DIY Snowskates

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DIY Snowskates
A skateboard can be easily transitioned to a snow skate. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Snow skating (sometimes spelt snowskating) is a sport which allows for skateboard tricks to be performed on snow. Snow skates come in a variety of styles. One of the most popular and simple is the deck design. This involves a modified skateboard deck which has no trucks or wheels attached. By using a slick bottom to glide over the snow, this style of snow skate can provide the rider with a smooth transition from skateboarding to snow skating. With a little effort, any skateboard can be modified into a deck-style snow skate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench or skate tool
  • Sandpaper
  • Snowboard wax
  • Skateboard

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  1. 1

    Use a wrench or skate tool to secure one of the eight bolts attaching the trucks to your skateboard deck. Remove the screw with a screwdriver and repeat for remaining screws. This means that you are left with only your skateboard deck.

  2. 2

    Sand the bottom of the skateboard deck. This will remove all the grooves, scratches, and chips accumulated on the bottom. You want as smooth a surface as possible to reduce friction between the deck and the snow. If you are using a new skateboard, sanding is unnecessary.

    DIY Snowskates
    Sanding the bottom of your skateboard deck allows you to travel farther and faster. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Wax the bottom of your skateboard deck. The snowboard wax will reduce the amount of friction between the deck and the snow, allowing you to travel farther on your snow skate.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're griptape is old or worn, replace it to allow more control over your snow skate.
  • Clean your griptape often while snow skating, as snow can become stuck to it.
  • If you do not have snowboard wax, an old candle can be used as a substitute to reduce friction.
  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
  • Never attempt a trick or obstacle that you are unprepared for.

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