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Park Smart

Respect the Orange Pill

Orange Oval

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. Park Smart  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.

Park Smart is a terrain park safety initiative that began in 2001 as Smart Style, with the help of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Burton Snowboards and a host of other contributing sponsors. The goal of Park Smart is to educate users about freestyle terrain safety. The orange oval is the symbol used to designate freestyle terrain and is posted at the entry point to all terrain parks.

FIVE POINTS OF PARK SMART:

  • START SMALL
    • WORK YOUR WAY UP.  BUILD YOUR SKILLS.


  • MAKE A PLAN
    • BEVERY FEATURE.  EVERY TIME.


  • ALWAYS LOOK 
    • BEFORE YOU DROP.


  • RESPECT
    • THE FEATUERS AND OTHER USERS.


  • TAKE IT EASY
    • KNOW YOUR LIMITS.  LAND ON YOUR FEET.


Be sure you Know the Code: Your Responsibility Code provides safety tips while on the slopes. Park Smart is a terrain park-specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks.

To learn more about Park Smart, check out the NSAA's Freestyle Terrain website (www.freestyleterrain.org) or visit the Terrain Park Safety website (www.freestyleterrain.com).