Summer is heating up but that doesn't mean the snowboard season has to end. No need to travel to Mt. Hood or New Zealand, snowboard camp at Woodward at Copper is underway and there’s still plenty of snow left on the mountain.
To find out more about the camp I called up Austyn Williams, the Communication Manager at the resort, to learn more about the new surface lift, bag jump, and how the public can get in on the action. Here’s what she had to say.
Can you tell me a little bit about the new surface lift in Central Park?
Last year we replaced the Storm King lift, so we are actually recycling the Storm King lift and moving it to Central Park. Before campers had to either hike the park or wait at the bottom until the bus was full to go back up. The goal with the lift is repetition, more repetition to try and learn new tricks. Hiking definitely shortened the amount of energy you had in a day, so the surface lift will definitely make it more enjoyable for campers and coaches alike.
Will the surface lift operate during the winter?
Right now it is only projected for the summer camp. In the winter time the Union Creek Lift actually takes the same amount of time as the surface lift, about seven minutes, so guests can always get a full lap in and ride that lift. But we will have the option to run the surface lift during the winter for things like terrain park competitions if we think it is necessary.
Are there any other new additions?
Additionally to the new surface lift, Woodward Summer Camper will be able to take advantage of a new air bag at summer camp as well. So the bag jump will be another option for the kids to learn how to be comfortable in the air.
Oh yeah, I heard about that.
Yeah, I am pumped! I'm definitely gonna go check it out.
Will the bag be set up for a jump or at the end of the pipe?
Straight jump. We can obviously move it around in the summer, but right now the plan is to have it set up as kind of its own pseudo station for campers to hit as well.
What other sort of terrain can campers expect?
The 29 feet of snow that we got last season has given the builders a ton to work with, so that's good. The goal with the park is progression, so we'll have a small, medium and large option for each type of feature. In years past we've focused on having three jumps, four rails and four boxes set up. So it should be similar to that but it always changes and with the snow we should be able to keep things around longer.
And can the public ride somewhere?
Yes. Every Saturday staring June 21st we will open up the Pavilion Park, which is down in Center Village. You basically walk right up to it, and it is a hike park. When you sign up for a session you can hit the park from 9am to 12pm or 12:30 to 3:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at The Woodward Cage in Center Village. So that is every Saturday starting the 21st and goes as long as the snow lasts.
Can the public get in to the Barn?
Oh yes. The Barn opens up on the weekends as well starting on Saturday, June 21st. It is closed during the week for summer camp specifically, but it is open every Saturday and Sunday with three sessions a day, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.
How's the snow been holding up the past couple months?
You know it's been great! It snowed up here a few weeks ago believe it or not. Conditions really have been holding the snowpack really well for us. I'm looking out the window right now and there is still a pretty substantial pile of snow from our 22ft halfpipe. We haven't gotten a ton of really high temps so the snow's been sticking around, which is great for us.
Outside of summer camp, are there any other projects you can tell me about for the 2014/2015 season?
Well we are always looking to see how we can better progress the parks and there is always a push to have more parks. One thing that we didn't touch on that is new this summer is that we'll have a 13 foot pipe for summer camp and that is in the plans for next year as well - to have not only the 22 foot but the 13 foot as well. I think we're seeing a lot of resorts increasing the pipe size to 22 feet, but they are ignoring the fact we need to get kids ready to actually be safe in a 22 foot pipe. So the 13 footer will be here this summer and back next winter.
Anything else the people should know?
Besides the fact that a bunch of different brands and pros will be here, Sage Kotsenburg, first-ever Olympic gold medalist in men’s slopestyle, will be here Week 5, so that's July 14th and 15th. That'll give kids a god opportunity to come up, hang out with him and get some tips.