Thursday, December 2


let me introduce you to a little known sport, or as it’s referred to more accurately by aficionados: art-form, called snow jumping.

there is one very important pre-requisite for this activity: you need a shed-load of snow to be dumped on your location daily for about four days in a row, with freezing temperatures at night to maintain consistency and depth.

preparation is key: you want to wrap up warm with plenty of waterproof clothing on top. make sure that there are no tiny gaps between gloves and sleeves, scarf and neck etc. in fact, tucking your vest into your thermals is also a good idea (but not the sexiest style you will ever carry off) to prevent any ingress by the tiniest amount of the cold stuff, which will melt as soon as it reaches any of the cosy parts of your body and turn to freezing water which will then run down your neck, leg, arm etc. not good.

to allow you to take part at home, here is a quick guide. bear in mind that perfecting this technique takes many, many hours of practice so don’t be too disheartened by your first, stumbling attempts.

step 1. find a stretch of particularly deep, untouched, lovely white stuff.
step 2. run as fast as your many layers of clothing will allow.
step 3. launch yourself from the ground by pushing off with one foot.
step 4. bearing in mind that points are awarded for style and panache as well as distance travelled and landing, turn/twist/spin/kick/flail/somersault even, as many times as is possible.
step 5. the landing, ah the landing, my favourite part. if you have nailed your take-off perfectly, then landing pretty much takes care of itself.

to assist you: if you’re doing it right, the end result should look something like this:happy snow-jumping everyone!


Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Hee hee. Did just this the other day when our garden was all freshly covered. It was like jumping into the contents of a giant bean bag...only colder! : )

Felted House said...

This makes me wish we'd had enough snow for me to try it! We in the midlands have had enough to be cold and a nuisance, but not really enough to sledge in or have any fun in!
Thanks so much for your comment on my last post - it's all feeling very grim at the moment but I know I can only do so much and need to take one day at a time. I spent 7 hours today in my mum's house and her cousin came to help too so it was good to have two pairs of hands, but we've hardly got anywhere with the mess yet. Friendships do mean a lot though and there's much to be thankful for in the support that people are giving me. xx

narkeymarkey said...

hi aileen, it's great fun isn't it?! and what a perfect description - like jumping into a cold bean bag! hope you're no longer snowed in :)

narkeymarkey said...

hi feltedhouse, i'd be quite happy to share some of our snow with you! we had two days without fresh snow fall and have woken up this morning to another blizzard! glad to hear you had some help from your cousin, it can be a difficult transitionional period but you will get through it, i'm glad that you've got support, hugs :)

Chrissie said...

I'm a wimp - I'm only thinking "did the snow get down the back of your neck?!"

Looks like fun!

narkeymarkey said...

hi chrisse, that's where the preparation comes in - lots of layers, each one tucked into the other and pretty much nothing gets in!

it was really good fun :)

Wendy said...

Glad to see i'm not the only snow-jumper!!