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Lol yeah. Riding a mountain for years with no park. Someday's patrol/owners wouldn't fuck with you, sometimes they would. I built some pretty sweet jumps, and plenty of garbage ones. Spring was always fun because you could build jumps pretty fast a lot of the time. I think I had 7 or 8 on one trail for a day. Actually kind of felt like a park doing laps. The first year I worked at Gore we still built some jumps in the trees because inverts were banned and they were being dicks about it. That changed over the next year just from everyone doing them regardless and patrol ceasing to give a fuck.
I def miss it. It was therapeutic shoveling snow and hiking features. Pretty much the same as my first 5 years in parks. Lots of hand world, people would stop by to chill, help, check on the progress. And then hike it with you when you opened features.
I dig when I get a chance to do some shoveling/raking. Not too often these days but a good time. The manual labor aspect stops some people but it's fun as hell. Getting an idea of what something is going to look like in your head, and then sitting there moving snow around, sculpting it, until it's damn near perfect. And how good it comes out is how much effort you're willing to put in. If you're decent at it, and down to spend some time, you can make things clean as fuck. Then the fun part of testing shit and watching other people have fun on the features as well.
Parks is a damn zen garden.