The mSnow PARX Connection

February 13, 2013 By

mSnow, Ski, Snowboard This is a guest post from Adam Schrab.  My good friend and one of two owners of mSnow.  I worked with Adam on many occasions now and am excited to share his point of view and upbringings.  I hope you enjoy everything he has to say as much as I have enjoyed working with him.

The Connect

“Those of us who love to board and ski at Michigan and Midwest ski resorts really notice the shorter warmer winters.  This is why companies like Parx and mSnow have sprung up.  Parx can bring the fun right into summer with an awesome 10+ foot ski slope, and mSnow is the surface you can ride on with or without snow.

mSnow, PARX, synthetic snow, snowA little background on mSnow.  My twin brother Luke and I are farm boys who grew up trying to make snow with electric motors on our grandpas farm in Wisconsin.   We made rope tows, drop in towers, blew snow and built jumps.  We were freestyle ski competitors, and training in our own backyard gave us the edge to win national titles and compete in X Games Big Air.  Through these farm-grown antics, word reached Warren Miller, and we found ourselves in a few of his films.  I guess I could say our passion led us there, and now our passion led us to create actual plastic skiing snow, right here in Michigan where we now live.

mSnow was born from the necessity to ski a bit more whenever you do not have access to real snow.  People have started to ride in their own backyards more and more.  With a little mSnow, people can now ride all year.  With, last summer we did an online video contest to win mSnow prizes and it was insane: check it out here.  Keep watch on NewSchoolers, under “mSnow Cult” for details on the upcoming Summer 2013 contest!!!  Here is one of the winning entries.

The Parx portable ski hill is awesome, with the lack of real snow, the drop in now features mSnow.  Check the recent Marhar Snowboards Backyard Rail Jam, we did in downtown Grand Rapids (also pictured above).  Its amazing what this 10′ tall portable slope will kick out for fun!  Perfect for rail grinds and event sledding/tubing hills.

The Parx setup is actually an ongoing project of making the magic happen anywhere.  Jon Tollefson, founder of Parx, has always been shredding his own backyard, and his passion makes you want to do the same!  He offers this slope to rent for celebrations, events, conventions, anything you like.

Together we have built many other slopes and drop ins.  Each time we figure out what works best and we love to develop them from a riders standpoint.  Here is a custom project we collaborated on in Pennsylvania last summer at First Class Gymnastics.

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Together we share an interest of inspiring you to go shred, ski, or sled year round!  Enjoy the fun, the sun, and get out doors as much as possible.  We want you to be ready for when the next lake effect blizzard warning comes.  We want you to be dialed in before you can actually go play at the ski hill!  Whether it is a ski hill, a ski shop, a sledding hill, or your own backyard; Parx and mSnow will help you to create and build your ideas!”


Noah’s Backyard Snowboard Park

January 16, 2013 By

It is always good to meet people who like to snowboard as much as you do.  The type of people who will do anything to snowboard no matter what the conditions are on the hill or in your backyard.  I recently met Noah and wouldn’t you know it, the kid has a killer snowboard set up in his backyard.  Take a look into Noah’s life as a die hard snowboarder.

Noah’s Snowboard Park

It all starts off with a drop in.  Something every passionate snowboarder should have in their backyard.

Snowboard, Ski, RampBackyard Drop In, Snowboard, Ski

As you can see this does not have to be a huge under taking.  Noah and his dad built their drop in right into their old playground set.  Man that reminds me of my child hood years.

From there it is time to get creative like Noah and his buddies have.  It is time to build and find as much stuff as you can to jam.  PVC pipes, tires to bonk, barrels, home aide rails, anything you can find will work.  Maybe your parents will let you barrow their old car to slide across.  Just find anything that looks fun.  Here is what Noah and his buddies built for their backyard.

Snowboard, Backyard, Fun, Ski

All that is left is to find some lights you can hook up so you can ride in your backyard all night long.  This is when it really becomes fun.  There is nothing like a good night set with your buddies after a long day at school.  Here is Noah’s backyard rail set up at night.

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Once you are all set up, all that is left is to have some major fun and learn as many new tricks as you possibly can.  I truly believe and know from experience that you will be way better off on your snowboard if you do what Noah has.  All you have to do is watch Noah and his buddies ride.  They kill it and are more comfortable on their boards than a lot of people I know.  With out having a backyard to session in, I do not believe they would be anywhere close to where they are on a boards now.  The slay it.

And last but not least, I have to recommend that Noah and his friends get some mSnow on their drop in so they do not have to shovel snow from the hockey rink every time they want to ride.  I never had it when I was a kid, but man I wish I did.  It would have made life so much easier.

I am so glad I had the chance to meet and talk with Noah.  I also have to thank him for taking the time to send in pics of his backyard set up.  Like I said before, it took me straight back to my childhood years.  Wait, I still do this now.  Either way, my hope is that more people with follow in Noah’s tracks and build a killer backyard set up for themselves.  It is worth every minute.  It will also put you way ahead of everyone else on the hill.  Keep killing it man, and I am excited to see you one the slopes.


Add a Pole Jam to Your Backyard

January 9, 2013 By

Seeing that the Midwest has had a shortage of snow at the beginning of the season, I had to travel to Des Moines, IA to find some fresh snow.  Actually, I went there to visit my grandma and family over the holiday season.  Before we got there mother nature dumped 6 to 8 inches across the flat land.  That only left me with one thing to do.  Build a pole jam in my grandma’s backyard.

Backyard Snowboarding

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This is not the biggest obstacle I have ever built in a backyard, but it is all I had to work with.  The snow was icy fresh so I did what I could with a few hours of shoveling snow.  After I shoveled the snow, I found an eight foot steal pipe in my grandma’s pole barn and shoved it into the jump.  An instant pole jam.  Take a look at the few clips I have jamming this thing.

All in all, I was happy with the result.  The pole did not last forever, but once I took it out I was left with a nice jump to play around on for another couple of hours.  It sucks that it took a ten hour drive to find snow, but at the end of the day it didn’t matter.  I had fun, my cousins had fun, and my grandma didn’t care that I built a pole jam in her backyard.  What else do you need?  If you have never built snowboarding fun into your backyard, I would highly suggest getting out there and shoveling your butt off the next time it snows. Who knows, maybe you will build yourself a pole jam to have fun on for days.

Have you ever build a pole jam in your backyard?


Ohio Farm Shred – APPROVED

January 7, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiTo snowboard and make a sweet edit at a big resort is always fun, but to do it in your backyard really hits home with me.  In this weeks video, you will see exactly what I am talking about.  Watch as these guys break out all of the stops.  They jump from their roof, ride through mud, and make up obstacles as they go.  When you snowboard in your backyard you have to get creative, and the guys from Stuck in Ohio are more than creative in my mind which is exactly why I approve this video.  Enjoy!

Backyard Snowboarding

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.  All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.  

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

Do you have a video, a picture, or a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, send your story through our Contact Page.


Best Backyard Snowpark – APPROVED

December 17, 2012 By

Snowboard and ski

If you ever get feet of fresh snow and have unlimited materials to build obstacles for your backyard, you might be able to have as much fun as the shredders in this video.  From Bobcats, to cattle feeders, to welders, these cats have it all.  From the looks of it they drink to much, but who cares when they have this much fun.  This video can be approved just on the fact that they have crazy amounts of snow to deal with.  The fact that they actually got off their butts and did something with it, makes it Approved for sure.  Enjoy!

Backyard Snowboarding

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval. All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

Do you have a video, a picture, or a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, send your story through our Contact Page.


Summer Backyard Snowboard Session

September 28, 2012 By

Snowboarding and skiing in your backyard is never an easy feat, but it all just got a whole lot easier.  There is no need for outdoor carpet and soap. There is no longer a need to go down to your local hockey rink to pick up snow.  All you have to do now is get yourself a mini drop in, throw down some mSnow, and let the party begin.

Backyard Snowboarding

Snowboard, Ski, Backyard, Drop In

One of the first tests of our new mini drop in was done over at David Z’s house who owns  One week night I pulled into his driveway, unloaded the mini drop in, and set it up in his backyard for a jam sesh.  What a blast we had.  Here is a video of the summer snowboard session we had in his backyard.

The mSnow ramp took a little bit to get used to, but once we did, it was game time.  We jammed for a couple hours, and probably could have pulled out the lights for a longer session.  Seeing that it was one of the first times on a board since last winter, we were busy getting used to being on a board again.  Our legs got tired fast, but what a great feeling it was to be back on a board.

Overall we were impressed how only five feet of drop in could allow us to jam a 12 foot obstacle for hours.  With a drop in like this in your backyard, you could nearly perfect every trick you know before you even touch the snow.  This will only lead to learning new and more difficult tricks throughout the winter.  As I see it.  Snowboarding and skiing in your backyard during the summer is the only way to go if you really want to progress through the winter.  Especially because the winters in the Midwest are so short.

What do you do to snowboard and ski during the summer?    

This was bootleg 007, and we look forward to bootleg 008.


Backyard Boarding in 2010

April 18, 2012 By

Aerosmith wall rideI recently took some time to look back on some of the first YouTube videos I ever posted.  The memories that came back were incredible.  This night of jamming caught my eye and I had to share it again.  We took full advantage of the snow and built two double feature backyard snowboard set ups.

Backyard Boarding

The interview was not so good, the jump was all that we had, and the wall transfer to 15 foot flat was the perfect set up.  Two hits in one run can really make building a backyard snowboard park worth it.  You get more for the bang.

It’s always worth building a park in your backyard.  Think of creative ways to use your whole yard and different ways to build obstacles.  It is always good to have a good rail or two with you also.  Either way you will be amazed what a few hours behind the shovel can do.

What are your favorite backyard set ups?  Have you recently looked back on older footage?


Summer Snowboard Rail Jam – APPROVED

February 13, 2012 By

Snowboard and skiEach week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.  All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks I’d Hit That Stamp of Approval.

Summer Snowboarding

Have you ever heard of snowboarding in the summer?  How about making a turf snowboard park in your front yard?  The guys in the video you are about to watch next have figured it out.  This has to be one of the most simple and easy ways to learn some of the most technical snowboard tricks in the book.  This is exactly why we Approved this video.

Do you have a video, a picture, or a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, shoot it over to us through our Contact Page.


PARX Fall Backyard Snowboard Debut

October 7, 2011 By

October 2nd, 2011 is the date our first official event went down.  Shaun White was there, Hannah Teter showed up, and Jeremy Jones slashed some rails like it was no ones business…

Dropping in on a snowboardWELLL, not really, but we did debut, test, barbecue, slide some rails, and Brendan (the birthday boy) dropped in on a snowboard for the first time.  It was a great day to be out riding.  It is unknown or proven that anyone else in Michigan or the Midwest was snowboarding on this day.  You can sure bet that we made it happen in SE Michigan.  Check out the pictures and video from the party.

Fall Backyard Snowboarding

The day was tricky.  It took everyone a little while to warm up to the Powderpak and the set up.  The tricky part is the fact that you have to point it straight at the obstacles.  There are no set up turns or anything.  Just point and shoot.  This is one of the biggest differences from the snow.

Overall we had a backyard rail jam at the beginning of October.  We had people there from, Summit Sports, and our good friend David from stopped over to jam for awhile.  We will continue to have rail jams whenever we want, and they should only get better from here on out!

  Here is PARX Backyard Snowboard video!!

Shelby Township, MI = 0002 places, PARX and the world can Board the Midwest All Day Everyday.