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Smart Style ;Terrain Park Safety

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Thread Starter 
I copied this from a post by daysailer that lists PSIA/AASI protocol for making freestyle features as safe as they can be .There are many accepted risks in using the features so it is most important to have safety guidelines that amend the Responsibility Code.


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.
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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".
post #2 of 8
A lot of us are beginners (or not even ready to begin when it comes to riding park) when we find ourselves riding though the park for one reason or another. Thanks for posting this. I hope a lot of advanced and 'expert' skiers find this thread and read it.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Kids hitting the features without learning how to use them with others safely scare the heck out of me. I see so many near-misses that just don't need to happen with proper schooling.
I talk to all my kids and teach them the basics but it's the non ski school kids that don't have a clue but just want to enjoy them that I worry about the most.
The basics need to be condensed and posted atop every entrance to terrain parks. Some do ,some don't.

The worst is when a kid or two pile up and nobody signals kids at the top to not drop in onto them or kids that disregard a wave off(crossed poles over the head) I love it when i see my kids doing this and showing safe park use.
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Thanks for posting this. I hope a lot of advanced and 'expert' skiers find this thread and read it.
At most areas it's posted on big orange signs at the park entrances.
post #5 of 8
If all that is on a sign on the hill, I'm sure NO ONE stops long enough to read it.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
For the most part you'll see the first three columns at the entrance to the park. Usually a gate into a roped/fenced area.

We have leaflets that have this entire page and we discuss proper usage of the park to make the experience as safe as it can be.

This stuff can't be stressed enough . It is my hope that we all teach them young and they will in turn share it with their friends and family so the familiarity will spread through the park community.
post #7 of 8
Everything you need to know at a ski area is posted on a sign, but ALMOST nobody reads the signs. I think more people will read GarryZ's post than stop to read the same words on a sign at the entrance of a terrain park. A historical marker on the side of an interstate highway comes to mind. I agree that signage and leaflets are a good thing, but a post here has great value as well.
post #8 of 8
In order to stop this kind of insanity in our terrain park, we decided to institute a second pass rule. In order to get into the park, you had to buy a second pass for $20.00. When you buy that pass, you are given a declaration that you must sign that stating that you have read and understand the rules of the park, and you must prove that you are capable of skiing or boarding competently enough. After we started this, the amount of injuries dropped quite quickly.

Dean.
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