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I have always considered terrain parks to be a necessary feature. Not because they were great but because they were a vaccum cleaner to remove the out of control teenagers and dirt bags from the rest of the mountain.
I have changed my tune. I have been using the terrain park lately as a reward for kids that try. Terrain parks really are kinda neat and do develope balance skills. The same kid that is tenative on the groomers suddenly lets loose a bit in the park and ends up skiing better as a result of comfort.
What suprised me most was what I did. On Sunday, I took the little guys trough the park. The half pipe was icy and they were doing fine. I was following them down and was paying more attention to them than I was to my own skiing. I gained too much speed and headed up the wall. At the point that I headed up the wall it was near vertical at the top. I hit that sucker way too fast and was airborne. I hit it in perfect balance and went what seemed like plenty high enough above the lip to make survival doubtful. I don't know what came out of my mouth and I didn't ask but the shot of adrenaline was instantaneous. I rotated them skis over and came back down that wall just perfect to lots of ooohs and ahhhs. I was damn happy to be in one piece. Well that woke me up and so I intentionally tried it again, not as high mind you but it worked again. Later I tried a small 180 and a 360 on the tables and that worked too. Hummm, maybe that park ain't so bad afterall. I thought the hits would be much harder.
post #2 of 7
Schweeeet!

I always knew Pierre would have mad huck-game. You da Bomb.

Peace, Out.
post #3 of 7
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Pierre eh!:
I have always considered terrain parks to be a necessary feature. Not because they were great but because they were a vaccum cleaner to remove the out of control teenagers and dirt bags from the rest of the mountain.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ha ha! Thanks pierre for the laugh. Funny!

...you know, just when I'm convinced you don't get it, you just change gears :
post #4 of 7
Pierre, what's next, baggy pants.
post #5 of 7
I'm sure the boarders and "new school" skiers will hate me for this but I see the Terrain park as a great place to take intermediate skiers for some fun and good exercises. The terrain rolls make an intermediate and kids look ahead a bit and anticipate the terrain. They need change lines, handle short steeps, fall way terrain, etc.. Speed control, fear and line are often not so big a deal because the the steeps (for an intermediate skier) are usually very short followed by an uphill for speed control and most terrain parks are not on a very scary pitch to start with. Line is usually helped by the student not wanting to "go there" and having to adjust their skiing to get around some of the features. Kids love it because of all the bumps and gulleys.

Just my opinion...
post #6 of 7
Don't some resorts have multiple parks? One for advanced jibbers and one for intermediates?
post #7 of 7
Yeah, I used to take second day (sometimes first if they were quick learners) through a little beginner park we had. Just a few rollers, and a small spine and table top. Everyone starts out a little scared, but once they've tried it, they realize that parks and jumping is a lot of fun (even when they're only getting an inch of air).
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