To a beginner, the terrain park can seem like an intimidating place. There are lots of good riders there, practicing their big tricks on huge jumps and rails.
Almost every park that I have been to has ratings on each of its features. They vary on each mountain, but they will generally go from an S (small feature), M (medium feature), L (large feature) and XL (extra large feature).
1. Know your skill level
If you are a beginner just starting out in the park, focus on the small features. They consist of small jumps, boxes and maybe even low rails. They have minimal physical consequences.
2. Wear a helmet
Many parks will require that you wear a helmet. Either way it’s probably a better idea to bang a helmet against the snow rather than your head.
3. First time
If it is your first time in the park, go in and watch everyone from the side. See where everyone lines up, where they drop from and get an idea of how the park works.
4. If you crash
If you crash, as soon as you can, move out of the way. It is a dangerous situation, especially on jumps because you can’t see over the knuckle from where the drop in it. If you are hurt, yell out so that someone can block the feature to stop other people crashing in to you.
5. Progress slowly
Work your way up, practice consistently and you will be hitting XL level features sooner than you think.