From the Oakley Progression Sessions — Winter Park, Colo. (March 21) — The ladies of OPS at Winter Park showed up on Day 2 ready to head up the lift and hit the park. After a fantastic Day 1, everyone was stoked to build on the tricks that they had started to learn and dial in 360s, boardslides, 540s and more. Another day of warm temperatures made the snow soft and perfect for learning tricks in the private OPS park. "The weather was ballin'," said Marie-France Roy, pro snowboarder and OPS coach.
This stop of OPS had participants from all over the world. Women from Tennessee, California, New Hampshire, Denmark, and Italy joined Colorado natives for the weekend. Said Marie, "Some of the women made sixteen hour drives to come shred with us, it was awesome to see how stoked they were to take part in OPS. Also, this week we had the youngest participant ever at nine years old, Lydia, who inspired all of us."
While the riders took laps through Winter Park's larger parks and through the halfpipe, much of the day was spent hiking the private OPS park. "Winter Park did a great job with the private park and the girls all progressed their riding and learned new tricks," said Kristi Leskinen, Oakley pro and OPS ski coach. As techno music blasted through the speakers in the on hill Oakley lounge, the women threw down methods, spins, and perfected their jump game, all while providing cheers, high fives, and support to all of their peers charging the jumps alongside them. The OPS crew took a break from the park after lunch for a giant mob-run down the mountain; forty women shredding all together was a sight to see and even better to be a part of. The excited yells and smiles as everyone shredded together was great.
At the end of the day, even after riding hard and hiking for two days straight, everyone headed down to enjoy a delicious après (baked brie, berries, and salmon, yum) and celebrate everyone's weekend with the awards ceremony.
Anna Uthe, who came to OPS at Winter Park from South Dakota, was the recipient of the "Girl, You've Got Skills" award. She walked away with a full kit from Oakley, including new Oakley luggage for her next trip to Colorado. Anna said, "it was the best weekend of my life, most definitely. I've looked up to Marie-France Roy and Chanelle my whole life and to be able to ride with them and be coached by them was insane. I learned more in these two days, than I have in my life. This whole season, all I have learned is boardslides and presses and to get spins down today was awesome."
The next Oakley Progression Sessions camp is slated for this weekend, March 26-27, at Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.