MT HOOD WINTER CAMP
Come spend a week of your Winter Break with High Cascade Snowboarders at Windells Academy Campus! For the snow enthusiasts, Mount Hood is the place to experience unreal powder days and park runs on a seemingly endless amount of terrain. A 7:1 camper to coach ratio and a 10:1 camper to counselor ratio allows for a close-knit setting during camp sessions. Back on the Windells Academy Campus, BOB (our indoor skate park) is open every evening for campers to skate, bike, jump on trampolines, and launch into the foam pit. Hit up BOB and the Rec Center for endless activities! Ring in the New Year with fireworks overhead and fresh snow under your boots for an experience you will never forget!
- A week stay at the Windells Academy Campus
- Incredible resorts on Mt. Hood!
- 24-Hour SuperVision™
- Airport shuttles to/from the Portland, OR Airport (PDX)
- Lift Tickets
- 100,000+ sq. ft. of private skateboard parks
- Authorized Awesome™ HCSC Coaches and Counselors
- Professional snowboard coaching & GoPro™ Video Analysis
- Activities, Workshops & Clinics
- Authorized Awesome™ off-hill activities including trampolines, foam pits and indoor skatepark!
For more information or to register, reach out to us at 503.206.8520
The Windells Academy Campus
Located in beautiful Welches, Oregon, the private 28-acre Windells Academy campus is tucked away at the base of Mount Hood. Campus features 90,000 square feet of skateparks (both indoor and outdoor), trampolines, a dry slope, foam pit, and so much more! Cabins at the Windells Campus are furnished and renovated, each sleeping 4-6 campers, and feature hardwood floors in common areas, plush carpeting in the bedrooms, TVs, and surround sound (for getting the juices flowing first thing in the morning).
DYK: Snowboarders grade 7-12 can go to school and ride all year with us at the Windells Academy
Q. What age campers do you accept?
A. Winter Camp is for Youth Campers only! we welcome males and females ages 9 to 20.
Q. What’s included in the cost of camp?
A. Everything but airfare (Each camper is responsible for booking their own flight into and out of the Portland Airport on the first and last day of their session between 8am and 4pm).
- Transportation from the Portland Airport and back
- 24-hour SuperVision™
- Snowboard lift tickets to all 3 Mt. Hood Resorts – Timberline, Meadows & Skibowl
- Snowboard coaching
- Off-hill activities – which include, 100,000 sq. ft of skate-able terrain, BOB (our indoor skate park), trampolines, foam pits, slack lines, game rooms – just to name a few!
- 3 meals per day (spending money is recommended, $50-$75 per session for drinks & snacks)
- All camp activities!
- Ringing in the New Year with fireworks and Night Snowboarding!
Q. What makes High Cascade better than the other camps?
A. 100% Snowboarding – HCSC is the only summer camp in North America that is for snowboarders only. It’s not that we don’t like skiers, but snowboard culture is unique. Our parks are 100% built by snowboarders with snowboarder’s wants and needs in mind.
Best Snow – Timberline (Mt. Hood) is the only summer snowboard area in the United States and the only one in the world that allows moderate usage of salt. The salt preserves our facilities and allows our campers to ride longer in the day and into the late summer. Salt is our way of combatting the hot sun taking all our snow.
Best Employees – When it comes to staff, we have the cream of the crop. Our employees are better paid, better trained, better respected and better rewarded than any snowboard camp staff. Every staff member passes required drug testing, criminal background checks, is CPR/First aid certified and receives over a week of intense training prior to the start of camp. Roughly 50% of our staff are college graduates, while the other half is working their way through school or chasing their dreams in snowboarding, skateboarding, and endless other passions. Over 80% of our staff return to work at High Cascade each summer.
Q: What skill level do you need to be attend HCSC?
A. For our Winter Camp, Campers need to be at least comfortable riding and linking turns. All skill levels are welcome. All our coaches are qualified to teach all levels of snowboarding—from complete beginners to experts – and are incredible snowboarders themselves!
Q: How does it work with so many different ability levels at each session?
A. Campers are placed into small coaching groups with 6-8 campers per coach. These coaching groups are based on ability levels, so that you feel comfortable progressing with riders of similar ability. Before you come to camp you’ll fill out an ability questionnaire which will help us place you in the best possible coaching group. It is important that you fill out the ability form accurately so that you placed in a group appropriate for your ability. If you end up in the wrong group we can move you to a new group as needed.
Q. What’s the weather like on Mt. Hood?
A. The weather on Mt. Hood is generally very nice but can be unpredictable. The snow can also be very wet here in the Pacific Northwest. LAYERS WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND. In the winter, it can be very cold to only somewhat cold and having options will help! After you get off-hill, you will want some dry sweatshirts and warmer clothing to be able to change into once you are back at the Campus.
Here are Live Conditions at all three resorts on Hood:
Q. Should I bring my snowboard and skateboard?
A. Yes! We always have demo skateboards and skateboard helmets available, but we cannot guarantee sizes of snowboard demo equipment.
Q. What should I bring to camp?
A. See the list of what to bring in the Camp Guide.
Q. What airport should I fly into?
A. Portland International Airport. Portland, Oregon. Airport code: PDX.
Q. How far is High Cascade from the Airport?
A. About a one hour drive.
Q. When should I arrive for my session?
A. Please make plans to arrive on the first day of your session. The first and last days of each session are travel days, and there is no snowboarding. If you are flying, please book flights to arrive on the first day of your session at PDX between 8am and 4pm and to depart on the last day of your session between 8am and 4pm. Flights booked outside this window will be charged a transportation fee.
Q. How are youth campers supervised?
A. Experienced adult counselors live in camper housing with campers. A maximum of 8 campers are assigned to each counselor for campers 15 or older. For campers under age 15, each counselor is assigned to eight or fewer campers. All activities on-snow and off-snow are supervised at a maximum ratio of eight campers per staff member. HCSC employs a full-time registered nurse who is on call 24-hours a day.
Q: What is your policy on drugs and alcohol?
A. We enforce a zero tolerance policy at High Cascade when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Any camper caught having anything to do with drugs or alcohol at camp will be sent home.
Q. What happens if a camper gets hurt?
A. We have a nurse on-site 24-hours a day. If your child is sick or injured, our nurse will assess the illness or injury to determine if additional outside care is needed.
Q. What does ‘Grom’ mean?
A. Short for ‘grommet’ this term was once a way to describe young surfers, but now has crossed into snowboarding, skateboarding and other ‘action sports’. Basically it’s endearing term for the ‘younglings’ participating in action sports.
Q. What is your ‘Grom Program’?
A. The Grom Program at High Cascade is our way of accommodating our campers, ages 9-12. Although campers mature at different ages, we’ve recognized that our youngest campers ages 9-12 need more SuperVision™ and structure than our older campers. Extra check-in points, smaller SuperVision™ ratios, and earlier curfews are just some of the ways our groms are accounted for at camp.
Q. Are cell phones allowed?
A. Yes, campers are allowed to bring cell phones. All major cell phone providers receive service on Mt. Hood, and are permitted at camp. Grom campers (campers ages 9-12) must turn in their cell phones at bed time to aid with homesick prevention and interrupting other campers’ sleep.
Q: Does High Cascade offer Travel Insurance?
A. High Cascade recommends Assurance Solutions, Inc. for our campers’ travel insurance. Call Assurance Solutions, Inc. at 502-762-9185 or www.protectmytrip.net. Travel insurance will repay lost deposits or tuitions, flight costs, and even pays some medical expenses.
Q. What is the deposit required to register?
A. All registrations require a 25% deposit. If you would like to pay by check, please call 503.206.8520 to register over the phone.
Q. When are final payments due?
A. All payment must be received in full by Dec 1! This is made easily by our Payment Plans! For certain situations, payment extensions can be granted when pre-arranged and authorized.
Q. How do I register?
A. You can register online here with a VISA or MASTERCARD or over the phone at 503.206.8520
Still have questions? Check out the the Camp Guide or contact us at 503.206.8520 or [email protected]
Your Finishing Forms are located in your MyHCSC account!
Please Print off, Fill out, and UPLOAD back into your online account by Dec. 1
All of these forms are MANDATORY in order for you to come to camp! We need this information for your safety, so we can make sure you get in a great coaching group, cabin with your friends and to make sure you have THE MOST FUN while you are here!
Questions? Contact the HCSC Office at 503.206.8520 or email us at [email protected]
*Don’t have a scanner? You can take a clear picture of each form and upload that instead! Super easy!
2015 / 2016 Winter Camp Guide
Please download the linked file and read over the following information in order to familiarize yourself with High Cascade’s day-to-day winter operations. We aim to exceed all expectations you have of what a summer camp experience should be! If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us before, during, or after your camp experience.
Flights Must Arrive and Depart PDX Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please book a flight into the Portland International Airport (PDX) on the first day of Winter Camp between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please book your departure flight out of PDX between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the last day of your session. There is no snowboarding on the first or last days; they are designated travel days. Any flights on arrival day or departure day that are not between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be charged $100 per camper, per trip, depending on the time of the flight. There is a 30 minute grace period for this window, i.e; if your flight is scheduled to depart at 7:30 a.m. we will not charge a fee. Please contact us directly if you are unable to book a flight in our requested window and we will discuss your flight options and pick-up/drop-off fees.
Campers Flying as Unaccompanied Minors (UM)
Each airline has different age requirements and additional fees for flying unaccompanied minors. Campers flying under the status of an UM will be met at their gate by a High Cascade staff member upon their arrival at PDX.
Name of the Person Picking up UMs at PDX: If at all possible, when the airline asks for the name of the person picking up your UM, please give the airline ‘A HCSC Representative’ and our phone number 503.206.8520. If they need an address, it is 59550 E Hwy 26, Sandy, OR 97055
Youth Campers NOT Flying as Unaccompanied Minors (UM)
All campers not flying as UMs will be met outside the security gate by a High Cascade staff member and will be assisted with their baggage and checked in for their High Cascade shuttle at baggage claim #2. If a camper cannot locate a HCSC representative they should go to an airport paging telephone and page “A HIGH CASCADE CAMP REPRESENTATIVE” to wherever the camper is standing. They can also call the High Cascade office at 503.206.8520
Please know that although each airline has specific age requirements for flying unaccompanied minors, you can still fly your child, regardless of their age, as an UM (with applicable fees). In addition to the added airline assistance, this also ensures you that your child will be met by a High Cascade staff member at his or her gate. Example: If your 13-year-old child is flying on United, (their required UM age is only 11) your child will not be met at their gate by a High Cascade staff member upon their arrival to PDX. However, if you request UM status for your 13-year-old child when purchasing your child’s airline ticket (and note it on his or her travel itinerary form) he or she will then be met by a High Cascade staff member at their gate.
Please look further into the airline of your choice as you get ready to purchase your ticket. Before purchasing your ticket, please be sure to visit the airline’s respective website for up-to-date unaccompanied minor information. You may find that if your child requires an UM ticket, you may not be able to purchase your ticket via the internet. Because each airline has different policies on booking UMs flights with layovers, last legs of the day, etc, booking on the internet may not be the best route.
For more airline specific in-depth unaccompanied minor information, please click on the airline.
|Airline||UM Age Requirement|
|Air Canada||11 and under|
|Alaska/Horizon Airlines||12 and under|
|American Airlines||11 and under|
|Delta Airlines||14 and under|
|Frontier Airlines||14 and under|
|Hawaiian||11 and under|
|JetBlue Airways||14 and under|
|Sea Port||14 and under|
|Southwest Airlines||11 and under|
|Spirit Airlines||14 and under|
|United||11 and under|
|US Airways||14 and under|
|Virgin America||14 and under|
Please be sure to pay for your unaccompanied minor fees for both legs of your child’s trip. In a lot of cases, airlines do not make this easy for you; making it easy to overlook paying for your returning UM Fee. Please send your child with receipt of payment if at all possible to avoid double charges. If you are unable to pay the fee prior to your child’s camp, please arrange for your child to pay cash for his or her UM fee when they check-in at the airline counter on their departure day. If this has not been arranged or your child does not have a Travel Account set up, we will cover any applicable fees the airline requires in order to obtain a boarding pass for your child. Your credit card on file will be used to reimburse any fees covered by High Cascade.
HCSC staff members are at the Portland International Airport (PDX) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on departure days. Campers will be shuttled to the airport by our trained High Cascade staff approximately three hours prior to their departure time. Upon arrival at PDX, campers will be met by High Cascade staff to assist with luggage and airline check-in procedures. Unaccompanied minors will be escorted to their gate by a High Cascade staff member.
Please note: Once checked in at the desk, campers NOT flying as unaccompanied minors will not be accompanied to their gate. or supervised while waiting to board.
Van / Bus Travel at Camp
All campers being transported inside of Camp vehicles are expected to follow general safety rules along with any additional vehicle specific rules. These include but are not limited to the proper usage of all safety equipment (ie. seat belts), keeping all limbs inside the vehicle at all times, keeping all pathways clear and unobstructed by bags or equipment, no distracting the driver from focusing on the road, and no noisy or disorderly behavior.
In the Event of Last Minute Changes or Emergencies
If for some reason a flight is delayed, cancelled, or if you miss your scheduled departure flight to Camp please contact the HCSC office (503.206.8520) as soon as possible with the updated arrival information including the new time of landing and flight number, if applicable. If there are any changes to your child’s return flight information prior to take-off we will be contacting you directly with any updated information.
Arriving and / or Departing by Car
Please arrive at camp between 1pm and 4pm on the first day of you Winter Camp. Campers departing by car must be picked up between 8am and 12pm (between 9am-11am is ideal). There is no snowboarding on the arrival or departure days. On the arrival day there is check-in, camp tours, welcoming barbecue and camper orientation.
Driving Directions for Winter Camp
For High Cascade Snowboard Camp at the Windells Campus:
Please use Google Maps or any other form of space-age navigation to get specific instructions from where you’ll be driving from. The drop off/pick up address is Windells Camp, 59550 E Hwy 26, Sandy, OR 97055
A deposit equal to 25% of total purchase is due at the time of registration. Payment must be received in full by Dec 15. Any registrations made after this date must be paid in full at the time of sale with a VISA or MASTERCARD. Sorry we do not accept AMEX or Discover.
Paying for camp shouldn’t be a burden, so we’re offering easy payment plans to let you pay for camp in installments. Want Grandma and Grandpa to pitch in for camp? Easy – let them cover one of the installments. Start your payments in the fall or winter and have camp paid off by Spring!
- Setup monthly payment plans – taken out on the 15th of every month
- Auto deductions from your checking account
- Standard 25% deposit due at time of registration
We are proud to offer the most lenient cancellation policy in the industry. Snowboarding is awesome, but sometimes life gets in the way and we don’t want to punish you for that. If you need to cancel your session please call 503.206.8520 to discuss your options, however a formal cancellation request must be made by email following the instructions below.
Cancel prior to 30 days before the start of your camp and receive a refund less a cancellation fee of 50% of the deposit up to $250 per session OR receive a full camp credit, good for two years and non-transferable.
Cancel within 30 days of the start of your camp and receive a refund less a cancellation fee of your deposit up to $500 per session OR Receive a camp credit less 50% of the deposit up to $250 per session, good for 2 years and non-transferable.
Cancel within 10 days of the start of your camp for any reason and receive a camp credit less a cancellation fee of your deposit up to $500 per session, good for 2 years and non-transferable.
Please keep in mind there are NO exceptions to the above cancellation policies (even in the extreme cases of emergency, injury or sickness). Your registration constitutes acceptance of this Cancellation Policy. High Cascade strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from any such loss.
Cancellation Request Process
All cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected] and include:
• Session to Cancel
• Chosen Cancellation Option (camp credit or refund less cancellation fee)
• Reason for cancellation
The date the email is sent notes the official cancellation date. One a credit is chosen, there will be no refunds issued at a later date. Camp credits are good for any High Cascade summer camp within a 2 year period, but are non transferable.
Session Transfer Fee
In the event you would like to switch your session, please email[email protected] or call 503.206.8520. Session transfers can be accommodated free of charge if space permits, and as long as it is at least 30 days from the start of your original session start date. Session change requests within 30 days of the start of your original session start date may be subject to a $250 late notice session transfer fee.
Injuries While at Camp
In the event that a camper is injured while at camp and does not get clearance from the Camp Nurse or physician to snowboard, there are two options for the camper:
1. Stay at camp and partake in an ‘off-hill’ activity while everyone else snowboards. In the afternoon and evening there are plenty of non-physical activities to keep an injured camper entertained. If you choose this option, no credits or refunds will be given.
2. Leave camp ASAP, and receive a pro-rated camp credit for days missed. You’ll be missed but we’ll get to ride with you again soon as Camp Credits are good for two years but are non-transferable.
Please keep in mind there are NO exceptions to the above cancellation policies (even in the extreme cases of emergency, injury or sickness). High Cascade strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from any such losses as well as lost airfare and transportation fees. Please contact Assurance Solutions at 502-762-9185 or your preferred provider for insurance information.