Summer snow: Woodward at Copper opens this weekend

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If this week's climbing temperatures and the smell of burning pine from fires across the state have you pining for ski season, you're not alone: The Woodward at Copper action sports camp is opening its outdoor summer terrain park (previously open only to summer camp participants) to the public for the first time Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Woodward spokeswoman Erica Pedersen says you'd better book in advance.

"It's definitely getting warm up here, but our Summer Playground Park at the base area still looks great and they're out there today rebuilding the park and putting in some new features," Pedersen says. "Tickets for the new Saturday sessions are $10, but I want to stress that you need to book in advance by calling 1-888-350-1544, because we're only offering 50 spots."

Woodward at Copper is running summer skateboard, snowboard, ski, mountain bike, and digital media camps, and has guaranteed on-mountain snow for its campers, in addition to sessions in the camp's indoor facility known as The Barn.

"Summer has been awesome," Pedersen says. "The sponsors have been unbelievable, giving away tons of gear, and we've had visiting pros up here every week coaching and interacting with our campers."

Campers have access to other areas on the mountain with pockets of snow, but the Saturday sessions -- which Pedersen says will continue through the rest of the summer camp session if possible -- will stick to the Playground Park at the Copper Mountain Village base area.

"There are two flat-down rails and a small jump, and our crew has been out there rebuilding the park today to put in some new features," Pedersen says. "The Playground Park is in great condition and we're looking forward to seeing some new faces up here."

For more on the Saturday sessions, visit www.WoodwardAtCopper.com

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