How To Build A Kicker (Jump)
Here's what you need to do to build a kicker in the snow!
1. Look for a location with ample run in to gain enough speed. Then, after the run in there should be a flatter area to build your jump and lastly find a long steepish landing, free of obstacles.
2. Break out the snow shovels, there are light weight ones available. Pile up the snow. If the snow is the right consistency you can make snow bricks to help construct your kicker quicker.
3. Snowboards can act as good scaffolding at the front of the jump.
4. Pack down the snow, your board will work best, hang on to the bindings and smooth out the snow with the base of your board. A common mistake is people will build the kicker too small and aggressive with too much lip. Spend the extra time to build the kicker longer and wider, constantly thinking to your self, "how do I want to hit this?"
5. Don't forget the run in! Make sure your approach is clean. you want to have time to think about your trick, and not thinking about wiping out on the run in.
6. The test run. Usually the sucker friend. Tweak the kicker as necessary to get the best out of your abilities.
1. Try to hit it from different spots and figure out the smoothest landing zone.
2. The best way to learn new tricks is by riding it over and over. Before you know it you'll find your comfort zone and then feel comfortable to try new tricks.
3. Look for an area without too many people. Kickers can be quite a hazard for people who are new to the sport. These instructions are not recommended to use while in resorts as they usually have on hill jumps already built and regulated.
What You Will Need:
A love for snowboarding
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