Windells Camp and High Cascade Snowboard Camp announced today that they will be forming a partnership to deliver premiere year-round Snowboard, Freeski, Skateboard, and BMX camps under the newly formed We Are Camp, LLC. The strategic partnership draws upon each brand's strengths, giving guests of both Windells and HCSC a memorable experience and access to world-class facilities both on-hill and off.
"Our new company's name is really a statement about what Windells and High Cascade mean to the action sports world," said High Cascade's current President Kevin English who is slated to be the new company's CEO. "Both camps were founded over 25 years ago and are the longest running freestyle snowboard and ski camps in the world. These two amazing brands really are 'camp'."
"Combining the two camps has been a dream of mine since 2003," said Tim Windell, legendary world-champion snowboarder and Windells Camp founder. Windell will serve on the board in an advisory capacity to the company during the transition. Together, the brands offer an unrivaled summer snowboard and ski camp experience with three private terrain parks, Oregon's best indoor and outdoor skate parks, two high-speed quad chairlifts, four surface tows, four BagJumps, two mini-pipes, and North America's only Olympic-sized 22' Summer Superpipe, which serves as the summertime Olympic training facility to the U.S. Snowboarding team and all major contending countries.
The overwhelming success of both Windells and High Cascade stems from each camp's determination to create and deliver the best facilities of any action sports camp. Consistent winter and spring snowfall, lift-accessible glacial snowfields, and abundant summer sunshine have made Timberline Ski Area on Mt. Hood the number one destination for snowboarding and skiing during the months of June, July and August. "In our combined 53 years of operations, neither camp has had to cancel a single session," said John Ingersoll, High Cascade's founder and integral board member of the new company. "Our premiere terrain parks and pipes along with Mt. Hood's two miles of top to bottom riding create an unmatched all-mountain summer ski or snowboard camp experience."
In addition to the two camps joining forces under We Are Camp, LLC, Windells Academy will be included in the merger. Founded in 2009, Windells Academy offers premiere academic programs for students geared towards furthering their snowboarding, skiing, and skateboarding careers.
For the upcoming summer, both Windells and High Cascade will operate as they traditionally have from their respective campuses. "Windells and High Cascade both have extremely loyal camper groups so we are not going to do anything to disrupt what people love about each camp," stated English. "I think for this summer we are really going to just enhance the experience for both sets of campers by allowing HCSC campers to have targeted activities at Windells' campus which is commonly regarded as the best skateboard park in Oregon; that's a huge bonus for High Cascade campers. Conversely, Windells campers will share targeted access to HCSC's private 22' Superpipe and Lap Park™. The HCSC Main Park™ will remain 100% Snowboarding™.
With the combined depth of experience, history, knowledge and facilities between the camps, this exciting new venture proves once again that no other experience can rival Mt. Hood.