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Old 08-15-2011, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys,

I'm trying to host a local snowboarding/BBQ event some time in September, but I have 0 experience doing this type of stuff. I'd love it if anybody who's been involved with this type of event in the past could help me plan better.

It doesn't seem like a really complicated thing to organize, but I might be missing something. I'm guessing that I just need to contact the local ice rinks for snow, have a truck, some shovels, and people to move the snow. Make a trail of snow & a jump or rail on a hill. Then I'm good to go for 3 - 4 hours?
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well first off that sounds like an awesome idea. Props to you.

Second where do you live? If your in so-cal then you are going to need alot more ice to keep it cold and prevent it from melting. I dont know how much ice rinks dump at a single time but i cant imagine its enough to make a decent run in, transfer and a landing and not get chewed up after 3 runs. I guess you will have to find multiple ice rinks. If you are using pickups you will probably need atleast 4, depending on bed size. Also you wont have enough for an actual jump. So mabye a rail or 2 and a flat box. Last winter i flipped a plastic kayack over and it was a perfect flat box. If i was doing it i would have eneryone who was comming to the bbq get there early and help shovel snow and build the setup, then you have the most amount of shred time before it melts. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I live in Vancouver, Canada. It's going to be less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit in September, hopefully that'll make the snow last longer!
I didn't expect to need 4 trucks worth of snow (wow!)... That will be a lot of work but I'm still going to try to make it work.

I was hoping to find a hill with a slight drop so I can make a small jump, since I don't know where to obtain a box yet. A kayak sounds like a great idea but I don't have any friends with one. Might have to ask the local mountains to borrow a box, or make one soon =(
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd forget about a jump if you're getting artificial snow from an arena. You're going to need LOTS. Just make a jib setup. Something nice but easy to set up like a flat-box or handrail (you can also throw in a small 'fun jib' like an old tire or a fridge, but more features = more snow).
You can get it done with 1 pickup, but like IdahoFreshies said, more are better.
I'd recommend getting everything else ready before getting the snow (drop in ramp, BBQ, chairs, firepit, etc) so that when you get the snow you can just dump/shape/jib and not waste time on other stuff while the snow melts.
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right! i think the BBQ is gonna have to be equally important as the setup.
but i am going to have a hard time finding a box to play with =D i've seen those youtube vids that teaches ppl to make boxes on their own, might have to resort to that.
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was looking for some furniture on craigslist. Do you guys think that these would work as boxes?



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Last year...August

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In the park...2 truck fulls from the zamboni

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alright then, my estimate was spot on. If you are having a bbq jib session you will need atleast 4 truck loads (thats what i meant by 4). You will want the snow there all at once though, so you will probably want 4 trucks filled with the snow at the spot all at the same time so it doesent melt before they all arrive.From their 2 truck loads they got a decent drop in, a small rail, and almost nothing on the landing. And for a banger of a party you want atleast 2 features. Forget the jump. I have trucked snow into my front yard during the winter for some jibing, and you will need too much for an actual jump. Stick to jibs.

If you want a legit jib session i would try and steer away from shitty office furniture. I would make a flat box and a rail. The rail is easy, you could buy enough square tubing from a steel recycling place to make the rail for probably 30 bucks. Just get a welder, weld on some legs and pound the legs into the grass. You might be able to get away with shitty office furniture for the box. But try to make it look good lol.
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Don't forget the most expensive component - the Keg (as double as additional feature after drained)
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haha thats right! Shit might at well set it up as a feature in the first place and pull drinks from it through the sesh. Put it at an angle and theres your "jump". God help you if you hit the tap though!
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