High Cascade Stays 100% Snowboarding;  Windells is Now Ski Only

Windells is now ski only

Skiers look on as Tucker Speer gets inverted at Windells this past summer. Photo: Erik Hoffman

The segregation of skiers and snowboarders is alive and well as it was just announced that Windells Camp will now be ski only.

"With Windells prominence as a ski camp over the past decade, the decision was simple; it allows Windells to focus all energy on skiing while allowing High Cascade to continue what they do best and create the best possible snowboard camp," said Windells Marketing Director, Jason Arens in an interview Newschoolers.com.

The decision behind the segregation was made to benefit to both snowboarders and skiers, as now both camps will have their own terrain parks specific to one and two-plankers. The camps will still share the superpipe and will both have access to joint features like the air bags and the lap park.

Another change stemming from this is that High Cascade campers will now have the chance to stay at Windells campus in Welches, instead of up at Government Camp, if they so choose…

Time will tell how this all shakes out, and we'll keep you posted as new details emerge. For now watch the last Windells snowboard edit from this summer and read on for the full press release from We Are Camp.

We Are Camp Announces the Authentic Camp Experience

Windells to Focus on Skiing, High Cascade on Snowboarding

Over the past two decades, Windells and High Cascade have emerged as two of the biggest and most respected ski and snowboard camps in the world. Today, the brands detailed their Authentic Camp Experience strategy, which effectively focuses the Windells brand on skiing with High Cascade continuing its commitment to 100% snowboarding.

By dedicating itself to sport-specific lifestyle programs, We Are Camp is deepening its commitment to providing the best camper experience possible. High Cascade campers will continue to have coaches and counselors who are snowboarders and they will continue to ride in a snowboard-specific terrain park. "At Windells, we are following suit to shape a pure ski experience and, for the first time ever, will offer a park dedicated solely to skiing," said Tim Windell, founder of Windells Camp. Leading the charge to refine its focus and strengthens its dedication to skiing will be longtime Windells employee and accomplished freeski judge, Jason Arens, who was recently brought on as its new Director of Marketing.

"Windells is unique in the breadth of talent that seems to come through consistently," said Doug Bishop, General Manager at newschoolers.com. He continued, saying "Windells a place that's a right of passage for any new skier coming up through the ranks. In the future, with the new focus on skiing, I see this reinforcing to levels never before imagined. The staff is going to be the who’s who of current and breaking talent."

This sentiment is echoed in the snowboard community as well. "Everyone at High Cascade rides, so as a snowboarder you know you are in an authentic environment created by like-minded people. This attitude comes across from the cooks to the coaches, and I feel is why the campers keep coming back and the experience has started to get passed down from one generation to the next," said Pat Bridges, Creative Director at Snowboarder Magazine.

Following today's announcement, High Cascade and Windells will operate their own sport-specific terrain parks while also sharing a private 22 SuperPipe, Lap Park, and multiple BagJump features. Skiers and snowboarders will also have opportunity to interact with each other at the Windells Campus in Welches, OR. English added, "Snowboard campers will continue to have the option to stay in Government Camp, the summer snowboard mecca since 1990, but will also have the opportunity to stay on the Windells private campus just down the hill in Welches.”

Relive all the snowboard moments from Windells here.