or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › I'm back! Important question about gap jumping.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

# I'm back! Important question about gap jumping.

Approximately what speed and angle would a 225lb skiier need to leave a ramp at to clear a roughly 30' wide gap and land on the ramp at hte other side successfully?

It sounds idiotic, childish, and suicidal, but here's my idea:

At my new university, there's a large hill out front that is quite steep(perhaps 45 degrees or so, I can't think of a good way to actually measure...perhaps I should take a pic??)..., and people love to sled on it. There's also a 26' wide road at the bottom. I was looking, and thought "hell, with the right ramp, I bet I could jump it".

So I'm starting my research well beforehand.

On my property, there's a hill not quite as steep that flattens out at the bottom, which is where I think I'll start practicing gap jumping, sound like a good idea?

Also, is there any way to test a ramp to make sure the angle is right without actually going off of it? I imagine my plans will become a bit of interest on campus, and I'm not really willing to land on the tarmac and shatter my body in front of god knows how many cute girls

Crashing because I messed up my landing is fine, crashing because I fell 10' short is not

Tips?
well, we would need the horizontal and vertical length of the ramp , that way we would know the exact angle, as well as needing it for calculations. Its been a while since i took physics, but i think i remember how. I need to know how far you plan on traveling and i could estimate a speed for you.
So, you've got the hill and you've got the 26' wide road, but what is on the other side. Check it out before you're airborne. Does your school have an engineering school? With survey instruments and basic skills you can find the length and gradient of the hill. Also check out the situation w/ overhead utility poles and wires( ! )

Why am I helping this guy?
Grue!!!! Yay - I was just going through old posts and I saw your name. So glad you came back.

You know...this sounds like a question for the maggots over on Powder. They do this kind of stuff all the time.

Edit: Hmmmmm I can't get it to work either

[ August 01, 2002, 09:55 AM: Message edited by: Sugar_Snack ]
Quote:
 Originally posted by NewHampie:So, you've got the hill and you've got the 26' wide road, but what is on the other side. Check it out before you're airborne. Does your school have an engineering school? With survey instruments and basic skills you can find the length and gradient of the hill. Also check out the situation w/ overhead utility poles and wires( ! ) Why am I helping this guy?
On the other side is a pretty good size flat area, more than large enough to build a ramp on the other side with room to stop....wires and poles were checked, heh, I was thinking abotu that, too. Seems ok.

As for the engineering school, no such luck, but I might be able to get some help from the school I transferred from, heh, it's only an hour away
Quote:
 Originally posted by Sugar_Snack:Grue!!!! Yay - I was just going through old posts and I saw your name. So glad you came back. You know...this sounds like a question for the maggots over on Powder. They do this kind of stuff all the time.
Heya sugar !! Yeah, I've had a rough couple of months, lost my job, then moved, now going back to school, but things are back to normal now

As for the grue pic...it should work now, I hope?

edit: what's "Powder"? Forum somewherE?

[ August 01, 2002, 02:00 PM: Message edited by: grue ]
http://www.powdermag.com/

Go to their board section and then to "chatter."

They are a bit of a rough bunch and are likely to "jong" you for your first post but it's just their way of saying "welcome." Really - just ask your question and be persistent. They'll give you the info you seek.
Quote:
 Originally posted by Sugar_Snack:http://www.powdermag.com/ Go to their board section and then to "chatter." They are a bit of a rough bunch and are likely to "jong" you for your first post but it's just their way of saying "welcome." Really - just ask your question and be persistent. They'll give you the info you seek.
THanks much!
Quote:
 Originally posted by grue:On the other side is a pretty good size flat area, more than large enough to build a ramp on the other side with room to stop....wires and poles were checked, heh, I was thinking abotu that, too. Seems ok.
Flat area? Hmm...probably want to build a landing ramp me be thinking. As for the speed needed? Well, enough to fly 26 feet. Since you're probably not skiing with a spedometer you're going to have to go by feel and experience. How long is the aproach hill down?

My advice? Go fast, big ramp. Look on the bright side, if you get hurt, maybe you can get some of those cute girls to help nurse you back to health.
i agree with ski monkey. go big b/c you dont want to come up short. my first road gap was scary, but with a few speed checks it helps you get the feel of how far your gonna go. good luck man.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Return Home
Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › I'm back! Important question about gap jumping.