Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Woodward Tahoe Grand Opening

BMX pro Nate Wessel bunny hopped his bike over the striped tape, cutting it on the way down, to kick off the grand opening of Woodward Tahoe on Saturday, June 9.
Perched atop the beautiful Donner Summit, Woodward Tahoe is the perfect location for action sport and cheer athletes to train. Being located at Boreal Mountain Resort gives ski/snowboard campers the opportunity to train on real snow. The Bunker is located at the base of the mountain providing skate, BMX, cheer and dryland training. Sitting at an elevation of 7,200 ft., the temperature rarely exceeds 85 degrees providing the ideal training atmosphere. Woodward Tahoe is located minutes from the Town of Truckee, 45 minutes from Reno, 90 minutes from the state capitol, Sacramento and only 3 hours from beautiful San Francisco. Woodward Tahoe was built in the true spirit of Woodward: they collected input from our campers, visiting pros, and our own 35+ years of experience in the summer-camp business to build the ultimate riding facility west of the Mississippi.
Wessel was also a lead designer for the 33,000 square foot facility, also called "the Bunker". A virtual playground, the Bunker houses six Olympic-size trampolines, a super tramp (one of only a few in the U.S.), skatepark, pump track, skatelite ramps into foam pits and resi landings, spring floor, tumbling track, bouldering wall and a GroPro wire-flown camera. It is certainty pushing the growth of freestyle action sports in Tahoe.
The day started off early with the Boreal Summer Shred, where anyone with a lift ticket could access the Woodward Summer Terrain Park, including the 22’ superpipe, 2 jumps, Bag Jump and almost 20 rail features.
At 11:45 a large crowd gathered around the main entrance of The Bunker in anticipation of a traditional ribbon cutting. Boring. What they got instead was Nate Wessel charging out of the building on his BMX bike and bunny hopping right through the caution tape. By the time the tape hit the ground there were people lining up to be the first to step through the main entrance and really see what The Bunker has to offer.
The next five hours consisted of an action sports induced blur that included public skate, BMX and trampoline sessions, pro demos on the Launch Pad, indoor skatepark, East Campus mini-ramp and the trampolines, tours of the facility and musical performances from several killer DJ’s and artists.
The 33,000 square foot facility cost Powdr Corp $6.5 million and was completed in just under eleven months. It’s set to host to a slew of skate, BMX, cheer, dryland skiing and snowboarding camps throughout the year. Burton Academy director Chris Hargrave was appointed director of Woodward Tahoe.
For Boreal general manager Jody Churich, the goal of Woodward Tahoe is to provide a world class action sports environment to all levels of athletes. "It sounds canned, but progression training is the future of action sports. Everyone should learn to play with purpose (...) Pros that have been through Woodward Tahoe are finding unlimited options to challenge their skills. It we can offer unbelievable coaching in an amazing high performance training facility where kids are making life-long friendships and learning new skills during camp in a safe and progressive place then I've reached my goal".
Woodward also has a family element. "I am already seeing campers arriving as a family, where mom and dad are enjoying hiking and golfing while their children are at Woodward Tahoe", said Churich.
"In addition, the response from the local community has been amazing", she said. "The most typical comment is that the region needed a facility like this. So many Tahoe locals are sports minded, and there are no facilities that offer aerial awareness, tumbling and dryland ski/snowboard training".

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