Terrain Park Safety
Freestyle Terrain may contain jumps, hits, 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 Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air.
The orange oval is a symbol, which identifies freestyle terrain on the hill. Check out the sample signage and vocabulary to make sure you're up to speed on the basics. Smart Style is a terrain park safety initiative, which you need to understand in order to use terrain parks safely.
Four Main Points Of Smart Style
There are four main messages that are associated with Smart Style:
1.) MAKE A PLAN
Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
2.) LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
-Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings.
-Scope around the jumps first not over them.
-Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain.
-Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
-Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.
3.) EASY STYLE IT
Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level. Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up.
Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.
4.) RESPECT GETS RESPECT
-Respect the terrain and others.
-One person on a feature at a time.
-Wait your turn and call your start.
-Always clear the landing area quickly.
-Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features.
Smart Style is a terrain park specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks.
Freestyle Terrain Warnings & Instructions
- -Trail ratings do not apply to terrain features.
- -Terrain Features are not related to degree of difficulty.-
- -Inspect terrain features before use.
- -You are the sole judge of your ability to use any terrain feature, work your way up.
- -Terrain feature shapes and surface conditions change with weather and use.
- -Use spotters when landing area is not visible.
- -Do not stop on landing areas.
- -Use of features can be dangerous; you assume all risks of injury or death.
- -Aerial somersaulting maneuvers not recommended.
- -Terrain Features are intended for one person at a time.
Head’s Up: Your Responsibility Code
Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas, you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross-country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- -People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- -You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- -Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- -Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- -Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- -Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Know the code. It's your responsibility.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.
Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.
You should consider wearing a helmet since in some situations it may prevent or reduce injury. However, helmets can give you a false sense of security so always use your best judgment and ride or ski within your ability level.