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I’ve got some drawings of parks some plazas, some whole parks and some other crap for park shoots and stuff. My mtn doesn’t rly build anything rly creative most of the time. Ik the amount and types of features are different at all mtns but would any of you atleast wanna see some of these?
WoFlowzI wanna know if these people wanna see any of the shit I drew. I’m not gonna take the time out of my day to go find 3 sketchbooks full of drawings for art class and sketches of parks in my free time just so y’all can lollygag at it.
TOAST.Expecting sketches of loop rails, please dont disappoint.
One of the dudes I live with is a first year park day staff guy. He sketched drawings up park setups in a notebook on the kitchen table.
One day I added some features. A loop rail, a gap over cat setup, and I can't remember what else. Probably the most fire features I ever sketched out. Mgmt wasn't really feeling them so maybe well build em next year lolol
WoFlowzHere y’all go I couldn’t find the other 2 sketchbooks but this was all I had in my new one
Nice dude, stay on it.
I feel like honestly it's kind of hard sometimes to see the vision of somebody else at another mountain in sketches depending on what it is. You know the features you have etc what they look like the trail and where they could fit.
But yeah, keep at it. I highly recommend giving park crew a whirl if you spend your time dreaming of features, your park kinda sucks, and you want to make it better. Even day staff at a small mountain you can have a huge impact.
It gives you a new appreciation for everything as well as the opportunity to learn some shit and make your local mountain sick. Honestly for rail setups you can build a pretty sick rail setup by hand. I just saw some old pics on FB of me and my buddies literally carrying rails up the mtn by hand to set. We legit carried a 32' dfd up a good section of the mountain, dug it in, and built the takeoff all by hand.
Fuck it though, I kinda miss those days still. Talk to the people see what the deal for park staff is, see if you can get your foot in the door. Best thing you can do is let them know who you are, that you're a local there and passionate, and that can go a long way in getting a park job.
If your local sucks, fix it. Can't win all the battles, and it can be a pain in the ass, but it's cool to try, and it's rewarding as hell if it works.
So for a quick cool story hansel. My home mtn didn't have a park. Like literally no park. I'd get in trouble for building jumps even sometimes.
I spent a lot of time thinking of park stuff that would be cool, and just building shitty jumps with an avy shovel. Anyway, I ended up getting into terrain parks at another mountain and one season the local mountain got bought by a younger couple that seemed pretty cool. I tore my knee and was kinda chillin at home back in NY at my parents rehabbing it. First season I volunteered because they didn't have a budget for parks but it was super cool to get involved with the local.
All the years dreaming of putting a rail or building a jump, and then getting to do it. It was so fucking cool man. Ended up welding them a bunch of rails too.
This setup from my rail jam there my second season just popped up in facebook memories today. Not only is it one of my favorite setups, but the feels associated with building sometimes cool at your local I can't even describe.
I was bummed out for so many years, a friggin eternity, just wanting to hit park. Only got to ride park maybe twice a year, and even that was after years of not at all. we would slide the snowboard drop in bench and the snowmaking pipes, hit natural jumps, and build our own while dodging ski patrol.
But yeah man, even being injured but having features set in, and people driving as far as 4 hours just to ride park at the local mtn. Fuck dude, it checked all the boxes.
Big feels. If your mountains park sucks, that's a bummer. But clearly you're thinking about things. Get involved. Even if it takes a while to get that opportunity. Even volunteer a few days this season maybe if needed to get in the door for next season as a job.
Just remember at the end of the day you're building shit for the kids to ski. Too many people half ass it and fuck off while the rails are super wonky and they're out cruising the mtn. The same reason why you're saying the local sucks, and sketching better setups should motivate you to make shit proper. When you have that rake and shovel, you have the power to make those rail setups perfect.
Make it crisp, get stoked, and get everyone else at the local stoked. I'm telling you man, there's no feeling like it! It's really the best. I still stop by the local for food and a few beers whenever I'm back east(very rarely and never in winter) Talk to the owners and stuff. Man I love the small hill I grew up at.
Was going to go back east for christmas this year before the rona hit. See the fam, and slide in for a little park build at the mountain. Hoping next year I can do it.
But yeah, this is loose and redundant af but if you get the chance try and fix your local mountain man. That's what the sport needs. It can be frustrating and it doesn't always work out, but it's super rewarding even to try.
Best of luck my dude! Keep sketching, keep dreaming!