The Launch 2018 at Woordward Copper – Day 4 Photos and Highlights
photos: E-Stone, T. Bird, Mary Walsh, and Mark Clavin
Spring in Colorado is made up of motley meteorological conditions. Warm sunny days are followed by storms, and often climatic shifts takes hours or even minutes—the forecast is fickle, but any opportunity for powder in late March—even when you're planning on taking runs in the park—is welcome. This is a good thing, because on the last day of the 2018 edition of The Launch, the sky was white with large, dense flakes that coated the ground, covered jackets, obscured goggle lenses and reinforced the fact that winter isn't over yet. The Woodward Copper park staff had manicured the park to perfection overnight and even though fluffy flakes filled the air, the riders of the 2018 edition of The Launch were undeterred and at 10am, dropped into the park for hot laps.
Low visibility closed down the jumpline, but there were 100+ jibs that still had plenty of sessioning left. Keegan Hosefros, Lexi Roland, Jack Coyne, Cooper Whittier, Dylan Okurowski, Morris Gifford, Justin Phipps, Jadyn Chomlack, Lucas Foster, Rakai Tait, Miles Fallon and Pat and Joey Fava were zigzagging between transition, rails, and rollers. While the fresh snow and moderate temps made for slightly slower conditions, the side slashes made up for it while cruising down to the chairlift from the park.
For a brief moment in late morning, the snow stopped and the sun came out. Riders took the opportunity to float over the built up roller on the line of tables on rider's right, hand dragging, tail dragging, and popping ones and threes. Windham Miller, Ryan Wachendorfer, Seth Hill, Jack Coyne, AJ Ronning, Xander Raithe, Brett Moody and more launched effortlessly off the roller on their way to the bottom jibs.
A short session started soon after rider’s right of the hip with Ryan Wachendorfer, Zeb Powell, Jadyn Chomlack, Windham Miller, and more sliding the top of the wallride and airing out over the 10ft gap as the clouds closed up again. AJ Ronning, Denver Orr, Jack Coyne, and plenty more hiked the lower wallride until visibility became a problem and snowfall slowed everything to a hault. Calling it an hour early on the final day just meant more time to skate for a majority of the riders. Heading immediately to The Woodward Copper Barn to skate the miniramp, pumptrack, bowl, and street section, Launch riders literally kept the sessions rolling into the night, lead by Pat and Joey Fava, AJ Ronning, and Tommy Olivas.
Huge thanks to Woodward Copper for having us, Oakley snowboarding for all the support, and all the riders for coming out! It was a Launch for the books, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year.