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Old 09-01-2011, 09:58 PM   #111 (permalink)
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:32 PM   #112 (permalink)
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I don't understand how people can have bad park etiquette, well, at least newbies to the park. I am new to the park and I suck, but I just make sure that I'm not in anyone's way.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:19 PM   #113 (permalink)
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Geeeez, haven't spent one second in a terrain park yet and I'm in awe of the stupidity I'm reading about. Unfortunately the park is not like the rest of the mountain where you can avoid all the noobs getting in your way by going down a sketchy line that they won't attempt. I do notice that many of you are from the US, so I guess your issues are compounded likely because more people park ride down there than in the Canadian Rockies. More pow days generally means less time in the park - at least that's what a friend or two has mentioned.

Just bought a 2011 Machete and stoked to get into the terrain park this season and try not to look like such a noob, or at least stay the fack out of the way of the expert freestyle riders. Gonna attempt to hook up a mentorship with some sick riders because that's how you really progress. In less than one season I went from sitting on my ass on a green run to hitting up triple blacks that'll make the billy goats get vertigo :P All because I rode with a very good skier who forced me down double blacks like my third time out, haha.
I'm curious, do many of the resorts you guys go to have more than just one terrain park for example? My local hill, Castle Mountain is setup in such a way that it has three different terrain parks, obviously for different skill levels. Some do this, some don't. I think this is huge for beginner and expert freestyle riders. Noobs aren't getting in the way of the dudes hitting 50ft gaps and the experts aren't overrunning the stunts that the new guys are hitting up. Unfortunately Castle doesn't have a half pipe - just the steepest/longest fall line in Canada :P

P.s. Castle Mountain sucks... Don't go there!!!!! It's super windy and cold and the lifts were used back in Nam.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:22 PM   #114 (permalink)
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most of the major resorts like keystone, breck, copper, winter park have 3-6+parks. places like loveland are known for their 1 shit park.
not to say loveland doesnt get alot of love, cuz it does, especially locally, just not for park.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:46 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Generally if you don't have the skill to ride blacks/double blacks, then don't go to the park. Learn to crawl before you walk.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:58 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Generally if you don't have the skill to ride blacks/double blacks, then don't go to the park. Learn to crawl before you walk.
A lot of very skilled park riders don't freeride at all. Probably couldn't do blues with any skill.
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A lot of very skilled park riders don't freeride at all. Probably couldn't do blues with any skill.
Hmm, I didn't hit the park until the end of my second full season after being able to confidently ride the hardest terrain available at my mountain. I've never understood the people that ride the park all day but never go down a tree run or hike the peak.

Different strokes. My opinion is still be able to ride down some blacks before you start hucking it in the park.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:44 PM   #118 (permalink)
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Generally if you don't have the skill to ride blacks/double blacks, then don't go to the park. Learn to crawl before you walk.
that was my opinion on it for a while (because thats how i chose to progress) but after being here and hearing different sides of the topic from people like snowolf, by the time you can do blacks/double blacks i would think you have chosen your expertise to be in freeride, instead of free style. While i dont have much experience in very steep "60 degree pitches and chutes" like some of the more experienced riders here, i have spent enough time riding all mountain, dodging trees, riding steeps, and progressing freeride i would be totaly confident riding alot of the stuff that snowolf does, double blacks and chutes in utah (because thats where i venture to for my gnarly riding), wouldnt think twice. I would be on thoes in a heart beat...however when i stroll through the park, oh god its not my forte. that hop on street style down rail will murder me for an hour before i can even get to the bottom of it. and when i manage board slides and 180s, shit its like i won the x games. its all how you want to ride. if someone doesen't want to learn to ride all mountain and just spends all their time park, good for them. let em. Just as long as they are not out there hucking cliff drops and getting burried in deep shit out of bounds (or even in bounds) and getting hurt because they think they are still in the park.
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A lot of very skilled park riders don't freeride at all. Probably couldn't do blues with any skill.
how is that even possible? if they can kill the park, i'm assuming they can at the least throw 3's maybe even 5's on 25 foot + kickers? in order to throw a nice spin off a big jump, you can't just huck it. you have to have a nice approach which requires some nice carving to set up your platform. most parks where I'm from (east coast/ontario, canada) have the same steepness as a blue level slope. also add in the balance these park rats have and their superior edge control when they do butters because most park rats also love to butter... i'd say any skilled bark rider can shred down your blue run with lots of skill.

I understand that there are many other aspects of riding (ie, backcountry or glades) and i agree, the terrain park isn't the gold standard for measuring skill. if you can kill the park, it doesn't mean you can make it on back country riding or kill it through the glades, but to say that a lot of skilled park riders can't do blues seems rather ludacris to me.

i agree with taos, learn to make it down blues and blacks (not including glades/moguls/slackcountry) before you head to the park and don't fuck up my jumps by cutting up the lip/landing... i mean just this weekend i saw someone speed check so much approaching a jump, he ended up stopping and crawling up the lip and hopping off. it didn't even cross his mind that he should probably ride around. i would have yelled at him had i not been busy trying to find my camera to film him... unfortunately it was out of batteries lol
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1) Dont spectate or lounge on the knuckles.

2)a) If you fall, then get the fuck out of the way. Probablilty is that you didnt break anything off that mini rail.
2)b) If you fall on a large feature, be sure to be visible or note someone that you are hurt so that nobody rides over you in the landing

3) I will snake you if you take far too long to drop
4) Don't be stupid and obnoxious. Everyone in the park just wants to chill out and focus on having a fun day.
what about on the knuckles beside the jump so you're not in anyones way and you get a better view of the jumps if someones ripping it in the park?
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