*warning: blurry photos ahead, do not adjust your eyes*
Find east facing slope that has been baking in the sun all week. Climb said slope.
Achieve a zen-like state and sit/ponder the conditions you’ll be encountering in the near future to decide how you’d like to structure your base.
Crack beer and drink while continuing to ponder. Throw in occasional curse about POS tripod that broke and how it’s cramping your photo steez.
Ride down hill ’til the snow runs out and you’re faced with at least a 30 foot (research shows 30 foot is the minimum to get a quality grind) section of sand and other non-snow surfaces. Tell buddies that you’d just ollie the gap or ( __insert miscellaneous BS here____ ) if it were light out and you could see, but as it’s not you’ll just ride over it. Bonus points for snagging nose on a tree or rock and throwing in a sommersault halfway thru the base grind.
Meet back up with snow, turn back and admire your work, then proceed to ride ’til you hit pavement. Call it a night knowing you’ve just saved yourself $50 on a basegrind/structuring.
Admire handiwork in the daylight the next day, confident that the structure you added will help channel water off your base this spring.