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Old 02-11-2013, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I;ve only been snowboarding for about 2 months, but we are moving into a new house, and the house has basically a 3 acre hill. It's open with a couple trees but It's a pretty light incline that IMO looks just like a hill that has a terrain park. I think I'm going to set it up over the season, but it looks like this hill has more than enough room for 15+ features. Really I just want some tips as to what I should put in it. The biggest problem is that it isn't necessarily snowy, at low times there's only about 3in of snow on the hill. So my questions are:

Should I get a snow maker, and what kind and where?

What should I put on the hill?

I've got about 300$ to put into it. So far I'm looking at getting the materials for a 1 1/2 ft wide, 10 ft box. I think that would be about 130$ for the materials. I'm going to get some dirt and make a 20 ft jump i can use for my quad in the summer and for snowboarding in the winter. I think I'm also going to put in a 3" wide ride - on rail for practice, since I haven't quite got my rail riding down. Any other Ideas? The park is going to get bigger over the years, and basically it is just a massive open hill. Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I mean you could try something like this Free Home Snowmaking Machine Plans - SN Snowmaking 2011-2012.

I'll let others chime in on features and what not.
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Yeah, I've actually already got an air compressor, so that really helps.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think you will get constructive input here without pictures. This is kinda hard to visualize and tell you what/how to setup a backyard park. Maybe pictures with a rough sketch could help us, help you.

You may also want to take a look at the link below, they have a section dedicated to backyard setups. (Be forewarned > Lots of skiiers on there


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Old 02-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Really, just think you could put almost anything on the hill. I was just looking for some ideas for features, not for someone to sketch the whole thing. It's a pretty big open hill. It's surrounded by trees but you've got maybe 100 feet of width in the small spots.
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Well how about a drop in at the top, make a couple (or a few) lines to go down, have some rollers in between rails and jumps to pump and pickup speed for the next feature.

Feature wise: I would just get creative with old stuff you find in the house/garage. Check out free local classifieds for neat things to jib/tap/jump. Use the trees to your advantage (maybe ride up the tree if it has a decent angle, if you have a "Y" shaped tree those are always fun to jump in between.


edit: Don't forget to build the features a bit taller to compensate for your usual snowfall where you live.
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Thanks! I don't really actually need too much of a drop in at all, the steepest part of the hill is at the very top, so If I just ride down that I would have more than enough speed to hit a rail or box. I like your idea with the tree, thanks. Does it work to build the jump out of dirt in the summer and let the snow fall on it in the winter? Thanks.
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Does it work to build the jump out of dirt in the summer and let the snow fall on it in the winter? Thanks.

Building the jump out of dirt or wood will work and save you lots of time; especially those first couple snowfalls. Just remember to build it slightly smaller to compensate for the snow layer. You could even get away with riding your setup during summer time using some astro-turf like material.

Honestly check out the link I posted above and just browse through that forum a bit. Lots of great ideas for features and setups, something on there is bound to catch your eye. Good luck and post up some pictures when you start setting this bad boy up.
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