Posted for Nancy Yearout
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Winter Olympic hopefuls and amateur daredevils alike will have a newly renovated
place to practice and play in Summit County. Copper Mountain officials announced
that Woodward at Copper, an indoor-outdoor ski and snowboarding training
facility, will get a $500,000 facelift in time for summer camps in
Woodward at Copper opened in 2009. Basing its philosophy off of
Camp Woodward in Woodward, Pa., which opened in 1970, Copper Mountain was the
first indoor-outdoor mountain home for a training facility that allowed
winter-sports athletes to try new, difficult tricks in a safe environment,
according to a resort news release.
“Still one of few training
facilities of its kind today, Woodward at Copper is poised to raise the bar, yet
again, leading into the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, with
improvements that will not only transform winter sports training, but will cater
to summer action-sports enthusiasts, as well,” resort officials said in a
The renovations include a new foam pit, a protective
cushion that allows athletes to perfect unprecedented and risky moves that they
otherwise couldn't practice in a real-world environment.
The pit will be
added next to the current big jump line that will include a drop in platform
with 2-foot and 4-foot jumps designed for development of beginner park
“It allows you to try tricks you wouldn't try outside until
they're perfectly maneuvered,” said Copper spokeswoman Austyn Williams. “You
would spin off into a foam pit before trying it over hard land. The growing
trend of action sports on the snow is increasing the difficulty of the tricks
year after year.”
The street area will double in size allowing for full
access by BMX, mountain bike, skateboards and park skis and snowboards.
Renovations also will include two new viewing areas giving spectators an
up-close sightline of the action.
“The reason behind the expansion is we
want to keep the Woodward product as fresh as possible,” Williams
Woodward at Copper, a 19,400-square-foot facility, will unveil its
latest improvements in time for the first week of summer camp, which starts June
On top of the indoor renovations, Woodward at Copper will also add a
summer chairlift. Starting June 16, Woodward at Copper camps will have full
access to a lift-served snow jib park with dedicated features designed to shrink
the learning gap. BMX and skate program offerings will be extended outdoors,
on-mountain, and include an outdoor mini-ramp for summer campers.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News