Park Smart tips

Snowbowl’s terrain parks are a great place to show off your moves, but they also require being smart about safety. Follow these Park Smart tips to be safe and have fun.

1. Start Small

Start with small features and work your way up. If you aren’t sure about how to use a feature, first build your skills.

2. Make a Plan

Every time you use freestyle terrain, make sure you 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.

The ATML Method

Each terrain park feature can be broken down into 4 zones. Identify these zones and have a plan before using any freestyle terrain.

Approach zone is the space for setting your speed and stance to use the feature.
Takeoff zone is for making moves that start your trick.
Maneuver zone is for controlling your body in the air and setting up for landing.
Landing zone is the prepared slope between the knuckle and the run out beyond it.

3. Always Look

Before you drop, observe all signage and warnings. Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area. Use your first run as a warm-up run to familiarize yourself with the park layout and features. Features can change due to usage, weather, and time of day. Inspect features throughout the day.

4. Respect

Respect 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. Be respectful from the lift line, down the mountain and throughout the resort; and save your best tricks for the park.

5. Take it Easy

Know your limits. Land on your feet. Stay in control both on the ground and in the air. You can control how big or small you take the feature by varying speed and take-off.
Ride within your ability. Take a lesson if you want to build your skills and tricks.

Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended. For more safety tips and advice, check out our general safety guidelines.