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Hats off to Camp Woodward at Copper

Summit Daily Editorial Board

There’s a new ski areas opening in Summit County this weekend ” have you heard? Sure, it’s not what you’d think of as a ski area in the traditional sense, but it is most definitely an area for skiing. It is also a unique, needed and welcome addition to our county’s slate of recreational amenities.

We’re talking, of course, about Camp Woodward at Copper Mountain. It’s not for everyone, but for skiers, snowboarders and even skateboarders who want a facility to practice their hits and flips before they take them on the hill, the 20,000 square-foot Camp Woodward is just the ticket.

It’s been a long time coming. The facility took quite a bit of planning and a lengthy construction period. At one point it was unclear whether county commissioners would OK Woodward based on confusion over what kind of local discounts would be available. As it turns out, Copper is working with SOS, Mountain Mentors and other organizations for free passes and other deals. Additionally, Summit County locals will receive a 10 percent discount.

Even without the discount, Copper did a good job pricing things at Woodward. A 90-minute intro session is $69, with winter camp prices discounted for season-pass holders.

Summit County parents know young skiers and riders are always eager to try flips and jumps. Until now, no safe training facility for learning these techniques existed in the county. With its ramps, foam pits, trampolines and spring floors, Camp Woodward is a great fit for Summit County residents and visitors. And while moms may wish the hair-raising tricks were confined to the Playstation, a safe venue with trained personnel is a big step forward.

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