Scots snowboarders create snow run in back garden

A group have Scottish snownboard fans have shippedeight tonnes of snow down from the slopes of the Cairngorms to create a summer ski slope in a backgarden in Aviemore.

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Mikey Jachacy, 31, and nine friends made several trips 2,000 feet up the slopes of the Cairngorm to pick up the white stuff after a lack of snowfall at his home.

The group then spent days building their own 60-metre snowboarding course, complete with rails for ‘grinding’, ramps and jumps - and even has its own makeshift ski lift.

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Mikey said: “We wanted to celebrate my birthday together with friends from all over Scotland.

“We filled the trailers with as much snow as we could and built the snowboarding course back in my garden.”

The creative snowboarders used a 4x4, a van and trailer and drive the snow down to Aviemore where they shaped it on dry slope matting in Mikey’s garden.

The group even built a ski lift from cables which runs on an old motorbike engine.

To use the lift, riders hang onto a rope which levers them up to the top of the hill.

Angus Leith, 25, a semi-pro snowboarder from Aviemore, said: “It’s so much fun and a great course to ride.

“It’s a little sketchy and dangerous, but that adds to the excitement of riding.

“I usually travel around Europe throughout the winter and come back to Aviemore in Springtime.

“By May most of the snow is obviously gone, but there’s always a way to get it. We have been doing this since 2009.

“We’ve built an obstacle course over the last few and we always try to improve it. This year we got more snow and it turned out better than ever before.

“As long as you have enough commitment and dedication for skiing and snowboarding, there’s always a way to make it happen.

“It’s a lot of work to get it going, but for us its good fun to set this up. We have a barbecue and a bonfire.”