Created: 04 August 2021


Eighteen months ago, Inland Northwest Series freeskier, Elyse Byrd won the 2020 Woodward Progression Award and was beyond hyped to head to Woodward Copper for a week of freeskiing, airbag jumping and foam pit flipping. Due to Covid-19, 2020 summer camp turned in to 2021 summer camp and despite the full year of anticipation, Woodward Copper lived up to the hype, leaving Elyse with a new bag of tricks and a renewed stoke for the 2021/22 USASA season. Oh and Elyse also managed to earn herself a new pair of K2 skis in the Woodward Jump Jam and was the GoPro Award Winner for session 8 while getting to ski alongside some of her heroes in the sport like Joss Christensen, Alex Ferreira, Colby Stevenson, and Alex Hall. 

What was the best part about Woodward Copper Ski Camp?
The best part about Woodward Copper was skiing on real snow with people who love skiing/riding as much as I do!

Do you feel like your week at Copper helped you get ready for the season?
Yes! Not only was it a ton of fun but it gave me an opportunity to try new tricks and types of rails!
I am so excited to continue progressing next year with the jump start that Woodward gave me.

Woodward Camp Session fun times! 


What was the best part on the hill and off the hill?
The best part on the hill was getting back on snow and trying new tricks with the help of awesome coaches. Off of the hill, it was fun to meet new friends who also love the sport!

You won the progression award in 2020, was it worth the wait ;)?
It was totally worth the wait!! I had a full year of anticipation!

We saw you won the Woodward's Jump Jam? What trick did you land to make that happen?
The jump jam was the same format as a USASA rail jam and I did backflip to cork 7

How was it riding with Olympic and X Games medalists (and USASA alum) Joss Christensen, Alex Ferreira, Colby Stevenson, and Alex Hall?
It was a ton of fun meeting and riding with the pros! They are seriously such an inspiration!!

How has USASA impacted your life?
USASA has impacted my life in so many ways, it has given me lifetime friendships, an avenue to compete nationally, and a fun way to push me with progression.

What’s your favorite part about being a part of the USASA community and competing?
The people. Everyone is SO supportive and helpful! Competing in USASA is so much fun and is such a welcoming atmosphere.

Elyse pictured with her siblings Julia and Liam at the last event of the season with the Inland Northwest Series

What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
Shredding with my friends and progressing my skills further!
Elyse’s was also one of our #2021USASAShowcase superstars, check out her edit here.

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