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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi guys Ok so I have a couple of quiestions I hope some people will give me a little help in answering Firstly if you had a terrain park with very very limited space what kind of things would you really want to see? Are you more up for kickers or rails? Secondly how long does it take you to get "bored" of things if you were to ride a certain park every day how often would you like to see changes? Thirdly what kind of things do you feel would keep both beginners and a higher level of free stlye skier entertained? Hope you can help cheers smile.gif
post #2 of 12

Curious what your motivations are.  People like to know if they're being used for market research, a school research project, etc...

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well basicly I work on an indoor slope we have limited space but the advantage of being able to create as much snow as is needed but being an indoor slope there is very very limited space and I'm just trying to gadge a wider range of ideas on what people feel makes for a fun if not small terrain park. Also it's about getting people interested in the free style side of things. As you can imagin a run on an indoor slope can become pretty dull after a while
post #4 of 12

Alright, cool.  I like that you're trying to gauge what people want and improve the experience.  I asked because you see threads on here from time to time with people asking similar questions and people usually like to know the affiliations of people and their motivations.  That said, I'm not a park guy so I'll bow out of the thread.  I hope you get what you're looking for, and at least getting some free thread bumps out of my intrusion. :)

post #5 of 12

I guess I'll bite. First of all this is not the forum to ask this question as most of the members here don't ride park.


What you asked is an extremely difficult question but for the most part I'm going to say that an average user to the mountain would prefer small/moderate jumps. Rails are intimidating to the average user versus just going up and hitting a small jump.


If you have park minded people a box or two then some rails in addition to the jumps.


In terms of mixing things up that's good with rails not so much with jumps. Rails get old but no one wants to have to figure out the speed for a jump every time they show up. Changing up things once or twice a season is good not every couple weeks  

post #6 of 12

try to have 2 lines,


one with just plain jumps, and maybe skiercross type twists/curves or chutes or quarterpipe sections, that won't require you to grind your edges away on non-snow.


and the other to have the jumps onto features like boxes tables, rails etc.  

I would agree, that there is nothing wrong with a smaller terrain park, it gets the most activity based on my observation.  whereas the large impressive park rarely sees any action.


Observe what gets used and then change it around.  Put up a suggestion box and get the advice from your guests

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks guy smile.gif
We have aked about with our guested just trying to gadge a wider range of opinions to take with me to my boss.
I my self have never been massively into free style but suddenly finding ,y self in a confined space has sparked. New love of the park I never new existed in me. Cheers for your help smile.gif
post #8 of 12

In a small park, you need variety. Nothing has to be huge, but make up for it by making the rails a little more technical. As stated already, it would be nice to have two lines...one with boxes/rails, the other with kickers and table tops. IMO, having a set up that allows you to link your tricks together really sets the park apart from others. I have seen many that just throw some rails and jumps on a hill without any thought into why they are placing a feature there.

post #9 of 12

This ^^^^


Even if it's just the ability to link one jump with a couple of rails that will make it way better then two completely separate lines 

post #10 of 12
Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

In terms of mixing things up that's good with rails not so much with jumps. Rails get old but no one wants to have to figure out the speed for a jump every time they show up. Changing up things once or twice a season is good not every couple weeks  

This. People want to come back and be able to practice where they left off last time, they don't want to have to get a new jump dialed every weekend.

post #11 of 12

You should take a look at some of the videos coming out of Sugarbush, VT this season. The trail they use for park is pretty limited space wise... relatively speaking. They have a lot of side by side rail set ups and lots of different options for approaching each feature. It would definitely take a while to get bored of their park, and there are features for everyone of all skill levels. Definitely give them a look for some inspiration.

post #12 of 12

In the park I like hitting small to medium jumps and an occasional box.  My home hill cuts in a neat banked slalom course late in the season that's pretty fun.  


How big is the space you have to work with? If you have a limited space I think that multiple small but technically challenging features would be the way to go.


What I would like to see but I've never seen is a small-medium moto style course with several small (10'-12' across the top) tabletop jumps, double and triple jumps, drops, step-ups, and whoop-de-doos with berms in between, linked up one feature immediately followed by another from top to bottom. I think that would be very fun.


What else I think would be creative and fun would be a park with features similar to freeride mountain bike runs, with a narrow singletrack-like path including teeter-totters, rollers, step-down jumps, elevated ladders, etc.

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