How to Be Park Smart

Start Small - Work your way up. Build your skills.
Whether you are hitting the first feature ever, the first feature of your day, or the first feature after lunch, start small and warm up. Once you have had a chance to assess the snow conditions, and once your skill progression allows, then try the more difficult features. Consider a park lesson from one of our Snowsports School pros to help you learn about freestyle terrain and progress your skills.

Make a Plan - Every feature. Every time.
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.

ALWAYS LOOK - Before you drop.
Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings. Use your first run as a warm-up run and to familiarize yourself with the park layout and features. Remember that the features change constantly due to weather, usage and time of day so it is important to continue to inspect features throughout the day.

ATML: 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.

- The features and other users.
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.

TAKE IT EASY - Know your limits. Land on your feet.
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 at Steamboat Resort.

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How to be safe and have fun in the terrain park

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How to be safe and have fun in the terrain park

  • If someone is injured, cross skis or place a snowboard securely in the snow above the accident, closing the feature to other skiers and riders.
  • Call Ski Patrol 970.871.5911. If it's an emergency, call 911.
  • Patrol will ask for the number of the phone from which you are calling, the exact location of injury, the description of the injured person and nature of the injury.
  • Remain calm

Steamboat discourages the use of electronic devices (cell phones, music players or earphones) while skiing/riding, including in the terrain parks.