Spot Scouting

This video is from our sister mag Onboard’s list of 11 things snowboarders do that regular folk don’t. If you haven’t read it yet, you should…

As well as snow and some able bodied buddies to help, you need a spot. But luckily this is where all those hours of finger boarding rails and ledges whilst riding the bus come in handy; snowboarders are natural daydreamers so all of us probably have some idea for a few hits in our local town.

But it’s worth being a bit more prepared than that, take a closer look at features for their snow day potential, maybe even stop taking selfies for five minutes and take a snap to show your newly formed urban crew. Geotag it and you might even be able to find it on the day, who knew iPhones were actually useful?!

When checking the potential for a jib feature you need to keep three things in mind; run in, the feature itself and the run out. You need all three to be at least passable. No use having the perfect rail underneath a pre-built drop in if it spits you out at high speed into a brick wall.

And it’s always advisable to take a close look at the feature itself; a few weeks ago we spent hours over two days moving snow and setting up a handrail perfectly, only for the first person to hit it to find that the rail was made of softer metal than his edges, the hard way. It pays to be prepared, noting worse than getting your mates hyped up for what will ultimately be a bust.

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