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?
a mental checklist to help you figure out how to use terrain features as safely as possible.
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
Like sliding on ice in shoes
Like sliding on a hardwood floor in socks
Cool-breeze speed, not jacket-flapping fast
Watch the successful people
See where others are dropping in from
Your line should keep you upright
Your line should take you to the end of the feature
Flat and straight presents an easier challenge
Land soft and low
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
Like jumping off a swing
Like swinging from a rope into water
Bicycle fast, not race car fast
Watch other riders who are your size
GET A CLUE by watching where the locals start
Line up straight to stay upright in the air
Your line should take you straight over the feature to a mellow landing
Gentle rollers present an easier challenge
Look at how high and how far other jumpers are gong
Extend your legs to touch down, don’t wait for the ground to find your feet
Land soft suck up the impact
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
Tricks on flats feel similar to tricks in the park
Jogging speed, not sprinting speed
Flats let you practice the trick slow-mo
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
The trick takes you off the snow and down the hill
Land soft and low
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
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.
Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
Start small and work your way up.
From the lift line through the park.
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