peterkskisCommercial rails cost thousands of dollars to make. My suggestion is make some pvc ones for the backyard.
Yup this. That much steel is really expensive, not to mention the labor required to cut, bend, and weld the stuff. A 60 inch segment of 4"wide rectangular tube cold rolled steel (what parks use for rails) will run you $340.
ButteredToast.Yup this. That much steel is really expensive, not to mention the labor required to cut, bend, and weld the stuff. A 60 inch segment of 4"wide rectangular tube cold rolled steel (what parks use for rails) will run you $340.
I was thinking a 1- 1 1/2 foot thick tube rail that’s quite long. My hill lacks any quality tubes.
Not that expensive relatively. A 24' piece of 11gauge steel costs around $87 I think? Then grab some 2"x2" ish for legs, bottom rail, feet if you want them. Plywood is expensive and and probably mid to upper 20s at this point(I haven't had to buy any in a while) Then paint and you're good.
You could build a dope 16' flat rail for around 200 bucks if you or somebody you know can weld it for free. If you find somebody else to weld it, might be nice if you can get all the pieces cut for it, and have something for them sketched up so they know what the hell it's supposed to be(assuming they might not ski)
If it's for an actual ski hill they very likely won't take pvc features.
Talk to them though. You might be able to do some sort of fundraiser. Maybe throw a rail jam where $5 or $10 from every entry goes toward new rails. Maybe find some people to donate.
I was stuck at my parents healing up my knee 6 years ago and decided to try and get the park rolling at a local hill I used to ride/work at. Ended up getting donations from a few people for steel, mtn bought some tools and supplies. Built a bunch of new shit. Also a mountain in Maine was getting rid of their parks. I got a hold of them from an add and got their existing features for a sick deal. Mtn manager drove a trailer up there and picked them up.
Idk, even if it's just one feature, that can make a huge difference to a small park. The local hill pulls at the heartstrings of people. Plus the kids that wanna lap some new features. See if you can work out a way too raise some funds and build away!