Originally Posted by Bryan
As a patroller I hate parks. All my serious injuries two years ago came from 'gap' jumps and 'table top' jumps. I got so angry about it that I spent the summer doing statistics on injuries and severity of injuries on the park and presenting it to the area owner. He was unimpressed, until I showed him the costs to build and maintain a park compared to the number of people who use it.
I'm proud to say, the area eliminated all gap/table top jumps this year. He did loose a few riders/double tipers to other areas, but we had only a few accidents in last years park and none of them involved back injuries.
In my mind for small areas ROI is every thing.
However, for areas like Heavenly that take two of their best trails for terrain parks just so that they can say they have them is incredable. I was out there for a week earlier this month and I rode the Canyon lift over these parks every day. And they spent a fortune in snowmaking and construction for a small number of riders/skiers. Glad they can afford it. Even on a bad snow year. Glad I don't work there.
And thats what gives lots of patrolers a bad rap. If you want to talk about ROI, does your ski area want to have any patrons in 20 years??????
Education goes a LONG ways to providing a SAFE park enviroment, and I am not just talking about educating the public, but also the park building crew and PATROL (wich you clearly demonstrate that needs to be done.
Every study that I have EVER seen on park use statistics has been biased.
Table top jumps are by FAR the safest form of a terrain park jump, there also the most used. Maybe thats why there is more injuries on them
Think about it, with out parks, kids are going to be way more likely to build unsafe jumps all over the hill, by buildign a park you concentrate this ussage to one area and can migrate the dangers by having the jumps etc professionally built. plus with it all taking place in a concentrated area, from a patrol standpoint, it lessens the requirment on patrol by alowing htem to place a few patrolers in the park, and then actually need less covering the entire mountian, plus you can then station your medical resources close to the top of the park for quicker responce times to truama.