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Safety & Shrediquette

Snowboarder riding a rail in the terrain park

Respect Gets Respect

Follow these safety standards when playing in the terrain park to ensure fun for all. 

1.Get Rad with a Helmet

Protect your head. #HELMETSARECOOL

2. Make a Plan

Warm up, inspect the features, look before you leap, plan your line.

3. Call Your Drop

Shout it, let everyone around you know, then go.

4. Land on Your Bolts

Land confident, centered and relaxed.

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NSAA's Smart Style Rules

NSAA's Smart Style Rules

Terrain park safety laid out in 5 tips that all skiers and riders should know and practice.

1. Start Small

If you are just getting into the park for the first time, or first time that day, start with the smaller stuff and work your way up. If you aren’t sure about how to use a feature, build your skills first.

Freestyle terrain comes in different shapes and sizes, so starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or large parks and features.

2. Make a Plan

Every time you ski or ride on freestyle terrain, have a plan for each feature you are going to use. Remember, your speed, approach and take-off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.

When first inspecting the jumps consider the following elements of each jump, and remember ATML:
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.

3. Always Look

Before getting into freestyle terrain observe, all signage and warnings. Use your first run as a warm up and familiarize yourself with the park layout and features. Remember that features change constantly due to weather, usage and time of day, so it is important to continue to inspect features throughout the day.

4. Respect

Always have respect for terrain park features, as well as other skiers/riders.Only one person on a feature at a time – wait your turn and call your drop-in. Always clear the landing area quickly.

Also respect all signs –stay off closed features. Respect is important both in-park, as well as the rest of the mountain, so be smart when you are heading down the slopes or over to the lift.

5. Take It Easy

Ride within your ability and consider taking a lesson if you want to build your knowledge, skills, and bag of tricks. Stay in control both on the ground and in the air – know your limits. 

Remember you can control how big or small you take a feature by varying your speed and take off.

Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended.

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