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So I just finished makin my 15 foot Double Barrell.
And I need to know how to make a solid jump before a rail.
After like 3 hits on my rail, it just falls apart. How do the workers at resorts make their jumps?
+k for any solid answers.
Step 1) Obtain watering can
Step 2) Build up a layer of jump
Step 3) Sprinkle thoroughly with water
Step 4) Wait for it to freeze
Step 5) Build another layer of jump
Step 6) Repeat process discussed in the text above packing each layer after it has frozen
Step 7) Sculpt said jump
Step 9) Profit.
well at mountains im pretty sure they can just let it set overnight and get all hard. when in the backward or at a street rail, just pile up a ton of snow, more than you think you'll need, and whack it into shape with the shovel and step it out with your skis. soon you'll pack it about as hard as it's gonna get given your weight, and you'll be set. bring along salt or water to help harden it up if it's new/fluffy/dry snow
Not so. This was posted in the Utah regionals regarding bombholes at PC:
I'll deal with bombholes today, since that was the biggest comment on the blog back in the day during the parks the first month they were open.
Natural snow can grip together better, think of it as putting your hands in front of you and interconnecting your fingers. That's a great thing about natural snow, how it bonds. Man-made snow on the other hand is like closing both fists and pushing both hands against each other so the knuckle on one hand is next to the knuckle on the other hand. Your hand may fit those curves and will take a bit of pressure to release from side to side but there's no way you can get the snow crystals to stick together without letting it set up for long periods of time.
So, your natural snow has say, 5 to 10% moisture content there in the wasatch. manmade snow can get down to maybe 15% if you've got a super crisp cold night. Therefore, think of manmade snow like sugar. At the beginning of the seasons we use to try to get landings sloped and that would help out a little bit with bombholes, but regardless of the landing at this point in the season if a bombhole starts you can't fix it without closing the feature for an hour or more. Throwing snow back in there, listening to kids yell at you the whole time because the feature is closed, and then opening the feature back up 2 minutes later doesn't give the snow any time to set up, and then the snow just blows out to the side and creates a bigger hole. so the easiest thing to do, when a hole forms, is scrape a little bit of the edges away, throw a little bit of snow in there if you can, and practice your landings on less then perfect conditions. As it continues to snow into the season and the new snow meshes and takes over from the old snow, then you get landings that hold up better. But then the more you work the snow the more like sugar it becomes and it's just a never ending cycle. For Jons jump way back when, during the initial push on the booter itself, the snow was just like sugar, the cats were leaving less than ideal tracks when they tried to back blade. So we let it set up, had some pizzas (which is a long trek from jonesys to the base area to get your delivery in an old bombi...) and then shoveled the final shape by hand. I set the tiller on it and put the final corduroy on it maybe an hour before it started getting hit.