Woodward Sets Up Camp At Boreal; 'Perfect Marriage'
In what has been called a “perfect marriage,” Boreal Mountain Resort and Camp Woodward have joined together to bring a Woodward action sport training facility to the mountain resort on Donner Pass in California.
Woodward Tahoe, the second facility at a ski and snowboard resort for the Pennsylvania-based company, will get formally introduced at a grand opening celebration June 9. Boreal officials expect freeskier Tanner Hall, BMX rider Ryan Nyquist, skateboarder Curren Caples, and snowboarder Chas Guldemon to be on hand for demonstrations, open skate sessions, music, and more. As an added bonus for grand opening attendees, Boreal will crank up a chairlift to bring snowboarders and skiers to its terrain park for Summer Shred Day.
On display will the new 33,000 square-foot indoor training facility, called The Bunker, with dryland training on banked walls, step-ups and transfers – all designed to give amateurs and professionals a year-round terrain park practice site. Located next to the base of the main chairlift, The Bunker also has seven trampolines, foam and resi landing pits, skatepark, mini-mini ramp, bouldering wall and other action sports offerings.
Woodward Tahoe’s facilities fit the latest ParkSki and ParkBoard creations that have wheels on their bottoms and sides for off-season training that closely simulates riding and skiing on snow. In the wintertime, Woodward Tahoe has a private terrain park with Superpipe, jumpline and multiple jibs available to campers.
“Boreal has been pushing snowboarding and terrain parks since the 1980s,” Boreal's Jon Slaughter told SnoCountry.com “We were one of the first resorts to have a terrain park, one of the first resorts in Tahoe to allow snowboarding, and the first with a 22-foot Superpipe in Tahoe.
“So this makes for a perfect marriage between Boreal and Woodward,” he said.
The first Woodward facility at a mountain resort went in at Copper Mountain in 2009. Since then, attendance at summer camps has jumped 300 percent, according to Woodward at Copper director Ben Brown.
“We are fully integrated with Copper Mountain Resort activities,” Brown told SnoCountry. “It’s a year-round facility that just fits in here perfectly.”
As at Boreal, Woodward at Copper has an indoor facility with an array of action sports training features, with an added bonus of real snow transported to the terrain park under the High Point lift during the summer months.
Powdr Corp., owner of nine winter resorts in the United States including Boreal Mountain Resort and Copper Mountain Resort, took an equity stake in Camp Woodward in 2011. At that time, Powdr officials expressed an interest in incorporating Woodward facilities at more of its resorts.
Neal Hendrix, brand manager at Woodward and pro skateboarder, told SnoCountry that Woodward’s move into winter action sports began with dryland training in Pennsylbania a number of years ago. The popularity of dryland camps led to the Copper Mountain facility – and now Boreal.
We’ve always seen Boreal as progressive in these sports,” Hendrix said. “Young kids film there. So it made total sense. And now, winter sports are part of Woodward’s DNA.
Woodward Tahoe offers week-long camps and drop-in instruction for youths ages seven to 20, and also will be the home training base for a number of professional action sport athletes. ","width":"400","height":"300"} Check out this video of Woodward Tahoe construction.
Top Photo: Construction of Woodward/Tahoe facility; Middle Photo: Woodward/Tahoe exterior; Bottom Photo: Boreal winter terrain park action.