Being tired of the whole "Water Ramp" thing where you had to hike up 15
stories of stairs on every hit, then get soaked, we figured we could
come up with something better, something that let you get more hits in a day, stay
dry, and unlike water ramps, work for snowboards and skis. At the end of the day the most important thing was it had to be more fun.
After driving the completed Launcher from Michigan to Whistler, Adam Schrab, Luke, and a few COC staff, put the Launcher together and by dark it was ready for Adam to guinea pig. It worked perfect.
Click to watch The Launcher - First Launch
The Camp of Champions partnered with M-Snow to make the first fully
adjustable smart "Launcher" for dryslopes. "The Launcher" has been designed so
that you can dial in the exact speed you want, and to have a progressive
pull so that upon the operator hitting the "Launch Button" you are
smoothly pulled up to the desired speed so you have the highest degree
of control going into the jump so you can learn faster. Sensors detect
the load placed on the bar, so a 200 pound person can be followed by a
100 pound person and they both receive the correct pull for their
weight. Once you dial in the speed you want, you simply ask the operator to dial up the perfect speed for what ever trick you want to do. The digital version of hiking up another ten feet to go bigger.
Click to watch The Launcher - Guinea Pig Session
The first couple of times you use "The Launcher" we do a couple of slow speed runs so you get used to the straight pull, then do a mellow pull that launches you into the Big Air Bag for the first time. Once you do that mellow air, after that, the only limit is your imagination.
1970-2011 Water Ramps RIP.