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Ingenious Kids

post #1 of 22
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In a world where we generalize about the lazy youth, I have to hand it to the bunch I saw yesterday.
I only wish I had my camera with me(usually do, dunno why I didn't this time)

There is a very popular sliding hill in our community called Diggens. As you can imagine, the snowboarders have taken to using this hill for some of their own fun, and sharing the hill beautifully with the sledders, I might add.

About a mile from the hill is the local ice arena. These kids have take some huge effort to move the Zamboni dumpings to Diggens, to create their own, home made snow spot in an area that hasn't seen snow yet this year.

It was cool watching them!
post #2 of 22
That's certainly a new slant on "snowmaking!"

Good for them!
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
... huge effort to move the Zamboni dumpings to Diggens, to create their own, home made snow spot in an area that hasn't seen snow yet this year.

It was cool watching them!
I'm not familiar with Ice Arenas. Are the Zamboni dumpings shavings of ice, discarded in a heap?

When developers build huge sub-divisions without saving open spaces for these ingenious kids to do their thing, I get steamed. kids always find things to do with some open area. It is so cool. saving some of the land as open space should be a requirement of every development. I'm tired of signs posted against kids: no skateboards, no skating, and so forth.
post #4 of 22
There was a post about what makes a dedicated skier ...

That is dedication! Even if they are knuckle draggers.

City kids can't do that cause they ain't got pick up trucks.
post #5 of 22
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Davluri, yea, Zamboni is the machine that makes the ice rink smooth. There is a fair amount of ice shavings left over when they get done.

Yuki, you're sooooo right, these kids are dedicated!!
post #6 of 22
"Worthless" is certainly too strong for this thread. Perhaps, a "Pictures sure would be nice with this thead" would be a good icon.



My home mountain does some summer fests and I know at least one year, they did tubing on a shaved ice slope. I think it only kinda worked and a couple employees had to give each tuber a big running push to get them to slide.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
There was a post about what makes a dedicated skier ...

That is dedication! Even if they are knuckle draggers.

City kids can't do that cause they ain't got pick up trucks.
Who says you can't ski in the city?
post #8 of 22
Are Zamboni dumpings like Polar Bear poop?






you know those white packaging pallets.
post #9 of 22
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Max, you have such a way with words!
post #10 of 22
Jersey kids even here in "rural" NJ are too cool for pick up trucks ... hey, a ton of ice shavings just doesn't go into the trunk.

Our high school parking lot twenty years ago was half pick ups .. now it's ricers and Jettas ... :
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post
I'm not familiar with Ice Arenas. Are the Zamboni dumpings shavings of ice, discarded in a heap?

When developers build huge sub-divisions without saving open spaces for these ingenious kids to do their thing, I get steamed. kids always find things to do with some open area. It is so cool. saving some of the land as open space should be a requirement of every development. I'm tired of signs posted against kids: no skateboards, no skating, and so forth.

It is too bad, but the truth is everyone is afraid to get sued. If a kid then hurts himself there the property owners will get blamed for negligence and liability.

When we were kids, back in 86', we built a quarterpipe along side the Grand Central Parkway across the street from the Fresh Meadows site of the World's Fair. We scavenged wood from construction sites and built it up with no prior experience. People on the highway could see kids launch into the air on BMX bikes as they drove by, got so much attention that Newsday did an article. Shortly thereafter, the parks dept. came with chain saws and cut it all down...we were hurting no one, in no ones way, and were on public/city land.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post


When we were kids, back in 86',

That made me laugh,
post #13 of 22
OK, I'm waaay past the age of being a kid in '86, but I did see some ingenious kids at the beach at Lake Michigan this summer catching Seagulls. The kids dug a deep hole in the sand that two kids could lie in. The third kid put a beach towel on top to cover them up and then lured the gulls with popcorn. When the gulls would finally land on the towel the kids underneath would throw the towel off themselves and trap the gull. After much laughter and screaming (on the part of the gull) they would let it go and start all over again. Sorry, no pictures, but it sure did entertain us for the afternoon!!:
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by racermom View Post
OK, I'm waaay past the age of being a kid in '86, but I did see some ingenious kids at the beach at Lake Michigan this summer catching Seagulls. The kids dug a deep hole in the sand that two kids could lie in. The third kid put a beach towel on top to cover them up and then lured the gulls with popcorn. When the gulls would finally land on the towel the kids underneath would throw the towel off themselves and trap the gull. After much laughter and screaming (on the part of the gull) they would let it go and start all over again. Sorry, no pictures, but it sure did entertain us for the afternoon!!:
Thats pretty funny, parks dept. would probably arrest them for that though...ah well.
post #15 of 22
Fun things for kids to do in winter:
-Car skijoring. They'll probably send you straight to Gitmo if caught doing this. Someone's HS "senior car" picture has them turning hard on the ski rope behind their van with a buddy spewing snow into the air with right foot planted and opposite lock steering out the side window behind the wheel.
-Car-served skiing. Best when combined with above. Frozen streams are nature's runouts. Excellent opportunity to work on your ski boot driving skills.
-Light brush clearing in the woods at the local ski hill. Name runs after various dictators for maximum damn-the-man effect. When caught red handed skiing closed runs, duck into said trees and evade capture by The Man.
-Grass and pavement skiing. Use your 15 year old shop class skills to try and make skis that work on pavement.
-Inciting the county to install a dozen NO PARKING OR STANDING signs at the top of a convenient and formerly quite peaceful residential mountain road.

Not that I have any relatively recent experience with any of this...
post #16 of 22
Here's a Big kid story:

On the cover of a local newspaper today there was a photo of some guys riding their dirt bikes. The caption said these riders were heading for an illegal motocross track that was built by a local contractor with his loader on BLM land without permission and was busted for it and now in the process of tearing it down.

Big kids have big toys to move Zamboni shavings! Boys will be boys!
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post
Here's a Big kid story:

On the cover of a local newspaper today there was a photo of some guys riding their dirt bikes. The caption said these riders were heading for an illegal motocross track that was built by a local contractor with his loader on BLM land without permission and was busted for it and now in the process of tearing it down.

Big kids have big toys to move Zamboni shavings! Boys will be boys!
That is something my husband would do.
His only trouble would be trying to figure out which dirt bike to take from his quiver to ride.:
post #18 of 22
He's my kinda guy! We have a couple mx tracks on our cabin property! Next to skiing........
post #19 of 22
Nice. Now that I live in the land of space aplenty I really need to get a toy like that. Mom never let me have one!
post #20 of 22
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Don't even get me started on the size of our(his) toy garage!!!
post #21 of 22
Hey, I own a ski shop and I have more bikes and quads in my garage than skis!.... go figure?

If you ever get out to Nevada/CA bring your toys and we will play!!!
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Bud, something tells me you'd get along great with my husband.
(other than he still wears rear entry boots):

Garrett, come join the fun!!
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