Mar 1, 2010 9:01 AM by Jessica Michaels

Jump like an Olympian

It is practically impossible to watch the Olympics and not be inspired by the sky-high jumps and twists of the ski and snowboard teams.  Learning their difficult tricks may not be a realistic goal, but that doesn't mean you can't perfect a front flip or basic jump.  If you are ready for the adrenaline rush, there is a facility right here in Colorado where you can safely work on perfecting your aerial moves.

Woodward at Copper, which locals affectionately call "The Barn," is a 20,000 square foot action sports facility at Copper Mountain, CO.  Using basic gymnastic progression, coaches at Woodward teach ski and snowboard tricks. The facility features a spring floor, six flybed trampolines, a tumble track, foam pits, and a snow-plex ski jump into a foam pit.

"We are pretty state of the art at Woodward," says program manager Phoebe Mills. " There is nothing really like this anywhere. We've taken elements from gymnastics, skateboard, and bmx, then adapted all that to ski and snowboard."

The basic goal is to teach aerial awareness.  Instead of trying your new trick out on the snow, coaches hope that you'll use the facility to perfect your jump in a padded environment.  Mills says that learning body control is paramount. "We will teach you how to fall, to keep your arms in, to stay rounded. The idea is that you'll have numerous repetitions on the skill before you take it out onto the snow."

The facility is open everyday throughout the winter. Public sessions run 1 hour and 45 minutes .long starting at 2 pm. For more information, visit







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