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 June.
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 written statement.
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 skills.
"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 said.
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 16.
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.