Don’t Make Everyone Hate You – 5 Rules To Follow In The Terrain Park

There are a few simple rules that you need to follow when hitting jumps or rails in the terrain park. If you fail to follow these rules, not only will the other skiers and snowboarders hate you, but you may also injure someone.

1) Don’t hang around in the landing area of jumps

This is possibly the most annoying and dangerous thing you can do. Never, never, never hang around in the landing area of a jump.

Why is this important?

Other riders won’t be able to see you. This mean if you stay in the landing area, they might land on top of you or crash into you. Even if you crash, you need to try to get out of the landing area.

The only exception to this rule is if you’re injured and can’t get out of the landing.

2) Jumps are not fun little slides

This applies mostly to families and beginners. Do not use the jumps as mini slides. If you’re not hitting the jump or checking out the jump, don’t ride over it.

Why is this important?

This ruins the ‘flow’ of the park and blocks off the jump for people that want to hit it. Additionally, they may not see you behind the jump and end up hitting you.

3) Wait your turn, don’t cut people off

If you see someone riding towards a jump or a rail, don’t just roll straight through and hit the feature. The only time you can cut the line is if someone is waiting too long between turns or if you are filming a park lap.

How do I wait my turn?

Get in behind the last person waiting and make sure to stand up while waiting to hit the park feature. When the guy in front of you has landed and started to ride away, take your turn and hit the feature.

If you want to make sure you get your turn, shout, “Dropping next!” as the guy in front of you hits the feature.

4) Don’t follow too closely behind someone

If you see someone riding towards a jump or rail, don’t follow directly behind them. Give the guy in front of you some room.

Why is this important?

If the person in front of you crashes, you want them to have time to get up and clear the landing area. Following them too closely means you might run into the back of them and possibly injure both of you.

5) Don’t ride features that are far outside your ability level

Pushing yourself is always important for progression, but don’t be that guy (or girl!) who hits that 50 foot jump when they can’t hit 5 foot jumps yet.

Why is this important?

Firstly, you’ll end up injuring yourself. Secondly, if you get injured, it means the park crew will probably have to close down the feature until you get safely treated and away from the feature.

Remember, everyone just wants to have a fun day in the park, so follow these rules and don’t ruin the fun for others.

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  1. Yup, I was one of those guys who could barely hit 15-20 ft jumps and decided to hit the 50 ft jumps. Broke my elbow, but I know the rules don’t be an idiot and chill in the landing, so I got my ass out of dodge. Biggest lesson in snowboarding: stay in your skill zone

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