1. Make a Plan
Every time you use freestyle terrain make a plan for each feature you use. Your speed, approach and take-off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
2. Look before you Leap!
Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings. Use your first run as a warm run and to familiarize yourself with the park layout and features.
When first inspecting the jumps consider the following elements of each jump:
(A) The approach zone is for setting your speed and stance
(T) The Take-off zone is for making moves that start your trick
(M) The Maneuver zone is for controlling your style
(L) The Landing Zone is for getting straight and riding away clean.
Remember that the features change constantly due to weather, usage and time of day so it is important to continue to inspect features through out the day.
3. Easy Style It
Know your limits and ride within your ability
When starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or large parks and features. Freestyle Terrain comes in different sizes so make sure and start small and work your way up before going into larger parks.
Stay in control both on the ground and in the air.
Remember you can control how big or small you take the feature by varying speed and take off.
Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended.
4. Respect Gets Respect
Respect the terrain and all others
One person on a feature at a time.
Wait your turn and call your drop-in.
Always clear the landing area quickly.
Respect all signs and stay off closed features.
Remember that respect is important both in the park, and on the rest of the resort. So be smart when you are heading down the mountain or to the lift and save your best tricks for the park.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL
Don’t get in the backseat
Control your speed
Land on your feet
Terrain Parks are an essential part of Little Switzerland and we work hard to ensure all features are in the best condition they can be. With 3 different parks, there is truly something for everyone.
If you are interested in becoming a title sponsor or would like to support our parks in any way please contact Scottm@littleswitz.com