Woodward started as a gymnastics camp on a Pennsylvania farm over 50 years ago. After seeing substantial crossover between gymnastics and action sports, the Woodward brand expanded to include facilities, camps, and programs for sports like BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, and skiing and snowboarding.
Today, there are nine Woodward facilities spread across the US — including Woodward Park City, which opened in late 2019. The Park City location is the place to be for year-round action sports, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, scooter, parkour, and tubing. The facility is world-class, people can train year-round, and there’s an established community of coaches and athletes.
“I think one thing that really makes Woodward Park City unique is that it is really the first [Woodward] that is mountain-centered, having been designed from the ground up as an entirely Woodward facility,” states Max Leabman, director of progression at Woodward Park City. “It was built from scratch, conceptualized from day one to be a Woodward. … pulling in elements of summer camp with an indoor training facility and making our own ski resort and action sports mecca. Woodward is small and mighty.”
Although the land where Woodward stands has long been a popular tubing facility, a new chairlift provides access to more terrain and extensive work has been done to ensure Woodward can transition seamlessly from season to season.
“There is a bit of crossover — everything we do outside complements what we do inside and vice versa. You can take all of your action sports equipment — skateboards, scooters, and BMX bikes — outside and do the outdoor pump track or the BMX dirt jumps, but you can also take skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking indoors and take advantage of the foam pit that we have,” says Max. “Mountain bikers will come in and learn how to hit their first jumps or backflips. … we have our own proprietary training equipment that basically are snowboards and skis with wheels on them that you use on our airbags and foam pits.”
In addition to drawing professional athletes and teams, Woodward has created programs for kids as young as age 4 who want to learn how to ski or snowboard in a custom-designed learning area.
WHAT’S WHAT AT WOODWARD
Indoor Action Sports Hub
- 10,000-square-foot concrete skatepark and skate features
- A spring floor, airtrack, and tumble track
Indoor parkour gym
Foam pits and airbags
Micro Clubhouse for kids ages 6 and under
Outdoor Action Sports Facilities & Mountain Park
- Skatepark and skate features
- Lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trails
Multiple progression parks so bikers can progress at their own speed
BMX dirt jumps
Skiing and snowboarding, including terrain parks and learning areas
A 22-foot halfpipe and big air jumps