A City Hall delegation that traveled to the Lake Tahoe region in late October was impressed with an action-sports camp that could open a location in Park City.

The travelers spent two days in the region, stopping at three mountain resorts and two communities. They learned about Woodward Tahoe, the action-sports camp, and the resorts.

Woodward Tahoe is under the ownership of Park City Mountain Resort owner Powdr Corp., and the company has an interest in possibly developing a Woodward location in Park City. There are other Woodward facilities in Pennsylvania, Colorado, another location in California and in China.

Park City Councilman Andy Beerman, one of the officials who traveled with the delegation, said the group was impressed with Woodward Tahoe. He said a Park City location would fit with the resort-driven economy and advance the city's "action sports culture."

"It's something that's very complementary and in line with what we're trying to do," Beerman said.

He said a Woodward location in Park City could benefit a variety of athletes, including those training to compete in the Olympics and others who want to become more skilled skateboarders. Beerman called Woodward Tahoe a "fun yet controlled environment."

In a recap issued in early November, the City Councilors who traveled called Woodward Tahoe a "progressive learning/teaching program" that is "very effective."

"It is not daycare! Parents are expected to stay on site during daily programs," the recap says, calling Woodward Tahoe "very local community oriented.


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The officials said Woodward Tahoe employees are recognized in the community. It employs the equivalent of between 25 and 30 full-time staffers and has up to 300 people working there seasonally, the recap said.

There is a possibility a Woodward facility could be developed as part of PCMR's redevelopment of its base area.

The delegation included Beerman, City Councilor Alex Butwinski, City Councilor Liza Simpson and three City Hall staffers -- Chief Building Official Chad Root, Jonathan Weidenhamer, who manages economic development programs, and Nate Rockwood, a budget official.

The trip was expected to cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

The recap lists other highlights from the trip. They include:

  • a statement about an older part of Truckee, Calif. "Old town section similar to ours probably 30 years ago. Not quite as polished or restored."

  • a comment that the Northstar California Resort, a mountain resort, is "very homogenized, much like Beaver Creek." It says Park City "can learn lessons about the use of height (good and bad)." The recap also maintains that "there are places that the ambiance was such that you could have been anywhere."

  • a reference to a Ritz-Carlton hotel at Northstar California Resort, saying that the Ritz-Carlton "made a poor choice with their gondola" and that the hotel has a business model similar to high-end hotels in the Park City area like Waldorf Astoria Park City at Canyons and Montage Deer Valley.

  • a statement that the "pedestrian core works" in the mountain resort of Squaw Valley and that "growth appears organic and not 'manufactured.'"

  • a comment about Tahoe City, Calif., resembling another time. "Very 70's (motel 'museum' time warp). A beach town on the lake. Minor reinvestment," the recap says. Seasonal business appeared good, it says.