Park Smart Safety

When riding in Terrain Parks, users should follow specific etiquette and safety practices.

The basics of terrain park safety are outlined in the Smart Style – Park Smart Terrain Safety Program.

START SMALL - Work your way up. Build your skills.

MAKE A PLAN - Every feature. Every time.

ALWAYS LOOK - Before you drop.

RESPECT - The features and others.

TAKE IT EASY - Know your limits. Land on your feet.

 

Before you drop in

  • Read the entrance signs. Each entrance is marked with a unique sign stating park terrain difficulty levels. Please follow within your ability and always be in control.
  • Take a warm up run. Ride through the park to check it out so you can get a visual of what to expect and the confidence to succeed. Features and conditions can change frequently.
  • Progression. Progress through jumps and features gradually. Increase the challenge and difficulty. Don’t attempt maneuvers that are beyond your ability.
  • Start small. If you’re new to riding terrain parks, start small with beginner features. Get the basics down and work your way up. If you are having trouble, take a lesson.
  • Helmets are mandatory for park use.

 

Closed means closed

Know when to avoid terrain and features

  • Rope lines, fencing, signs, or bamboo across a takeoff exist for a reason.  Please do not remove and do not ride those features. If you have any questions or concerns contact Dispatch (403) 247-5454.
  • Let the Park staff do their job. If you see Park staff working on a feature, please skip that feature and come back when they are done.
  • If there are boards or skis in front of a jump, the jump is closed so go around the feature.

 

Practice Park Etiquette

  • Don’t stop or sit on landings and knuckles. If you need to stop and take a break for a moment do not sit where people cannot see you.
  • Keep landings clear. Never stop to take a break in a landing, bottom of roller, or anywhere that you are not visible to riders uphill from you. Clear the landing area to avoid collisions.
  • Do not ride through landings. When not using features, stay off to the side of the trail, out of the way.
  • Use features in the manner in which they are intended. Don’t jump off the sides of the takeoffs. Save the takeoff lips for the people who want to ride the feature correctly. Practice riding on small jumps or rollers instead.
  • Do not “snake” other riders. Be courteous of your fellow park riders and call your drops. Give people a decent amount of time and space when waiting to ride a feature to avoid cutting other people off.
  • Slow down when exiting the terrain park.