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GORILLAWALLACEwhere I work we put everything right into the base and use the natural rollers for landings on bigger rails. but tables make sense if you have frequent melting.
pk_snow8The idea being that it gives more of a landing which makes for less bomb holes.
GORILLAWALLACEwhat does everybody think about this?
I totally thought this was a thing my whole life, no bombholes if you have a good landing right?
but last season was my first year working park in the mountains, and we just put everything directly in the ground with completely flat landings for the most part. and we had pretty much no bombholes until the last 2 weeks of spring. it was a super cold and snowy winter, but I was still surprised. on really busy days the small line would get tiny ruts in the landings but that was it until we had sunny 20C days.
hemlockjibber8Are we talking about decks like Abortionator is showing or having rails up on spines to make you slide away from the rail if you fall off early?
If you've got the snow, always try to build some sort of deck. It will either give you a decent space to set up on or a nice landing depending on the rail type.
As for rails up on spines; fuck that. It unnecessarily raises the rails, making you fall from higher and causes you to fall harder rather than nicely slide away from the rail as some people think. I've seen so many snowboarders break their wrists when they come off early and land on their toe edge on the spine and it slips out and they whip into the bank. It is also hard to groom so the spines are usually icy. Sure it gives you more leeway before the rails have to get dug out, but that's no excuse for a poor build.