Windells Academy Announces New Big Mountain Program

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Since the 80s’ Windells Academy has been known for fostering young talent within the ski and snowboard community.

The Mt. Hood-based academy which brings students to incredible ski areas like Park City, Utah; Summit County, Colorado; Lake Tahoe, California; and Whistler, British Columbia was already the envy of every young grom.

Just when we thought the program couldn’t become any cooler, Windells just announced that they’ll be adding a Big Mountain Ski and Snowboard Program to their high school curriculum.

This unique addition means they’ll be expanding their program to include the skills needed to safely participate and explore varied alpine challenges. Students will be educated on assessing, navigating, and conquering challenges within unpredictable backcountry terrain, while also fulfilling college preparatory academic requirements.

In addition to learning essential backcountry practices, students will have the opportunity to travel for training, networking, and the chance to compete at optional IFSA (International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association) events.

“Spending years in the backcountry of Alaska and Tahoe, exploring and riding the terrain outside of the resort is what I knew and what drove me,” stated Brandon Sorel in a press release. Sorel is a former professional snowboarder from Burton Snowboards, and is currently leading the Big Mountain Program for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. “I want to share my

passion and teach these young athletes how to safely navigate and enjoy these mountainous


We’re excited to see the next round of incredible talent to emerge from not only the new Big Mountain Program but from Windells as a whole. In the meantime, our very own Kai Jones and Tim Durtschi will be in the PNW at the academy next week. Be sure to tune in to our social channels to follow along with their adventures.

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