I've wanted to be a pilot my whole life...This is the second best aviation school in the nation...the other one is in florida. So would it be bad to have a kicker built on flat ground and go down a hill to hit it. Every jump on the slopes is on an incline not flat ground....
Im at UND not NDSU
i found a pretty good size hill and i could get some prettty good speed on a fast day. I don't know if i should build it on the hill or when the hill turns flat. I was thinking on the hill would be a nicer landing because you are combining the incline of the landing and the incline of fthe hill so it would be shallower angle relative to the pull of gravityt. If the landing is on flat you are coming down out of the air at a steeper angle to the ground. the hill is prolly 100 feet tall with a good slope to it. Like a really good sledding hill.
I sounded really smart when i said that stuff. wow!
so i did a random google search for building a ski kicker and ran across your thread. i found it hilarous. i'm actually from ryder [an hour south of minot] north dakota. definately picked the wrong state for ANY semi-decent skiing. lucky for me, i live on a farm where i have pay loaders and shit to build little hills for me. yay.
but, i wanted to let you know that rocky mountain college in billings montana actually has an amazing aviation program. i went there for horse training for 2 years. not well promoted from my understanding, but it's better than und. more up to date, better planes [this is what i have been told mind you!].. i know one of the instructors actually went to und . best part, BETTER SKIING! they have a ski team. i was on it last year. not hard to get on, free trips up to the mountain and if you schedule classes right, you can go up everyday! i went at least 4 times a week last year. red lodge is only a little over an hour away and big sky is like 5. pretty tight. i'd def look into if i were you. only problem is that you're looking at droppin a good 20-30 g's on a school a year, unless you have really good grades and shit. they're pretty generous with scholarships. especailly if you're going into skiing and are good too. the skiiers are loooooved in that town. and billings is pretty rad. they've won a few national titles and go to nationals every year. races are free to go too, just pay for uscsa license and your golden. :]
First off North Dakota sucks and going to school here was one of the worst decisions of my life haha (I go to NDSU in fargo). but in a year ill be done and movin to either colorado or utah. I want to go to utah but I have friends in colorado. The closest hill is 2 hours away so I only get to ski on the weekends so you have to get creative but as far as jumps go you are gonna be pretty hard pressed to build anything with any kind of size. Ive built some on small hills and towed in with a snowmobile on one. The tow in one sucked and was kinda sketchy and the ones on small hills are small and the landings always suck. Im pretty pumped about this season cause behind my apartment building there is a huge lot with a pretty big dirt mound and I know the owner of the apartment and they are gonna let me use there bobcat for moving snow and im gonna build my own custom park with a rail or two and a couple jumps. There is plenty of snow accumulated from the parking lot too so it will be decent. I just recently started on it and I havent moved any snow yet but once it's done any NSers in fargo are welcome to come over and session. I thought I was the only skier in fargo. haha
yeah dude, they're pretty generous. as i mentioned, the skiiers are LOVED in that town. if you mention being on the team, people magically find a new love and respect for you in that instant [and it was my first time ski racing]. if you already have gear, all you'll pay for is uscsa shit. the trips to red lodge everyday, going to the races, food, hotels, [even beer! but that was on the dl...] is free! yeah red loge gets hella boring after a while, its not amazing,but since wew live in nodak, red lodge is better than whats here! but big sky is only 4-5 hours?! away... and you can ALWAYS find people that want to head up there!
i lived in btown for 3 years and for as much as they say montucky has a meth problem, i have yet have ANY experience of anyone being around or dealing it. and i was a fucking party animal and have been offered everything you can think of! its about as hick as nodak, some ways more, some ways less [there's four wheelers the size of my focus driving in town]. otherwise, i really enjoyed billings and montana, people are nice, and they like to have a good time. if you wanna ski and do aviation, check it out...