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.
Work your way up. Build your skills.
If you are just getting into the park for the first time, or first time that day, start with small features and work your way up. If you aren’t sure about how to use a feature, build your skills first.
When starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or large parks and features. Freestyle Terrain comes in different sizes so make sure and start small and work your way up before going into larger parks.
Make a Plan
Every Feature. Every Time.
Every time you use 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:
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.
Before you drop. 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
Remember that the features change constantly due to weather, usage and time of day so it is important to continue to inspect features throughout the day.
The features and other users.
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.
Remember that respect is important both in the park, and on the rest of the resort. So be smart when you are heading down the mountain or to the lift and save your best tricks for the park.
Take it Easy
Know Your Limits. Land on Your Feet.
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.
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.
Watch Smart Style in action with this video, courtesy of the NSAA.