Using Terrain Parks
When riding in Terrain Parks, there are a number of specific etiquette and safety practices that all users should follow.
Terrain Park Safety
The basics of terrain park safety are outlined in the Smart Style – Park Smart Terrain Safety Program.
- START SMALL. Work your way up. Build your skills.
- MAKE A PLAN. Every feature. Every time.
- ALWAYS LOOK before you drop.
- RESPECT the features and others.
- TAKE IT EASY. Know your limits. Land on your feet.
Before you drop in:
- Read the entrance signs – each entrance is marked with a unique sign stating park terrain difficulty levels. Please follow within your ability and always be in control.
- Take a warm up run – it is recommended that you take a ride through the park and check it out so you can get a visual of what to expect and the confidence to succeed.
- Progression – to progress through jumps and features gradually increase the challenge and difficulty. Don’t attempt maneuvers that are beyond your ability.
- Start small – if you’re new to riding terrain parks, we recommend that you start small with beginner features and get the basics down and work your way up. If you are having trouble, take a lesson.
- Helmets are highly recommended.
Practice Park Etiquette
- Don’t stop or sit on landings and knuckles – if you need to stop and take a break for a moment do not sit where people cannot see you.
- Keep landings clear – never stop to take a break in a landing, bottom of roller or anywhere that you are not visible to riders uphill from you. Clear the landing area to avoid collisions.
- Do not ride through landings. When not using features, stay off to the side of the trail, out of the way.
- Use features in the manner in which they are intended. Don’t jump off the sides of the takeoffs. Save the takeoff lips for the people who want to ride the feature correctly. Practice riding on small jumps or rollers instead.
- Do not snake – be courteous of your fellow park riders, call your drops and give people a decent amount of time and space when waiting to ride a feature to avoid cutting people off.
- Slow down when exiting the terrain park.
Closed means closed – know when to avoid terrain and features
- If you see a rope line, fencing, signs or bamboo across a takeofft it is up for a reason. Please do not remove and do not ride those features. If you have any questions or concerns find one of the Park staff.
- Let the Park staff do their job – if you see Park staff working on a feature, please skip that feature and come back when they are done.
- If there are boards or skis in front of a jump, the jump is closed so go around the feature.