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.

Take a look at some more pictures.

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?


  1. Jordan D
    September 22, 2012

    Nice drop in. I’d claim a third benefit of the notches, that is that they reduce friction on the way down allowing the rider to gain more speed over a short distance.

  2. Jonathan Tollefson
    September 24, 2012

    Thanks Jordan. I agree with you 100%. That is another huge benefit of the gaps in the down ramp.

  3. Noah Burke
    December 26, 2012

    How did you biuld the frame for the drop in?

  4. Jonathan Tollefson
    December 27, 2012

    Noah, We used 2 X 4’s and screw to build the frame for the drop in.

  5. Bmbrettster
    January 24, 2013

    I would make it taller by like a foot or two, I think I just like tall objects personally tho.

  6. Jonathan Tollefson
    January 25, 2013

    I agree with you. The newest one I built is six feet tall and it makes a world of difference. One reason for the smaller ramp is so that it will fit in the back of a Ford Explorer.

  7. Jake
    April 17, 2013

    Can I have the dimensions and amount of wood you used? Thanks. Looks really nice.

  8. Jonathan Tollefson
    April 19, 2013

    Jake this drop in is 5 feet tall. The best height we have found so far is 6 feet. I do not have a complete list of the wood we used. The width of the platform is 42 inches. The whole drop in is made out of 2×4’s and the ramp part has 2 X 8’s that the mSnow is attached to. I hope this helps.

  9. Alex
    May 6, 2013

    how much msnow did u use i have 30 sqft is that enough?

  10. Jonathan Tollefson
    May 7, 2013

    Alex we used about 60 sqft here. Many people have started off with 30sqft. Just get creative with it and get more when you are ready to step it up. Have fun with it.

  11. alex
    May 7, 2013

    thank you

  12. Trent
    August 18, 2013

    Looks great can I have the amount of how much wood you used

  13. Jonathan Tollefson
    August 22, 2013

    Trent, I am working on a full list of materials, and was asked the same question below. Here was my answer to Jake, “Jake this drop in is 5 feet tall. The best height we have found so far is 6 feet. I do not have a complete list of the wood we used. The width of the platform is 42 inches. The whole drop in is made out of 2×4’s and the ramp part has 2 X 8’s that the mSnow is attached to. I hope this helps.” I hope this helps you also. If you have any questions, make sure to contact me! Thanks.

  14. Jackson
    March 10, 2014

    Another benefit of the gaps, if you do choose to make a taller version but sometimes you feel like you don’t need/want all the speed from the top you could master the skill of dropping in from one of the gaps. Starting with your board horizontal and doing a small bunny hop and 90 degree turn should do. Not sure about skiers but should work for snowboarding.

  15. john
    March 18, 2014

    i wish i could just buy one

  16. Jonathan Tollefson
    March 19, 2014

    Hey John, I just sent you a email. I can help you out with that.

  17. Jonathan Tollefson
    March 19, 2014

    On a 5-6 footer that would be super hard, but I think you are right. You could master that with higher drops. Tricky!! Also if you go taller, It is usually a good idea to go a little wider which would help out.

  18. Liam
    April 24, 2014

    What was the length?

  19. Jonathan Tollefson
    April 25, 2014

    The length after the drop in to the ramp is 12 to 16 feet. It all depends on your set up and your ability.

  20. Liam
    April 26, 2014

    Ok thanks, this is really helpful since I’m building the same setup

  21. Jonathan Tollefson
    April 26, 2014

    Great Liam. Have fun building it and let me know if you have any other questions. Better yet have fun riding all year long!

  22. Domien
    June 28, 2014

    what would be the best angle for the drop in and the transition?

  23. samuel
    August 21, 2014

    What is the list of all materials and about the price of it all?

  24. Jon T
    October 6, 2014

    40-45 degrees is about what this ramp is.

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