Being ParkWise in Steamboat means understanding and abiding by some simple rules of the park called SmartStyle.

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.

Look Before You Leap
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.

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.

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.

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Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: Changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects; man-made objects; or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities. The Ski Safety Act includes cliffs, extreme terrain, jumps and freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.

  • If someone is injured, cross skis or place a snowboard securely in the snow above the accident.
  • 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 in our parks or unloading lifts.