Summer might be when the columbines blossom, the snow melts and rivers roar in the Rockies, but a new indoor facility at Copper Mountain is ensuring that you don’t have to hang up your skis when the snow goes south.
Opened in February, Woodward at Copper Center is keeping jibbers head over heels long after winter’s storms have high-tailed it elsewhere. Dubbed the Barn, the 20,000-square-foot hucking headquarters provides skateboard features, spring floors, six Olympic-grade Flybed trampolines and a 35-foot-long Snowflex ramp that launches you into a massive, user-friendly foam pit.
Built as a partnership between the resort and Camp Woodward, a nationwide action sports training school, the facility is the first winter-focused camp dedicated to skiing and snowboarding. Start on the 54×22-foot spring floor to learn the basic tumbling ropes; then progress to the tramp (with or without a tramp board) to get comfortable in the air. From there, you’ll fly off the tramp into a foam pit to simulate air time before strapping on your skis or board and sailing down the Snowflex ramp and off one of three jumps of varying sizes.
Unlike any hucking you might do on the slopes, don’t worry about your landing. Each pit has nearly 12,000 9-inch foam cubes to absorb miscues—just like the soil outside continues to absorb the last of the season’s snow.
The center offers day and weeklong camps throughout the summer, as well as a One Hit Wonder introductory program ($69), which is required to sign up for two-hour-long Drop-In Sessions ($25). All participants must be 8 years or older.
For more info, go to www.woodwardatcopper.com or call 866-534-7444.