The Winter Olympics’ youngest sport, freestyle skiing, encompasses moguls, aerials, and – starting in Sochi – halfpipe and slopestyle. Don’t think you’re ready to turn upside down? Think again. The new Woodward at Copper facility in Copper Mountain, Colorado, was designed not only as an elite training facility, but also a place for everyone to try flips, rails, and dangerous jumps. Start with an Intro Session, which gets first-time fliers acquainted with Woodward’s trampolines, foam pits, and launch ramps. A freestyle-ski coach teaches basic air awareness, beginning with forward rolls on the springboard floor and gradually progressing toward a 60-foot synthetic ski hill surrounded by a foam pit. Wear gym clothes, but nothing too baggy because loose clothes can get in the way. After the mandatory Intro Session, try a $35 drop-in, staffed with coaches who offer pointers on tricks like misty flips and rodeos. Strap on a safety belt and head to the extra-bouncy super tramp to practice your first backflip.
Expect to rub shoulders with local pros like Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy, and Olympic hopeful Emilia Wint. But no need to feel intimidated. “Above all, Woodward is a place to come in and have some fun,” says Tyler Conway, the Team Breckenridge freestyle coach and Woodward instructor. Want more? Take your new skills out onto the mountain at one of Copper’s seven terrain parks with the full-day Freestyle Lesson.Back to top