When it comes to winter action sports, Woodward at Copper Mountain in Colorado is the center of training, progression and safety.
Woodward is an international leader in action sports training and progression and is one of the only centers keeping pace with the innovative nature of extreme and action sports. Athletes ranging from Bobby Brown and Shaun White to beginners come here to learn and practice flips, twist and much much more.
The "Barn," as it was called recently, went through a massive renovation to broaden the scope and range of sports that can now train here.
National in scope, Camp Woodward is in Pennsylvania and their newest location is Woodward Tahoe. From BMX, skateboard, snowboard and skiing, these are the locations for action sports training. The facilities include trampolines, foam pits, and ramps. They offer camps, lessons and instruction for all abilities.
Action sports are exciting and fun, but they are also dangerous. Woodward and its national locations are taking the lead in safety so any athlete or parent serious about learning how to be involved with these sports should visit one of these locations sooner than later.
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Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won the opening World Cup slalom by a massive 1.06 seconds in Levi, Finland, and her prize was a reindeer.
She now leads the overall FIS Women's World Cup standings. Shiffrin has won five of the last eight World Cup Slaloms.
Shiffrin has been focusing on skiing two consistent runs per race.
"Thatís the goal, try to ski fast both runs, to ski my skiing both runs from top to bottom. I donít always like to start first, but if Iím going last in the second run thatís never a bad sign," she said.
She's glad to be back on snow after a long summer.
"Iím a ski racer at heart, so Iím really happy to be back racing, back on snow, back in winter. It was really foreign to me this summer with all the media and everybody so excited abut the Olympics. Itís awesome and itís a great place to be for sure, but I had no idea what to expect. So itís nice to have my feet back on the ground, back in a place that I know."
The women's World Cup tour now moves to Beaver Creek, Colo. for a downhill, super G and giant slalom Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The events will test the newly completed Raptor course, which will host all women's competition during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
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The Boston Ski and Snowboard show is being held through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This is the place to go for preseason deals on equipment, clothing and ski area specials. The annual gathering of ski and snowboard enthusiasts showcases the who, what, and when of skiing in North America and around the globe.
Look for me on Friday around the show floor. Ticket are only $12 and kids under 12 are free.
If you miss me there Iíll be emceeing the Warren Miller movie showing Sunday night in Duxbury. Go to tixbeast.com for your tickets.
When you are there, make sure you check out the new generation of the SkiTips apps series for iPhone and iPad, which will be debuting at this year's Boston Ski & Snowboard Show, with all proceeds going to local charity Christopher's Haven.
The SkiTips concept of self-teaching apps includes a complete course on snowboarding from beginner to expert by Olympic medalist and 36-time World Cup winner Mathieu Bozetto, while the five skiing apps cover every level from first-timers to telemark, off-piste and back-country touring.
The SkiTips team is working with Christopher's Haven to help raise money for this extraordinary Boston institution. All proceeds from sales of any of the SkiTips apps during the show will be donated to the Haven.
United We Ski is a new film by T-bar film and it looks at the community ski areas that still exist in Vermont. United We Ski includes Hard'ack, Northeast Slopes, and Cochran's Ski Area. The film also explores lost ski areas as well as secret ski tows hidden among the sugar-bushes of Vermont.
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Shane McConkey was a real-life action hero in the world of extreme sports. His career ran for two decades, and he was known for his innovation on and off the slopes.
As a skier he pioneered fat skis, invented and marketed reverse camber skis, and became the name and face for ski-BASE jumping around the world.
Off the snow he founded an organization for freeride skiers, carved out new sponsorship deals with mainstream sponsors such as Red Bull, and was a family man.
His life ended in an accident in Europe when he attempted to ski off a cliff and wing-suit away and then eventually parachute to safety. Unfortunately, due to equipment failure, Shane McConkey jumped his last cliff March 29 2009 in the Dolomite mountains in Italy.
A new documentary film entitled "McConkey" is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left on the progression of his sports, and the path he took to achieve his dreams.
McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives.
Featuring incredible action footage and Shaneís own home videos, "McConkey" offers a rare look at his most intense risks as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.
Through interviews with friends, family, and other action sports legends, the film celebrates Shane and the way he lived.
It is playing in Boston Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at John Hancock Hall. Click here to view the movie trailer.
Click here for Boston tickets: http://mcconkeyboston.eventbrite.com/
Edging the Xtreme caught up with long-time skier and filmmaker Scott Gaffney for insight in to this film. Listen below: