COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (CBS4)– Despite temperatures expected to top 90 degrees across Colorado, some kids are hitting the slopes for summer camp.
Woodward at Copper hosts several weeks of skiing and snowboarding camps, complete with leftover snow. This year there is a lot of snow for campers after what is being called one of the best ski seasons in Colorado history.
“It’s awesome, we have rails, jumps, quarter pipes, everything you want here,” said snowboarder Dillon Wilson.
That snow spreads out a few hundred yards long and is still several feet high.
“We got summer time skiing and snowboarding. It’s pretty amazing,” said Woodward at Copper General Manager Morrison Hsieh.
The leftover snow is helping these campers experience a one-of-a-kind summer camp.
“I’m from Connecticut so all my friends see me posting pictures snowboarding. They’re like, ‘You guys still have snow up there?'” said Wilson.
“I’m in board shorts right now, it feels pretty good. It’s not your typical winter day, that’s for sure,” said Olympic Gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg.
Kotsenburg made an appearance at camp this week. He won the first ever Olympic gold medal in men’s snowboard slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Kotsenburg is from Park City, Utah.
“Everyone’s like, ‘Yeah, there’s actually quite a bit of snow. There’s a 30 foot jump’ and I was like, ‘No way, there can’t be,'” said Kotsenburg. “It’s amazing. There’s so much snow they preserve it well and they have an awesome park to go with it.”
“We have a competitive advantage being above 9,600 feet but the elevation the snow doesn’t melt that fast,” said Hsieh.
The camp doesn’t make snow, which is their most asked question. The pile they’re using for camp is left over from the ski season. It lasts all seven weeks of summer camp.
“All the snow campers go on everyday. We have two terrain parks and it’s a pretty amazing experience. The only one of its kind in Colorado,” said Hsieh.