It's recommended (and wise) to have a spotter but is not required.Daysailer's rant
- I have a co-worker undergoing ankle surgery because a skier decided to deliberately hang out on the landing zone and she couldn't see them. She had waited to give any person down below plenty of time to clear the zone. She chose not to land on the kids head but took out her ankle.
Here is the official program that the NSAA & PSIA is promoting.Smart Style
Freestyle terrain comes in many shapes and sizes and it is important to know how to identify it on the slopes and to know the basic vocabulary. This section is dedicated to giving you some basic terrain park information.
Three main points of Smart Style
* LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
o Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings
o Scope around the jumps first not over them
o Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain
o Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day
o Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary
* EASY STYLE IT
o Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level
o Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up
o Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air
o Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely
o Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended
* RESPECT GETS RESPECT
o Respect the terrain and others
(freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability)
o One person on a feature at a time
o Wait your turn and call your start
o Always clear the landing area quickly
o Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features
Be sure you Know the Code : You're Responsibility Code provides safety tips while on the slopes. Smart Style is a terrain park specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks.
The orange oval is a symbol, which identifies freestyle terrain on the hill. Check out the sample signage and vocabulary to make sure you're up to speed on the basics. Smart Style is a terrain park safety initiative, which you need to understand in order to use terrain parks safely.
FREESTYLE TERRAIN MAY INCLUDE HALF-PIPES, AS WELL AS TERRAIN PARKS AND TERRAIN FEATURES. THEY ARE PROVIDED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT AND OFFER ADVENTURE, CHALLENGE AND FUN. HOWEVER, FREESTYLE TERRAIN USE, LIKE ALL SKIING AND RIDING, EXPOSES YOU TO THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY. PRIOR TO USING FREESTYLE TERRAIN, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS AND TO FOLLOW "YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE".
1. Freestyle Terrain contains man-made and natural terrain variations.
2. Freestyle Terrain changes constantly due to weather and use.
3. Inspect Freestyle Terrain before using and throughout the day.
4. In jumping and using this terrain, you assume the risk of serious injury.
5. Be courteous and respect others.
6. One user on a Terrain feature at a time.
7. Never jump blindly - use a spotter when necessary. Look Before You Leap!
8. It is your responsibility to control your body on the ground and in the air.
9. Always clear the landing area quickly.
10. Always ride or ski in control and within your ability.
Some other resources:http://www.nsaa.org/nsaa/safety/smart-style/http://www.terrainparksafety.org/index.asphttp://www.swain.com/Learn/SafetySma...2/Default.aspx