Windells Takeover

Photos: @angryjordan

Words: @jermpaquette

 Saga Week at Windells is in full swing now. We’ve had a day or two on snow to get our legs back under us and now things are heating up. Steve, Tim and McRae were hungry to take on everything Windells and Mt. Hood has to offer this week as most of us won’t be seeing snow anytime soon after this week.

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McRae hikes over the rocks into public park

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On day 2 we decided to go check out the public park as we heard there were some cool rail features set up.

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The public park lane is skier’s right off the Palmer Chair, nestled deep in one of the remaining snow veins.

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There is a short hike in and out of the public park if you want to take laps.

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Despite skiing backcountry powder all year Tim Durtschi is all smiles when it comes to hiking some rails in the summer.

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One of the more challenging, but fun, rails in the public park is the flat down donkey.

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Tim locks eyes with the end of the flat down donkey.

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McRae lining up a BS switch up BS4 out in the new Mutiny Pant.

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McRae demonstrates the finer points of rail trickery for Tim.

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We’re pretty sure McRae has done a different trick every time he hits a rail or jump.

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Hefty nollie pop from flat to down.

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Tim Durtschi ladies and gentleman

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The summit of Mt. Hood from public park.

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With all the exposed dirt this year the wind can make the top layer of snow a little slow. But all you have to do is scrape it away and you’re good to go.

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Tim made sure to tell us that he has been getting a shot on the Saga Rail for 4 years in a row now. It’s become tradition for him.

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Bobby Sullivan put down some tech on the Saga Rail

One of the days on-hill we held the Saga quarter pipe challenge and encouraged campers as well as staff to show us their best and weirdest quarter pipe moves. Of course there was free Saga gear involved to sweeten the deal.

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Ski campers this week were out in full force.

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Birk Irving showed everyone that he has the best handplant on the team.

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Towards the bottom of the Windells lane is the big jump zone. Even the smaller side is still plenty large enough to throw 9s, 10s and we even saw a few doubles.

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The Green Goblin himself beat his sickness from earlier in the week into submission and made it out to test out the new Anomie 2L Pants and his latest J Skis pro model aptly name the “Green Goblin”.

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Steve loves cork

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The switch cork 5 is a classic Stepp maneuver.

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Steve is one happy boy when he gets to ski.

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Steve sends a 180 into the abyss

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Young Bobby Sullivan came out all the way from from Massachusetts to ride with us during Saga Week.

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The weather on Mt. Hood can roll in fast. McRae hikes the big jump and waits for the clouds to pass.

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When the clouds got a little too heavy to jump McRae waited it out on the flat down rail near the jump drop-in.

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Despite the less than stellar conditions McRae and a few others have been throwing down. Every trick, first try, stomp.

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Classic Cork 7 Blunt from McRae

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Now that Windells and High Cascade have merged into “We Are Camp” they share the halfpipe at the bottom of the lanes. Birk Irving got a nice flair for the camera at the end of day 4.

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Tim also wanted in. Showing all looking on that he can ride everything. 

Thats it for update number 2. Look for more in the next few days as the crew is getting more and more accustomed to the park.