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A little ladder attached to a snow board that you climb as high as possible as you ski downhill
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The rider would see which rung they could get to before they wiped out. A new level of challenge to the boring old sport of skiing. You'd be scored by height x time upright. The ladder would be about 6" wide and, ummmm... ten feet tall.

I think it would be tilted very slightly forward so as you climbed up you'd lean back to maintain your center of gravity. You'd steer just as you would with a regular snow board only with the exaggerated movement afforded by the ladder being used as a steering mechanism. Tilt it left or right to turn, push it forward to go faster, pull it backwards to slow down.

It wouldn't be easy to be sure, but it would certainly be something to watch.

 — doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2015

No snow board, but think of the possibilities of a snow board! [Vernon, Nov 18 2015]

You have got to be kidding me! https://www.youtube...watch?v=qHZuegdH6-8
Not the exact idea, since you couldn't steer this but it's actually sort of been done! [doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2015]

This is highly likely to seriously injure, if not kill, any snowboarder who tries it. [+]
 — 8th of 7, Nov 18 2015

 I don't think you'd be able to steer at all going down hill, given such a high center of gravity.

 On the other hand, I wonder how such a device would fare going down a slalom course. If you made the ladder long enough, then the rider's person could follow a rather straight arc down the mountain while his thirty-foot apparatus carves giant serpentine patterns in the snow.

I bet it would take a lot of core-muscle strength, though.
 — Cuit_au_Four, Nov 18 2015

 Well, the higher you went the more exaggerated your steering movements would have to be. At ground level you'd just move an inch or two where at 10 feet up you'd have to swing the ladder 4 feet in that direction to get the same effect.

 You know, you paint an interesting picture with the slalom idea. You could also give points to how low you got to the ground on a turn. Theoretically, if you're going fast enough you could bend the ladder almost horizontally, low enough to touch the snow, which could be the ultimate "Ladder Board" (tm all rights reserved) trick.

This was just a bleary eyed, morning pre-coffee idea that actually sounds pretty interesting.
 — doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2015

Stilt skis ?
 — 8th of 7, Nov 18 2015

After you face-plant, they'll be crumpled-stilt-skis.
 — Cuit_au_Four, Nov 18 2015

 Unbelievable! Somebody sort of did this.

 My idea is for one you can steer though so I'm gonna leave it up. These idiots just put a ladder on some snowboards and went downhill until they wiped out.

I guess I should change the name to "STEERABLE" snow boarding ladder.
 — doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2015

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