Burn Your Turns: Jet-Pack Skiing Is HereBy Chris Weiss
How do you make skiing more extreme than straightlining 60-degree, three-foot-wide chutes atop serrated ridgelines? You add a jet pack, of course!
At least that’s what you do if you’re a stunt man and extreme sports junkie. Troy Hartman recently designed his own pack built with two Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) jet engines. The engines kick out a 12:1 thrust-weight ratio and provide land speeds of around 47 mph at 50 percent throttle, as tested by Hartman.
Hartman’s first phase of testing included tearing across snow-covered flats and up hills with the jet pack. According to his account, the pack is enough to power a skier up black-diamond-graded hills. And, as you’ll see in the video below, it just shreds on flat terrain.
While his initial testing was based on the ground, Hartman envisions using the pack with a wing for airborne stunts. He’s also gotten several requests to build packs for sale and is mulling the prospect over, though he’s not too sure that it’s a viable business plan (imagine the types of lawsuits one of these things could inspire). [via Troy Hartman]