Woodward Women's Camps

A day out in the barn and on the mountain with the Woodward at Copper Women's Camps. It was fun, it left us soar, but it was forever rewarding.

There comes a time in some women's lives, when they must do a backflip. For a group of adventurous women, that time was Saturday. I had the wonderful opportunity of tagging along with the last of this season's Woodward Women's Camps.

When it comes to anything in the terrain-park, it seems a lot of women hesitate to participate. There are plenty of reasons for this, including trepidation, lack of anyone to go with, and the idea of injury lingering in the back of the mind. Upon sitting down to stretch, these were the most common themes, with the most overwhelming being that maybe learning from the boyfriend wasn't such a great idea after all. I couldn’t agree more considering the stories I’ve heard of bad days and not wanting to give it a second shot.


warm up
(A little warm up, safely since a lot of us forgot how.)


We are an amazing sex, capable, and independent, but we seem to forget this when we are asked to try something new. We need to remember that there are TONS of resources for us to learn, with or without the men. Woodward at Copper offers one of these resources for women interested in pushing themselves a bit further. You may think that it would be filled with the younger generation, which can and does happen, but it really is an all age program—an all ability program. I was in the presence of wives, girlfriends and daughters—skiers and snowboarders.


foam pits
(Everyone had a blast flipping and jumping into the foam pits--the tramps were great too.)

(The Snowflex took a bit of time to get used to, but soon enough they were shredding it like snow.)


One of the most inspiring moments of the day was seeing the first big spill. Barbara, one of the snowboarders of the group, fell pretty hard onto her back while getting used to the Snowflex. She lay there for a moment, grasping what had just happened. We all stood with worried faces as Sandra, our coach for the day, ran to her aid. In the world of action sports, there seems to be one very key thing that so many of us forget when we feel that we’re being watched; there is a huge difference between being hurt and being injured. Getting hurt means you get right back up and do it again. As she shed a few tears, the other 7 of us consoled her and told her she would get it next time. Sure enough, a few minutes later, she was strapped back in and ready for another go.


cliff drop

(A victorious drop.)


One of the reasons the Women's Camp at Woodward is so successful is because of moments like that. We saw some tears, but everyone was encouraging; there was nothing to be embarrassed about. The only audience was filled with enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn. I even got up the nerve to try my first backflip, off of anything, ever. There is something to be said about a coach that can get a 25-year-old to backflip, a 30-something to do a nose press on her third time sliding a box, and a skier to keep trying 360's after tears and frustration.


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(Getting outside was just as fun. Worked on our switch riding, even for the skiers, and doing ollies.)

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(Boxes were easy... after some coaching)

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The progression of women in skiing and snowboarding is inevitable. It will happen regardless of trampolines, coaches, and Snowflex. But what Woodward at Copper has to offer is something entirely different; it's progression that is more fun, more forgiving, and more rewarding.


the group
(It does take some effort. We hiked for a WHILE.)

new board
(And at the end of the day... Awards time!)

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(It was an amazing group and an amazing time thanks to Woodward and our coach Sandra.)


For more information about Woodward at Copper and the programs they have to offer, check out www.woodwardatcopper.com.


***If you happened to be one of the participants in the camp and would like to see some more photos, send an email to rmanning@coppercolorado.com

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