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Park Riding Detrimental to Freeriding?

post #1 of 6
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Have terrain parks hurt freeriding standards? My vote would be no overall. It is true that both reduced, or no, forward lean for park riding, and skidding to line up for jumps or rails, can lead to some ugly turns. But, even rail specialists can generally turn pretty well on other parts of the hill if they're good in the park. Good park riding also promotes athletic riding overall, an important intangible asset for a rider to have.
post #2 of 6
I feel that any time on snow is good for your skiing. Park skiing is another way to have fun on snow and build confidence in the air. What is not good about the park is when people decide 'steez' is as important as good form. Bad form for the sake of style is NOT style, it's bad form.

I don't think that 'park skiing' and 'freeriding' are different than 'skiing', it's all the same and your style shouldn't change from one venue to the next. I think it is a mistake to feel that 'I'm in the park so I should squat down and keep my hands below and behind my knees, gorrilla steez'.
post #3 of 6
I think it's just what you are into. I've done the park thing a bit it's fun. If I had of had real talent worth a sponsorship I might have done it more. Riding pow is what I really like. Especially if you can get good pow on a 40+ degree angle. Hmmm, wonder why I like BC so much?
post #4 of 6
Park activities are detrimental to free sliding only if you focus totally on the park for extended periods. I have several friends who ride/ski in the park a lot who found they needed to get out of the park routinely if they wanted to stay sharp for all snow activities.
post #5 of 6
Park riding in and of itself is not detrimental to freeriding...however, as Kneale said, Doing any one type of riding exclusively is detrimental to be an all around good rider.

there are too many park rats, who cant do much else than straightline, speed check, and hit jumps...many of them can't land the jumps either. on the other hand, Big mountain freeride vieos featuring guys staightlining chutes and other hills has definitely had it effect on the general snowsport population. I see fewer kids turning on any slope, although most are simply rushing to get to back to the park. my $.02
post #6 of 6
Any concentration on too much of one thing will hinder your progress overall. Just look at the freestyle jumpers (those who don't even go in the bumps but jump only). Many of them came from other sports and don't know how to ski. I sometimes see that tendance from snowboarders too. (in fact I'm spending some time every summer on the waterramp - meeting up quite many good freestylers especially on snowboard since they rebuilded our biggest jump and it is not any more worldcup compatible (before Ales Valenta and other big ones did they're summer training in Vienna too). There are people who came to the ramp who said I know how to jump from Trampolin - can you please tell me who to get down the ramp safely? Many of them ended up winning freestyle competitions but still I wouldn't say they can ski or snowboard properly. On the other hand most riders don't start in the park but on the slopes. Maybe they would board better if they spended less time in the park - but I don't think this hinders their riding capabilities. However few of them will ever even know how to dig in the edges of a raceboard ....... Yeah. I don't think it hinders your freeriding performance even when knowing how to jump a big kicker doesn't help your cliffjumping technique - here it might even be detriemental.
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