How To: Build A Pow Booter
Dreamy airtime can all be yours if you build it well. Big or small, here are some tips on how to push up your own pow town sender.
Place The Popper
The in-run and landing are just as important as the jump itself. Give the approach a few goes, and remember it will get a bit faster after it's all packed down. Make sure you can handle the speed and compression before building and check the landing for any suspect bumps or dangers. Use a probe to double check in thin snow.
Once you have the in-run and trajectory lined up, start diggin' like a dog and begin piling snow in a general mound. Continue by cutting large blocks and stacking them like a snow mason. As the mound gets bigger, interlock two or more snowboards and use them as supports to mold the sides and back of the jump. Build the base about two board lengths wide, as the jump will narrow at the top.
Give the face of the jump some solid stomps and whacks with a shovel every so often. This will consolidate the snow and expose any weaknesses. Once you have the basic shape dialed in, trample it some more with snowshoes and some board slaps. Now, wait for the snow to bond and solidify.
The time it takes for a jump to firm up depends on the moisture content of the snow. It could set nicely while you eat lunch, or in cold, dry areas (like Utah, Montana, Alberta, or Colorado) you might have to stick a shovel in it and come back the next day. Once nice and firm, though, take a shovel or board and carefully shave your desired transition, making sure its smooth and even.
Just The Tip
If you're not traveling far, or happen to have a snowmobile, bring a big-ass snow shovel from the hardware store, it'll help you throw a jump together in no time.
Illustrations: Shawn O’Keefe