Need to know how to build a snowboard ramp? Catching air is one of the most exciting parts of snowboarding. But doing so using only natural features is not always possible. In these cases, building your own snowboard ramp is the way to go. It's ideal to jump in places where the landing area is covered in deep snow, as the fall is going to be painless, as opposed to a risky landing in packed snow, where every mistake is fatal. Also, shooting pictures when jumping is a must. You'll have fun while riding and then again while viewing the pictures. Remember, should you make a bad move and hurt yourself, you will need some help, so don´t jump alone.
To build a snowboard ramp, you will need:
- A snowy slope
- A shovel
- A camera
- A group of fellow riders
- Choose the jump placement at the bottom of a clear line. You will need enough space to land and run away. The landing must have deep snow and an open, wide way out.
- Dig a trench on the side of the chosen placement. With the snow coming from the trench, build a pile. That will be the jump itself. You can do this without a shovel, but building a snowboard jump with one is way less work than using your hands or your board.
- On the trajectory of the jump, build an ascending ramp. The length and height of the ramp is going to determine the trajectory of the jump. It must be wide enough to allow snowboarders to go in safely. If the ramp is too thin, you may fail to enter and break the ramp. A comfortable width is around three feet.
- Determine the jump height. By making the ramp taller and longer you will extend the jump's airtime. Start with a small one, about two feet tall, and try it with some speed. This way, you can increase the size of the ramp gradually as you gain riding confidence.
- Use a snowboard to make the running ramp flat and even. The entry angle to the ramp cannot be too sharp, so use a snowboard to check how it will respond to the friction.
- Check that the landing area and the evacuation route are suitable. When in the air, the friction component that usually keeps your speed down is gone. So you will accelerate at way higher rates, thus needing more space to stop. Be cautious, and don´t land between trees or other obstacles. Remember, always use a helmet, never ride alone, and have fun.
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