Terrain Parks

KNOW THE SNOW LIKE A PRO!
GET A CLUE!

Not sure which rail is ripe for your first try?
Want to rock the pipe, but don’t know how?
Need some prep tricks before taking it into the park?

CHECK IT OUT, GET SMART, AND…
GET A CLUE!

ATML Method In Action:

Approach: How much speed is too much?

Takeoff: Are you lined up to do what you want to do?

Maneuver: Can you follow the flow of the feature–how do you pull it all together?

Landing: How do you end up on your feet and ride away from this thing?

Use the ATML method…

a mental checklist to help you figure out how to use terrain features as safely as possible.

A–Approach

All Your Prep Prior to Taking Off

T–Takeoff

Setting The Maneuver in Motion

M–Maneuver

The Style Zone! Control and Style Between Your Takeoff And Landing

L–Landing

Get It Back On The Snow And In Control

STOMP IT! CLAIM IT! FINISH IT!

Do what you can to get it right the first time… and every time!

RAILS:

Q: Which rail looks friendliest to you?

You can ride right on, there’s no gap between ramp and rail
It’s wider than a coffee table
It’s lower than a skateboard
It’s shorter than a sofa

Q: What does grinding a rail feel like?

Like sliding on ice in shoes
Like sliding on a hardwood floor in socks

ATML Rails Checklist:

Approach

Q: How much speed is enough?
Q: How much speed is too much?

Cool-breeze speed, not jacket-flapping fast
Watch the successful people
See where others are dropping in from

Takeoff

Q: Are you lined up to do what you want?

Your line should keep you upright
Your line should take you to the end of the feature

Maneuver

Q: What’s the flow of the rail?

Flat and straight presents an easier challenge

Landing

Q: How do you end up on your feet and ride away?

Land soft and low

JUMPS:

Q: Which jump looks friendliest?

It’s got a ramp angle you are comfortable with
It looks like a children’s roller coaster,
Start small and work your way up
The landing zone is free of things that may spank you–take a look before you see it from the air

Q: What does going off a jump feel like?

Like jumping off a swing
Like swinging from a rope into water

ATML Jumps Checklist:

Approach

Q: How much speed is enough?
Q: How much speed is too much?

Bicycle fast, not race car fast
Watch other riders who are your size
GET A CLUE by watching where the locals start

Takeoff

Q: Are you lined up to do what you want?

Line up straight to stay upright in the air
Your line should take you straight over the feature to a mellow landing

Maneuver

Q: What’s the flow of the jump?

Gentle rollers present an easier challenge
Look at how high and how far other jumpers are gong

Landing

Q: How do you end up on your feet and ride away?

Extend your legs to touch down, don’t wait for the ground to find your feet
Land soft suck up the impact

FLATLAND TRAINING:

Q: Where is the friendliest place to practice tricks?

Use flats to practice basic moves you need in the park
Look for banks, sidewalls, little humps, wind lips, and drop-aways for mini jibbin’
Look for a mini-jib terrain park or progression park

Q: What does practicing on the flats feel like?

Tricks on flats feel similar to tricks in the park

ATML Flatland Checklist:

Approach

Q: How much speed is enough?
Q: How much speed is to much?

Jogging speed, not sprinting speed
Flats let you practice the trick slow-mo

Takeoff

Q: Are you lined up to do what you want?

Movement occurs to start the trick
The more you put into these tricks the bigger they get
If you push hard on your equipment it will kick back

Maneuver

Q: What’s the flow of the trick?

The trick takes you off the snow and down the hill

Landing

Q: How do you end up on your feet and ride away?

Land soft and low

GENERAL CLUES:

Remember what goes up must come down, so start small
If you have any questions or hesitation, find a smaller feature or perform an easier maneuver
Look for a terrain garden or a progression park to practice skills
Break it down–look for parts of a maneuver you can practice
Know when to back off–ski or ride away before it’s too late

MAKE A PLAN.

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.

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.

EASY STYLE IT

Start small and work your way up.
Inverted aerials not recommended

RESPECT GETS RESPECT

From the lift line through the park.

 SmartStyle

ATML is a trademark of ASEA, American Snowsports Education Association Education Foundation.