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Old 12-28-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Winter Snow/ice track construction

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Has anyone created a winter snow race track?
We have a decent size flat backyard, so I figured I would construct a race track. I towed the kids around the yard in their sleds to pack down what I was thinking could be the track. The only issue is our yard has close to 4ft of snow in it and after packing, the track area is nearly 2ft deep and only about 3ft wide.
Has anyone done this and any suggestions or lessons learned?

Below is the start of what I am thinking of using for my track.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: Winter Snow/ice track construction

I was thinking of something similar but was going to shovel the snow down so there's only a few inches on the track. The problem is snow gets very hard and when it melts you get ice. Ice+cold RC parts+speed=repairs.

In our area, the temperatures vary daily so one day we have melting temps and the next day, frostbite inducing freezing so keeping a track in these conditions isn't fun and can get muddy.

I'm looking at running my 1/16th Traxxas stuff and my son's 1/18th Dromida Monster truck so the scale can be small. What were you looking at running?
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:32 AM   #3
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Re: Winter Snow/ice track construction

Believe it or not, the professional racers put plastic parts in the dishwasher for winter racing. Apparently the heat from the dishwasher softens the parts so the plastic is less prone to breaking with impact. I've never put any parts in a dishwasher but I've also never run in snow.

I have, however, been known to run my cars in the winter in parking garages (like at work). You just have to pay attention to parked cars and concrete posts.

Keep us posted on how it works out.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:46 PM   #4
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Re: Winter Snow/ice track construction

Hey, a snow track is a lot fun but a lot work, here's a link to mine that I'm working on.
We just got about 2 inches of wet snow so my slash is digging in a lot and getting hung up but once it gets colder it should be mint.
I haven't put any jumps in yet as I have a hard enough time staying on the track now and without a field marshal it's a lot of running up and down the hil if I get stuck.
Anyone looking to get out contact me , all are welcome if your in the area.
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