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It’s a side-effect of par­ent­ing. Once your kids get close to 10 years old, you are sud­den­ly the least cool per­son they know. No mat­ter what you were before becom­ing their moth­er or father, you are now the voice of Char­lie Brown’s teacher any­time you try to talk to them. A rem­e­dy to this hope­less uncool­ness is to take them on a trip to one of the 12 Wood­ward extreme sports cam­pus loca­tions, per­fect for fam­i­ly adven­tures, spread across North Amer­i­ca. There, you can drop from the lip of a wood­en half-pipe, feel your body whipped up by grav­i­ty as the tube curls back and launch­es you, spin­ning, fly­ing, into the air, after which your kids will final­ly real­ize just how awe­some you real­ly are. 

 

 

Woodward Park City

© Rina Nehdar

 

 

OK, this might not be you but the guys and girls who broke their bones in the 70s and 80s, try­ing to land those types of tricks on skate­boards or bikes, who crashed into the mer­ci­less con­crete of emp­ty pools, are all grown up now and have kids of their own. Like most par­ents, they want to teach their chil­dren what they know but they also want to pro­tect them from being hurt. The solu­tion is Wood­ward, the most state-of-the-art, indoor-out­door extreme sports park. 

 

 

Watch our fun video of our vis­it to the grand open­ing of Wood­ward Park City and vis­its with skate­board­ing legends!

 

 

 

 

 

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Woodward Park City is a fun place to go with kids for adventure family travel. Skateboarding, BMX biking, gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding indoors and outdoors is all available on this fun family trip to park city, utah!

 

 

Woodward Park City, Utah

 

Woodward Park City

No need to break bones © Rina Nehdar

 

 

Wood­ward began 50 years ago in Penn­syl­va­nia as a gym­nas­tics train­ing facil­i­ty, the extreme sports of those days. Its pro­gram nat­u­ral­ly pro­gressed to include BMX bik­ing and skate­board­ing, the new­er extreme sports gain­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty in the 80s. The idea was to offer kids a safer way to learn those skills. Wood­ward invites all types of kids into their camps and class­es, from the nev­er-before-tried-it to the Olympic and X‑Game com­peti­tor. Today, Wood­ward facil­i­ties offer work­shops in skate­board­ing, scooter­ing, BMX and moun­tain bik­ing, cheer­lead­ing, park­our, tub­ing and snow­board­ing. The dif­fer­ent areas around their facil­i­ties are divid­ed into what they call Zones. Each Zone has Coach­es respon­si­ble for train­ing the kids in each of the offered activ­i­ties. Zone Coach­es offer tips based on their own exten­sive expe­ri­ence to progress safe­ly and effi­cient­ly to their goals. Wood­ward also offers class­es in dig­i­tal media for friends to get those stunts in action.

 

 

Woodward Park City

Learn By Doing © Rina Nehdar

 

 

I took my 11-year-old son, Kaleb to the grand open­ing of Wood­ward’s newest indoor-out­door cam­pus in Park City, Utah on Decem­ber 14, 2019. Kaleb is just now get­ting into scooter­ing and skate­board­ing with Knox and they both love to watch the Wood­ward-based show, Camp Wood­ward on YouTube. Camp Wood­ward fol­lows the lives of young, extreme ath­letes as they test their skills and friend­ships at that first Wood­ward loca­tion in Pennsylvania. 

 

 

Roman from Camp Woodward and Kaleb

Kaleb with Roman from Camp Woodward

 

 

 

 

Action Sports Hub

 

On open­ing day, we walked into the indoor sec­tion of the 125-acre Wood­ward Park City cam­pus called the Action Sports Hub. My friend, Lexi Rohn­er, who had recent­ly moved to Park City from Los Ange­les, told me the com­mu­ni­ty had long antic­i­pat­ed the kick­off of this new enter­tain­ment and fit­ness com­plex, so lines formed ear­ly. As a gift to the sur­round­ing cities that day, Wood­ward did­n’t charge admis­sion on open­ing day and donat­ed 100% of their earn­ings for oth­er things to local charities. 

 

 

Grand Opening Woodward Park City

Grand Open­ing Wood­ward Park City @ Rina Nehdar

 

 

First, we joined a group gath­ered inside the Action Sports Hub for a tour. We watched pro ath­letes Tony Hawk, Tyson Bower­bank and Lyn‑Z Pas­trana, as well as some of the kids from the Camp Wood­ward show, Zion and Roman, do skate­board­ing tricks in the Con­crete Park. Par­ents and guests observed all the action from a view­ing plat­form set right above. There they oooohed and ahh­h­hed while the ath­letes pushed their lim­its. Alco­hol laws are tight in Utah but there’s a bar a few steps from the deck where vis­i­tors can order food and drinks while being impressed by the daredevils.

 

 

Grand Opening Woodward Park City

Con­crete Park © Rina Nehdar

 

 

Mini-Mega

 

We head­ed over to an exhi­bi­tion at the oth­er side of the facil­i­ty where ath­letes took turns rolling down what they call the Mini-Mega; five ramps, of var­i­ous sizes, with a ramp that shoots up at the end, launch­ing the dare­dev­il into space with a for­giv­ing land­ing into a pit of foam bricks. 

 

 

Grand Opening Woodward Park City

There’s Noth­ing Mini About It! © Rina Nehdar

 

 

Although rid­ers per­formed many of the stunts on bikes, there were also Wood­ward-designed snow­boards and skis, with wheels on the bot­tom, to sim­u­late what it would be like to attempt their leaps out on the actu­al snow in the out­door park outside. 

 

 

Woodward Park City

Wheel­ing Around © Rina Nehdar

 

 

As ath­letes com­plet­ed mul­ti­ple flips in the air, while hold­ing onto their sports equip­ment, the throng sur­round­ing the area reg­u­lar­ly dropped their jaws, punc­tured their faces with round­ed lips and hoot­ed in aston­ish­ment. Even the ath­letes were impressed.

 

 

Woodward Park City

Ooooohh­hh © Rina Nehdar

 

 

On reg­u­lar­ly opened days,  guests can scan their ID wrist­bands, before and after per­form­ing these feats, to obtain video footage of their action. This way they can cap­ture their progress, iden­ti­fy what needs improve­ment and obvi­ous­ly, cel­e­brate their shred­ding abilities.

Above the Mini-Mega, bik­ers and skate­board­ers raced back and forth on the Pump Track, a length of wood floor undu­lat­ing like waves with rails and a wall to attempt tricks. 

 

 

Woodward Park City

Fly­ing High © Rina Nehdar

 

 

The Pump Track, and many of the ele­ments around Wood­ward, are designed by leg­endary ramp archi­tects, Nate Wes­sel and Cal­i­for­nia Skateparks who also build the parks for the X‑Games and the Olympics.

 

 

Woodward Park City

Nate Wes­sel and Me © Rina Nehdar

 

 

“The whole expe­ri­ence is designed to be a pro­gres­sion,” said Ali Goulet, the leg­endary pro-snow­board­er assigned to be our guide for the day. And that’s the thing. Even­tu­al­ly, these skate­board­ing and snow­board­ing pio­neers grow up and most have to get real jobs because the younger gen­er­a­tion nudges them out of the spot­light. But now there’s anoth­er option. Goulet and every coach that works for Wood­ward has a pro­fes­sion­al back­ground in these extreme sports. “I get to teach and guide the next gen­er­a­tion,” Goulet said. 

 

 

Woodward Park City

Buds © Ali Goulet

 

 

Goulet called Kaleb over to fol­low him from the mind-bend­ing ramps of the Mini-Mega over to the train­ing area for it; two long con­crete rooms con­nect­ed by a wall open­ing. A mini-ramp and foam cov­ered stairs and rail filled one side and two small­er half-pipes dis­sect­ed by a foam edge sat in the oth­er. There, a pack of tweens prac­ticed tricks on scoot­ers. Goulet found a scoot­er for Kaleb and after a bunch of my prod­ding and a hearty invi­ta­tion from the old­er boys, my not-usu­al­ly-shy guy final­ly joined them. 

 

 

Woodward Park City

 

He watched for a while and then took off from the top of the lit­tle ramp toward a wall that curved up from the bot­tom. He stopped him­self before his momen­tum took him up the wall. He did this a few times between the flips and mid-air scoot­er rota­tions exe­cut­ed by the more expe­ri­enced boys. I walked away because I guessed my pres­ence was embar­rass­ing him as Goulet was telling him ways to nav­i­gate the wall once he felt secure enough to get there. 

 

 

Woodward Park City

The Crew © Rina Nehdar

 

 

Around the cor­ner, a launch ramp, the size of a large liv­ing room, led to a giant air pil­low that absorbed the impact after bik­ers and skate­board­ers hurled them­selves into the air above it, prac­tic­ing tricks they’d lat­er attempt on the Mini-Mega. I watched for a while mar­veling at their bravery.

 

 

Woodward Park City

No. He did­n’t get hurt. © Rina Nehdar

 

 

Mountain Park

 

The out­door por­tion of the com­plex, called the Moun­tain Park, invites snow­board­ers, skiers and tubers to do their thing on its extreme cours­es, trails and runs.

 

 

Woodward Park City Mountain Park

Wood­ward Park City — Moun­tain Park © Rina Nehdar

 

 

We arrived for a rit­u­al called “First Chair” that involves a his­to­ry of cows in Switzer­land and the cow­bells that rang their arrival back at the vil­lage after graz­ing the hills around it at the end of sum­mer. Dur­ing the win­ter, the Swiss used these dor­mant cow­bells to cheer on the cow farm­ers, who were also down­hill skiers obvi­ous­ly, as they made their way down the moun­tain. First Chair cer­e­monies are used world­wide to cel­e­brate the open­ing of new ski resorts. After what seemed like hours of prepa­ra­tion for this in the cold weath­er, but was prob­a­bly about 20 min­utes, the first four rid­ers final­ly got a chance to put their tush in the chair­lift and ride up the moun­tain. One of the men who got that hon­or, Kasen Bak­er, had arrived at 6 am to be one of the first to ride up the new moun­tain. “I’ve already bought my sea­son pass,” Bak­er said before his ride up. 

 

 

Woodward Park City Mountain Park

Lucky Rid­ers © Rina Nehdar

 

 

A ski lift and mag­ic car­pets bring kids and adults of var­i­ous skill lev­els up the moun­tain. Jumps, rails, moguls and snow-packed quar­ter-pipes pre­sent­ed chal­lenges that ath­letes had start­ed to work out in the indoor hub and were now ready to try on the real deal. In the sum­mer, this area con­verts into moun­tain bik­ing courses.

 

 

Woodward: A Place For All Abilities

 

Lexi brought her triplets to the grand open­ing and I found them inside the Action Sports Hub on the padded exer­cise floor. Coach­es sep­a­rat­ed a pack of excit­ed, young ath­letes into small­er groups to get their first expe­ri­ences around Wood­ward and to tour all the oth­er floor Zones: Park­our, Tram­po­line and Acro. 

 

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Woodward Park City Action Sports Hub

Wood­ward Park City Action Sports Hub © Rina Nehdar

 

 

I watched as one tiny fig­ure, maybe six years old, jumped off a two-sto­ry plat­form into a foam pit. It turned out to be the daugh­ter of extreme ath­letes, Lyn‑Z and Travis Pas­trana.

 

 

Woodward Park City Action Sports Hub

Apples and Trees © Rina Nehdar

 

 

But Wood­ward is a place for all types of kids, includ­ing those with spe­cial needs. My friend Lex­i’s chil­dren were born pre­ma­ture and have dealt with phys­i­o­log­i­cal chal­lenges their whole lives, how­ev­er, her son, Cole, held the hands of a Zone Coach who gen­tly guid­ed him while he jumped soft­ly on a tram­po­line. Cole’s broth­er, Chase, flew behind them, on anoth­er tram­po­line, what appeared to be about 20 feet into the air. 

 

 

Woodward Park City Action Sports Hub

Chase and Cole Rohn­er © Rina Nehdar

 

 

The Tram­po­line Zone offers sev­en tram­po­lines, two of them called “Super Tram­p’s,” the largest tram­po­lines in the world, where jumpers bounce three times high­er than on a nor­mal tram­po­line so they could learn aer­i­al tricks that can’t be taught any­where else. Around us, cheer­lead­ers prac­ticed mid-air tum­bles, kids som­er­sault­ed down foam wedges and some ran head­long into more foam pits. A DJ played bump­ing music above it all on a raised floor.

 

 

Woodward Park City Action Sports Hub

Bumpin Beats © Rina Nehdar

 

 

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I found Kaleb still prac­tic­ing on the scoot­er, with the oth­er boys root­ing for his progress. He went down the mini-ramp, even doing a lit­tle hop in the mid­dle of his ride. He got to the wall and twist­ed his body to carve an arc onto it as he turned his scoot­er back toward his new friends. The oth­er boys high-fived him when he returned to the line-up. His smile beamed with increased con­fi­dence and my heart melted.

 

 

Woodward Park City Action Sports Hub

Ali Goulet and Kaleb on right © Rina Nehdar

 

 

Even if you’re not out there, drop­ping down a five-sto­ry plat­form on your BMX or buzzing around kid­ney shaped bowls on a skate­board, the fact that you know of a place where you could take your kids to learn to do that, makes you a way cool­er per­son than your kids ever imagined.

 

 

When You Go

 

 

 

Fly

 

Delta and South­west Air­lines offer two-hour non-stop flights from Los Ange­les to Salt Lake City. Park City is about a half-hour dri­ve from Salt Lake City.

 

 

Drive

 

It takes about 10 and a half hours to dri­ve to Park City through the I‑15 N.

 

 

Stay

 

We stayed at the Hyatt Place Park City which had a jacuzzi, that, yes, we went into just to say we did it with snow around us. The room was clean and spa­cious and had a L‑shaped couch sit­ting area where you could chill if your kids are in bed. They also pro­vid­ed a nice break­fast buf­fet and the lob­by has a bar that also serves light meals and snacks. There is a bus stop right in front that takes you into the bucol­ic down­town or any­where you want to go and guess what? They’re all free.

If you’d pre­fer to stay in a pri­vate home rental, use this inter­ac­tive map to see what’s avail­able dur­ing the time you want to visit.

 

 

 

 

Kaleb and I got invit­ed by the com­pa­ny that owns Wood­ward, Pwdr, to the Grand Open­ing so we could share our incred­i­ble fun with oth­er fam­i­lies who like active fun. They are awesome!

 

 

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Woodward Park City is a fun place to go with kids for adventure family travel. Skateboarding, BMX biking, gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding indoors and outdoors is all available on this fun family trip to park city, utah!