You don't need a huge hill to create slope-style thrills in your own backyard. With some skillful snowblowing and an inventive reuse of materials, Williston's Paul Bialowoz turns his family's yard into a snowsport destination for his three kids and their neighborhood friends.
Bialowoz recently transformed his slightly downhill plot by adding two rails, a sizable jump and a landscaped curve for high-speed cornering.
He blows most of the snow from the front yard onto a skateboard quarter-pipe ramp to form a drop-in, which creates vertical distance and speed. He blows the rest of the available snow onto a main sliding surface featuring fun additions, such as an arched homemade rail that's perfect for grinding — even on a sled.
And it's cheaper than a season pass. "Almost everything here is either made from pieces of scrap or purchased real cheap off Craigslist," he says. "Anyone can do it."
Camps take place at Shelburne Craft School’s beautiful, historic campus. Youth work in real, active artist and craft studios around equipment and around projects that adult artists and crafters have been making. The commitment to genuine craft and authentic experience makes Shelburne Craft School’s camps unique among the arts-and-crafts camps…(more)