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post #1 of 150 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 10:23 PM
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Park Etiquette

I looked to see if I could find a thread dedicated to this but could not find one so I wanted to ask. As a newcomer to snowboarding and as one who ultimately hopes to spend a lot of time in the park, what are some things I should know so as not to piss people off or worse yet, hurt someone or myself? What is considered basic park etiquette?
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post #2 of 150 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 11:15 PM
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post #3 of 150 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 11:24 PM
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haha ^^^^ whipped.

Just don't be an idiot. do shit you CAN DO. Don't go out of your league and ruin everyone elses fun and don't act like a stump
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nother thing to mention is to give a quick "DROPPING" shout before you drop into anything, be it a jump, rail, box, pipe, or hip whenever its crowded, it clears the way and if you see some douchebag keep coming you just keep shouting at him DROPPING DROPPING DROPPING and if he doesn't get out of the way then you have permission, this is kind of an unwritten rule, to shout at the guy and yell at him.
i've had this happen to me a couple times where i had to start farrrr back to clear a little roller that i was working on but these stupid skiers would get in my way everytime and just go ahead of me since i was so far back. i shouted dropping and most of the skiers got out of the way...but this one ignorant little bastard decided that it was his turn and that nothing was going to change that. so im going and im shouting at him and he "doesn't hear me" and ends up landing and sitting on the knuckle...moral of the story don't be a douche and be aware of your surroundings in the park!
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haha ^^^^ whipped.

Just don't be an idiot. do shit you CAN DO. Don't go out of your league and ruin everyone elses fun and don't act like a stump
Skiiers hitting skiiers. I could sit back and watch clips of that all day.

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This is EXACTLY the stuff I was looking for. I just want to make sure that I am not the person that everyone is bitching about and pissing off others or looking like an idiot newbie. I generally don't hear people calling out stuff in the park I ride around and I know folks have mentioned that before so I wasn't exactly sure what we are supposed to call out or be doing. I also don't see many waiting till the person has cleared and is totally out of the way before going, so I just don't want to pick up bad habits by observing others. I also do ride around the park features and I really try not to get in the way of anyone and if I try and just go over a hill, I make sure no one is anywhere near as I occasionally do get stuck cause I'm not going fast enough. This is just great info, thank you guys!


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Basic rules of road in the park:

Communication is the key to happy park riding..talk to people and find out what their intent is!

Wait your turn...allow the people ahead to drop first unless they are just chilling..ask if they are going to drop.

Call your drop...as you take off, let people know you are dropping.

Before going, allow the rider who dropped ahead of you to clear the first feature for sure and maybe the second if it`s not a busy day.

Be alert and have an escape route planned if someone snakes you.


If you fall, get out of the way ASAP and do not start again blind...move to a spot where you can see and can be seen before continuing through the park.

If someone is injured, assist and block the feature by laying your board across it so it is clearly visible from above.

Scope out the park with a gentle run through before you really hit features.

Progress safely and logically, start small and work your way up.

When new, if you and a group of riders who are obviously better than you are ready to drop...give them right of way, let them know you are new and not going to be going real fast.

Make sure you can clear a feature...no one cares how big or small you go off a feature, but it pisses people off when you can`t even roll over it so make sure to carry enough speed to at least ride up and over the feaure.

Never speed check on or carve across takeoff ramps on jumps...it reallt messes them up and makes them hard for other riders to hit.


Never stop where you can`t be seen and never block a feature. If you want to watch a friend or wait for someone stop on the top of a roller or table way to the right or left completly out of the way and only then if there is room to safely do this and people can see from far above.

In the pipe, all the above applies and some additional things to consider:

Allow the rider ahead to make 2 runs up the wall before dropping.

Never, ever drop into the pipe in the middle...always drop in at the upper entrance!

If you fall in the flats and riders are approaching, stay still...do not move untill they pass. It is much easier and safer to avoid a stationary object than a moving one. Also, as soon as its clear, get up and get going asap.


Its common sense and being courteous will go a long way to a good day in the park..also, ride defensively and keep an eye on fellow riders, realize that not everyone will follow good park ettiquette, so watch your back.
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Have enough control that you don't hold yard sales at the bottom of jumps. Don't bleed on tables and boxes. Don't leave dislocated teeth laying next to a rail. If you get hurt, crawl off into the trees to clear the way for others.

Actually, about half of the ski patrol stops I see are in terrain parks. I don't know what the injury stats are for park vs. total mountain, but it seems pretty high for an area that represents 1% of the terrain. Be careful.
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Have enough control that you don't hold yard sales at the bottom of jumps. Don't bleed on tables and boxes. Don't leave dislocated teeth laying next to a rail. If you get hurt, crawl off into the trees to clear the way for others.
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Never stop where you...block ANYTHING. If you want to watch a friend or wait for someone stop on the top of a roller or table way to the right or left completly out of the way and only then if there is room to safely do this and people can see from far above.
NOTHING pisses me off more than this. If you want to have fucking pow-wow with your "crew" go sit on the sofa in your house. Don't do it anywhere there is snow that people are going to want / need to ride to get from point A to point B. If you do want to pow-wow, get your ass as FAR to the side of the park / trail as you possibly can.

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I'm gonna sticky this. I'm sure most of this is common sense to alot of people, but some new comers might not know that.
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