Top pros in awe as Woodward Tahoe opens for business
Words & photos: Moss Halladay
Watch the grand opening video from Woodward Tahoe.
This past Saturday Lake Tahoe welcomed the newest addition of Woodward. Woodward has been a staple to action sports training since the early 90s as the original camp opened in the 1970s for gymnastics. Fast-forward 40 years and we see the progression of action sports training known as Woodward Tahoe, located just outside of Truckee at Boreal Mountain Resort.
With a pro list like Tony Hawk, Todd Richards, Chas Guldemond, Zak Hale, Hannah Teter, Tanner Hall, Sammy Carlson, and Ryan Nyquist showing up for the opening, it was no surprise that it was going to go off. Thousands of people from all over California and beyond made sure they were there to witness this momentous occasion first hand. For such a bleak snow year in Tahoe, Woodward did an amazing job building the on snow portion of the camp. Littered with rails, jumps, and even a super pipe, Boreal let everyone know that they can build one killer park.
The real fun begins when you step inside the 33,000 square foot dryland training facility. It’s like walking into a candy shop for the first time as a kid. On first inspection you realize just how awesome and huge this place really is. “The Bunker” has 6 Olympic size trampolines, foam pits, resi-pads, mini ramps, parkour zones, spring boards, bouldering walls and more stuff than you could imagine. Once the ribbon was cut The Bunker was the place to be. Hundreds of kids and adults pushed their way inside to watch the pros throwdown and see what this place is all about. Woodward brought out all the stops for showing off The Bunker. If the huge list of action sports stars wasn’t enough, Woodward decided it would be fitting to bring a cheerleading squad and Americas got Talent star Turf to wow the crowd.
Opening day went off with a bang and it’s safe to say Lake Tahoe is now on the map for being one of the best/most fun places to train in the world. Woodward stepped it up big and it’s apparent how they dominate training in every sport. They will even be offering digital media camps this summer! Woodward summer snow camps will be going through August so you still have time to sign up and get your summer shred on. If you can’t make it this summer, Woodward will be offering camps all year and you can even buy a “Bunker” only pass to go train your butt off and learn all the quad corks you can.
Here’s what’s inside the Bunker:
- THE BUNKER – This year-round indoor training facility is another amazing creation from renowned skatepark builder Nate Wessel. A virtual playground of banked walls, step-ups and transfers, designed for campers to focus on dryland ski/ride training, skateboarding, BMX and cheer.
- SEVEN trampolines designed to develop and train aerial awareness in multiple sports.
- THE LAUNCH PAD – A marquee feature of The Bunker designed with three drop-in levels and three different takeoffs and landings into both foam and resi pits.
- THE SUPER TRAMP – An amazing training device with incredible bounce.
- BAGJUMP – Considered the most state-of-the-art action sports training device in the world. The enormous 50’x50’ cushion for landing is designed to eliminate the “trampoline effect,” absorbing impacts with maximum softness for on-snow progression training.
- Other indoor features include an Indoor Street/Tranny Skatepark, Mini-Mini Ramp, Foam Pits, Spring Floor, Bouldering Wall, Tumbling Track, Double-Mini Tramp and Parkour Zone.
- A lift-accessed private terrain park with a 22ft. Superpipe, jumpline and multiple jibs.
More info at woodwardtahoe.com
Watch the grand opening video here.