Woodward at Copper Undergoes Renovation
A New Woodward at Copper
Woodward at Copper, the Woodward brand's first indoor ski and snowboard training facility, opened at Colorado's Copper Mountain in 2009. This summer, the company invested more than $500,000 in updates on the facility.
The 19,400-square-foot indoor training facility at Woodward at Copper is known as "The Barn." The building was closed for three weeks for renovations and reopened Saturday.
Open for Campers
The renovations were finished just in time for the start of Woodward at Copper's seven-week summer camp season, which began Sunday with ski, snowboard, skateboard, BMX, slopestyle mountain bike and digital media camp offerings.
Many professional skiers and snowboarders use the facilities at Woodward at Copper to train during the off-season. This summer, they'll be preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
On the ramps and this new pump track, a hard Skatelite surface has replaced the old Snowflex surface. "With the new roller skis you can carry so much more speed on the Skatelite," says freeskier Jaime Melton.
Outside the Barn, on Copper Mountain, there's enough snow left over for a summertime terrain park with a few jumps and features.
A snowcat driver pushes snow around to build the features for the outdoor park.
Place of Learning
"It's a great place for anyone with competitive ambitions to get their aerial awareness down, try new rotations, and fine-tune new tricks before taking them to snow," says Benji Farrow, a member of the U.S. Snowboarding halfpipe team, about Woodward at Copper.