US Ski & Snowboard announced last week a new partnership with Woodward, designating Woodward Copper, Colorado, and Woodward Park City, Utah facilities as Official Training Centers for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes through January 2025. This agreement will see athletes from US Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the United States, training at Woodward Copper and Woodward Park City leading up to the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026, providing invaluable access as athletes train to reach podiums.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Woodward to elevate our freeski and snowboard athletes’ training. Woodward’s facilities at Copper Mountain and in Park City will provide key year-round training for our Pro and Rookie Team athletes for years to come.”
– U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle, Freeski, and Snowboard Director Jeremy Forster
Woodward Copper, located at Copper Mountain, Colorado, stands out as a top training destination for every level of competitor. Along with its Superpipe and Central Park, the resort recently debuted two airbag training zones for elite-level halfpipe and big air athletes, which offers some of the best and most consistent training for freeskiers and snowboarders.
“Over time Woodward Copper has evolved to become the proving ground for snowboarding and progression. I am beyond thrilled that Copper has leveled up even more with the addition of new training bags and an official partnership with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team.”
– Red Gerard, US Olympic slopestyle gold medalist
“Our partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard is stronger than ever and we’re proud to provide even more world-class training opportunities for their athletes. For decades, we’ve looked forward to hosting U.S. Team athletes for training and competition each season. It is our privilege to expand this partnership, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team is a big reason why we are considered the Athlete’s Mountain.”
– Dustin Lyman, president and general manager of Copper Mountain
Woodward Park City, Utah provides consistent, year-round access to high-performance training indoor and outdoor venues, including the 66,000 square-foot indoor Action Sports Hub, which is comprised of trampolines, foam pits, and proprietary training tools, along with the outdoor Mountain Park, which includes a superpipe and big air jump.
“It’s been amazing to see Woodward embrace progression and training areas indoors and on-mountain at both Copper and Woodward Park City. I’ve spent a lot of time in the pipes at both places the past two seasons getting ready for the Olympics.”
– Shaun White, five-time Olympian and professional snowboarder
“Woodward Park City was built with the intention of empowering and inspiring the next generation of action sports athletes. This partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard furthers our commitment to current and future U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and encourages local youth to dream big.”
– Woodward Park City General Manager Phoebe Mills
The partnership with Woodward gives US Ski & Snowboard Team athletes new tools and venues for athletes to progress through the next four-year cycle in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026. Woodward’s indoor and outdoor high-performance training venues create an ideal setting for training high-level athletes in multiple disciplines.