FROM THE JIBBER’S
Welcome to the latest installment of the
forever freestyle section of 32 Degrees,
where PSIA-AASI Team members answer
freestyle questions that are not normally
covered in divisional or national clinics.
Our latest question is from Stevie Lund
in Eagle Nest, New Mexico: “Hey there
Jibbers, in the last ‘Jibbers Pocket’ you had
a stompy rail. Where did you get it”?
Stevie, that’s an awesome question, and
thanks for asking. This is where jibbers and
instructors get to show off our MacGyver
skills. There isn’t a company building
stompy rails, so we have to build them
(see the “Talk to Your Team” sidebar).
These rails are worth their weight in gold
when you realize how helpful they are for
First things first: You gotta have
welding skills—or know someone who
does. This is where the inter-departmental
relations at the hill comes in. If you talk to
the park crew or lift mechanics they may
be able to help you with the construction.
And don’t forget to buy them a soda pop!
Next come the parts (photo 1). A
stompy only needs to help people learn
how to get on a rail, so length should
be around 4 or 5 feet. A nice piece of
2x6 tubing (or wider) is nice, but almost
any tubing will work. The rail needs
legs; in this case we recommend 2x2
Remember, the name is stompy so the
legs should be so short that it makes it
easy to stomp into the snow (all the legs
do is keep the rail from sliding away when
you’re playing on it). For the stompy
shown here the legs are about 5 inches
long. End caps are also essential to the
smoothness of the feature. We don’t want
to gouge our boards . . . or our bodies—
do we? Since the rail is 2x6 cut two
pieces of two-inch round pipe, about
5½ inches long.
Since we like our rails slippery, we keep
the sliding surface on the table so as not to
get it scarred up from welding. It’s going
to look weird because we are working on
it with the legs sticking straight up in the
air. Get the legs square to the center of
the rail length-wise. Then burn them into
place with the welder (photo 2).
Next are the end caps. Place them into
the ends of the 2x6 square tubing; these
are there to round off the ends of the
square rail. Spark those caps onto that rail
with the welder (photo 3).
Now flip the stompy over and polish
the sliding surface with a grinder and
a flapper wheel (photo 4). Make sure to
smooth out those end-cap welds so they
look as smooth as a tune on your winter
gear. Finally, after letting the project cool
down for 30 to 45 minutes, take it outside
and flip it so the sliding surface is face-down to the ground.
Now it’s time for a paint job (photo 5).
Choose any color that makes the bosses
happy and have at it.
Next comes the time to enjoy it!
Remember these things are light, so they
are easy to handle. But that lack of weight
also means they go missing quickly, so get
a lock and a bike chain. We hope this helps
out and answers your question, Stevie.
Stay safe and keep jibbing.
Photos by Max Tapes
TALK TO YOUR TEAM
Before you blaze on through the design and
assembly for your stompy rail, take the time to
check in with other departments at your area.
Working with the park crew to spec the rail and
so they know where and how you plan to use it
is a good way to develop a relationship. Another
early connection should be a chat with the risk
manager. And when you get the final okay and
you’re ready to fire up the torch, be certain your
welder has the skills to make it work, make it last,
and make it safe. — The Jibbers