Freestyle Terrain areas are designated with an orange oval and may contain jumps, take-offs, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not recommended. You assume all risk.
SMART STYLE Make a Plan.
Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you use. Your speed, approach and take-off will directly affect your maneuver and landing. Look Before You Leap.
You are responsible for inspecting Freestyle Terrain before initial use and throughout the day. The features vary in size and change constantly due to snow conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Before getting into freestyle terrain, observe all signage and warnings. Use your first run as a warm run and to familiarize yourself with the park layout and features. Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter when necessary.
Use the ATML Method
when first inspecting jumps. Consider the following elements of each jump:
Easy Style It.
- (A) The approach zone is for setting your speed and stance
- (T) The Take-off zone is for making moves that start your trick
- (M) The Maneuver zone is for controlling your style
- (L) The Landing Zone is for getting straight and riding away clean.
Always ride or ski in control and within your ability level. Do not attempt Freestyle Terrain unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. You control the degree of difficulty you will encounter in using Freestyle Terrain, both on the ground and in the air.
Respect Gets Respect.
- Know your limits and ride within your ability.
- Freestyle Terrain comes in different sizes. When starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or large parks and features.
- Stay in control both on the ground and in the air.
- Remember you can control how big or small you take the feature by varying speed and take off.
- Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended.
Remember that respect is important both in the park and throughout the rest of the resort. So be smart when you are heading down the mountain or on the lift and save your best tricks for the park.
- Respect the terrain and all others.
- One person on a feature at a time.
- Wait your turn and call your drop-in.
- Always clear the landing area quickly.
- Respect all signs and stay off closed features.
To see Smart Style in action watch this video
, courtesy of the National Ski Areas Association.