Close your eyes and picture this: the sun is shining, the mountain air is fresh and clean, you’re hanging out with friends new and old, and the only things on your schedule are days filled with your favorite sport and evenings filled with fun activities and theme parties. Jumping out of your seat with excitement about how amazing this sounds? Good—now you know the feeling of Week 3 at Woodward Copper Summer Camp!
Week 3 was stacked to the gills with visiting pros, special guests and VIPs to spend time with campers each day. Up on snow, visiting pros Torstein Horgmo, Zeb Powell, Anto Chamberland, Brady Lem and the Shred Bots crew kept things lively in snowboard camp, while Keegan Kilbride, Annalisa Drew and Cody Cirillo took the helm in ski camp. Down at the Copper Mountain base area, pro BMX rider Tammy McCarley and scooter pro Robby Mier whipped and flipped with campers. Cheer special guest Josh Boatwright returned for another week of stunting instruction, and Denver native skate pro David Reyes split time between shredding the parks and premiering his new Etnies “Album” movie part for campers.
Our recaps will always feature some of our favorite photos and videos from each week at camp, and you can also view our larger weekly photo albums over on our Woodward Copper Facebook page. Ready to drop in? Read on to see all the action for Woodward Copper Summer Camp Week 3!
Attending Week 3 was snowboard legend Torstein Horgmo, leader of the Shred Bots crew and Woodward Copper regular. If you’re one of the rare individuals unfamiliar with Torstein, his competitive history speaks volumes about his talent: 3-time X Games Gold medalist (6 total X Games medals), Dew Tour Gold, Burton European Open Gold, Burton US Open Silver, and countless other hardware from years of competing around the globe. Even though Torstein has competed against and bested snowboarding icons like Shaun White and Travis Rice, he remains one of the most down to earth people you’ll ever meet. This incredible talent paired with his friendly and approachable demeanor is why “Tor” is a favorite among Woodward Copper campers.
Torstein spent plenty of time hanging with campers during the Shred Bots Rail Jam and throughout the week, but with so many prizes and high-fives to give out, he had to bring some backup: enter the Shred Bots crew! Fellow Shred Bot Zeb Powell kept the pedal down all week long, absolutely demolishing the park with creative lines and whipping campers into a frenzy. Jake Canter, Anto Chamberland and Brady Lem left their mark on Pipeline Park as well, giving campers plenty of inspiration to go big and send it with style. Torstein was also joined by #ShredBotsSummer contest winner, 10 year old LJ Hernandez, who is sure to be someone to watch in the future as a potential young phenom!
In ski camp, X Games medalist and SuperUnknown XIII winner Keegan Kilbride was dropping hammers left and right. Whether on the jumpline or rail features, Keegan has a keen eye for unique ways to approach an obstacle. His corks off the back of “The Wave” seemed to turn every head in the park, yet another example of the beauty formed when creativity is combined with extreme athletic talent.
Visiting pro skiers Annalisa Drew and Cody Cirillo were also at ski camp representing Boulder based goggle and sunglass purveyors ZEAL Optics. Cody and Annalisa are incredible skiers, and campers benefitted hugely from a chance to ride alongside these shredders to see what pro-level skiing is like in real life (seeing it on the internet and seeing it in person are two totally different things!). Cody and Annalisa also came to camp packing all types of ZEAL gear to hand out to campers, rewarding stomped tricks, heroic attempts, and positive attitudes with cool prizes.
As you make your way down Copper Mountain, leaving the majestic place known as Pipeline Park, you’ll find the Rocky Mountain Coaster sitting just above the Center Village Base Area. The Rocky Mountain Coaster, a gravity driven alpine coaster, opened at Copper Mountain for winter 2017/18. Summer 2018 is the first time Woodward campers have experienced the fast thrills of the coaster, and campers of all ages have been loving it! Most individuals attending Woodward Copper summer camps or day camps will experience the coaster at least once during their week at camp. The Rocky Mountain Coaster is also open to the public during both the summer and winter seasons at Copper Mountain. Learn More about the Rocky Mountain Coaster.
Down at the base area, Cheer special guest Josh Boatwright returned for another week of teaching campers how to stunt and helping dial in routines for the end of week talent show. Not only is Josh an experienced coach who knows how to connect with campers and help anchor concepts and techniques, he’s also one of the most talented athletes to pass through camp each summer. Josh leads by example, showing that in addition to being creative, enthusiastic and graceful, Cheer athletes are also powerful and strong! If you haven’t seen Mr. Boatwright in action yet, be sure to check out the video of his dizzying antics from the Union Creek Springfloor.
Over at the Union Creek Bike Park, at The Barn, and around various local parks, the two-wheeled titans of BMX and scooter camp were conquering every rail and ramp they could find. Visiting BMX pro Tammy McCarley spent the week helping campers through trick progressions and laying down a few solid lines of his own (I don’t think we’ve ever seen the pyramid-to-wallride in the street course, nice one Tammy!). Visiting scooter pro Robby Mier brought his wacky, playful brand of humor to keep campers in stitches every single day. Even though he can throw down massive, technical tricks with ease, Robby knows riding a scooter is all about having fun, and we couldn’t agree with him more!
First day out here @woodwardcopper was a blast! Highlight has been watching super rad camper @blake_yamnitz progress quickly learning new stuff and having fun doing it! Guest clip by the man @seanhaole as well who is the #BMX coordinator at #WoodwardCopper #ThankYouBMX @pusher_bmx @the_trip @spinellisbmx
At skate camp, visiting pro and Denver native David Reyes was locked in with the campers all week long, sessioning the EDGE Backyard, the Barnyard Skatepark, and all the other facilities and parks around Woodward Copper and beyond. David is a regular visitor to Woodward Copper, and young skaters love how approachable he is, always there to offer trick tips and encouragement. David is on the Etnies pro team, and campers were lucky enough to attend a premiere of the new Etnies skate move “Album”, hosted by David himself! (Check out David’s part in “Album”, available on iTunes now). At one point David even tried to coach the kids on the finer points of massive ollies over picnic tables, but the campers were all too busy on their phones….
Skateboard campers also got a chance on Wednesday to work as a team and challenge fellow campers in the Hot Wheels Daredevil Derby. This fun camp activity incorporates team-play into skateboarding, which is often thought of as only a solo pursuit. Campers raced around The Barn, completing one obstacle for each leg of the race before handing off the “batons” which were fittingly replaced with Hot Wheels cars. Challenges included ollieing over foam blocks, “hippie-jumping” a rail (board goes under, skater jumps over), kickflipping in designated zones, or manualling across strategically placed “manny pads”. Winners of each race received collectible Hot Wheels cars as well as awesomely cool Hot Wheels hip bags, plus an unlimited supply of high-fives from their friends!
After another week full of jumping, stunting, sliding and styling, it was time for the Friday night awards ceremony:
Dickies Skate Olympics: The Dickies Skate Olympics allows skaters and individuals to collect points for landing tricks and completing challenges. While coach Adam Maxwell’s team “The Sour Patch Kids” took home the team win, there were several individual winners recognized for their awesome efforts. Charlie Reish was chosen for the Champion of Stoke award for always smiling and backing anyone trying to land challenging new tricks. Hollis Andrew won the Gold Medal for knocking off page after page of the Dickies Skate Olympics trick book, and Zach Isom took home Best Overall Trick for kickflipping an 8-stair set, and landing a kickflip-to-front boardslide at The Barn.
Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Awards: These awards are given to campers who stepped up to the challenge of progressing and taking their skills to the next level. Skate camper Owen Lamphear was honored for his fearless approach to learning new tricks and taking on the pole jam feature, while BMX camper Christina Oeser rode so hard that her bike literally fell apart during the week. Instead of getting down, Christina borrowed gear and kept shredding all week long.
YUP! Camper of the Week Awards: The YUP! Camper of the Week Awards are given to exemplary campers who keep it positive all week long and do everything they can to help out fellow campers and staff. Ashlyn Ackfeld was recognized for her positive attitude and support of fellow campers, while Oscar Zorn was selected for being a huge help to coaches and counselors and elevating the overall experience in scooter camp.
Powerade Power Through Awards: It’s only right to recognize campers who were faced with challenges or obstacles, and powered through to achieve their goals and have an awesome camp experience. Campers from every sport were recognized for their determination and perseverance, including Tyler Smith (skate), Blake Yamnitz (BMX), Evan Dixon (scooter), Sienna Fuller (cheer), Ian Williams (ski) and Sophia Patron (snowboard).
Go Pro Camp Hero Award: Awesome people do awesome things, and those awesome things should be captured on video! The GoPro Camp Hero Award puts a brand new GoPro Hero 6 in the hands of a camper who was driven all week long to improve their skills and help other campers have fun. Congratulations Nanette Seidell, you’re a Camp Hero!
Dickies Hard Work Award: Only one staff member each week gets the honor of hoisting the coveted rubber mallet, and this week camp nurse Erica Zemites was recognized for her continued hard work at camp. Thanks Erica for keeping us all healthy and being available to look at every bump, scrape and bruise we bring back after a long day of sessions!
Week 3 has come to an end, but there’s still time to return to camp for another week this summer! Returning campers can save $200 off an additional camp week with promo code “STAYFOREVER18”! (valid for 2018 Summer Camps, not valid for August Day Camps). Simply enter your promo code during online checkout.
Stay tuned for more weekly recaps from summer camp. For more information on Woodward Copper, or to make reservation for summer camp or activities, visit CampWoodward.com/copper.