When teenage shredder Nick 'Pooch' Poohachoff saw an excavator parked in the middle of the slopes in a New Zealand ski field, he couldn't resist the challenge. The 19-year-old American competitive snowboarder quickly built a small strip of snow and placed a pallet against the machine's bucket to serve as a ramp before soaring down the adjacent slope and riding the arm of the Volvo EC210B excavator.
Poohachoff was snowboarding at the Cardrona ski field in Queenstown when he stumbled across the excavator perched on a pile of aggregate on an access road. The Volvo EC210B was one of the machines being used to clear snow as part of the winter maintenance program at the ski field. The machine's operator, Simon Glass, happened to come past at the time and was not impressed with what he saw. Poohachoff had scratched the dipper ram during his stunt, but nothing could take the smile off the daring teen's face. As the northern hemisphere gears up for the approaching snow season, Poohachoff's new trick is bound to inspire fans of off-piste skiing, but even he agrees it would be wise not to try this at home.