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Smart Style / Burton Learn To Ride


We all love terrain parks. What can we do to keep them from going extinct?

When you see the Freestyle Terrain orange oval in a terrain park take a sec and think about what it means. Smart Style is all about making sure everyone has a fun and safe terrain park experience.

Everyone gets stoked on riding parks and pipes, but getting cut-off, snaked or injured just plain sucks. Make sure you know your limits and ride features that you are comfortable with. We work with some of the best riders in the world, who hit some of the biggest kickers around, but they all started small. So start small and work your way up.

Nowadays resorts have snowboard instructors who specialize in park and pipe. Taking a lesson with them is one of the quickest and safest ways to build your confidence while getting familiar with the terrain and proper etiquette. Basically, everyone is on the mountain to have a good time, so scope features before hitting them, respect yourself and others and your riding will only get better.

Smart Style is a terrain park safety initiative that began in 2001 with the help of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Burton Snowboards and a host of other contributing sponsors. The goal of Smart Style is to educate riders about freestyle terrain safety. The orange oval is the symbol used to designate freestyle terrain and is usually posted at the top of the terrain park or pipe.

Four main points of Smart Style:
    • Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use.
    • Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
    • Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings.
    • Scope around the jumps first not over them.
    • Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain.
    • Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, grooming and time of day.
    • Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.
    • Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level.
    • Look for small progression parks or features to begin with and work your way up.
    • Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air.
    • Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely.
    • Inverted aerials increase your risk of injury and are not recommended.
    • Respect the terrain and others.
    • One person on a feature at a time.
    • Wait your turn and call your start.
    • Always clear the landing area quickly.
    • Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features.

Be sure you Know the Code: Your 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.

Check out the Smart Style video at To learn more about Smart Style, check out the NSAA's Freestyle Terrain website ( or visit the Terrain Park Safety website

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