How to Clear a Snowboard Path

by Alice Drinkworth, Demand Media

    Create a perfect snowboard path with a shovel and a broom. Some investigation will be necessary to find the perfect spot. Once you find it, making a snowboard path is easy. Taking the time to make the path smooth and safe makes downhill adventures more fun.

    Step 1

    Find a hilly area with few trees and a long slope. The steeper the slope, the more speed you will get on the snowboard. Beware of hills that are too steep or have sharp drop-offs. A long, gentle slope is best.

    Step 2

    Check the area for trees and other obstacles. The path needs to be wide enough to allow for some slalom, turns and pivots. The FIS council, an international ski federation, requires a skiing path be at least 66 feet wide. A private snowboard path could be narrower, but no less than 25 feet. Trees are obvious obstacles, but rocks hidden under the snow can be more dangerous. Check the path thoroughly.

    Step 3

    Look for adequate snow coverage. Four to six inches is a good foundation for snowboarding. If there isn't enough snow on your path, consider adding snow from the surrounding area.

    Step 4

    Shovel a smooth, even surface is ideal for snowboarding. Remove unwanted snow from piles that are too high and fill in bare spots. Pat snow with the shovel to make the path as even as possible.

    Step 5

    Mark the path borders by laying sticks along the outside of the path or placing flags.

    Step 6

    For added slickness, shower small amounts of water to the path, letting it ice a little to create an extra slippery surface. Use only small amounts of water and apply when temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or the water will cause the snow to melt faster. Apply the water with a spray mist or a utility broom drenched in water.

    Step 7

    Drag a utility broom down the path to mark it and even it out.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Be sure your snowboard path is in a public area or you have permission from the property owner.

    About the Author

    Alice Drinkworth has been a writer and journalist since 1995. She has written for community newspapers, college magazines and Salon.com. Drinkworth earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and won a media award for her in-depth coverage of local politics. She is also a certified master gardener.

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