Snowboard company Never Summer took out their high jump setup this week at Woodward Copper Summer Snow Camps at Copper Mountain Resort. Similar to the Olympic track and field event, campers attempted to cross the high jump bar, but it was stacked between two poles made up of base-to-base Never Summer snowboards. And, in this case, the campers would jump over the bar with their boards or skis attached.
The exclamation mark on the activity after lunch was to see two members of the US snowboard team, Chris Corning and Chase Blackwell nollieing – a nose ollie – more than a meter above the bar.
Whether it’s the high jump, a snowboard boot race in Woodward Copper Summer Park or the ‘press conference’ – see which campers can push their nose or tail higher – Blackwell said the summer snow camp weeks at Woodward Copper are all for fun.
âI feel like growing up has always been the reason for every time I was on a snowboard, it was to have as much fun as possible,â said American halfpipe pro Blackwell. “Especially with this Never Summer team that we have right now, we’re all here to have fun.”
The Colorado-based Never Summer Tribe ran the second week of Woodward Copper’s summer camps Monday through Friday after Burton kicked things off the week before. The summit’s local Red Gerard and international stars like Mark McMorris and Danny Davis ripped through the summer slush of Woodward Copper and were some of the coolest camp counselors you could find before Never Summer came up the hill on Monday. June 14.
Corning, from Silverthorne, said serving as a children’s counselor means a lot to him as it gives him a chance to provide a camp experience he didn’t have as a child.
âEvery year we try to get the kids excited,â Corning said. âWe give out so much material and we all take great pride in having fun with the kids. It’s cool to see them improve. Being able to give that to someone is great.
For Blackwell, a Dillon resident, a Longmont native and 2021 U.S. National Men’s Halfpipe Champion, it’s an experience that takes him back to his days as a summer camper on snow. It was at the legendary Windells Camp in Mount Hood, Oregon for Blackwell. When Blackwell travels through Woodward Copper to teach a child how to hit a box or rail, it takes him back to his seven years of childhood memories in Windells. As a camper, Blackwell said he always wanted to be on the hill no matter how bad the summer rain was in the Pacific Northwest.
“I remember one rainy day a lot of people didn’t go up the hill and we walked through a corrugated tube and I was sitting inside the tube while people were doing a session on me “Blackwell said with a laugh. “It was super fun, I was just hanging out inside the rain.”
These days, Blackwell knows kids are looking for the same thing he is – to improve their skills and capture a new tip on video to share on Instagram. So Blackwell, Corning, and the rest of the Never Summer team are there to teach, ask questions, and save the kids as much as possible to make a day of camping.
It’s not often in elite international sports that you’ll find the country’s top athletes spending a week playing with kids of all ages and skill levels. This is the scene at Woodward Copper. You’ll find people like Olympic champion Gerard elegantly hand-planting a quarter pipe or world champion Corning spinning a 720 degree rodeo from an inventive wallie.
In each case, whatever jaw-dropping trick the pro throws right next to a wide-eyed youngster, the American team member will ride the magic carpet to the top of the park while chatting with the kids. children. Pros like Corning, Blackwell and Gerard love the camp so much that they’ll be carrying a kids’ board up the hill to help the little ripper get some rest.
âI’m really trying to make it look like it’s because of them because it’s their week,â Corning said. âWe ask them what they’re working on and their goals throughout the week. â¦ We try to be there as a person – someone to talk to, not necessarily someone who is a professional. We want to be their friend.
Summit snowboarding legend Chad Otterstrom was at Woodward Copper this week to help the Never Summer team.
âThe fun part of summer camp,â said Otterstrom, âis spending time with the kids, and that’s the most important part: making sure they have the best week of their lives. – because they will remember it for the rest of their lives. “
Otterstrom will be back for Academy Snowboards week starting July 11 and said the vibes at Copper this summer are incredible compared to last summer. Snow riding in the summer of 2020 in Copper has moved from traditional weeklong camps to one-on-one sessions in response to COVID-19 regulations.
âA 100% full return, that’s how I felt,â Otterstrom said. “Positive vibes.”