How to Make a Snowboard Roll In

How to Make a Snowboard Roll In
A snowboard roll in, or ramp, is an essential for any low-land snowboarding park. Starting from an elevated position, the roll in gives the snowboarder ample speed to accomplish a variety of tricks with greater ease and is often used to feed into a quarter pipe. With some free time, tools and know-how, building your own roll in can be a satisfying home project.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Assemble the Tower

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2-inch screws
  • 3-inch screws
  • 8-foot 2x4s
  • Two 8-foot 4x4s
  • 2 sheets of plywood, 8 feet x 4 feet
  • Electric screwdriver with a 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Saw
  • Four half-inch carriage bolts with nuts
  • Four pier blocks
  • Ladder
  • Three sturdy metal hinges with accompanying hardware
  • Milk crates
Step 1
Cut your lumber. Trim the 4x4s to four 40-inch lengths. Cut six 6-foot lengths of 2x4 and four 4-foot lengths of 2x4. You will also need two additional 8-foot lengths of 2x4.
Step 2
Place one end of each 4x4 into the "shoe" on the pier block and drill a hole to match.
Step 3
Seat each 4x4 in a matching pier block and secure it using the carriage bolts. These are your four vertical supports.
Step 4
Use the 3-inch wood screws and connect two of the vertical supports with the 4-foot 2x4s, one at a foot from the top, one at a foot from the bottom. Repeat on the other two vertical supports.
Step 5
Reinforce each of the vertical supports. Take a 6-foot length of 2x4 and place it diagonally between the two 4-foot struts. Attach it with the 3-inch screws and trim the excess wood on each corner. Repeat the process with the second vertical support.
Step 6
Connect the two vertical supports with two 6-foot 2x4s on each side. Using the 3-inch screws, affix each 6-foot strut a foot from the bottom and a foot from the top of the vertical supports.
Step 7
Reinforce the sides of the vertical support by attaching an 8-foot 2x4 on the diagonal, as you already did on the shorter sides. Trim the excess wood.

Assemble the Deck

Step 1
Cut your lumber. You will need two 6-foot 2x4s and two 51-inch 2x4s. From one plywood sheet, cut two pieces that are 37.5 inches by 25.5 inches.
Step 2
Build a square with the 2x4s. Attach both 6-foot 2x4s vertically to the inside ends of one of the 51-inch 2x4s. Repeat to complete the square. The square will measure 51 inches by 75 inches.
Step 3
Place the two plywood sheets squarely on top of the 2x4 square and attach them using 3-inch screws. Use screws every six inches, with extra screws at the corners and seams.

Build the Ramp

Step 1
Cut your lumber. You will need a 4-foot 2x4 and a plywood sheet trimmed to 66 inches.
Step 2
Screw one side of your hinges to one 4-foot end of the "deck," with the pivot side flush to the top of the deck.
Step 3
Screw the 4-foot 2x4 into the other end of the hinges, keeping them level.
Step 4
Using 2-inch wood screws, match a four-foot end of the 66-inch plywood sheet to the hinged 2x4. This will form the ramp.

Complete the Roll In

Step 1
Place the deck assembly onto the top of the struts and secure the corners using 3-inch wood screws.
Step 2
Before using the roll in, be sure to paint or stain the assembly so that it will resist the weather. Allow paint or stain to dry for at least 24 hours before use.
Step 3
Use the milk crates to build steps to access the deck. You can allow these to be covered in snow to form a shallow access ramp to the deck.
Step 4
Adjust the angle of the base of the roll in ramp by piling snow against it and under it.

Tips & Warnings

Build the roll in before it snows.
For extra speed, you can spray water on the ramp of the roll in and allow it to freeze.
Repaint the roll in every year to make sure it lasts.
The carriage bolts can be removed from the pier blocks so that it can be moved.
Only one person should use the roll in at a time.
Do not use the roll in without snow.
Always use protective gear when using power tools.

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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