2013 Outdoor Action Company Rail Jam

November 23, 2013 By

Now that the snow season has basically started, I figured it was about time to get a video done of the pre-season rail jam we did at Outdoor Action Company in Keego Harbor.

snowboard, ski, rail jamYeah I know, it only took me a month and a half to get it on youtube, but what can I say? At least I got the video done.

Overall, I would have to say that this set up was one of the best we have put together. From the picture you can see we had a ton of snow. We had three different rail lines set up, and the kids came together to turn the corrugated tube into a jump line. Check it!

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://youtu.be/ykEJU135H58[/embed]

We have to give it up to Outdoor Action Company for inviting us in to put on this event. They threw out killer prizes and I can only imagine that next year will be better. They served the crowd smoking hot dogs and popcorn, and threw out some nice deals inside. I saw people walking out all day with new gear in their hands.

If you have heard of OAC or not, make sure to get in there this year and say hi. They have a great staff to help you out with your every need. As far as next year goes, we can only hope that they invite us back for this great event. We also hope that everyone who wants to get down on some early season shredding shows up to dial in their skills.


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.

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3sOuWJ9hsk[/embed]

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? 


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?


The Start of My Backyard

April 25, 2013 By

The first pieces of synthetic snow are laid out in an experiment in the back lawn, and the time to snowboard and ski will be upon us shortly. It’s no lie. A drop in will be next, which will lead into a rail that leaves you with a smooth buttery landing. For now, all you get to see is the run in patch of mSnow, but Hey, it’s the start.

My Backyard

Snowboard, Backyard, mSnow, Synthetic Snow This is a complete experiment. I laid raw mSnow in the grass, and my hope is that the grass will grow around and through the synthetic snow. My idea is that the grass will hold everything in place. I have wanted to test this theory for awhile now, and now is the time. Here is a short clip of whats going down, and a few more pictures to top it off.

Snowboard, Ski, mSnow, Summer SnowboardmSnow, snowboard, skiSnowboard, Ski, mSnow, backyard park

It does not look like much now, but I can tell you this whole area will not look like this for long. I am excited to build, test, ride, break and go bigger. Keep your eyes pealed for another episode of my backyard park.

What do you think the outcome will be?


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 NewSchoolers.com, 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.

Snowboard, Ski, Drop In,

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!”


Can You Edge on mSnow

November 2, 2012 By

It is always a common question with synthetic snows.  Actually it isn’t even a question.  It is an assumption almost everyone has.  You can’t edge on that stuff.  I hear it all of the time.  Before a person even sees someone ride the material, this is what they say “you can’t edge on that.”  It makes me laugh every time I hear it so I had to show what mSnow is all about and that you actually can edge on it.

mSnow – You can Edge on it.

mSnow, Skiing, Edging on Synthetic Snow

I understand why people think they can’t edge on synthetic snows.  For the most part, I don’t think any of them have actually rode on synthetic snow.  It’s just in their head.  That is not real snow so there is no way it can actually ride like real snow.  I get it, but it just isn’t true.  I made a quick video proving that you can actually edge on at least one synthetic snow.  It’s called mSnow.  Watch and learn.

So there you have it.  This stuff is real, it works, and it allows everyone who skis and snowboards to participate in their sport all year long.  What else can you ask for?  It has be proven over and over again and it will continue to prove itself.  I really don’t have to say another word.

What do you think?  Can you edge on mSnow?   


Casey Arnold Summer Rails – APPROVED

October 22, 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.

Casey Arnold

The truth be told.  Casey Arnold rips on a pair of skis.  In this summer session the kid throws down hammers on the rails at the First Class Gymnastics out door ski and snowboard park.  Watch as he rocks back and fourth as he slides across the flat bar, and then watch him throw a 450 out of no where.  I don’t know if it is the fact that this kid gets to ride everyday of the year, but I do know that he is Approved because of it.

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.


Ski, Snowboard, Twin Tow, mSnow

October 12, 2012 By

With so much going on in the snowboard and ski industry it is almost impossible to find something that has never been done.  It is even harder to find people who are really creating and innovating the industry in different ways.  Well for people in Michigan, the Midwest, and the world, your search can stop now.  Take a look at the all new Twin Tow made and designed right here in Michigan.

"Snowboard" "Ski" "mSnow"

Snowboard and Ski with the Twin Tow

I don’t even know if I have to say much about the Twin Tow.  It kind of explains itself.  It is easy to see the beauty of this machine.  It’s easy to see the power it holds, and it is even easier to see how much fun you can have with something like this in your backyard or at your next event.  Take a look at the video of us testing out the Twin Tow at Timber Ridge Ski Resort.

I have to give credit where the credit is due.  The Schrab twins who own mSnow have been thinking of a machine like this for over 12 years.  They started out with smaller rope tows to pull them across their grandpa’s farm and 12 years later they made dreams become a reality.  And what a huge reality it is.  They designed the Twin Tow from the ground up and made their long term visions, dreams and ideas come true.

With all respect, I have to say this was one of my favorite days on a snowboard.  I am so stoked I was invited to test out the Twin Tow and I can’t wait to jam it again.  The Twin Tow is going to blow minds, if it hasn’t already blown yours.  Keep your eyes posted for upcoming events where mSnow and the Twin Tow will be present because you will not want to miss this thing in action.  I hope you are lucky enough to test it out on your own snowboard or skis.

What are you doing to innovate the snowboard and ski industry? 


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 Agnarchy.com.  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.


Summer Pool Jump – APPROVED

September 24, 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.

Ski Jump Into the Pool

Coming from our friend Evan over at eKoncepts this video will make you want to break out your shorts, grab a pair of skis or your snowboard, and build a jump into your pool.  Why wouldn’t you?  It is a great way to learn.  It is a great way to use a Banshee Bungee, and it is a great way to enjoy a 100 degree day.  If you don’t want to give this a shot, you probably won’t understand why we Approved this video.  But we do!!

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.