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unfortunately, you're getting into a major high dollar item... a brand new jump with a nice Beaman surface is upwards of $30,000 when all is said and done.
Your best (and cheapest) bet is to join an area ski club that has a jump, because unless you have your own private lake, putting a jump on a public lake is going to require cutting through alot of red tape and bureaucracy... There is a ton of safety and liability issues is what I am saying.
What does the fox say?
You know they all have a little string hanging out, but it's not a tampon, it's a price tag...
We built two of them in the 80's both Awsa regulation ramps. One from wood the other all steel.
I imagine they dont need a record capable jump surface. a simple fiberglass cloth laid surface is within most people's abilities to build. Our first jump build saw several regional records broke on it. The surface doesn't have to be perfect. Just waxed well so the ski track on it.
We took the steel ramp to a fiberglass camper maker and the sprayed chop on for the surface. That jump is still in use today and probably has several more records off it. The deck was 4in I beam and c channel with 3/4 marine ply under the chop. That deck probably caused several bruised heals.
Comparing to several ramps I saw at travers, Bennett's and other regional sites ours were some of the best built I saw
Thanks guys, while I dont' want to spend 30K, im not joining a ski team to use their ramp. Thanks for all the links. I know insurance to deal with and transporting it, maintenance can be a pain. I was just thinking if someone in Minnesota or Wisconsin had one they weren't using, I could resurface it myself.
Trips to the Dells every weekend gets expensive as well!