Woodward at Copper summer campers were treated to a pair of Olympic guests Monday as recent American slopestyle gold medalists Joss Christensen (skiing) and Sage Kotsenburg (snowboarding) took some time from their busy schedules to hang out.
From Copper, the two were set to head out to Woodward at Tahoe, and from there the two Park City natives will travel to Los Angles for Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards — they’re both nominated for Best Male Olympic Athlete.
With the pros riding go-karts and enjoying Woodward’s on-snow terrain park, indoor trampoline and foam pit facilities, it was tough to tell who was having more fun, them or the kids.
“Today was so sick,” Kotsenburg told the Daily. “Conditions were really good. All the kids were stoked. We just bro’d down with them — it was really cool.”
Kotsenburg and Christensen seemed as impressed by the facilities as the kids were.
“I haven’t been here in the summer before,” Christensen said. “It was cool to check out all the snow features they had.”
“It’s pretty top notch,” Kotsenburg added. “It’s actually incredible. When we showed up we were like, ‘What? There’s jumps, there’s like eight rails a quarterpipe.’ It was sick.”
As for the kids, “They go nuts,” Woodward general manager Morrison Hsieh said. “I had a couple kids yesterday say, ‘Sage is really here?’”
Following their on-snow session with the kids, Kotsenburg and Christensen signed autographs at a meet-and-greet in the Woodward Barn indoor facility.
“They seemed hyped that we were here,” Kotsenburg said afterwards.
While it may have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids, it was another day at the office for the Woodward staff. Each week the camp hosts one or more pros who join in with the campers for a few days. Last week bronze-medal slopestyle skier Nick Goepper spent some time at Woodward.
“We do our best to schedule pros in advance so we can feature them before camp starts,” Hsieh said. “On top of that we have additional surprise visiting VIPs. Those we just kind of surprise them with.”
Hsieh said Olympian and Breckenridge resident Keri Herman was expected to make an appearance Tuesday.
Woodward offers weeklong camps during the summer for kids age 8 to 18. Campers spend time in the barn on the trampolines and in the jump-ramp foam pits and out on the resort’s on-snow facilities. At the close of the ski season, mountain operations pushed snow down the mountain in order to maintain the sizeable terrain park. The large terrain park is accessible only to campers. A smaller park with rail features is open to the public on Saturdays. Woodward will also host a day camp later in August.
More information is available at www.woodwardatcopper.com
“It’s pretty top notch.”
Sage Kotsenburg, describing Woodward