Woodward at Copper brings progression to all participants

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 13, 2009 10:17 pm

As I finally watched the USSA Grand Prix from Copper Mountain today, I got to thinking about the impact that foam pits, bag jumps, and other advanced training methods have taken on snow sports. I can clearly remember when landing back-to-back 1080s was a big deal in snowboarding, and now its simply par for the course in even amateur level contests. In skiing it’s no different. If your not capable of throwing double flips and corks in your runs, you might as well not even compete at all.

Before we had the luxury of training in these amazing facilities, none of these tricks would have been possible for fear of catastrophic injury. But who says that progression has to be limited to just the top pros in the game?

Woodward-at-Copper has been the hub of progression lately, no doubt. Between the trampolines with connected foam pits, the skateparks, and the SnowFlex kickers, an athlete can learn moves quicker then they ever thought humanly possible. Furthermore, tricks once thought to be impossible might not be so far out of reach.

Take for example this amazing video of mono-skiers training at the Copper, CO facility. These athletes clearly aren’t letting any physical challenges hurt their adrenaline addictions, as you will see in the video. I look forward to seeing that back-flip stomped mid-run during Mono Skier-X during January’s X-Games.