The 6 Foot Drop In

May 17, 2013 By

Man o man, I have been waiting for this for a long time. Waiting and waiting, first for the backyard and then for the time to set up the six foot drop in. It is pretty much time to ride, slide, ski and snowboard anytime we want folks.

Droppin’ In

Snowboard, Ski, Backyard, MidwestPull a few more square feet of the synthetic stuff from the trailer and it will be time to jam. We already know we can mow over the mSnow and the twelve foot rail has been around the block a few times.

It is exciting to think this is just the start. It is hard to think that I will not really be able to ride this thing for another 3-4 months.

At the end of the day, I want people to jam this thing, and I want to fill this backyard. Some of you, get ready for an invite. Everyone else, get ready for the best footage we can bring to you from the backyard.

Let the Fun Begin!

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The Hood Lab

May 16, 2013 By

It’s cool to find people who love to snowboard so much they will blow snow in their own backyard just to build a snowboard park. This type of person is a rare breed, but I bet you know someone (maybe it is you) who gets creative just so they can ride in their own yard. Check out what Jeremy, a fellow Parx follower, does with his backyard. He calls it the Hood Lab.

The Lab

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This is simply amazing if you ask me. It looks like a winter wonderland. What you probably do not know is that outside of this fence is grass, dirt and maybe a little frost. What you see in the picture above is the Hood Lab after a few days of blowing man made snow. Jeremy wasn’t about to wait around for Mother Nature. Take a look at the edit below. It shows how Jeremy and his friends get down once the Hood Lab is all shaped up.

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Looks pretty fun right? There is not much space inside the fences that make up the Hood Lab, but Jeremy did a killer job filling every inch of his backyard. If this doesn’t get you inspired to get out in your yard and make something happen, I don’t know if anything will.

hood lab

Have to give Jeremy a special thanks for sharing his video and a few pictures with us. What he did with the little space he was provided is sweet! I hope more people get out there and build their own park just so they can ride more. It has to be one of the best ways to get on your board. Thanks man.

What will you turn your backyard into?

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Summer Shred – APPROVED

May 13, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiSummer backyard shredding is always something I look up to. It is what I do, what I love and a great way to express your creativity. Check out what these cats did in the tiny space they were provided. These two show that you can pretty much ride anywhere if you really want to. I also have to give it up to their parents who let them fill their yard with dreams. Approved.

Summer Shred

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.

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Can U Mow Over mSnow

May 10, 2013 By

A week or two has passed from the time the first pieces of mSnow were laid down in the backyard. Over that time the grass grew, the birch trees dropped a layer of buds, and  now the grass needs a good mow. It’s spring time man, time to keep this park moving.

Mowing The mSnow

Here is a quick look at the start of my backyard and the moment before I mowed the mSnow.

SAMSUNG mSnow, Mow, lawn, backyard

As you can see, the mSnow is pretty much completely under grass and buds. This leads us into the mowing part. For that, a nice little video has been created for you to watch.

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The answer is yes. You can mow over mSnow. Now it is time to figure out if the mSnow will still preform while it is in the grass. There are many different things that could happen, so sign up for updates. You know you want to see what is next.

What do you think about integrating synthetic snow into your yard? 

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Snowboard Skim Test

April 26, 2013 By

“If you build it they will come.” Isn’t that the quote out of Field of Dreams? I believe it is, and I also believe that there is a lot of truth in that statement. As an example, we already proved out the start of my backyard snowboard and ski park.

The Unedited Test

This was hardly a test, but at the end of the day a test is a test. This actually reminds me of skim boarding in a way. I bet with the right board, maybe a skim board, you could start doing tricks with just 48 square feet of mSnow. Here is the 9 second unedited video.

From the video, I would say the park is off to a good start. I would also suggest to anyone who comes over to ditch your work clothes before you come. Sorry Andrew, but thanks for sacrificing your nice tan work pants. Speaking of work, Check out the view from where I worked all day.

Beauty, Workstation, BloggingFrom here on out plan on seeing more and more updates from “The Backyard”. Until the next update, start thinking of different ways you can improve your backyard.

What improvements would you like to make?

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Henrik Harlaut Slays it Backyard Style

February 1, 2013 By

Just days after winning the X Games Ski Big Air in Aspen, Colorado, Henrik Harlaut was back on a plane headed for Michigan.  When the plane touched down, he was on a whole new tour. The Inspired Demo Tour by Inspired Media Concepts.  They made their way through Michigan visiting different resorts, shops and Michiganders.  One of their stops put them in my good friend’s backyard for a morning session before they continued their journey.

Henrik Harlaut

Backyard Rail Jam, ski, Inspired Demp Tour

This Instagram of Henrik skiing in Luke and Amy’s backyard gets me pumped. To imagine going from jumping over 70+ feet at the X Games to dropping 6 feet in on a 16 foot pvc rail,  Backyard Style, is crazy to me.  If I had to guess, that feeling and those thoughts are exactly what the Inspired Demo Tour is all about.

I missed you guys this round, but I hope you come back and ride in Michigan again.  From the sounds of everything, the Inspired Demo Tour is leaving a mark, and paving a way for action sports to be even bigger than they are.

Check out where the Tour and Henrik will be next on their Facebook page.

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Summer Snowboarding 2012 – APPROVED

November 19, 2012 By

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If you live somewhere that only allows you to get a few months of snowboarding in, there is only one thing for you to do.  Build a year round backyard set up for yourself.  In the video you are about to watch, this is exactly what happens.  From the looks of it, all you need is some wood, some outdoor carpet, and a will to build something fun.  From here on out these cats will be on a board every single day if they want to.  They got it done, and they are APPROVED because of it!

Summer 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.

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Fall Skiing in Rebecca Selig’s Backyard

November 9, 2012 By

It isn’t every year, every week, or everyday you get to ski or snowboard with a world class skier.  For most of us we will never get the chance to ski or snowboard with someone like that period.  Lucky for us in Michigan, Rebecca Selig has moved back home and has a killer year round set up in her backyard that she loves to invite people over to session.

World Class Skier

Rebecca Selig

Earlier this year I had the chance to meet Rebecca at the Birmingham Rail Jam.  Since then I have hung out with her on the east side of the state, and I have also taken a few trips to jam with her in her own backyard.  Check out a quick video of us riding on a rainy fall day.

All I have to say is that it has been an honor to get to know Rebecca.  She is one lady that is full of spunk and one that will try anything on a pair of skis.  It’s insane.  If you think you are tired of riding, just get around Rebecca and you better believe will be back out riding for a night session.  The girl just doesn’t quit.

From what Rebecca says, she will be spending a lot of time on the snow at many different resorts throughout Michigan.  If you see her, stop and say hi and don’t be afraid to grab an autograph or two.  She loves to meet new people and will push you out of your comfort zone on the snow.  There is not a better person to be around if you want to go to the next level and not a better person to know in the ski industry.  Heck the girl has her own app for your smart phone (search Rebecca Selig), and word on the street is that she will have a ski game for you to play around with in the near future.  I can only hope that you will get to spend a day riding with Rebecca.

What do you do to snowboard or ski during the Fall?

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Backyard Snowboard Drop-in Design

March 9, 2012 By

Backyard Snowboard RampAre you sick of the hodge podge snowbaord drop-in ramps your kids have built in your backyard?  Are you scared they are going to fall apart?  Will someone get stuck with a nail from the broken pallets that they stand on before they drop in.  Your kids probably don’t care as long as they get to snowboard or ski, but you care about them right?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a safe good looking snowboard ramp in your backyard that your kids could use all year?  It’s what they love to do.

Drop-in Ramp Design

Here is something you could look at everyday.  In fact with a few adjustments, I bet we could make it look like an addition to your house, maybe your deck.  Why not?  At least your backyard will not look like a junk yard.

Snowboard RampThere are a lot of different ways to build a good snowboard drop-in ramp.  This is one that was thought up and put down on paper.  You can pretty much put this design anywhere you want.  It is not going to be the fastest ramp in the world, but if you have the right surface you should be able to get enough speed to hit a small jump, small bonk, or about a 12 foot flat rail.

Take a look out your back window right now.  Hopefully it doesn’t look like a lawsuit waiting to happen.  If it does, it is time to love your kids and get them something safe to play on.  They deserve it, and so do you.  Reducing the risk reduces the stress.

So what is stopping you from building a killer drop-in that is safe for your kids and their friends to snowboard or ski down?

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Backyard Turf Snowboarding – APPROVED

January 16, 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.

Turf Snowboarding

In your life how many days have you spent on a board in the middle of summer?  The PARX crew would like to think a lot, but the reality of it is that the number is probably pretty small.  Well follow what the cats are doing in this approved video and your number might change drastically.

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 it to us through our Contact Page.

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