The winter vacation experience is many things to many people. Some like to head for the spa or the fitness center. But, there's an action-filled choice at Copper Mt., Colo. Woodward at Copper offers fun all year long, as the first indoor/outdoor ski and snowboard camp dedicated to progression in the pipe and park. The learning environment is safe and fun for all ability levels of riders, as well as skiers.
It "is a world-class facility that was designed in conjunction with the programming in order to provide a fully integrated experience for snowboarders and skiers to be able to take their skills to the next level," Director Ben Brown told OnTheSnow.com. "We work closely with the experts from Woodward Camps as well as the experts from Copper Mountain to provide the best experience possible," Brown adds.
The Woodward "Barn" is full of Snowflex jumps, foam pits, a spring floor, fly-bed trampolines, and skateboard features. The state-of-the-art indoor building is 19,400 square feet which means the jumps are huge and boarders and skiers can catch major air and practice their tricks.
Woodward offers a wide variety of products from which to choose, including camp days, drop in sessions, classes, and One Hit Wonder introduction sessions. Campers learn tricks in the Barn and then progress them to Copper Mountain winter (and summer) terrain parks and pipe.
"I come to Woodward at Copper to practice tricks I'm uncomfortable trying on snow. The trampolines have the perfect bounce, the trainers are there always helping you get you want to get done. The foam pit launch from the tramp is by far my favorite... I perfected my double rodeos and double corks while I was there. I was able to bring them to snow just 2 days ago. It helped me gain the confidence I needed," said TJ Schiller, a pro athlete who comes to Woodward for training.
The One Hit Wonder is a mandatory introductory session of one hour 45-minutes. It's intended to make participants comfortable with the equipment that is available. Anyone eight years and up with intermediate or higher skiing/riding skills may join in; helmets are required.
Once the introductory class is completed, you can move on to drop-in sessions, also one hour, 45-minutes, to focus on individual skills and training on the jumps, rail garden, quarter pipe, and more. Sessions are supervised.
Private sessions are available with coaches dealing with specific areas from beginner techniques to the most advanced tricks. The facility has "entertained first-time park riders all the way through Olympic medalists," according to Brown.
Winter camp days is the best value, which includes setting a specific goal for the day, fully coached morning and afternoon session working on tricks and on the snow, lunch, and a lift ticket. You must be eight years or older comfortable with intermediate terrain or higher; helmets are required. Camps run seven days a week, with multi-day discounts. Available.
(OnTheSnow.com Colorado Editor Shannon Luthy contributed to this story.)