As a founding sponsor of the Association for Freeskiing Professionals (AFP), and in association with AFP, Copper Mountain and Woodward at Copper are excited about the historic announcement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that ski halfpipe disciplines are now Olympic sports. The news has been welcomed by athletes and fans alike as the 2010-11 competition season comes to a close.
Please see below as to how Copper Mountain and Woodward at Copper, in association with the Association for Freeskiing Professionals, can help you realize your dreams of getting to the 2014 Olympics.
- Start your training at Copper on the first superpipe open in North America, the Main Vein Superpipe, which typically opens around Thanksgiving.
- Then attend (and hopefully win!) the USASA Nationals held at Copper at the end of each winter season, where the top amateur athletes from more than 35 regions compete.
- From there, make sure to hit up the USSA Grand Prix at Copper, one of the first Olympic qualifiers in halfpipe. “Copper Mountain is excited to host the first year of the Grand Prix as an Olympic qualifier now that a skier halfpipe event has been added to the Olympics,” says Pete Woods, Copper’s Director of Marketing. “This new announcement from the IOC solidifies Copper as the centerpiece for progression from an athlete’s first trick to qualifying for the 2014 Olympics.”
- To tie all of these above points together, make sure to become familiar and regularly practice at Woodward at Copper, the only year-round indoor/outdoor ski and snowboard training facility on the planet, located right here at Copper Mountain.
USASA Grand Prix at Copper
The USSA Grand Prix is the first major halfpipe event of the season for skiers and snowboarders, and also serves as the first Olympic qualifier in halfpipe for the winter season, with all the top names in skiing and snowboarding competing for the coveted Olympic halfpipe spots on the US Team.
USASA Nationals at Copper
On an athlete’s road to the 2014 Olympics is the USASA National Championships, an amazing event for amateur skiers and snowboarders and, to most, considered the stomping/proving grounds and first level of competition. Typically more than 1,500 of the top amateurs from more than 35 regions around the US compete all season, and then come to Copper for Nationals at the end of the season.
Woodward at Copper
Woodward at Copper, the raddest place on the planet, is the premier trick-stomping playground in the world. It features The Barn, a 19,400 sq. ft. comprehensive ski and snowboard freestyle training facility complete with indoor artificial snow jumps, jib lines, foam pits, skate features and Olympic fly-bed trampolines, offering indoor and outdoor training programs where you can learn tricks in the Barn and take them on snow the same day.
- We believe in the individual progression of athletes and building our programming around each guest’s goals.
- The Woodward at Copper model uses the most progressive training techniques through the development of body and aerial awareness, both on the slopes as well as in the Barn.
- The Barn features training devices that allow a participant to work on their tricks in an environment that reduces the potential for consequence. By allowing participants to work on tricks into foam pits instead of on-snow, The Woodward at Copper staff are teaching guests to move away from the “huck and hope” method, where you just ‘huck’ yourself off a jump and ‘hope’ to land it.
- Based on the abilities and the goals of the participant, the Woodward at Copper coaching staff will be able to work with guests on anything from their first ever grab to figuring out how to “cork” a trick, as well as innovating the newest trick to hit the scene.