Backcountry Kicker Build #1

Winter time mornings can start pretty early.  They usually start the night before, a little planning, some gear, food, and sled prep to make sure you can get out and get in.  Many times you can do all this planning, early waking, and not accomplish much besides a pretty good time.

This outing, Andrew wanted to build a jump, he said he hasn’t been in the air enough this season.  I took little convincing.  We had a list of 5 zones, with certain criteria: steep landing, not tracked from sleds, sled accessible, and not baked in the sun.  Options can seemingly dis-appear around Central Oregon due to our zones limited lack of ridgelines, and super accessible sled terrain.

We made a couple quick scopes on the way out, and quickly settled on a spot.  Andrew found a natural hip above a snow covered rock band, and I opted for a quick kicker build.  After a few years now of being drawn by the throttle, we shut off our machines, made some quick hike laps, and enjoyed our efforts.  Turned out to be a simple solid day.  Looking forward to more.

Above are snaps of Andrew and myself as we traded off the camera during laps.

Dave Reuss

About Dave Reuss

They say you can take the kid out of Cottonwood, but ya can't take the Cottonwood outta the kid, which has led this small town time traveler in search of landscapes to ride far and near. Trail rider, snow smasher, roofer, undercover nerd, it's a mixed bag of good times.