September 19, 2012
For years we thought people should be able to snowboard and ski in their backyard at anytime. They should be able to do it without snow, they should be able to do it without throwing soap and water everywhere, and they should have a drop in that is safe for everyone in their family to use. Is this the answer?
PARX Mini Backyard Drop
This drop in was built with four objectives in mind: low cost, ease of use all year, safety, and the ability to practice on a 12 foot obstacle. On the side of these objectives there was a goal to make a super legit drop in. A super legit drop in does not use outdoor carpet of any kind as a snow surface.
Now onto a few details. The platform is five feet tall and the drop in has a total height of eight feet. The top rail serves as a safety point and the it also serves as a pullout in the case a rider wants to get a little more pull into the object they are about to hit.
The drop in, flat, and the ramp are all surfaced with mSnow. One of the best artificial snow surfaces on the US market and in the world. The gaps in the drop in serve two purposes. They act as steps so the rider can get to the top of the platform with ease and they also save on material costs.
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This is by far one of the best drop ins we have ever built and we are excited to see ramps like this in the backyards of families around the US. We met every objective we possibly could and we built one heck of a drop that a family can use for years. The thing is built like a swing set.
After a few test runs we became even more stoked for what we built. It rides great, and performs better than we imagined. Twelve foot objects are not a problem to hit and a person will be able to learn multiple tricks before they even touch the snow with a drop in like this. That last statement right there makes this build top notch and if you snowboard or ski you need a year round backyard drop in like this.
What would you want in a Drop In? How would you build it or make it better?