start! So here it goes, drum roll please…..
3rd Place: Eli Frandsen
Winter Camp is coming. Mount Hood has a new blanket of snow and the lifts are starting to turn. Some people are thinking about Halloween costumes, but not us. We are thinking about that first heavy snow fall, a midday hot chocolate, and a face mask painted white from pow shots. In honor of the new 2011/2012 powder filled season and our upcoming Winter Camp, we are giving you guys a chance to earn some money towards this session! That’s right, it’s contest time.
Start searching through those desktop folders, because we want to see YOU and your best powder photo. Show us something good. A cliff drop, a heavy pow turn, you digging out your car, anything with you YOU and POWDER. First place will get a Windells prize pack along with $100 off the cost of Winter Camp. Seconds place will get a sticker pack and $75 off, and third place gets a sticker pack and $50 off. We will give you until next Friday the 21st to get us your entries. Send us those pictures!
*Send one entry per person to email@example.com by Friday Oct. 21st at 3pm Pacific Time.
It’s hard not to miss summer camp at Mount Hood. Sunny laps through the Windells park, fast-paced skate sessions in the Concrete Jungle, meeting new friends, learning from talented and friendly coaches, and having literally the best time ever. Summer camp is the funnest, which is why from now until next summer, we’re bringing you a tons of summer 2011 memories every Tuesday, in a weekly flashback right here on the Windells blog. Take me back Tuesdays will be filled with photos and videos of your favorite summer shredding moments: the new tricks, the sweet park, the sick pros, the awesome sponsor nights, and more. Every week, as you countdown to next summer, you can get a little bit of that sunshine and sunny shred on the Windells blog.
For the first week, here are a sampling of our favorite moments from summer, stay tuned each week for more! [Read more...]
Just in time for Winter Camp, Mt. Hood Meadows is installing a new high speed quad at their main base area. The Stadium Char, now better known as Stadium Express, will give skiers and snowboarders easier access to the north side of the mountain, which means no more pushing and unstrapping to get over to Forest Park and Park Place!
Meadows has always been the go to mountain after a heavy snow storm. With the addition of another high speed quad, this means more powder runs for all of us as soon as the snow starts falling. Windells Winter Campers have the luxury of getting to know the terrain of Meadows, Timberline, and Ski Bowl all during one session. This year campers will be the first ones to try out the new Stadium Express lift as 2011 comes to an end. What can be better than skiing and snowboarding while you count down to 2012. Come celebrate the New Year with us at Windells this winter, and see the new Stadium Express lift for yourself!
Windells ski coach Nicky Keefer is standing behind Saga Outerwear‘s movement of correctly fitting clothing. More specifically; pants. In today’s world, this may seem outlandish. Some believe that the taller the tee, the better the skier. But what if Nicky is right? What if the size of your outerwear is not directly correlated to your ability level? What if bigger is not always better? We asked Keefer some questions to get inside the head of a trendsetting young man.
Q: Keefer! How was your summer season at Windells?
A: Hellllloooo! It was tons of fun in the sun… It was nice to be on my skis all year instead of just the winter. And what better place to be on skis this summer than Windells great weather and great park thanks to Chase Weaver the park manager.
Q: You were a coach for a couple sessions. Any memorable camper moments?
A: Umm, definitely a few unforgettable ones. Probably one of the memorable moments is when my campers entered into the Saga Activities on hill which led to some classic puking. As gross as it is…I still think it’s hilarious.
Q: Where did you grow up riding as a little grom?
A: I grew up in Huntsville, Utah skiing resorts like Snowbasin (Snowbasin holds the last dew tour stop) and Powder Mountain. Huntsville is about an hour north of Salt Lake City and is a tiny farm town. Definitely an interesting place growing up; compared to my friends that I’ve met throughout the U.S. Utah is a little sheltered, but at the same time; the state is possibly little more safe to raise your kids.
Q: What styles did you rock back in the day? What was your outfit on hill?
A: Ohh man, I used to have the hardest time trying to figure out what style worked best for me. I definitely got called out for looking like a gaper at Park City whenever I got the chance to get over there, where the real park scene is. I would wear the classic outerwear that you would wear when you went out to play in the snow when you were real young. Just try to imagine suits beyond suits.
Q: Slims are in. Do you think they are here to stay?
A: Well in other snow sports yes.. but for skiing I think it will take a little more time to be that much more of established sport. So skiing will have “ALL” the different variety of styles that may take place in snowboarding and skateboarding. Hopefully people will stop caring so much about what’s cool and what isn’t and start wearing what they like to wear. PERIOD! Plus ski boots are kinda weird with slim pants cause they are just oddly shaped boots. The new Saga Slims are the answer.
Q: Did any campers hate on your Slim style?
A: No hate, but some of them where all about gangster this and gangster that. Huge pants here and huge tall tees there. Some were into ‘em though.
Q: The tall tee craze…tell us what you think.
A: Well depends on how tall. If it’s a dress than noooo. But if it’s just a slightly larger shirt to hang out of your hoody or jacket than suuure.
Q: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Keefer! Where can we find you this winter?
A: I’ll will be residing in Salt Lake City skiing Park City every chance I get! Also messing around in the rest of the Wasatch Mountain range filming for the new 4bi9 film. If you get a chance pick up our latest and greatest film “Begging for Change” at 4bi9media.com. Do it!
There you have it, directly from Nicky Keefer himself. The message of the day is: wear whatever you want! Whether you are rockin’ the Slims, or sagging your pants down low, we want you to be on hill with us! Go check out Saga Outerwear‘s entire winter collection and don’t forget to check out Nicky Keefer in 4Bi9′s new film “Begging for Change.”
This summer, Windells was home to the “Be A Pro” contest sponsored by Marker, Volkl, and Dalbello. Every session, coaches and staff kept an eye out for the ski campers who were throwing down the hardest and putting in that extra effort to achieve their summer goals.
So who was the winner you ask? Well congratulations to Alexander “Nigeria” Brown! Alex is the proud owner of some serious swag from our sponsors at Marker, Volkl, and Dalbello. Use it well Alex, you deserve it!
Oregon is typically known as a wet state especially in the spring time. Session 2 was unseasonably sunny n’ sick on campus in addition to the hill which lead to many banger shots for pros, coaches, and campers alike! Where is there a better place to progress while having the most fun than Windells Camp?